***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation has been provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
With small children in the house, I always feel like I need a second set of eyes and ears at all times. Okay, that's only a partial truth....Let me clarify: With my 3 year old, Xander, in the house I need extra eyes and ears. While he is sweet and adorable when he chooses to be, this child is also pretty darn evil at times. I never know what havoc he is creating because he often pretends to be a ninja and operates in stealth mode. This has resulted in all kinds of disasters from lipstick on the cabinets to him dismantling the wooden flooring in an entryway. I guess that old adage is true: When it comes to children, there IS such a thing as TOO quiet!
So when I got the opportunity to check out the Motorola MBP 33 Wireless Baby Monitor with 2.8" Color LCD Screen, I jumped at the chance. Not all baby monitors are created equal, and I know that Motorola has a great reputation for offering only the highest quality products to families.
When our monitor arrived, I was very eager to get it all set up and ready to use. After all, in our home, every second that the kids aren't within eye or ear-shot can be the difference between harmony and absolute chaos.
Everything needed to be the perfect parental spy is included:
The video camera
Parent Unit and rechargeable battery pack
Easy to understand instructions (Always a plus!)
Here are some of the features of the Motorola MBP 33 Wireless Monitor with 2.8" Color LCD Screen:
• Wireless Technology 2.4 GHz FHSS
• 2.8” Diagonal Color Screen
• Range Up to 590 feet
• Zoom & Infrared Night Vision
• High Sensitivity Microphone
• Out-of-Range Alert
• Support Stand
• Volume Control
• Room Temperature Display
• Sound Level Indicator
• Low Battery Alert
• Two-Way Communication
• Rechargeable Battery (Parent Unit)
• 5 Lullabies
• Suggested Retail: $199.99
I found that this unit was incredibly easy to set up. Once the Parent Unit was charged, I set up the camera in our family room, where we happen to spend most of our time. It also happens to be where most of the mischief occurs. I know that might sound odd, but we co-sleep, so I don't need to set up monitors in the kids' rooms just yet.
So I had Kyle, my teen, watch the little ones while I headed outside to clean off the deck and the backyard. We've had several storms recently, and the remnants were scattered all over my property. And of course, if I don't clean it all up, no one will. Since this baby monitor has a range of about 590 feet, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to check it out.
I love the fact that this monitor offers 2-way communication. I could hear the screaming and fighting, and I could respond and even put people in time out, all the way from my back yard! This, of course, would also be a wonderful feature for parents of newborns and babies who want to soothe them or sing them a lullaby. Speaking of lullabies, there are 5 already installed, just in case you sing like my husband. (Not well.)
I also love the out-of-range alert. I was able to be warned when I was getting too far away so I could adjust my activities accordingly. I am pretty impressed with the range, though. I was able to navigate my entire backyard with no problems at all.
And of course, there's the important part: The picture! I was absolutely thrilled with the clarity of the images, even in a somewhat darkened room. This unit features infrared night vision, so no matter the condition, you will be able to have a clear view of your babies or children. There is also a full-color option, too.
Here is my Xander, in time-out, getting awfully sleepy. I don't know if you can tell, but he's sucking on his fingers. This is almost always a sign that he's getting ready for a snooze.
Oh, and this offers a temperature display which definitely comes in handy when putting kids down to sleep. My kids have a fit if it's too hot or too cold, and we have decided that between 68-72 is just right.
Overall, I think that the Motorola MBP 33 Wireless Video Baby Monitor is a great choice for parents of babies and small children, or even of fur-babies. (Hey, they need watching, too!) With a secure wireless signal, the neighbors won't be able to eavesdrop and you won't ever miss a single cry, sigh or whimper from your kids. It definitely helps keep me from checking every 5 seconds to make sure my kids are still breathing while they nap.
The only thing I would change? Well, I really would love to see a WiFi enabled unit. I like to be able to check on the kids on my iPhone while I am shopping or out on date night with my husband. I know some monitors have that feature, and I think it's definitely worth splurging on.
Still, for the price point, reliability, and great features that are included, I think the Motorola MBP 33 is a fabulous value. It does exactly what it says it will, has decent battery life, and definitely helps keep the peace in my home. You can also purchase additional cameras for more coverage or extra kids' rooms!
WHERE TO BUY:
Available now at BJs, Fred Meyer, Meijer, Diapers.com,Bestbuy.com, Walmart.com, BuyBuy.com, BabiesRUs.com, BarnesandNobles.com, Meijer.com, Sears.com and Kmart.com
Suggested Retail: $199.99
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