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Old 04-17-2013, 02:35 PM   #1
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Video baby monitor

I have $200 to spend as a gift for a baby video monitor.

I had a Summer infant brand one for my first son & it quit working after over 1 year.

Looking for recommendations for a new one?

Looking at Motorola but would love reviews on all brands

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Old 04-17-2013, 02:37 PM   #2
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I have the Motorola and cannot say enough good about it. love that I can talk to my kiddos on it.
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We have the summer touch one and love it. It is originally $250 but I sale for $160 at target. Picture is clear and the pan is nice. Can see whole nursery.
And I can talk to my dd too
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All my summer monitors have crappy lifespans. The summer people claim its the battery, so I got after market batteries and we still have issues with using any audio - after awhile it's just video, I have to mute the audio portion or it sounds like interference bubbles all night. Been through 2 now.

If I ever have to buy another monitor, I'll go Motorola.
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Re: Video baby monitor

We use a home security camera, I know it sounds wierd, but the quality was better, and we can have it feed to an old smaller flat screen at night. Ideally I want to add additional cameras in the other kids rooms, but as of know the dh says no. I use an inexpensive monitor for sounds, it has a great battery life so I can easily get stuff done during the day with the monitor clipped on my jeans.
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Re: Video baby monitor

I've had two Motorola video monitors. With both of them, the battery life totally went away after 2-3 months. I followed all the instructions on charging/use but the same thing happened with both. The battery lasts about 20-30 minutes unplugged... So, it pretty much has to always be plugged in. Other than that, the picture is great, the range is great (I've walked to my neighbors house across the street with the monitor and had a great signal) and the night vision is great. Also love the ability to talk to my toddler over the intercom feature without going all the way upstairs. I like Motorola - I just wish the battery lasted longer.
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:06 PM   #7
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I saw two versions of Motorola on sale at Meijer. Also the summer infant at Marshalls. I got my summer infant at Marshalls for a steal. I did read all the reviews that the handheld receiver dies super quickly re battery life. But....doesn't affect me as it's always plugged in, either the kitchen or if we are in the garage, patio etc.


I have heard the do it yourself camera's work great though. Another brand with L (lennox or something) is more techy and decent reviews as do Motorola.
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I remember the crappy battery life on my summer. Before it went out completely, we had to always have it plugged in. Maybe they are all pretty similar.
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We use a home security camera, I know it sounds wierd, but the quality was better, and we can have it feed to an old smaller flat screen at night. Ideally I want to add additional cameras in the other kids rooms, but as of know the dh says no. I use an inexpensive monitor for sounds, it has a great battery life so I can easily get stuff done during the day with the monitor clipped on my jeans.
We did too!

We used a mounted camera and our iPhones or iPads to watch the baby.

When traveling we use a baby monitor app and just sett one device as the camera and we can view from any of the iPads or iPhones.
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Re: Video baby monitor

Bumping this because our Samsung stopped working after only five months. I am not happy and looking for another good video monitor.
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