“ Brand: Tommee Tippee / Type: Baby Monitors „
I could never really see the point in buying a video monitor, as you wouldn't be able to see in the dark a baby's shallow breathing, but I really wanted a monitor with a sensor mat so I knew the baby was breathing ok. I found this one from the Tommee Tippee website just as they were discontinuing it for a newer model and paid around £50 for it, which was the cheapest I could find a sensor mat monitor for.
It comes in a box with a portable unit that can run either from AAA batteries or plugged in to the mains. A main unit with a flap that turns the unit on and off and the sensor mat. The main unit also has a handy night light and a switch that allows you to turn the alarm on or off for the mat. The portable unit flashes up red when the baby is crying or making alot of noise, it also has a 'sound seek' button which amplifies the sound. It has a volume button at the side and every time your baby moves and the mat picks the movement up a green light flashes on the unit.
The mat lies underneath the mattress, and we have used it in both the moses basket and the cot. The mat picks up the babys movements and a green light flashes on both the main unit and portable unit. If no movement is detected for 20 seconds a high pitched alarm sounds (and you in turn have a heart attack). It worked very well in the moses basket and has been a great peace of mind in the cot. The only problem we have encountered a few times is when my son was still small but big enough to wriggle around alot in his sleep he did wriggle completely out of range of the mat and the alarm did go off probably about once a fortnight for a couple of months.
The mat is about the size of an A4 piece of paper so when your baby wriggles alot it is harder to position to make sure it is always under a part of their body. We found that putting it quite central and at a diagonal angle under the mattress that it covered the area that our son slept on pretty well.
The portable unit is great as you can have it running on batteries or from the mains but we did find that the batteries ran down pretty quickly so we always use it on the mains. The monitor can be used just as a monitor and without the sensor mat by just unplugging the mat from the main unit. You can choose to turn the sound on the alarm on and off by a switch on the main unit, with the sound either on or off, if the alarm goes off the green flashing light on the portable unit changes to a red light to alert you if you don't have the sound turned on.
This monitor has given us fantastic peace of mind, without it we would have been constantly checking on our baby's breathing like the paranoid first time parents we were! It was a good price for a product that has lasted well and is now been used for our daughter in her cot.
This has been one of the best purchases for us, and ours is now over a year old and still going strong.
Due to personal reasons, we decided from the offset we needed more than just a one way monitor. I had seen this in the Asda baby event, came home and did some research on it, and when I went back it had been reduced to £20. Seemed silly not to at least try it.
The sensor mat is very sensitive indeed - sometimes the green flicker light (the one that shows you movement) is activated even when there is no baby in the cot - for example when we would walk past the cot.
My baby stopped breathing 3 times within 2 weeks when very young, and this product was literally a life saver. The alarm is very piercing, and sounds after 20 seconds of not detecting movement. The base unit also sends out an alarm which is also a brilliant feature - for us when we have visited family, we only need the base unit if we are all sleeping in the same room.
This mat has been used in the moses basket, a travel cot, and regular cot - and worked fine for us in all. It does say that it isn't recommended past a certain age (I think it said 12 months, but don't quote me on that), but we have it in our room, turned down, and the green light reassuringly flashes at me during the night to let me know everything is all ok in there.
The receiver can be battery or mains operated, but do get some good batteries! The range is pretty good too, we can go into the garage and still have piece of mind (about 15 metres away from patio door)
This was the first thing we bought for our little one. After babysitting a young baby & not being able to hear if they were ok I knew we needed a sensor mat to stop me going crazy. We've used it for 14 months both in a Moses basket & cot.
It worked fab in the Moses basket but its hard getting used to turning the alarm off before you take baby out so the alarm did go off after picking baby up but reassuring that it actually works!
In the cot I was unsure it would work as well as the mat is small but I haven't been disappointed! We have had once false alarm when we tilted her mattress due to her having a cold - it is our fault really should have turned it off that night.
It has a sound seek option to reassure you further so you can actually hear the baby breathing. The nightlight isn't really a nightlight - the most you can see is whether the alarm is turned on or off! You can turn the sound of the tick up but you really don't need too! If the batteries go in the portable bit it does flash red which was a shock the first time but you can plug it in the wall & it works fine! The range is ok - we live in a second floor flat & can get it on the first floor but not ground floor. It will do for a flat or small house.
Overall I love this monitor & was really impressed!
Having seen many warnings of the SIDS, this monitor was the first item on my shopping list for our upcoming arrival.
I'm pleased to say, that when our baby arrived, it did not disappoint. We were initially met with a 'ticking' noise that we thought was permanent (signalling a movement from baby), we then found the volume control on the baby part (which controlled the tickers volume, not the sound of the baby!). This worked perfectly for a few months, giving a reassuring flashing green light to show that baby was moving.
We did find that this monitor did not work very effectively when used in a travel cot, this caused the alarm to go off intermittently (I think because the travel cot mattress did not settle on it as well as a cot mattress).
Sadly, we had to return our monitor after 6 months as it was faulty, having said that, I would recommend this to any parents of a new baby.
i brought these monitors about 6 months ago and compared the ones that i had brought for my first child they were good.
whilst my son was in his moses basket the monitor was fantastic if we took him out of his bed the alarm would sound to say that he had stopped moving which was a great peace of mind to us. the monitors are of average sound quality and you can clearly hear him crying but only really when he was screaming and not just mumuring and the monitor was really close to him. when we put him in his own room we had to keep the monitor on the floor next to his cot as we did not have any units. this decreased the sound dramatically although the monitor was still close enough to him, the sensor mat still worked really well although my only problem with this is on the side of the unit that stays with my son there is a dial and if you turn it up any louder than 1 it makes a really annoying constant clicking/beeping sound. i am not sure why it does this but we never have that turned up and im not sure of its point. as far as monitors go we paid £40 for it and it has lasted a good 6 months and has done the job it was intended for probably not the best on the market but if you have not got a massive house then its good and worth its money.