Summer Infant Day & Night Handheld Color Video Monitor 1.8" Screen
The Day & Night Handheld Color Video Monitor from Summer Infant is a truly portable unit that allows parent's to see as well as hear their baby while moving around the house. It's ideal for checking on baby without waking him or her. There are also traditional … see full wiki
If You Don't Mind Static and Peeping Toms, It's Cool.
Oct 7, 2009
I tried cheaper monitors, but this is the only one I've stuck with for the past 2 1/2 years. It's good quality and does the job-- I can see my daughter's movements whether in light or dark (though the night vision does get creepy if she opens her eyes... looks a little like a horror movie. Don't tell her I said that).
The sound is very good-- I can hear her breathing if I choose to turn it up, or I can keep it low if I just want to be notified if she's crying or calling for me.
Interference has been a problem, though. I do have significant static if I don't keep the receiver in one exact spot. I use cordless phones, and from what I read, that is probably the problem. Unfortunately, I like my cordless phones, so I'm going to live with the static. The static was far worse on the older Summer model with the television monitor, so in comparison, this is liveable.
I am troubled by previous reviewers' details of being able to see other babies on their monitors, though! It hasn't happened to me, but there are no other young children close to us. Just because it hasn't happened to me, though, doesn't mean I'm not concerned about it-- I think it's really frightening that a product like this could create an inadvertent window into my home. That's something Summer definitely needs to remedy.
All in all, I've been satisfied with this monitor and its capabilities. I can walk around in the yard and still have decent enough reception, and it's been reliable whether plugged in or on batteries. Note, though, that if you're using batteries, the video will not last long-- you'll have to keep pressing a button on top to show the video display. If you have the montior plugged in, that's not an issue.
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