Baby gear can be pretty expensive. I knew having a baby was an expensive endeavor, but I think it’s the gadget and gear that can really break the bank. In the beginning, Pumpkin stayed in a travel crib next to our bed. This lasted about three months. Once her room makeover was complete, I had little excuse for keeping her in our room. The last excuse was that we didn’t have a baby monitor.
I had searched online for a baby monitor for months. Attempting to find what the general online consensus was for the best product (there isn’t one). I found many blogs telling me how great a product was, but then again all the products they reviewed were great. Which I found hard to believe. I was on my own for this one.
I took all the reviews, amazon articles and basically made a list of my requirements. Unfortunately I want the world from my gadgets. I want a monitor that does:
- Night light if needed.
- Infrared picture so I can see pumpkin at night.
- Wireless monitor.
- Monitor with good battery life.
- Time shown on the monitor.
- Temperature of room.
- Ability to hear sounds in the room.
- Ability to press and talk to pumpkin through the monitor.
- Ability to add cameras in the future and switch between.
- Ability to rotate camera and hang camera from wall
- Ability to login from my phone to watch.
What I found is that even at the price point baby monitors are at ($199 – $350) there aren’t any cameras that do all of these things. Most companies seem to make a few baby monitor models where they each do a few of these tasks. I cannot fathom why they don’t make one that supports all of these needs.
We purchased the Samsung SEW-3037W monitor from Amazon. The monitor does most of my wish list. We have a night light, wireless monitor, time on the monitor, ability to hear sounds in the room, ability to switch between more cameras,and the ability to rotate the camera.
The battery life on the monitor is pretty bad. I’m not sure what the average is on monitors, but it only lasts three hours before we have to plug it in. When we go to bed, I have to plug it in so we can hear/view it all night. The unit itself is lightweight, easy to travel with and easy to setup if you do take it to different locations.
It sets up it’s own wireless network but you cannot login to the stream from an iPhone or iPad.
The visual image on the monitor is pretty good. I haven’t had any issues with not being able to see pumpkin.
The real negative is a flaw we have recently discovered. Lately, the audio just goes out. Suddenly I can’t hear pumpkin, or her sound machine. This is a major problem if I’m sleeping heavy and don’t hear her for an early morning feeding. Because basically instead of a whine, we hear her at a cry and then it’s hard to calm her down from there. I called Samsung about it and it appears to be a common issue. The recommendation to solve it was to blow air in the microphone. What happens is a piece of glue gets in the way of the mic. EXCUSE ME? For $250, a small piece of glue should not get in the way of a mic. What’s upsetting is that it’s a known issue and yet they want you to pay to send it to them and they take at least 2 weeks to fix it. I use this every day and night and there is no way I could go without it for at least 2 weeks. I’m so disappointed in their response because it shows a lack of knowledge about the importance of a baby monitor and a lack of consideration for how much we spend on the product. Because of this, I cannot recommend the Samsung SEW-3037W monitor.
I don’t know what monitors are better because we’re not going to buy another one due to the cost. We’re just trying to make this one work until pumpkin doesn’t need it anymore. It’s very disappointing but shows how just because baby gear is expensive does not mean it’s good quality.