• For complete peace of mind, this unit monitors sound, room temperature & movement
• Exclusive SureSound Technology ensures minimal interference (unaffected by monitors in neighbouring houses)
• Simple, easy setup - Parent Unit automatically tunes in to your Baby Unit with Automatic Channel Select. Plug it in and you are ready to go. And if you switch channels on the Baby Unit, the Parent Unit will automatically retune itself.
• Movement sensor pad - alarm sounds after 20 seconds if no movement from the baby is detected
• Digital room temperature display
• Nightlight with dimmer
• Out of range indicator
• Option of 3 frequency channels
• Fully portable with belt clip
• Low battery indicator
• Sound lights display (so you can turn down the volume and still monitor your baby)
Please note: Tommee Tippee Monitors are designed to give you added reassurance for those times when you cannot be in the same room as your baby and are NOT a substitute for proper adult supervision. It is important that an adult stays within range of the Tommee Tippee monitor at all times during use. Your Tommee Tippee monitor is not a medical device, nor a device to prevent cases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or 'cot death', and you should not rely on it for your baby's well-being. You should personally check your baby as frequently as necessary.
Tommee Tippee Monitors should be set up within 3 metres of the baby's cot but not in the cot and it is important to remember to keep cords short and away from the unit to prevent tripping and grabbing by the baby.
Well what can I can about this product.
It all started when I ended up being induced at 38weeks with my first born she was so tiny and weighed little. For ease of my mind my parents brought a tommee tippee Ultimate Reassurance Monitor and I have to say it was the BEST gift I was given.
It was light and easy to use, easy to set up and great cause it worked on power which saved the batteries and then of course worked on batteries when you put baby to bed and you wanted to be in the lounge watching some tv. You just needed to have the hand held bit with you. The base would be under the mattress this monitored the breathing of the baby.
I loved the fact that I could dim the night light part but I never did as this made it easy to feed baby without turning on the lights and giving baby a chance to play, would be up change, feed and back to sleep.
The reason I believe this was the best gift ever is that is saved my girls life. One night I had put her to bed and went to watch tv, I decided at 11.15pm I would go to bed as I was closed my eyes and started to drift off I heard an alarm sound going, I jumped out of bed and before I could blink grabbed my baby out of her bed, she was foaming from the mouth and gone limp. I called the ambulance and to this day I believe the alarm on the monitor saved my baby she was 5weeks old.
The only gripe I had with it was it would make a strange humming noise which would annoy me but that is minor to what actually happened I'm also guessing the base and walkabout bit were too close together at night (when in my room) once the baby was in her own room the humming stopped
We stopped using the pad once baby could roll as they would never stay on the pad, but could still use the monitor to hear baby while doing housework around the house or when baby wakes during the night.
I have held onto my one to give to my sister once she has kids, its a great price and does what is meant to.
I was a little underwhelmed when I first unpacked this unit... it looked a little... shall we say, light in the offering. There was a handset (aka Parent Unit) that looked more like Mork's spaceship, and a base-station (aka Baby Unit) that appeared way too compact to offer even half of what it promised. Then there was the 'motion sensor pad' which seemed way too rigid to be effective. None the less, in the spirit of exploration that makes humanity great, I dived in and started to set it all up, figuring I would trial it somehow... maybe with one of those animatronic cats or something...
However, fate intervened and brought my son into the world a little ahead of schedule, which worked out perfectly, since he arrived the morning after I had assembled this unit and given it a bit of a basic play-test. A few days later, and he was able to come home and help me give it a real test!
First off, the most obvious, and least technical stuff. Starting with the nightlight: This is a soft yellow-golden glow spot on the top of the upright arm. At full power, it can give a good faint light to fill a small room, and if aimed correctly won't affect your baby's eyes at all. However, it is quite directional, so may not be quite as effective for anything more than seeing which buttons to press on the base unit itself. At minimal glow, it will give you a good idea of where things are within a few feet of the base station, so if you use a pacifier for your baby and leave it nearby, you should find it fine.
Next the thermometer: Brilliant! An excellent indicator of the room's ambient temperature. Would have been nice to have some form of alarm fitted to it so you would get alerted if the room temp dropped below a preset threshhold, so that you could ensure a warm room for when you remove sprog from their warm bundle of blankets for feeding times.
Now, talking about Power... both the base station and the handset will happily run off mains or battery... mains is of course to be preferred, saving the batteries as a fall-back for mains drop-out. This is great for dealing with those short power-cuts and rolling brown-outs we have been warned to expect due to predicted power shortages and accidents with the lines. A bit of peace-of-mind there, knowing you can quickly check if baby is still there, even when the power isn't. As a bit of a test, I plugged in some high-end lithium-based 'AAA' cells and left both units running on battery for 6 hours. Afterwards, a quick check with a multimeter confirmed the batteries still had heaps of juice, so good batteries are a worthwhile investment.
The multi-frequency aspect of the unit will be most appreciated in multi-apartment dwellings, or if you have more than one sprog each with their own rooms, as the units will shuffle around the bands until they find some clear space and lock in. This prevents you from hearing someone else's baby squarking for a feed and rushing in to find your angel snoozing like it was a Sunday morning.
The bit that really surprised and impressed me was the motion sensor pad... this is a roughly-A4 sized pad of hard plastic, attached by a rather long cord, to the base unit. It slips between the mattress and the hard base of the cot. Yes, hard base... this is NOT recommended for spring or fabric-based cots, such as collapsable or porta-cots. Once attached to the base unit, you can activate or de-activate it with a switch, allowing you to have it or not, without otherwise affecting the performance of the rest of the unit. I thought it looked pointless, until I plugged it in while my baby son was sleeping, and noticed that it was reliably detecting the slightest movements of him breathing! Stunning stuff! As a test, I unplugged the pad while the unit was still in 'motion sensor on' mode, and sure enough 20 seconds later it started howling, and moments later, so did my son. Now if it's sensitive enough to detect breathing, and the kids stops... you're going to know within 20 seconds. If the noise doesn't spark junior enough to move, then you have some real issues, but if the sprog jumps, then that's motion, the alam relaxes and shuts up, but leaves the indicator light blinking to remind you it happened. Reset is as simple as close the lid, open it again... tah-dah. Alarm fully reset.
By far the biggest commentary has to do with the handset, aka the Parent Unit. As I mentioned earlier, it has a rounded egg-like shape, which actually fits quite comfortably in the hand. With the clip on the back serving a double-feature as a belt clip, or when reversed, a stand, this little gem can be easily carried anywhere and placed nearby no matter what you are doing. The indicator lights on it are quite informative: The power light glows solid for full power, or blinks to let you know the batteries are running low and need replacing. The results from the motion-pad being displayed as a blinking green light and an audible 'tick', and the vertical column of lights indicating relative noise strength from the microphone on the base unit listening to your baby gurgle, burp, fart, whistle... or cry. This holds true to an amazing range, as I discovered when I clipped it to my belt and walked around our property... 12 metres out to the letterbox, which had the signal punching through 3 walls, and it was just starting to break up as I walked into the metal garage, a good 20 metres from the base station, a good solid 4 house-walls plus a metal garage wall away! Very impressive indeed!
Two little gripes I have with it though... firstly, when the unit is planted in it's docking cradle, it is running off mains power, preserving your battery life. However, an annoying power-hum is generated and can feel like a mosquito with attitude is driving a wedge in behind your eyeballs. Such hums are usually caused by weak sheilding of the power circuits as they pass near the speaker. Adjusting the speaker volume can fix this to some degree, but also, naturally, reduces how much of your baby you hear. (Yay for the indicator lights on this score!) Secondly, and far less annoying, more of an "I wish they had..." is that it would have been good to echo the temperature indicator from the base station onto the handset, allowing remote monitoring of room temp. OK, a bit of an extreme example, but this could be an early warning indicator of a fire in the room... of course, a smart parent would have a smoke detector in the room anyways, but you never know, some people don't think that far ahead.
Overall, I would have to say this about the Ultimate Reassurance Monitor... it sure isn't cheap... but it's the best value for money I can find on the market... and what price would you put on your child's life? For me, this is still a good value buy at around $300, so $240 is a bargain in my books. Sure, you can buy other monitors for less, but lower price always means lower features or quality... you don't buy diamonds for the same price as cut glass. Now if only they could nail that power-hum... But at least the handset tells you when it is out of range (*if* it can go out of range) or if the base station has been turned off and you forget to switch off the handset.
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