Until recently, baby showers and registries were commonly only for mom and her girlfriends. Now with the rise of Jack and Jill showers (men and woman), a baby registry is something dad can join in on too. It helps a new dad understand the world of baby products.
Before my daughter was born I researched online with my wife to create the registry and then visited Baby’s R Us and Target to see, touch, and experience everything in person. We added all the essentials and I picked out my favorites adding them to the registry. Done.
The registry gave me the opportunity to get nerdy with some technology. As a first time father with a brand new daughter, safety was my top priority. I knew I would want to know what she was doing at all times and I imagined myself never taking my eyes off of her, never leaving her side. Of course this is a bit extreme, but seeing the variety of baby monitors available to choose from helped me feel I could accomplish this goal.
When searching for a monitor, I came up with a list of key features that we needed.
– Pan & tilt camera
– Full color LCD
– Digitized and encrypted signal
At the onset the large selection of monitors available was rather overwhelming, fortunately the VTech Safe&Sound VM333 Video Monitor arrived at the perfect time. It had everything I wanted. The option to use up to four cameras meant I could have a view of my little girl from multiple rooms in the house. This was an important feature for us because we wanted to give our daughter a nursery to sleep in and an additional room for playing and containing the many baby items and toys that come with a new baby. An impossible task, but a dad can dream.
Once our VTech monitor arrived in the mail, I instantly took it out of the box, plugged it in and gave it a test drive.
I first installed the monitor on a wall-mount bracket in the nursery. My goal was to be able to see Maddie’s crib, the rug, her rocking chair and changing table.
Next I powered on the parent unit. The LCD display was in full color, high-resolution and about 2.8 inches in size; these features provide a high quality image that puts my mind at ease.
Time to test the pan and tilt features. I placed Ellie the Elephant in my daughter’s crib, Maddie on the floor, Mr. Owl on the chair and Trey the Turtle on her changing table. The camera pans up to 270 degrees side-to-side and tilts 124 degrees up and down. I was even able to zoom in up to 2x to get a closer look and see the whole gang down to every detail.
Next I turned off the lights and the monitor automatically switched to its night vision setting. Two infrared LEDs and a low-lux camera automatically detected the dim light in her room, and the video was clear even with her black out drapes. Everything tested out even better than expected.
Now one of my new favorite things is to talk to Maddie via the monitor when she first wakes up from her nap. I use the built-in intercom function and talk to her while watching her on the screen. Her reactions at this age are priceless.
As I’m constantly running all over my house, I needed to make sure I had multiple cameras in multiple rooms and a strong signal. I didn’t necessarily need them all at this time, but wanted the ability for my system to grow and expand with my family’s needs. VTech does that.
Another feature I wasn’t aware of the importance of is a temperature sensor on a camera. About a month ago our heat went out in the middle of the night at our house. When my daughter woke up, I went in her room to say good morning. It was freezing cold in her room. We had been sleeping under a down alternative comforter while she was in a thin sleep sack with cold hands. I felt awful, my poor little baby. I learned this lesson the hard way, but at least now I know how important that sensor really is. Learn from my mistake and make sure you have it on.
With all the perks and features of the VTech baby monitor I now think of it as just one more toy that I registered for along with all the best toys I picked for Maddie (that I also plan on playing with I might add).
As a dad who is juggling it all, sharing in the preparation of my new arrival, participating in the registry was a positive experience that resulted in plenty of fun toys, for my daughter and me, and left me with a sense of security knowing I have a reliable secure eye on my little baby girl.
Some other crucial features for this model include:
1,000 feet of range
System supports viewing of up to 4 total cameras from one parent unit
Vibrating sound-alert on the parent unit
Rechargeable battery with low-battery alert on the parent unit
Zoom the camera from the parent unit
5-level sound indicator
Price Point $179.95
Thanks to VTech for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own