The Motorola MBP36S Baby Monitor – A Great Baby Shower Gift
My family had the opportunity to test out the Motorola MBP36S Baby Monitor. At 8, my daughter is a little old for a baby monitor, however the monitor has a few special features that make it still useful for an older child. For example, the camera controls will let my check up on my daughter & tell her to “Put the Book Down, and Go Back to Cleaning Your Room!” The first part (“Put the Book Down” or “STOP reading”) are a continuous refrain in our house since she often gets distracted even when we are on a tight time frame. The Motorola MBP36S Baby Monitor also makes a great baby shower gift. My sister is currently expecting a baby in March, and we are planning to gift the baby monitor to her after our tests.
My husband recently bought a new car (upgrading to a 2015 Mazda 3 from a 2004 Mazda 6). The change in the technology between the cars was monumental. The difference between the Motorola MBP36S Baby Monitor and the monitor that we used when my almost 9 year old was a baby is even larger than the tech difference between my husband’s old 2004 Mazda 6 and his new 2015 Mazda 3 (which is a monumental difference itself). A more apt comparison of the baby monitors may be the difference between a covered wagon and his new 2015 car).
The Key Features of the Motorola MBP36S Baby Monitor show how advanced the system is:
- 2.4 GHz FHSS Wireless Technology
- 3.5″ diagonal screen
- Remote pan, tilt and zoom on the camera
- Two-way communication
- Infrared night vision
- Range up to 590 feet with out of range alert
- Rechargeable battery with Low Battery alert
- Room temperature display
- 5 Lullabies
- Sound level indicator
- Expandable up to 4 cameras with picture in picture to view 2 units simultaneously
The baby’s room unit (shown below on my daughter’s dresser) features a camera with tilt and swivel. The only requirement on the unit is that it is located close enough to an outlet to power the unit. In addition to the camera, it also features a speaker so that you can talk to your child or play a lullaby.
With the parent screen, in addition to hearing your child, you can see what your child is doing in their crib or room. The parent screen includes arrows to allow you to tilt the camera up and down or right and left. As your child transitions from a crib into a bed, the ability to move the camera to find them is a big advantage.
The infrared camera provides a nice view of the bedroom in the dark. I actually thought the view in the dark was better than with the lights on. The parent screen has a removable power cord and a rechargeable battery. The rechargeable battery allows you to move the unit around the house and not worry about needing to replace batteries frequently. For us, we found it worked best to have the power cord in the bedroom where we could plug the parent unit in at night and utilize the battery in the evening between my daughter’s bedtime and my own.
The parent screen also includes buttons to allow you to talk to your child (by holding the microphone button) or to play a lullaby for them. With an older child, the communication capability allows additional flexibility to use the monitor more as an intercom than a traditional baby monitor. I know with my 8 year old, the monitor would be more useful in checking on my daughter while awake – such as reminding her to keep cleaning her room, doing homework, or getting ready instead of taking a reading break.
The 2.4 GHz wireless technology allows the Motorola MBP36S Baby Monitor to work throughout our house and even into our yard. Our old baby monitor (which was not even 900 MHz) would not work in our basement, or on our deck. Again, the range is helpful with an older child if I leave her inside while mowing the lawn.
The Motorola Baby Monitor is available for purchase at Target.com. It would make a great baby shower gift. With the high-tech features, it’s a baby shower gift that a gadget loving dad-to-be will appreciate particularly if you are attending a co-ed baby shower. I know my sister is looking forward to using the monitor with her baby. ).
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.