What's that you say? What do I know about baby stuff since I only have one child and she is barley 10 months old?
Very observant, my dear readers, but let me tell you...It's called OCD. Or actually, O.C.D.
Hello, my name is Nicole and I'm a baby stuff stalker.
No really, not kidding. So. Not. Kidding.
Before Boogie was born I read all my baby books, cover to cover. (BabyWise is actually highlighted, underlined and earmarked.) I also read the ones for Rutherford, and earmarked the good parts for him too.
Choosing bottles took MONTHS.
Weeks of scanning the Internet, reading reviews, pricing and in person walk-by's at Babies R Us & BuyBuyBaby, went into buying the umbrella stroller. (Which I then ended up buying at Wal-Mart because they had it cheaper then anywhere else and IN STOCK. Score!)
And that was just a $40 umbrella stroller.
Don't get me started on the convertible car seat.
I anguished over the digital thermometer.
Do normal people take 2 whole days to decide on a bottle brush? Just me?
See a pattern here?
So lately we found ourselves in need of a new video monitor for the Boogie's room. Game on...
This monitor is actually a replacement monitor for the one we had purchased in November. I don't know how it could have happened (
Like the little problem solver I am, I took to my Twitter account and called out the manufacturer. To my surprise the contacted my right away, refunded my total purchase price AND promised a replacement free of charge! I am now a huge fan of Safety 1st and can honestly say they have some of the best customer service I have encountered from any large company, as of yet. Kudos.
In the mean time, I needed a new one. You don't understand, it's like that old saying: Once you go video, you don't go back...or whatever.
So back to the drawing board I went with my new mission. Armed with the promise of a $161.00 check from Safety 1st, I started looking at nicer, newer and more upgraded models of video monitors for this time around. And that's when I saw it....
Que singing angels here.
Feast your hungry eyes, people. Soak in it's gloriousness. Bask in it's udder awesomeness.
|Summer Infant's BabyTouch Digital Video Monitor|
Swoon. Told you so.
Here's the description straight from the Summer Infant website.
The BabyTouch Color Video Monitor is the most innovative baby video monitor on the market. It features a revolutionary touch-screen controlled monitor, the first of its kind. Like many of the smart phones, simply touch the screen to control the monitor’s pan, scan, zoom and brightness features. Two other great aspects include a stylish, magnetic docking station for the handheld unit and a wireless, rechargeable battery-powered dock for the camera. Another wonderful feature is the unique talk-back option, giving parents the ability to speak into the handheld monitor and have their voice projected through the camera.
Summer Infant monitors always came highly rated from all the Moms around the Twitter water cooler but the are not cheap so I hesitated to buy one but that doesn't mean I didn't covet thy neighbors monitor. I have also been known to casually walk by them
Here was my chance to finally own the Rolls Royce of baby gear.. the Summer Infant video baby monitor and I was going for it. Oh yeah.
Off to BuyBuyBaby I went to buy buy my monitor. $249.99 later I was on my way home but not before a thorough walk through, you know, just to make sure everything is right where it was last time. (Including the new Munchkin Diaper Pail and First Years bottle drying station, either of which would be a very nice surprise from the other half for the low low price of $29.99 and $14.99, respectively.)
Hold on! Important side note here!!
If you don't know this already, BuyBuyBaby is owned by BedBath&Beyond. Yup, that's right! Which means all those 20% coupons you have piled up work at BOTH STORES. Let me give you a minute to let that one sink in...
Okay back to my story...
I then raced home, my head spinning with images of all the fun times my monitor and would soon be having. I ran into the house, a quick "Hey, how are ya?" to the kid and the father and I was tearing into the box with my teeth like a kid on Christmas. A quick scan of the directions (directions are for being read AFTER you fail to figure it out on your own) and I was up and running.
|Small camera unit & notice the Ohio State Buckeyes Brutis mobile on the crib. Yeah baby!|
Here it is on the wall in Boogie's room. And here are actual pictures of it's awesomeness in action.
|Great color picture of the play room and WAY too many toys.|
Second favorite feature is the "talk back" ability. Think of it like a walkie-talkie. I demonstrated this one this morning by giving Daddy a verbal "high five" on his diapering job. Fun times, people.
If I had to make one little improvement on perfection, it would be to have a temperature reading on the parent unit. Our other monitor had that and it was so helpful when the temp dropped here in the desert. (Her room is in a far corner of the house so it's hard to tell how hot or cold it is in there.) But this is minor and all of the other features, by far, make up for that one place it's lacking. The parent unit is also super fast when charging, like 4 minutes to get it 80%, a portable battery powered charging station for the camera which will keep the camera running for 10 hours when not plugged into a wall, AND a/v cables so you can hook up the parent unit to the TV. Genius!
All in all, my favorite baby item, hands down. I will be recommending this one to everyone, including you. Another bonus, @SummerInfant is readily available and willing to chat on Twitter and I am very pro any company that makes themselves accessible to it's customers.
You can find Summer Infant monitors and all of it's other amazing and thoughtful products, as well as, where to buy at http://www.summerinfant.com/
I was given permission to do this review by Summer Infant PR but I was not compensated in any way in exchange for a good review. I just really think they are awesomesauce. Now go buy their stuff.