Who among us hasn’t cursed our baby monitors? The unreliability, the irritating static, the inadvertent eavesdropping on neighbors’ conversations, the refusal to play nicely with our cordless phones and other electronics?
We use our phone as a baby monitor, but only because our kids are now old enough to call to us when they need us. When they were babies, our monitor was our lifeline, so having one we could rely on would have been a great relief.
With that in mind, I decided a review of the Philips Digital Baby Monitor SCD589 was worth including here. Before I say anything else, though, I have to talk about the price: about $200. Initially that was a dealbreaker, but when I thought about how much I relied upon my monitor, how crucial its functionality was, and how much baby gear I’ve since figured out is unnecessary (way more than $200-worth), I decided it was a reasonable purchase, at least for those who can afford it or with extremely generous grandparents.
I was sent a model for review a while back and the functionality is, indeed, unmatched by anything I’ve ever used. The sound is crystal-clear, the units can be used as monitors and talk-back speakers, there are built-in lullabies, a night light, and even a temperature gauge. The killer feature, though, is the DECT technology that guarantees zero interference and privacy. I’ll defer to AJ on the details, as he wrote an incredibly detailed review on Thingamababy, but if you’re in the market and the price doesn’t put it out of range (oh my God, I just made a baby monitor pun), it’s worth a look and a listen.
Win it! Readers with kids ages 0-2 (or who are expecting) are invited to jump in the running by answering this question:
What piece of baby gear should NO parent ever buy?
Answer in the comments, or track back from your own blogs. I’ll choose a winner at random tomorrow (Friday, January 19) at 1pm PST.