By Valerie Umans, Maternity Contributing Writer
I am over-the-top excited to become a new mom this fall, but at the same time a little bit nervous! However unrealistic, I know I’ll want to watch my baby at all times to make sure he/she is okay and having a video baby monitor will certainly help with that. So this week I tested the Lorex Baby ‘Sweet Peek’ video monitor.
Here’s some of my general observations on the Lorex baby video monitor:
It was really easy to set-up. All I had to do was put the battery into the monitor and plug that in to charge, along with the camera.
The battery life is said to last up to 8 hours (more than a lot of other monitors), but each piece (camera and monitor) also has a power cord with a long cord that makes it pretty convenient. You can put AAA batteries in the camera piece if you don’t want to have it plugged in all the time.
The camera has a sturdy base.
The monitor has a 2.4” screen…not huge, but big enough.
The quality of the video is really good and clear. The colors are a little dull, but the quality itself is good.
It has a night light on the top which I think will come in handy. The light isn’t too bright, it’s subtle, and you can turn it off whenever you want.
The zoom is a little hard to work. Would be nice if there were dedicated buttons on the monitor to control it, but there aren’t.
You can play lullabies for your baby from the camera speaker, as well as talk to your baby. I like this feature a lot and can’t wait to try them both to see if they’ll help sooth my baby (fingers crossed!).
I only tested this monitor with one camera, but you can use up to four with it.
Overall, I would recommend the Lorex Baby ‘Sweet Peek’ video monitor to a friend. It’s price-point is a little more affordable than some other brands, with a MSRP of $169.99 (but I found on Amazon for less) and additional cameras going for about $60 (again on Amazon). The video monitor can also be purchased at Wal-mart, Best Buy, Babies “R” Us and Target.
An added bonus: my friend’s baby loved to see himself in the video monitor and listen to the lullabies. He used it as a toy – but I figure when you’re not using it as a monitor you might as well get some extra value!
Get it on Amazon for $99
Thank you to Lorex for sending me their “Sweet Peek” baby video monitor for review. No compensation was received. There are affiliate links in this post.
Maternity Contributing Writer Valerie Umans also writes the blog ValsBakedGoods.com where she posts recipes, DIY projects and other things! A native San Diegan, she now lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and is expecting her first baby this Fall.