The VTech Safe & Sound Digital Audio Baby Monitor
The VTech Safe & Sound Digital Audio Baby Monitor is an audio monitor, so it is different to a video monitor. This means that you can’t see your baby on a video screen on the parent unit, you can only hear them (and it doesn’t have 2-way communication).
This is a basic model that actually works well, but if you want a video baby monitor that also has 2 way communication and a video screen, then check out my review of the Samsung SEW 3043W video baby monitor.
- WiFi friendly DECT.
- Wireless and portable digital baby monitor.
- Digital transmission provides superior security.
- Crystal clear transmissions.
- 1-way audio from baby unit to parental unit.
- 1000 ft (300 m) range outdoors and 160 feet (50 m) indoors.
- Volume control (up or down).
- Sound muting.
- 5 level LED visual sound monitor.
- LED screen back light on parent unit.
- Belt clip for parent units.
- Out of range indicator.
- Low battery light on parent unit.
- ON/OFF indicator on all units.
- Power light on all units.
- Requires 2 AAA alkaline batteries for the parent units (not included).
- Baby unit must be plugged into a power outlet.
- User manual.
You can check out the VTech Safe & Sound Digital Audio Baby Monitor on Amazon here.
What I like about the VTech Safe & Sound Digital Audio Baby Monitor
You might find it strange, but I like that this is a basic model at a low introductory price with none of the bells and whistles of more expensive baby monitors.
This means that it is very affordable for most moms and dads and has enough functionality to be worth the price.
The parent units can be plugged into the main power when you don’t need to carry them around with you, but then they switch to battery power when you do need to use them. So you have portable parent monitors (you have two, which is another plus) that run on both batteries and mains power.
The transmissions are crystal clear because it uses DECT 6.0 technology which is the latest cordless platform, giving you an improved range without having to increase the power usage. This technology also gives you superior sound quality without the interference so often found with wireless networks.
You can also increase or decrease the volume on the parent unit, even mute it if you are in company or watching the TV. The visual sound bars then take over, letting you easily see if there is noise in the nursery without the sound needing to be switched on as well.
Then you have a belt clip so you can keep your baby monitor safe while you carry it around (many baby monitors don’t come with a belt clip) and a fairly decent range inside your home.
What I don’t like about the VTech Digital Audio Baby Monitor
There is only one thing that I find problematical with this baby monitor and that is the batteries for the parent units.
First of all, they are not rechargeable, so you have to keep buying batteries when they run out of juice.
Second, is that the parent units tend to eat through the batteries, if you have it on all day, rather than plugged into the mains power. If you just use them for a few hours then obviously the batteries will last longer, but if you are at home a lot and you want to keep the parent unit on you all the time, then you had better stock up on the batteries.
Other than that, this is a great little baby monitor, worth its price.
Online customer reviews
On the positive side, parents love the signal quality and the clear audio transmissions with the VTech Safe & Sound Digital Audio Baby Monitor. On the negative side is that it eats batteries!
Should you buy the VTech Safe & Sound Digital Audio Baby Monitor?
If you are looking for a budget baby monitor to use at home and don’t want lots of features then the VTech Safe & Sound Digital Audio Baby Monitor might be the one for you.
With DECT 6.0 technology, you can easily hear your baby when they make a noise in the nursery and respond to them immediately.
The visual sound bars let you mute the sound when you are in company and still see if your baby is making a noise in the nursery. If you are in a noisy environment then these sound bars are invaluable.
You have a belt clip, to enable you to carry your baby monitor around with you, but still keep you hands free as well. The only potential negative is that if you use the parent unit on battery power for too long, you will need to keep replacing the batteries. Other than that, this is a well priced baby monitor with all the functions you need.