Best Products: Safety 1st Hi-Def Digital Baby Monitor

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Since we live in a modest-sized apartment we debated whether we needed a baby monitor at all. But the length of our apartment and our desire to entertain in the backyard this summer finally convinced us it would be a good idea. After reading dozens of reviews, mostly mixed, of both expensive and inexpensive monitors we settled on the Safety 1st Hi-Def Digital monitor, put it on on our baby registry and crossed our fingers. Well, we’re happy to report that it has exceeded our expectations.

Here’s what we like:

  • The monitor is simple to operate with just an on/off button on both the parent and child units – no need to futz with channels and such.
  • The parent unit lights up when it picks up sound so you’re not playing the “is that the baby?” game while watching tv or listening to the radio.
  • The sound quality is excellent – clear and without static.
  • The parent unit has a belt clip so you can wear it if you’re cleaning the house or otherwise moving about.
  • Both units are small and lightweight.
  • In terms of price, it falls in the middle of the monitors we looked at. Ours was purchased here for $60.
  • Last, but not least, we really dig the look of this monitor – it’s not at all babyish and almost looks like a cool MP3 player.

Our only gripe might be that the battery life of the parent unit seems to run down kind of quickly, but since we primarily leave ours plugged in, it hasn’t been a problem.

So, there you have it. Two thumbs up for the Safety 1st Hi-Def Digital Baby Monitor ($60). Do you own a baby monitor you want to rave about or warn against? Let us know in the comments.