VTech Safe & Sound Monitor Giveaway

by heirtoblair on October 15, 2012

We didn’t register for a video baby monitor & everyone said we were crazy but truthfully, I was afraid that I’d go crazy if I had one.  Staring into it at all hours of the morning, watching my baby swaddled in his crib.   His nursery was directly beside our bedroom & he was in his crib the first night we came home.  We picked up a typcial voice-only baby monitor & turned it on a whopping two times.  We’re just not baby monitor people, we decided.

That worked great in our old home where the bedrooms were separated by a few feet & the entire downstairs echoed what happened upstairs.  But then we moved to our new home, which is almost 30% more square footage & a layout that does not carry sound well.  Harrison’s room is down a hall & we’ve been having a devil of a time getting him to stay in it.  We’ve put a baby gate at the top of the stairs simply because I’m afraid he’ll fall down them in the new house trying to find us & then I worry about him getting out the front door.  In our last house where we were so close, I didn’t think twice about flipping his lock around but in this house?  No way.

When VTech approached me about National Baby Safety Month, I was like, “Okay, what the heck do I do with a toddler where I can’t see him but I’m asleep?” & they’re like, “Video monitor, brainiac.” (but in a really sweet, gentle way on my over-tired momma heart.)  So VTech sent me their Safe&Sound® full color Video & Audio Monitor to test out.

Now I don’t how we lived without one.

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I can watch Harrison.  I can see the temperature of his room.  When we have another kid, I can add another camera & toggle back & forth.  The monitor lays quiet until he makes a chirp & then I hear it, which means it doesn’t interfere with my sleep until it’s doing it’s job.  The best part is the two-way communication, which means that the moment his little feet hit the floor, I press a button & say, “Get back in bed, Harrison!” & he hops right back in.  Which means I don’t have to get out of bed or be interrupted from writing while he naps.  After our first run-in with the two-way voice:

Me:  “How was your nap, Buddy?”
Harry:  “My light said ‘back a’ bed!”
Me:  “Your light? Whoa.”
Harry:  “Momma ‘back a’ bed me!’ in my light! whoosh!”

I’m all ::fistbumps roger rabbits:: to myself & now when I tuck him in, I make a big show of setting up the monitor so he knows that Momma can “back a’ bed me!” at anytime.

Which basically means that I’m not entirely sure how any toddler parent doesn’t have a video monitor. 

Thanks to VTech, I’m giving away one Safe&Sound® full color Video & Audio Monitor ($130 value) to a lucky person, whether you’re expecting or have a teenager that you want to spy on to be sure he’s not sneaking out of his room. (leave a comment by clicking on that orange circle at the top of the post!)


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Amber October 15, 2012 at 3:42 pm

What a cool monitor! I love the two-way radio option.

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Adrianna October 15, 2012 at 3:56 pm

My top safety issue with olivia is not falling out of bed. Apparently our convertible toddler bed does not have railing which we didnt know until we converted a few weeks ago. She’s gotten used to the bed now but it was nerve wracking at first!

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Beth October 15, 2012 at 3:57 pm

I would love to have this monitor for my newborn and two year old!

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Carrie October 15, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Love the talk back feature!!

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Kayla October 15, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Just moving my toddler from his crib to a toddler bed; would LOVE a video monitor!!

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Jennifer October 15, 2012 at 3:59 pm

We’re in the market for a monitor very similar so we can get DD out of our room. (actually we’ve been in the market for a yr but unemployment does not agree with said purchases ::sigh::) DD’s room is upstairs and with my hearing loss I don’t see how anything but a video monitor could ease my worries. I love the 2 way and how you can add a camera. Very useful!

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Shannon October 15, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Is this a secure monitor?

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Nicole October 15, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Our son has been in his big bed for 6 months and has done great. However in the last 2-3 weeks he has been roaming between the bathroom his room and the spare bedroom. I would love love love to be able to tell him to get back to bed without getting out of bed.

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Jessica V. October 15, 2012 at 4:00 pm

I would LOVE LOVE LOVE this. We are expecting our second baby in April and have a 2 1/2 year old daughter and I love that you can go back and forth from one child to the other. We are definitely going to need that!

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Antonia October 15, 2012 at 4:01 pm

We recently moved into a home that was literally DOUBLE what our previous house was. We also have stairs this time around. The little boy in my life is BIG into climbing. He’s pretty good at it, too. We have a permanent gate at the top of the stairs, and a removable one at the bottom. They are our current biggest safety concern.

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Stacey October 15, 2012 at 4:02 pm

This sounds awesome!

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Sarah October 15, 2012 at 4:03 pm

I would love to be able to supervise our toddler while I am rocking/nursing his 3 month old brother!

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Amanda P October 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm

We never had a video monitor either. In fact, we didn’t really use the old-fashioned monitor at all. Still don’t. But I kick myself for not having ever had one. Would love one!

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Jackie C. October 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm

The two way radio part would be great for my toddler!

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Trisha B October 15, 2012 at 4:08 pm

The 2 way radio is awesome!

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Barbara A. October 15, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I had NO idea you can two-way talk with these now. that is amazing.

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Loni October 15, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I didn’t go with a video monitor for our son either because I felt the same way as you did – that I would obsessively watch his every move and drive myself crazy. Now that he’s 19 months old, I desperately wish we had one so I could keep an eye on that busy little bee!

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Amanda October 15, 2012 at 4:10 pm

My top safety concern is everything. I worry too much! A video monitor might ease some of that worry!

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Liddia October 15, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Awesome monitor! My two oldest share a room upstairs and I have a devil of a time getting them to stay in bed! H and I would have a ball telling them to get back in bed through this monitor!

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Amber October 15, 2012 at 4:11 pm

What a fabulous monitor. I’ve considered getting a new one that allows us to talk to Abby so this would be the perfect solution and I love that you can add additional cameras in the future!

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Aleta October 15, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Very cool! The two way thing is what got me thinking this could be a really nice thing to have. Although we are in the middle of potty training, so he gets out of bed 5 times declaring he has to go potty. I’ll be darned if he doesn’t squeeze some out every time. I know he’s stalling… but…

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Kristen October 15, 2012 at 4:13 pm

We have a video monitor, but it is 3 years old and has seen better days. I love the two way radio option. Very cool!

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Ginger October 15, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Our top safety priority right now is making sure the little escape artist doesn’t run off (from the house, the car, the walk, WHATEVER). Little man would be halfway to Mexico if we let him.

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Stacey October 15, 2012 at 4:15 pm

We love the monitor we have but that two way sounds amazing!!!

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Adam @ Hanging with Dad October 15, 2012 at 4:15 pm

My wife and I have been talking about getting a video monitor for a few months now. We haven’t taken the plunge, but I’m going to need something more than a sound monitor with Elliot. With Isaac I had to get up and walk all the way across the house multiple times a night to see if he was fussing in his sleep or actually needed me.

A talk back feature that keeps me in bed while getting him back to sleep would be legen-(wait for it)-dary!

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Caitlyn October 15, 2012 at 4:16 pm

This monitor looks great! My younger son is 18 months and into everything!!!! When we make the switch to a toddler bed (probably not far away as his older brother managed to climb out of the crib at 18 months and he is already trying) a monitor like this would be perfect to ensure that he isn’t getting into trouble in there:)

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megan October 15, 2012 at 4:17 pm

i want it. bad :)

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Stephanie October 15, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I feel like everything is a safety priority when you’re a mom! I’m pretty dutiful about carseat safety though, so I guess that would top my list!

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Katy October 15, 2012 at 4:19 pm

We recently moved to a much larger house as well and I would love having the talk back feature with my twins!!

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Jill October 15, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Love the talk back feature…that would come in handy with my 2-1/2 yr old

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Dana October 15, 2012 at 4:20 pm

This would be so awesome to finally get to watch her without going into her room. We had another monitor and it died. :(

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Liz October 15, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Wow! Two way sound? We cannot keep our 2 year old in his big boy bed either. It takes us (at the very least) 45 minutes to get him to stay put. And (unfortunately) that’s with us standing right outside his door so we can stop him as soon as he opens it. I would love to be able to talk to him once I see him get up! And how cool that it shows you the room temp!

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Jen C. October 15, 2012 at 4:22 pm

I would love this! The “back a bed” feature is awesome……how cute, Harrison!

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Laura October 15, 2012 at 4:22 pm

This V-Tech monitor sounds really convenient. I’d love to have one.

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Joanna October 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Honestly, I work for a company that manufactures a fire suppression devices so lately my biggest safety concern is coming up with fire plans and beginning to teach Madison what to do in case there were ever a fire. We have a split floor plan so the girls are on the opposite end of the house from us.

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Susan October 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Oh gosh I need one of these. Our old monitor is about to kick the bucket and the new little one is almost out of the bassinet and into her own room.

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Lindsay October 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm

I have a video monitor now but it’s not a 2-way… this one is awesome.

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Jamie October 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Awesome! I’m in desperate need of a new monitor!

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Cara October 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm

It would be awesome to have a video monitor now that my 4yr old is having bad dreams:( also, have a teething 1 yr old that talks in his sleep so it would be great to see if he is actually awake before going in the room and disturbing his sleep:)

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Michelle October 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I’d love to spy on my 2 year old especially since we’re close to moving him into a big boy bed!

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Stephanie October 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm

My biggest safety priority now that Courtney (28 months) is in a toddler bed if anchoring her furniture to the wall. So afraid of her climbing her dresser. The video monitor would be a great way to keep an eye on her. :)

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Laura October 15, 2012 at 4:27 pm

This would be great! I’ve got two in one room – would LOVE to be able to see both! :)

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Rebecca October 15, 2012 at 4:27 pm

I would love this! I have often thought about getting a video monitor for my 2 year old. She can get into a lot more trouble than a swaddled newborn…

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Melissa October 15, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Top safety issue is making sure he stays in bed and doesn’t fall out :)

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Kelly October 15, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I’ve been wanting a video monitor ever since my daughter was about six weeks old. She’s 13 months now. I, like you, thought I’d never have any desire for one and registered for an audio monitor instead. What a mistake!

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Izabella October 15, 2012 at 4:32 pm

We’re looking to upgrade to a video monitor! We have a toddler (3yrs old in Nov.) and another little princess on the way… I really like that you can add cameras :)

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jennifer October 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm

This would be awesome! My hooligans are 5 and 3. They share a room, and we have a devil of a time getting them to actually get in bed and go to sleep at night. The two-way communication sounds awesome!

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sarah October 15, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Oh gosh, do we need one of these. Crazy toddler plus one on the way. Love that you can set up two cameras! Genius.

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Jessie October 15, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Our video monitor just died and we are using the cheapest sound monitor Target had until we can research and buy a new one. This one sounds perfect and I will definitely research it more.

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Amy October 15, 2012 at 4:37 pm

I’m due in 5 weeks… Would LOVE something like this to watch the wee one-to-be!

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amberO October 15, 2012 at 4:39 pm

I didn’t register for one either because of some of the things you listed, but boy have I wished so many times that I did. I’m too stubborn/cheap to go out and buy one so I would love to win this one! Thanks BA!

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Jessie Mallicoat October 15, 2012 at 4:39 pm

A video monitor is on my list for #3. Plus, I would love to have one for my 2 year old when she moves in to a big girl bed!

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Kristy October 15, 2012 at 4:40 pm

OOOH, I want one! I’m very tentative about switching my 2 year-old’s crib into a toddler bed for this very same reason. I know he’ll be in and out of bed all.the.time. :)

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Amy McKee October 15, 2012 at 4:40 pm

I so need this monitor! My little guy is going to try to climb out of his crib any day (something my daughter NEVER did) and I would love to see him without disturbing him!

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Abbey October 15, 2012 at 4:40 pm

I’d have to say #1 safety priority is keeping him where he should be…all doors are game now, so I have to be 100% on my game at all times to ensure he doesn’t go somewhere unnoticed.

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Kelly October 15, 2012 at 4:41 pm

I feel like a total dork for saying this….but how neat is that?!?! I’m new to this baby gig and still trying to feel my way around of what we need and don’t need….and I think this is a definite ‘need’. The visual peace of mind in itself is well worth it. Thanks for sharing love!

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Leila October 15, 2012 at 4:42 pm

We never bought a video monitor with our first son who is almost 3. Like you, it just wasn’t needed because of the way our house is set up. Now with a 3 month old and hopefully moving to a bigger place in a few months, I would LOVE one.

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Andrea October 15, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Looks like an awesome monitor! I have been researching video monitors, as we’re about to embark on the “big girl bed” journey as well as have a second. This looks like a great option!

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Julie T October 15, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Dang, this would have save our house a lot of frustration when we made the switch to a big bed. Love the 2way communication feature!

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Melora October 15, 2012 at 4:46 pm

The picture looks so much more clear than my current monitor which has plenty of glitches. Love the talk back feature!

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Tara October 15, 2012 at 4:47 pm

THIS? Looks amazing. We are about to have our 3rd (hold me) and we could totally stand to upgrade our plain-Jane $20 monitors.

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Kiley October 15, 2012 at 4:47 pm

I need a two-way monitor now with a toddler. I’d love to be able to reassure her if she wakes up without having to go into her room.

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Kelli G October 15, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Safety in general is a huge priority, so it’s hard for me to pick just one thing! I hate how far away my boys seem at night, so this would be a Godsend!

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Nicole Bentley October 15, 2012 at 4:49 pm

I am in need of a new monitor so bad we just moved to a two story where my son is upstairs and we are down and not being able to see him is killing me . With Baby 2 on the way I love that I can add another camera.

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AC October 15, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I would LOVE to have one of these! I have an 8 month old little boy and we don’t have a monitor. This would be wonderful to have!!!

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amy October 15, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I totally could use this!!!! I hope i
win!

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Alli October 15, 2012 at 4:51 pm

OMG. The talk back feature! I’m sure my toddler girl would be fine, but my preschool boys that share a room – they need this SO badly! I can picture the look on their faces now when they know I can see their every move. Amen!

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Leila October 15, 2012 at 4:51 pm

My top safety priority is keeping my 3 year old in his room at night. He can now unlock and open our front door, which makes me nervous.

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Megan P. October 15, 2012 at 4:55 pm

I don’t have a child yet BUT I would think my top safety priority would be making sure they are ok in bed and not escaping! :)

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pam October 15, 2012 at 4:55 pm

That’s awesome!

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Lauren October 15, 2012 at 4:56 pm

I have a lower end video monitor that I love for my toddler. Expecting our second kid in December so having the ability to add a second camera on one monitor seems mighty attractive.

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Hillary October 15, 2012 at 4:58 pm

I would love this for my ‘soon-to-be-big-boy-bed-sleeping-mischevious-little-boy!’

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Amy October 15, 2012 at 4:58 pm

As a Mom-to-be, I know that I’ll love this camera. I’ll be able to watch the Babe sleep without having to ninja style my way across her room.

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Abby October 15, 2012 at 4:59 pm

I could definitely use a video monitor! I am having a baby in December and this would ease a lot of anxiety I am sure I will be experiencing!

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Amber October 15, 2012 at 4:59 pm

I need this monitor. We also, recently moved into a house that does not carry sound. In fact, I don’t hear the escaped toddler until he is inches from my face or pushing me to “scoot over.”

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Sara W. October 15, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Love this monitor!! I would love to be able to watch my son when he is supposed to be sleeping :) Great giveaway!!

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Amy October 15, 2012 at 5:01 pm

LOVE the 2-way option for our toddler. I’m in the market for a new monitor now that #2 is on the way and this looks like a winner!

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Sara October 15, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Our monitor has recently broke and this would be great for our family. We have a toddler and are thinking of expanding our family. Would love this!

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Jess M. October 15, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Very cool – love the walkie talkie aspect.

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Stephanie October 15, 2012 at 5:03 pm

We have a 21 month old and a new baby on the way next month! This would help ease my new Mom worries and maybe help me get some sleep! MAYBE????? :-/

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liz October 15, 2012 at 5:03 pm

My number one safety priority is unfortunately my son’s peanut allergy… and making sure that he is not exposed to them in any way… our home is a “safe zone” for him in that respect. (I realize this doesn’t have anything really to do with a monitor… but we’d love to win the monitor, too! We have a new baby in the house… and only one sound monitor.)

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Melissa October 15, 2012 at 5:05 pm

I would LOVE to have that!! My 3 yr old is constantly making noises on the regular monitor and I am constantly wondering if I should get up and go check. This would save me so much worry!

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Meg October 15, 2012 at 5:08 pm

i totally want this. Not for me (I’ve just given in to the notion that if they need me? I’ll hear them), but for my BFF and her dogs. And her husband. And possible future child. Because if anyone needs to be able to pull the Voice of God via speakerphone? It’s her.

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Carolyn October 15, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Haha, it’s so funny, but I also purposefully didn’t buy a video monitor when I was pregnant, and the audio only one was totally fine . . . until he started learning to stand up and wouldn’t be able to lie back down, or he’d get his leg stuck in his crib slats, or he’d throw his blankie out of his crib and then freak out until he got it back. We installed a webcam in there so I can see what the problem is and know if it’s worth my getting out of bed (leg stuck in the slat and he’s trying to roll? I’M ON MY WAY!) or if I should just wait it out and see what happens (whimpering in his sleep? I’ll keep dozing, too!) I still don’t know that I think they’re worth it for little tiny babies, but for bigger babies and toddlers? HOW DO PEOPLE GET BY WITHOUT ONE??

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Grandma Bonnie October 15, 2012 at 5:10 pm

My worry is when the grandchildren stay over night the masterbedroom is on one end of our house and the other bedrooms are on the oppsiite side. They might not wake me and wander around at night.

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Kelly October 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm

I need this monitor!! I have a 2 year old and one on the way!

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Amanda October 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm

I’m a car seat safety maniac. If I had to choose, of course, because I’m paranoid about safety everything.

That said, I our old monitor broke last month and I just had to get a video one. Worth every single penny + a million more. I don’t have to go up and down the stairs fifty times a night. Of course, now my daughter just climbed out of her crib for the first time. She’s 3, so I knew it was coming eventually.

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Susan October 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm

We don’t have a video monitor either but I like the idea that my son could think that I’m talking to him in the middle of the night via a mysterious camera.

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Robin October 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm

We are totally on the same page and life moment as you and Doug. Our first house was small enough that we never needed a monitor, we could hear everything. In September we moved into a home that is much larger and lay out is such that we wouldn’t know if kiddo is up and moving unless he was in front of our face. Plus, we have kiddo 2 due in 10 weeks. A video monitor seems like that best solution because we can add a camera and have eyes in the sky wherever we need them. I would really like to invest in a quality one that would last through the teenage years and can be used in the basement when girls come over to see my boys. I look forward to say via the monitor, “All feet on the floor at all times!” and “you don’t need to be sitting that close together!”

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Tia October 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm

I never thought I would have any need for a video monitor, but the idea of controlling naps alone makes me want one!

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Jill October 15, 2012 at 5:21 pm

I love the talk back feature! I have a 3yr old, 2yr old, and 2 month old BUT this would be perfect for my 2 yr old who is currently giving this momma run for her money!! Hope I win!!!

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becca @ sewLOVED October 15, 2012 at 5:27 pm

top safety right now? teaching our three year old about car safety. he’s completely fearless in parking lots, and it’s terrifying to think about what could happen…

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Deborah October 15, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I always wished we had splurged on a video monitor when my son was born. Now I’m expecting twins, so I think we will have to go the video route to keep track of everyone. Thanks for entering me in the giveaway!

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Janae October 15, 2012 at 5:30 pm

I’m always worried about blankets over the face, especially with another little one coming into the picture in a few weeks! I always went into my first daughter’s room a thousand times (and still go in before I go to bed now and she’s 2!) and I’m sure I’ll be just as neurotic this time around. ;)

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Carla October 15, 2012 at 5:32 pm

My biggest safety concern with my son is that he will get out of bed and manage to open his own door. We are moving in a couple of months to a new house (under construction now) and the types of handles on the doors mean that he can open them on his own. I am afraid that once he’s in a big boy bed, trips out of his room during the night could be dangerous. We won’t have stairs, but there are plenty of other things that worry me. A video monitor would definitely alleviate some of those concerns. Also, being able to talk my tot back into bed without having to actually go in his room (and therefore, re-do the entire bedtime process) would earn major fistpumps from me AND my husband!

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Jessica October 15, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Would love to have this now that we are trying to transition our little girl Sloane into her own bed!!!

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AndreaW October 15, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Talk back feature RULES. Would love this monitor! Time to channel some Charlie Sheen and get some WINNING going on here.

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Shawna October 15, 2012 at 5:36 pm

I would love to have this monitor for my two kids. We never got one either when we registered, because I just didn’t think it was worth the extra money. After seeing a friend with one, I wish we had gotten one. Thanks for the opportunity!

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KteeB October 15, 2012 at 5:40 pm

As the momma of a special needs kiddo, this would be awesome to have! I could give her the independence she desires while still making sure things aren’t going haywire. It makes me smile to just imagine the possibilities!

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Mitch October 15, 2012 at 5:40 pm

We have a noise only one for the 2 year old and are expecting our second. This would be great to have for one or both. :)

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Melanie October 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm

my top safety issue is general new momma nervousness as we get ready to transfer our 10 week old from RnP to crib in another room.

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