A baby monitor is one of the must haves that I personally believe all parents with young children need. They can help give parents peace of mind knowing that their little ones are safe in their own room but there are so many of them on the market it is really difficult to know which one to pick. We have been reviewing the Tomy TFV600 Digital Video Baby Monitor for the last three months and have taken it with us on our travels to put it through its paces.
The Tomy TFV600 digital video baby monitor comes with a main parent unit and one baby unit. The parent unit has a good size colour screen (60mm) and lots of features that can be used both day and night. From the parent unit you can control the view of the camera on the baby unit, zoom in and out and use the two way speaker system. The parent unit also displays the room temperature of the baby unit so you can keep an eye on the temperature, perfect for warm summer days and cooler winter nights.
What we liked
The parent unit also controls the sound system and you can reduce the sound coming from the room but maintain the alert system so you don’t have to listen in to a snoozing baby all of the time. I like this feature as I’ve always been able to hear Little Mr if he was upset or chatting away to himself so being able to reduce the sound but keep the alerts is a great feature. You can also control the lullabies that the baby unit plays from the parent unit and these are traditional relaxing lullabies which can help settle your little one off to sleep.
The monitor comes with two mains adaptors for the parent unit and the baby unit but the parent unit doesn’t need to be plugged in all the time. The parent unit is rechargable so it can last a good few hours.
We took the Tomy TFV600 baby monitor on our trip away to Hoburne Cotswolds and it was easy to set up and use in the lodge. Hubby and I wanted to put Little Mr to bed in his own room and keep an eye on him whilst we enjoyed a glass or two of the fizzy stuff and watched a movie. The baby monitor was brilliant, with a very clear picture and great sound. The baby unit has a built in nightlight which can be activated from the parent unit. This is rather bright and unfortunately distracted Little Mr from settling down to sleep. I was able to turn it off easily and turn it back on if needed.
The picture on the parent unit is very clear
We also took the monitor away with us to Cornwall and used it in his room in the bungalow which was brilliant. It gave us complete peace of mind and was able to check on Little Mr throughout the evening whilst we enjoyed being outside in the hot tub and in the lounge with the stereo system on.
The baby monitor has a great range to it so you could use it up to 300 metres away. Rest assured our lodge definitely wasn’t that big but does give off the reassurance that you’re always going to be able to be in range when using the monitor within the home. There is an alert that sounds should the baby unit and parent unit lose contact or is out of range. This is great for parents who want to be reassured that their little ones are being carefully monitored. The parent unit has the ability to add additional TOMY cameras to it (e.g. you wanted to control two baby units in separate rooms from one parent unit) which is a great feature.
What we didn’t like
I loved everything about the Tomy TFV600 baby monitor apart from the fact that it kept losing signal each time I turned it off. This meant that every time I wanted to use in the evening for Little Mr’s bedtime I would have to re-set up the camera. I’m not sure if I was doing something wrong but I had to pair the baby unit and the parent unit up again. This was annoying but didn’t put me off using the camera.
The Tomy TFV600 digital video baby monitor is available from all good baby and toddler retailers for approximately £99.99 which I believe is a great price.
All in, the baby monitor is brilliant and we have given it to Little Mr’s grandparents to use at their home so they can keep an eye on him when he naps. His naps have increased to two hours now so there’s plenty of time for them to get stuff done around the house and listen out for Little Mr should he wake.
Disclaimer: We were sent the product above for the purpose of this review. All words and images are my own and this forms an honest and reliable review.