About the Uniden Baby Monitor System – Baby Watch B3002
(I received a Uniden Baby Monitor System – B3002 for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.)
Design: White Finish Parent Unit and 2 Baby Unit Cameras with green writing and a green base (for the main baby camera).
Baby Unit Specifications: Comes with 2 cameras; Options for zoom, pan and tilt; infrared for night vision.
Parent Unit Specifications: 2.3” Colour LCD Display Receiver
Features: Built in walkie-talkie function; in-built lullabies; secure and encrypted transmissions to avoid hacking; quad, auto-scan or individual views for up to 4 cameras; built in temperature displays;
Where you can get it from: Babies “R” US
Our Review of the Uniden Baby Watch B3002 Baby Monitor System:
The Uniden B3002 comes with two cameras and a large parent unit (it has a big display!). The two cameras are great for multiple children, as you can view both cameras simultaneously or auto-scan between the two (or view individually if you need to) – I think this is by far its best features, and I would definitely be utilising this if I had twins or two younger children (it shows up to 4 cameras/screens so even if you had a few young children to monitor!). One of the cameras can be either wall mounted or sit on a bookshelf, while the other has a clamp and suction caps to attach to the door of doors or on a surface.
We found that with the Baby Watch Baby Monitor, while it was initially a bit of an eye sore to consider installing (see below), it is actually quite portable and would be relatively easy to pack for a holiday or getaway where you would still like to keep an eye on the kids.
This Baby Monitor system also includes a walkie-talkie function to allow parents to talk to their babies, and we found this especially helpful when our son would wake up in the middle of the night and we needed him to calm down – we could sing a lullaby through the parent unit if we needed too! However the B3002 also comes with pre-set lullabies that can be easily played through the camera to soothe your baby through the night, and the parent unit has a simple play/pause button on the side to control the music.
The Uniden Baby Watch Monitor looked quite complex to install (as it came with 2 cameras, the parent unit and lots of cables). From the instructions it looked as though it had to be wall mounted, and I was a bit overwhelmed by the looks of it. However, when I got to actually installing the cameras, I found I could use the big round camera on a bookshelf (silly Fi!), and easily connect both it and the parent unit to the power points to get them to start working.
The parent unit screen quality is great compared to some of the others (the image is quite clear), however it does have a vignette kind of feel to it with the edges blacked out. There are several buttons and features on the parent unit to help you customise it to suit your baby’s needs – including volume control (we had to turn this down as it echoed a bit and my boy is LOUD), pan and tilt options, accessing the lullabies, as well as the menu and general set-up options. It even comes with the option to record if you insert a SD card into the back of the parent unit!
I did find the battery life wasn’t as long as some of the others, meaning it needed to be on the charging dock for most of the day and night (as my son is starting to transition to one, big day sleep and then he goes to bed a couple of hours before us). This just meant that I was moving the charging dock around each day to different rooms, but this is a personal preference issue.
The Uniden Baby Watch B3002 is cheaper than some of the other higher-end baby monitors available on the market, and comes with TWO cameras and a high-quality visual parent unit. Despite the slight echo and vignette of the screen, I think the B3002 is definitely value for money and worth the investment, particularly if you are thinking of baby #2 in the near future.
- It comes with 2 cameras for a reasonable price!
- The parent unit is easy to use and has lots of different options (including recording!).
- It has a walkie-talkie option to allow parents to talk – or sing? – to their babies.
- The camera has pan, tilt and zoom modes to make monitoring your baby easier.
- It has the option of adding up to 4 cameras to the parent unit and they can show as an auto-scan, a quad or individual views.
- There are numerous options and set-up features with the parent unit to allow you to customise it how you would like, such as brightness or adding extra cameras.
- The parent unit has a short battery life, so you may need to consider where this is kept and the possibility of moving the charging dock (or put the parent unit back to charge) a few times a day.
- It can be a bit echo-y and the screen creates a vignette when watching baby – more of a personal preference perhaps, but something you might like to be aware of.