While it was an obvious decision for us to get a dual camera video monitor for our twins, I probably would have made the same decision with a singleton. I just would have set the cameras up differently in their room since the needs would be different. We love our Motorola cameras. Here’s why.
Audio and Video Quality
This model has great audio and visual quality. The night vision is so good that we don’t have any trouble seeing the boys when their room is pitch black. We can even tell them apart with the night vision (see photo below)…and they’re identical twins! We can easily toggle between the 2 cameras when we want to see which baby is making all the noise. One of the most common FAQ’s I saw when researching monitors was a question about if there is a lot of feedback between the 2 cameras. The answer is no. In fact, I’ve never heard any feedback at all.
To WiFi or Not to WiFi
We love wifi, we just didn’t want it on our baby monitor. The main benefit of having wifi on your baby monitor is that you can see the cribs from your phone. However, the downside is steep. It consumes so much bandwidth that it slows down the whole network and every other device suffers. We’re always home when we’re using the monitor, so it’s very easy to just leave it out on the table. This is one of very few things I prefer to have without wifi. This Motorola camera is sans wifi which is another reason we love it.
Mounting on the Wall
My husband mounted the cameras in each corner of the room above both cribs. You can mount them to the ceiling or the wall. As you can see in the photo below, he secured the cords to the wall so that they’re out of reach from the babies. The 2 cameras don’t have to be in the same room, so if you have kids of different ages that sleep in different rooms, they can each have a camera in their respective rooms.
On the top of the monitor, you can see the temperature in the room. While we also keep a thermometer in the babies room, it’s nice to check the one on the monitor screen without having to go into their room and risk waking them up.
One tip: In the interest of babyproofing, make sure that you keep the cords protected. We use these power strip covers all over our house, and certainly for the cords in their room. If you’re interested in babyproofing, I wrote about all of our babyproofing tricks, tips, and favorite products here.