hi! this is my first baby gear review and i hope you mommas or mommas-to-be find this informative and useful!
for the first month of fox’s life (give or take) he was one of those babies that would only nap in our arms. that was all fine and good, i was on maternity leave and snuggling him was the only thing on my to do list! pretty soon it dawned on me that this boy needed to take naps elsewhere–i would eventually need my arms for other items of business.
so, we started putting fox down for naps. wait, let me rephrase that.. we started trying to put fox down for naps. at first it was impossible.. and, yes, i googled “how to put your baby down for a nap without him flipping out on you” more than nine times. but, as it turns out, he gets better and better at it as the days go by!
he has been sleeping and napping in his rock’n’play for the majority of his life. it’s nice because it’s a portable bed and we can move it from room to room with ease. however, not every room of our house is nap-friendly.. especially not during the daytime with two loud dogs. so we have started to either have him nap in the rock’n’play in our bedroom or in his crib in the nursery. we are going to try the crib more and more, because we really want him to start sleeping there by the time he hits four months. but that’s beside the point. when he sleeps (at night or at nap time), it has been in the two separate rooms.. and we have had to move his baby monitor camera to wherever he may be at the time so we could get other things done around the house or watch him from the couch if it’s bedtime for him and not yet bedtime for us. as you might guess, that’s kind of a pain.. but we made it work.
well.. then i was contacted by levana last month and was asked to be one of ten bloggers to join in their “do more knowing your child is safe” campaign. this campaign included trying out and reviewing a baby monitor with.. wait for it.. TWO cameras. yep. sign me up! as silly as it sounds, i was super excited to get a baby monitor with TWO cameras–a permanent one for the nursery and a semi-permanent one for our bedroom. i say semi-permanent because we will keep that camera unmounted so we can move it to another room, such as the living room, with ease should we ever need to. you can also add more cameras, the monitor accommodates up to four! so if you had more kiddos or more rooms, you could watch them all from one handy monitor.
i had personally never heard of levana prior to this campaign. i thought that was strange, because when i registered for my baby monitor, i feel like i did a ton of research on many monitors on the market. of course, i was pregnant and my brain wasn’t all there.. so i am not surprised i missed this brand. so, a little bit about the company– levana is a company that is devoted solely to manufacturing baby monitors. that is really cool considering many of the other popular brands on the market make all sorts of electronics, not JUST baby monitors. levana works with real moms and dads to develop their products in order to make the product with features that are important to parents. they are dedicated to baby safety, making it their number one priority. because of this priority, they are able to deliver a product that gives parents peace of mind, knowing their child is safe through the eye of the monitor, allowing them to do more while their baby sleeps. in 2002 they launched the first-ever wireless monitor. this is crucial to child safety because it eliminates the risk of cord strangulation. (the cameras still have cords and they are to be positioned/mounted at least three feet from where the baby is laying.)
the keera monitor system came last week.
i liked the sleek design of the cameras and the 3.5″ wireless monitor.
of course the first thing i did (after opening the box) was read the manual. i am a BIG manual reader (and review reader! love it! i read the reviews on this monitor right away! oh and the first thing i do when i get to a hotel is read all the little books and manuals on the desk.) i thought it was strange the manual didn’t come with the monitor–it was found online. this is great for me as i have lots of internet access on multiple devices, but it may be tricky for those who don’t have home access to the online manual. that was a bit of a downer. there is a quick start guide, but i found it necessary to read the manual to know all the ins and outs and features of this awesome system. it really does so much! (i LOVE gadgets.)
both cameras pan–horizontally (300 degrees) and vertically (110 degrees.) the cameras also zoom, record videos, and take photos. there is a mini SD card that lives in the monitor and the system comes with an SD card adapter for you to plug into your computer. while the photo and video capability is a cool feature, i really don’t think it’s something that is important to me when choosing a monitor. who knows, though, i might capture some really awesome shots of my little guy using this feature.
there is a super user-friendly home screen on the monitor that lets you access all the features. the monitor is also a touch screen and has a locking mechanism so you don’t accidentally push things when you don’t intend to.
the LEDs are invisible, which is nice for nighttime as to not distract your baby. the wireless technology is called “ClearVu” and it is secure–apparently other monitors can be hacked and this one can’t. (who goes around hacking baby monitor recording?! that is sad that it’s a thing! crazy!) anyway–this feed is safe and secure. the battery life is awesome, lasting 24 hours in PEEP mode (which stands for power-on/off energy efficient picture.. i love acronyms) which is basically “sleep mode” and then it kicks back on with any sound or movement picked up by one of the cameras.
one feature i was really jazzed about was that you can press a button and TALK TO YOUR BABY. like a little walkie talkie or intercom system! the lazy lady in me loves that feature! you can sooth your baby with your voice without going into the room.. that’s pretty rad. it also plays three different lullabies, also a pretty cool feature. (even though i already have 723 devices that play music.. #lifewithababy.)
so, initially i set the camera up on the side of fox’s crib.
but then i read the bit about positioning it 3 feet or more away from him. i mean, i am sure it is fine on the side of the crib for now since the kid can’t even roll let alone get up and grab.. but he will be doing all that before we know it! (sad!) so i mounted it on the wall near his crib, but high enough to be out of his reach.
i have a hard time committing, so i used mounting tape instead of screws. but the mounting screws DID come with the monitor system, FYI.
for the other camera, we will just move it to wherever it is needed. it will hang out in our bedroom for the most part. but fox’s bed alternates from my side of the bed to marshall’s side of the bed.. we take turns playing binky patrol, as we call it. ;) so we won’t mount this second camera.
i messed around with all the features and so far i am really impressed with the monitor. it has great picture quality and the battery life really is so much better than what i was using before. i like the lullaby feature, but kind of wish there was a white noise feature because fox LOVES white noise.. haha.. but he also loves lullabies, so that’s good. i haven’t used the intercom feature yet, nor have i taken photos or video.. so i can’t report back on those features.
the horizontal panning is AWESOME and i can’t stress enough how much i like that feature. having a full 300 degrees comes in handy. the vertical panning is kind of a let down because it doesn’t pan super low–so if the camera is set up high, it’s not going to view down low very well. does that make sense? but it will pan up high–all the way to the ceiling! but i don’t have a need for that. and setting the camera down low and then panning upward isn’t very useful since the crib obstructs the view of the baby. that was kind of a weird way to explain my opinion on the panning, so i hope it made sense. the zoom is a great feature, it’s nice to pan right to the area you need to look and then zoom right in. it’s great!
the price of the monitor is comparable to others, especially since this comes with two cameras. i feel like it’s worth the price tag, especially since it’s on sale this month (see below.) it is hard to give a more thorough review on the monitor system since i have only had it just over a week, but from what i can tell.. i really think it is a high quality, reliable product that we will use and love. oh! i almost forgot to mention they have LIFETIME LIVE CUSTOMER SUPPORT. working in the customer service industry myself, this is HUGE. they also offer a free extended warranty, which is important to me.
i am confident it will be useful in allowing us to get more done around the house while fox naps and sleeps–as you may know, every spare minute is important to utilize! so instead of holding our little baby while he naps, we can do things like make dinner, do his laundry (it legit never ends!), play with the poor, poor neglected dogs (i kid!), tidy up the house, write blog posts ;), or even just have a little one-on-one time, just marshall and i. that’s rare these days. but the more fox is able to nap and sleep on his own, the more we can accomplish during his downtime!
all in all, i would recommend this monitor system over the other one i was using.. hands down. i don’t think i can mention the brand of the other one i have.. and, no, i am no expert on the matter since i have only used the two monitors. but there’s my opinion, for what it’s worth!
giveaway time! levana is generously giving away THREE keera video monitor systems! enter below. and if you would like to purchase the keera monitor, you can snag it for $50 off in november–$179.99 instead of the usual $219.99. be sure to take advantage of the deal before the end of this month. you can do so by clicking the buy now button below!
that wraps up my first ever baby gear review! i hope to share more of my thoughts on baby gear in the future, if i get time, only because i know i personally loved reading blog reviews on products over reading information directly from brand websites. there’s something about hearing from real folks that just makes me feel better about the situation.
xo. janetha g.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Levana. The opinions and text are all mine.