AN EXTRA SET OF EYES…

• The Samsung SEW-3030 wireless was provided for the purpose of this review

Keeping track of one kid while working from home is difficult enough. Watching over two requires an extra set of eyes in the back of your head.

But since that’s biologically impossible, I’ll just have to use my Samsung SEW 3030 Wireless Monitor instead.

The lovely folks at Samsung sent me this earlier this year, to try out with Little Sis. She’s just started to take regular daytime naps, so this has come in really handy recently.

The obvious application is the video baby monitor, to keep an extra eye on your little one. I used a video monitor with Big Sis, but the picture and colour of this Samsung model is much better quality (the pic below was taken on my iPhone and doesn’t do it justice).

I find it really reassuring to be able to watch Little Sis on the 3.5″ colour screen when she’s asleep upstairs.

I just angle the wireless camera towards the crib, and keep the hand held monitor close by while I work downstairs (both can also be hooked up to mains power). 

Now, rather than running upstairs every 20 minutes to check on her, I just have to glance at the screen to see that she is sleeping comfortably. The voice activated sound monitor alerts me if she starts to stir, or cry.

What I really love about this model are the additional functions. By pushing a button on the side of the monitor the unit becomes an intercom. You speak into it, restless bubs hears your familiar voice, and – hopefully – settles down again.

But the possibilities don’t stop there… the other day I had the camera positioned so I could see Little Sis sleeping in her baby swing while I did some housework upstairs. Then I saw Big Sis walk into the lounge, and head straight towards her. 

‘Leave the baby alone,’ I growled through the intercom. She must have jumped a foot in the air, swinging one way, then the other, trying to work out where my voice had come from! (Hey, I don’t get out much anymore – I have to get my laughs where I can…)

You can also remotely activate a selection of nursery rhymes to play from the camera base unit (they sound a bit tinny, but Little Sis still seemed to like them), or a comforting night light to switch itself on!  

The high res camera automatically flicks to night vision once the light drops. You can even hook it up to Skype on your computer, set it to answer phone calls automatically, and use the Samsung as a remote webcam to check on your kids when you’re away from home. How cool is that???

I haven’t actually tried this function yet, but you can also hook it up to your television screen, and watch bubs continuously with the ‘picture in picture’ function, so you don’t have to keep checking the monitor. It even has a built-in temperature gauge that alerts you if the room gets too hot. 

When the kids are a bit older I plan to use the camera to keep an eye on them while they play – inside and out. If you get your angles right, you can even point it out the window at your front door, and use it like a CCTV security camera. And if you want to cover more than one area of your home, you can buy up to four additional cameras, and link them up with the one base unit.

The only problem I found with the Samsung SEW 3030 was that the camera has quite a shallow downwards tilt, so you need to play around with the position to get the best view. 

And because it’s a fixed position (rather than a camera that can be moved by remote control) so you have to physically move it to change the view. But, because it’s compact, light and wireless, it’s really simple to move around, and if you had additional cameras you could position them so all the blind spots were covered.  

It’s also really easy to take with you on holiday, or when staying with relatives. It’s portable peace of mind.


The Samsung SEW-3030 wireless baby monitoring system retails at £149.99.



5 Comments

  1. Steph - February 26, 2011

    Sounds fab. Wish I’d had one of them a few years ago when mine were little! In fact, come to think of it, maybe I’ll get CCTV installed in every room for now…..

  2. Jacq - February 26, 2011

    I think I could use one of these in our house. We don’t have babies now but with 4 kids, there is always a room in the house I can’t be in.

  3. Mummy's Little Monkey - February 26, 2011

    Steph & Jacq: I think cameras are useful at all ages!!!! LOL!! Maybe even more so as they get older, and sneakier… ;)

  4. KiwiLinz - February 26, 2011

    Hmmm should have one in Jax’s room in Raumati when she was 18 LOL.

  5. geekmummy - February 27, 2011

    I am a big fan of video baby monitors – I’ve had one with each of my kids, and there’s something really reassuring about being able to look at a screen and see what your little one is doing.

    This one sounds good. Maybe I’ll need to drop mine or something… ;)

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