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VTech DM221-2 Safe & Sound Digital Audio Baby Monitor Review

Updated on June 25, 2015

It Doesn’t Have To Be That Hard

At first I was not going to put a monitor down in my baby shower registry at all. I am thinking, “The baby is probably going to be anywhere where we are. I won’t need one.”
Then my husband talked me into it and I am glad he did. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to work late and baby is asleep in the next room and the monitor makes it so much easier. I don’t have to run and check on him every time he makes a noise. In the middle of the night I can call my husband, who has the other monitor, and ask him to bring me a bottle or anything else I need. He is great help and the monitor makes it much easier to get the help I need in the middle of the night.

The Vtech DM221 Safe & Sound Digital Baby Monitor comes with 1 parent unit (monitor), 1 baby unit (audio monitor), power adapters, battery, and user’s manual. The DM221-2 is basically the same product as the DM221 except the DM221-2 comes with 2 parent units instead of 1.

The monitors use DECT 6.0 digital technology to provide crystal clear sound. The parent units have a 5-level LED graphic bar lights to indicate the level of sound in your baby’s room when the unit is muted. You can set the parent units to alert you when there is sound in the baby’s room by vibrating. The parent units have a talk-back feature that allows you to use the monitor as an intercom for two-way communication, a built in belt clip, and rechargeable batteries with low-battery alert that last up to 18 hours of monitoring time per charge with range up to 1,000 feet so you can hear baby in and around the house. The loop on the baby unit lights up and doubles as a night light. The language is preset to English but can be switched to French or Spanish for all screen displays.

Pros

  • The sound is really clear. Seriously, you could determine the difference between a mouse fart and a sound your baby is making.
  • They are pretty sturdy. We’ve dropped one of the parent units a dozen times, if not more, and still works like a champ.
  • The talk button makes it very easy to communicate with baby, or in my case, to get help when you need it.
  • It’s cheaper than most monitors.

Cons

  • The monitors do not block background noise. You can hear everything going on in your baby’s room.
  • The night light is pretty useless. Personally, it’s too dim to change a diaper, and too bright to sleep with.

Overall:

The monitors are nice and cheap. We’ve had ours for three months and they have worked well so far. I don’t know if this is a pro or a con but when the power goes out and the monitors are plugged in but turned off, they will turn themselves on and sync with each other when the power comes back. That may not be a huge issue when baby is the only one in the room but when baby sleeps in the parent’s room, other people might hear more than they wanted to.

Many people have complained the battery does not last as long as the product claims to. We have not had that issue. In fact, ours have lasted nearly two days when running on the battery alone. Granted, we do not do that very often; hence we keep them plugged in almost all the time.

Another issue people seem to have is the monitors do not have that long of a range. We have not tested that feature yet, so I cannot attest to that.

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My Personal Rating

4 stars for VTech DM221-2 Baby Monitor

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