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Motorola MBP36 Wireless Video Baby Monitor Review

Updated on August 27, 2013

Peace Of Mind Is Absolutely Priceless

If you are in the market for a baby monitor I strongly recommend the Motorola MBP26.

I am writing this because as a new parent, you buy SO many baby things that seem like a good idea at the time. Then you realize, a few months down the line, that you may as well have just flushed your cash down the toilet. We have made several baby item buying mistakes before and since our daughter was born, however this baby monitor was not one of those regrettable purchases.

We did our research and based on customer reviews, we decided to spend the little bit of extra money and buy this model. I can honestly say that after over 12 months of daily use (and counting) it's been worth every penny.

Below I have outlined why this product has been so wonderful for us as a family.

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Baby Monitor Features That Are Important To Me - In no particular order

  1. So very portable - wireless, with excellent range (200 meters)

  2. 5 hour minimum battery life when screen is allowed to go on standby (personal experience)

  3. Large screen - 3.5 inches

  4. Very clear image

  5. Very clear sound

  6. Night vision - clear as a bell, can watch the baby doing baby things (even breathing) in complete darkness without disturbing her.

  7. Ability to pan camera remotely to keep an eye on Little Miss while she's rolling around.

  8. Adjustable volume - So I can hear the slightest sound. I can also turn down the volume a bit when I am not in the same room but close enough to hear her without getting a sudden cry in stereo that will make me jump out of my skin.

  9. Room temperature monitor - Baby books make you so paranoid about the temperature of your nursery. This monitor allows you to constantly see what temperature your baby's room is.

  10. Perfectly synchronized audio and visual - I have not once encountered any lag.

  1. Zoom

Less Used And Unused Baby Monitor Features

2 way speaker - I have used it to communicate with my husband when he's in the baby's room, however I don't use it to talk to my daughter because, at this stage the disembodied voice just confuses her. I think it will be good for when she's bigger though.
5 Lullabies - Soothing like nails on a chalkboard, but some babies might enjoy them. To be fair, a baby monitor's ability to play music isn't exactly a prime selling feature so I don't consider it a loss. Most noise making baby products, in my experience play fairly abrasive music.
Multiple cameras - great feature but not useful to me personally. Very useful if you have a large space to cover, more than one child in the room or just want to cover multiple angles.

The sound is so clear, I can hear every tiny whimper and gassy bubble.

Here It Is Wall Mounted

Our house is spread over three floors and we have never experienced any distortion or lost signal.

We have complete peace of mind when taking the monitor out in the back garden to have a romantic late night BBQ while our daughter snoozes in her cot on the third floor.

Lights On

Note that this is a picture taken of video, so the image here is really not as good as on the device. I'm just trying to give you a rough idea.

The picture is so clear, I can see my daughter breathing even when night vision is turned on.

Night Vision In Action


Best baby moment captured with monitor (so far):

I caught her sitting up for the first time all by herself in her cot after a nap. It was a very proud moment that I would have missed out on if I didn't have the monitor sat on my desk.

How Does This Product Wear Over Time?

Last Updated 27/8/13

When I notice that the monitor is starting to fail (as all electronic devices do in time) I will update this space to include how well the monitor and battery life ages however, I can say that in over 12 months of daily usage its performance has not yet faltered!

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    • GregoryMoore profile image

      Gregory Moore 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Yes. Now why didn't they have these when my kids were little?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Liked and Pinned! Nice lens.. - very good topic -

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      GreenMind 4 years ago from USA

      Nice lens, thanks.

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      MadameJoy 4 years ago

      There are definitely benefits to the video monitor and there's even an iPhone application that lets you watch your kids from far, far away:

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      @flycatcherrr: I was so excited I screamed for my husband to come see and he thought something terrible had happened :)

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      It's remarkable how good the night vision image is - this looks like an excellent baby monitor video camera. And how cool was that, to see her sitting up for the first time?!

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      techmom 4 years ago

      We just had a regular monitor, but a video one would have been helpful.

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      Deb Kingsbury 4 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I think this may be the same monitor -- or at least very similar -- to what my sister-in-law has for her baby twins. Well done review!