VTech DM221 Audio Baby Monitor
- Comes with rechargeable battery units
- Holds a charge for up to 18 hours
- The baby unit doubles as a nightlight
- The units can be used like traditional walkie talkies
- Units can be used up to 1,000 feet from each other
- Digital technology eliminates background noise so you can only hear your baby
- Some parents have had connectivity issues
- It has been found that from time to time the units do not hold their charge
How it works
The VTech DM221 Audio Baby Monitor is a baseline monitor for parents who do not want the frills of a video baby monitor. The audio monitor allows parents to hear what is going on with their baby when the parent is not in the room. The monitor has other features that allow the monitors to be used like walkie talkies keeping communication open between parents and parents and their children. The monitor is moderately priced and affordable, and it can be found online or at any major retailer in your neighborhood. Set up is easy and the units are easy to use making the VTech DM221 Audio Baby Monitor a highly praised device.
The baby unit is designed to be the receptor of the parent monitor and the baby unit can emit sound and receive sound. The unit also doubles as a nightlight when the nightlight button is pressed on the unit.
The parent monitor operates as a walkie talkie and the parent can speak into their unit and it can be heard by the baby. All the baby has to do is make a noise and the parent unit will pick up the sound. There is a sound indicator light on top of the unit that lights up when sound is heard coming from the baby monitor. The more lights that light up on top of the parent unit indicates that strength of the sound coming from the baby’s room.
The units are also designed with DECT 6.0 technology that blocks out background noise and solely focuses on the noises coming from the baby so parents can clearly hear if their child is crying, laughing, or is unwell.
After you unpack the units, your next step is going to be placing the batteries into the unit. Each battery connects to a wire and that wire is connected to the unit. Connect the battery and replace the battery cover and as soon as you do that, the monitors will power up. Upon power-up, the batteries will begin to charge. It is recommended that you turn the unit off as soon as it comes on so that the battery can charge faster. Remember that the battery has been in the box for an undetermined amount of time and needs time to charge up so that the unit will work properly.
Once the batteries are charged, you can turn the unit on and set the units accordingly to your needs and wants. The units also run on two AAA batteries, which are not included in the box. If you choose to use the AAA batteries you must buy them on your own.
On the side of the parent unit is the talk button. When this button is pushed down, you can speak into the unit to the baby unit. This feature is great for a few reasons. The number one reason is that it allows you to talk to your baby without having to go into their room. For parents that are teaching their baby to sleep through the night or for babies who just want to hear their parent’s voice, all you have to do is speak into the unit and the baby will be able to hear you. This will help them soothe and fall back to sleep.
Another reason the walkie talkie feature is helpful is that parents can talk to each other from the baby’s room. If one parent is feeding or nursing and another parent is in a different room of the house, all the parent with the baby has to do is speak and their voice will carry to the other unit. If they need water, food, or something for the baby, they can connect with the other parent. For those parents that purchase the set that has two parent units, the parents can talk to each other as they would with regular walkie talkies from unit to unit.
The parent unit can go as far as 1,000 feet from the baby unit and can work indoors or outdoors. The unit will make a sound if the unit goes too far out of reach and the unit will also make a sound whenever the batteries are low.
Along the top of the parent unit is a line of lights that shows the intensity of the noise coming from the baby’s room. If parents choose to be away from the unit or put it on mute, they can still monitor the level of sound coming from the baby’s room by looking to see how intense the sound is by the indicator lights.
The Baby Unit
Aside from the on/off button, there is a volume button a page button and a nightlight button. When a parent pushes the volume button they can adjust the volume to the sounds that come from the parent monitor. At night, parents can set a lower tone so that when they try and soothe their baby from the other room their voice is not too loud to keep the baby awake. The volume can then be raised during the day to keep baby alert and safe.
One of the unique features of the baby unit is the page button. When pushed, the page button causes the parent unit to make noise and beep. This feature is great in helping find lost parent units. Because the parent unit is portable, it has the potential to fall behind furniture or be left in obscure places. The page button will alert you to the location of the parent unit. The page button is also great if you want to get the attention of another parent if you are in the baby’s room. When the parent unit starts to beep, it will alert the other parent to pick up the unit and talk into it to see what is needed.
The other unique feature of the baby unit is that it doubles as a nightlight. When you press the nightlight button the loop along the top of the unit will light up and glow in the dark making a nightlight for your baby. When morning comes, all you have to do is press the button again, and the nightlight will go off.