When you mention audio or video monitors, most people instantly think of newborns. All parents experience those first months of needing to see and hear your child at all times. But, have you ever thought of how many ways you could use a monitor even for older children?
We have a six year old at home who is always on the go, always doing something. At that age, children do have more wiggle room when it comes to being monitored in person, but parents often still need an ear out to make sure everything is going as it should. Being able to hear what’s going on is an effective method in many situations and the VTech Safe&Sound® DM271-110 DECT 6.0 Digital Audio Baby Monitor with Open/Closed & Motion Sensors offers several different ways to use sound for safety and comfort.
Using the VTech Digital Audio Monitor With Older Kids
The VTech Digital Audio Monitor is the latest addition to VTech’s award-winning monitor product line. It comes with not only the audio home base, but also two smart home sensors to make taking care of your children – big and small – easier.
So, what can you do with the VTech Digital Audio Monitor when your kids are long past the infant stage? Plenty. Let’s take a look at just a few ideas.
THE BASE UNIT
With a 1,000 foot range, the DECT 6.0 digital technology gives you freedom to move about the house taking care of your to-do list while your child plays while also providing the best in secure connection signals so that the only sounds carried are you and your child.
MONITOR COMPUTER TIME
My son loves watching videos online. He loves to curl up with my laptop or his tablet and scope out YouTube to watch toy reviews, gaming videos, magic tricks, and more. Our house rule is that the volume must be on (no headphones) at all times so that Mom and Dad can tell what’s being watched. Sometimes that’s not easy when I need to be in another room cleaning, working or taking care of other things. By setting the base unit near him while he watches his videos, I can be sure to hear everything being said through the clip-on parent unit that moves with me – no matter where in the house I am.
CHECK IN DURING PLAY DATES
At this age, kids also start to have friends over to play. If you don’t want to hear “Moooooommmm… go away!” every time you peek your head into their play area, the base unit provides an excellent way to monitor what’s going on even when you’re not in the room.
ANSWER BEDTIME MYSTERIES & FEARS
The parent unit also features a 2-way talk feature so you can communicate with your child from any other room of the house. This comes in handy at our home since my son always wants to know the mysteries of the universe…. 10 minutes after he goes to bed. His room is upstairs and going back and forth is not fun. Now, with the VTech Digital Audio Monitor, I can easily answer things like “Where does water come from?” and “What would happen if the sun was made of candy?” from whatever room I’m in.
MOTION SENSOR & OPEN/CLOSED SENSOR
With the monitor’s two ULE sensors (open/close and motion), parents can easily go about their day while also monitoring “off-limit” areas such as cabinets, doors and other open spaces, receiving notifications directly to the parent unit. You can easily place the open/close sensor on doors or cabinets while mounting the motion sensor on a wall in an open, but off limits, area.
GUARD STORAGE AREAS
The open/close sensor makes monitoring storage areas simple. Place the sensor on closet doors or cabinets where small hands shouldn’t be digging around. It can be the cleaning supply cabinet, garden tools, or even just where you hide this year’s birthday presents. The moment that door opens – you’ll instantly know.
MONITOR NIGHTTIME WANDERING
This one came in very handy for nighttime adventures. My son does get up at night to use the restroom down the hall from his bedroom, so putting a sensor on his bedroom door would have led to a lot of false alarms. But, I do need to know if he walks past the bathroom, heading downstairs or into my office. By mounting the motion sensor further down the hallway, I can get an alert the moment he bypasses the bathroom door. Sorry, dude…. no midnight snacks for you!
The VTech Digital Audio Monitor comes packed with several other features that make it a very powerful monitoring and soothing system for kids of all ages.
- DECT 6.0 digital technology to ensure the most secure connection
- Glow-on-ceiling night light in base unit that projects the moon and stars onto the ceiling
- Temperature Sensor
- ULE (Ultra Low Energy) technology
- Rechargeable battery with low-battery alert on the parent unit
- Up to 40 foot range motion sensor
- Paging feature to easily locate a misplaced parent unit
- Plays a gentle lullaby to soothe child during quiet time
- Batteries, mounting hardware, and double-sided mounting tape included
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