This post was sponsored by Baby’s Journey as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary merchandise to facilitate my review.
I remember hearing as a child that all moms have eyes in the backs of their heads. And, I thought, it must be true. For how else did she always know what I was up to? Now that I’m a mom myself, I get it. Most of the time I know what my child is about to do, ready to start, or the mischief that’s about to occur. Yet as much as my sixth mom-sense does for me, I still need more eyes on the ground. With two kids, I certainly can’t be in two places at once, listen out for work, cries, laughs, and danger at the same time (even though that’s pretty much a mom’s job description…). I’ve been using a baby monitor since Red was little to help me out. Besides using it in the obvious place (crib!), I’ve taken it on vacation to see a playroom, used it on the porch while I cleaned up outside, and sometimes, poised it in the den to watch my kids working on something while they thought I was occupied.
While I loved my “new fangled” video monitor when Red was a baby, I hadn’t seen too much in the way or improvements, additions or anything that made me want to “upgrade” my monitor with our new brood of two. I was given the opportunity to review the Baby’s Journey Smart Sync baby monitor to see how it might help me keep track of important details. The Baby’s Journey monitor merges the expected functionality of a video monitor with the capabilities of a smart phone and together, the two functions pair to create a helpful log of your baby’s growth, milestones and special moments as well as give me those much-needed extra set of eyes that I needed.
Baby’s Journey is an innovative children’s products maker and together with AT&T, launched a new baby monitor line that provides intelligent information about baby’s goings-on. My first impression was that Baby’s Journey and AT&T had merged our smartphones with a baby monitor and gave me the slim design paired with the functions I use everyday. The Baby’s Journey smart sync baby monitor took about 20 minutes to set up out of the box, which almost felt like a lifetime to me. It features an LED touch screen, so factory test and calibrations, as well as wi-fi set up, and social media accounts needed tending. Though I finally got it up despite running between running back and forth to the kids, the monitor performed smoothly both in light and dark rooms, and has what I consider to be premium sound I’ve not heard in a monitor before. Other features include Wi-Fi connectivity, built-in rechargeable battery, easy night viewing with infrared LED’s and compatibility with any service provider.
The parent monitor is extra slim and fairly touch responsive. You can set the volume and power with the touch of an external button and take photos right from the video input (in case of some very cute sleep positions). I really enjoy is the photo option, but while I occasionally share on social media, I wish there was a way to download them to my computer or phone without first getting them through the app that comes with the monitor. I don’t necessarily want to share pictures of Scarlett escaping her crib (I’m sure the day will come!) on twitter as much as I just want to text them to my Mom.
By far the neatest thing the monitor offers is the ability to transform your smart phone into an additional monitor feed or offer guest viewing. My husband, while at work, can check in on baby’s nap or see a little note we left for him, though I’m not sure what we would use the guest feed option for; it seems too private to share! However, with the 5” Touch Screen I can always keep an eye on the kids track Scarlett’s important activities (feedings, diapers, milestones, medicine reminders, etc.) directly on the monitor or through the free AT&T Smart Sync Mobile App. The touch screen monitor and app automatically sync, providing a seamless viewing and tracking experience.
The monitors are now available online and in-store at Babies “R” Us locations. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/ATTSmartSync