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Motorola MBP36S Remote Wireless Video Baby Monitor Review: 10 out of 10 or Broken Again?

by Holly Harris

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The Motorola MBP36S Remote Wireless Video Baby Monitor has a lot of neat features ranging from a color screen to night vision.  When it works, it works so well you’d be crazy to live without. But does it’s usefulness outweigh the fact it has limited battery life, breaks often, barely reads at 100 feet through walls, and sometimes decides to turn off?

Reviews

The Motorola MBP36S Remote Wireless Video Baby Monitor has a range of reviews from a lot of different people and websites. The reviews on this product range from excellent to very poor. When you read through the reviews it becomes apparent that when this product works it is amazing, however often times it simply doesn’t work or stops working.

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Key Features

Color LCD Monitor: The biggest selling point of the Motorola MBP36S Remote Wireless Video Baby Monitor is the 3.5 inch LCD color screen. The image of your child is very clear and you can easily tell what they are up to. The camera can be placed up to 9 feet away and still get a crystal clear picture of your child’s crib.


Pan, Tilt, Zoom: The camera on the motorola baby monitor can pan, tilt and zoom in so that you can always get a good angle on your child. You can zoom from the parents hand held monitoring screen so that you can make sure your child is breathing ok or just see their sweet, sleepy face better. However you have to pan and tilt the camera manually. This allows you to mount your camera anywhere position it so that you can see your child easily.


Night Vision: A feature I love most about the Motorola MBP36S Remote Wireless Video Baby Monitor is the night vision! It is really cool that you can still see and monitor your child even when it is completely dark in their bedroom. This is incredibly helpful for checking on them at night, or if you have great blackout curtains in their room.


2 Way Audio: In addition to you being able to hear your child at all times this monitor also allows you to push a button and speak to them too. You can talk and try to soothe them or sing lullabies remotely while you catch up on housework or read a book.


Temperature Monitor: Another nifty thing about the Motorola monitor is that it tells you what the temperature is in your kids room. Sometimes by shutting the door to your kids room it can get really hot or cold which isn’t comfortable for your baby and could be a SIDS hazard for infants if it gets too hot. The parents screen has the temperature so you can adjust your central air accordingly.


590 Feet: Unobstructed this baby monitor can send a clear image and sound to the parents screen from as much as 590 feet away, sometimes even farther. Beware though this doesn’t mean it works that well when it has to go between walls and doors.


Plays Lullabies: The baby monitor also plays a variety of soothing lullabies to help lull your child to sleep or calm them down when they are restless. It could save you money because you won’t have to invest in a separate sound machine.

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2.4ghz Fhss Wireless: For those of us who aren’t very technologically savvy it may not seem like a huge selling point to be 2.4ghz Fhss wireless. But what this does is allows the monitor to work without interfering or using your wifi at all. This is nice because it won’t get in the way of anything you want to do online while your child naps. It also makes it easier for you to transport to a hotel room or grandma’s house since you don’t have to do any fancy configuring over wifi.

4 Additional Cameras: The Motorola MBP36S Remote Wireless Video Baby Monitor only comes with one camera for your baby’s room however you can purchase up to 3 more additional cameras and place them wherever you want around the house. All four cameras will report to your single parents screen so you can monitor multiple children at once or use the monitor when they are playing in addition to just when they are napping.


Screen Turns Off Audio Stays: The screen turns off after five minutes to conserve battery but the audio stays on so you can hear your child if they wake up. You can turn on the screen at any time to check on your munchkin without wasting battery.

Cautions

Breaks A Lot: Many parents have to make full use of the one year warranty. The warranty doesn’t reset with each additional unit they send you, it goes from the first purchase date.

There are many different ways this product fails to work, but most of the time it seems like the parent’s screen simply stops charging. Or it will only charge if you take a lot of time to make sure the charging cord is aligned just right. This is irritating as you may not know when the battery has died so you may assume your child is peacefully sleeping when they are wide awake and upset.  

100 Feet: Though this device is marketed as being able to monitor from 590 feet away that is only when there is nothing coming between the parent and baby monitoring unit. If there is anything obstructing the view, for example doors or walls, the device will only work well for about 100 feet. This might be perfect for a family in a small home but may not be ideal if you want to monitor from outside or in a bigger house.


Limited Battery: The Motorola Baby Monitor is known for having about a 3.5 hour life on the parents screen however this is only when the screen is turned off. When you turn the screen on to visually check on your child the battery life diminishes significantly.

And that’s without even considering that the unit doesn’t always charge well. So if your child takes nice long naps or if they have a lot of trouble going to sleep and you leave the screen on too long it may very well be dead by the time your child wakes up.

Only One Parent Monitor: The Motorola MBP36S Remote Wireless Video Baby Monitor comes with one parental screen monitor and additional monitors are not available for purchase. So if you and your significant other would like to both be keeping an eye on your little one you won’t be able to. Or if you would like to have two monitors set up in different parts of the house so you don’t have to carry it around with you it won’t be possible.

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Camera Has To Be Plugged In: The camera that watches your little one while they’re sleeping must be plugged in at all times. It has to be far enough away from your baby’s crib so that they can’t strangle themselves but within 8 or 9 feet so that you can clearly see your child. It also has to be near an outlet so it can be plugged in.

For some families this would require you to rearrange your child’s bedroom just so that the camera can be useful. You will also have to take the time to mount the camera on the wall or furniture and keep the cord away from walking areas so no one trips during middle of the night feeding sessions.

Lullaby Heard On Parent Unit: The camera on the Motorola monitor plays various lullabies to help your child sleep. While this might seem like a great thing so you don’t have to purchase an additional sound machine you can hear the entire lullaby on the parents screen. This can get very annoying and lead to parents turning off the sound only to forget to turn the sound back on rendering the monitor useless.

Sometimes Monitor Turns Off: The screen on the parental unit is designed to turn off after a few minutes to save battery however sometimes the sound also turns off which means your baby could be screaming for hours and you may not realize it. If you can’t trust your unit to work when the screen is off, is it really worth the price?

Short Life: As mentioned above the Motorola MBP36S Remote Wireless Video Baby Monitor often has stops working correctly after the first few months of use. Because of these issues most parents won’t be able to get more than a year and a half of use out of this product since the warranty only covers the first year.

I know that as an expecting mother I want to be able to buy products which will last as long as I need it for the first kid, and any subsequent children I have. I wouldn’t chose to purchase a product that won’t be much good once the warranty wears off and I can’t get a replacement every time it breaks. Not to mention, who wants to deal with having to return a broken product every few months while trying to raise a kid?

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My Overall recommendation

As a 7 month pregnant mom I can’t wait for the day where I can watch my little boy sleeping and check on him to make sure he’s ok. However the Motorola MBP36S Remote Wireless Video Baby Monitor simply isn’t very reliable and doesn’t have great reviews. I feel like I would spend more time fighting to get it to work or dealing with customer service than I would enjoying the product.

I would recommend looking into the Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor. I think it works much better and will last much longer than this Motorola baby monitor will.

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