This post was sponsored by Myfox.security system, but we still needed something to work as a baby monitor. Should we buy a baby monitor or add another camera to our security system. Here is why we decided to do the later.
When our first daughter was born, we lived a tiny apartment. It was about 600 square feet big and so small that our oven couldn't fit a regular sized cookie sheet and our queen sized bed had to be pushed against the corner of the room to make enough space to get to the closet. It wasn't much, but we were really happy there. When we brought our first daughter home to that little apartment, we didn't even bother buying a baby monitor. There just wasn't enough space to need one, I could hear her from any corner of the tiny space.
When our second daughter was born, we had upgraded our living quarters by quite a bit, it was town house and we still made do without a monitor. When we moved into our house this last year, I knew something had to change. I couldn't hear her on the other side of the house and I hated coming to check on her to find her sobbing because I couldn't hear her. We borrowed my mom's baby monitor for awhile but there were so many things I disliked about it I vowed I would find something better. After lots of research, these are the requirements I decided it needed to have.
- A camera with wide angle and zoom.
- No range requirements. I didn't want the monitor to not work if I was in the backyard weeding.
- 2 way speaker. I wanted to be able to tell her I was coming to get her.
- Night Vision. What good is a camera if I can't see her at bedtime?
- Be able to see the monitor from my smart phone.
- A shutter
I looked around at a lot of monitors even bought and returned a couple, but when I found the Myfox Camera, I knew I had found my perfect match. While it wasn't designed to be a baby monitor from the get go, it is exactly what I wanted, it met all of my requirements.
A camera with wide angle and zoom: The camera on the Myfox camera is HD with 130 degree wide angle, so I can see what is going on easily. It also has a 4x zoom so I can get a closer look if I want to.
No range requirements. This is my FAVORITE part of this camera. All of the baby monitors I checked out worked great up to a specified number of feet. With this camera I can use it anywhere I use my phone.
2 Way Speaker. This camera lets me talk to my baby to let her know that I am on the way to get her and it lets me say good night to her on the few nights a year that I am way.
Night Vision. The camera has automatic night vision, so I can check on my little one just before my head hits the pillow.
Smart Phone Monitoring. I can monitor her from the back yard. I can monitor her from another state. I can check to make sure she went to sleep OK for the baby sitter. It is perfect.
A shutter. This is hands down the amazing part about the Myfox. With a touch of a button, I can close the camera. The room is easily made private!
One of the other features that I didn't know that I wanted but now loves is that I can set up motion detection and it will send me a notification when she is moving around.
The Myfox app works with both iOS and Android and the set up on both your smart phone and the device is cake, it takes less than 2 minutes to have everything connected and working. It also has a battery back up just in case.
I am thrilled with this option and it has worked great for us! I wish I could go back and time and use it from the beginning!