Nothing is more rewarding than getting both of your twins down to sleep at the same time. You tiptoe out of the room, congratulate yourself, and kick back to relax. Then the worry sets in. Are the twins both asleep? Are they safely positioned in the middle of the crib? You’d like to peek in, but if your twins are anything like mine (very light sleepers), even the slightest disturbance risks waking them up. If only there were some magical way to monitor both of your twins while they sleep. Luckily, there is. Two of the best video baby monitors now have additional camera capability, letting you monitor two or more babies at once.
Here, I compare their features in detail and describe how to set them up to monitor your twins.
Motorola MBP36 Wireless Video Baby Monitor
Motorola was the first to come out with a high-quality video baby monitor. Their latest model, the MBP36, is perhaps the finest video baby monitor on the market. It comes with a 3.5″ full color LCD screen, with the ability to pan, tilt, and zoom the camera remotely. Other features include:
- Real time video and sound to let you monitor your little ones as they sleep or check on them when they’re fussing.
- Infrared night vision so that you can see your baby even when it’s dark in the nursery.
- 2.4 GHz FHSS wireless technology with data encryption provides a strong, private signal for the video and sound from your monitor.
- Two-way communication, so you can hear your twins’ cries and reassure them with your voice if they wake up.
- 5 built-in lullabies that you can trigger remotely to help soothe a woken baby back to sleep.
- Remote room temperature reading tells you if it’s too warm or too cold in the nursery.
There are more than 240 reviews on Amazon of this monitor and most of those reviewers gave it 5 stars. People love the night vision, the remote pan and zoom, and the two-way audio. With an inexpensive audio visual cable, you can hook the receiver up to your television. I own Motorola 2-way radios myself (they use the same FHSS technology), and it provides a very clear encrypted signal that only Motorola devices can pick up. Overall this video monitor is top of the line.
|Motorola MBP36 Video Monitor|
For Twins and Multiples: Additional Camera Capability
The Motorola MBP36 also is equipped to work with additional cameras; it supports up to four of them. This lets you monitor your little ones from different angles, your twins in different cribs, or even another child sleeping in a different room, all from the color LCD screen. Like the original camera, you can pan, tilt, and zoom extra cameras once you set them up.
To view the feeds, you can set the LCD to either scroll through all of the cameras, or else you can choose a specific camera. This is a nice feature if you want to flip between “monitoring” and looking in on a particular little one. You know in the movies where the FBI zips through all of the security footage to find what they’re looking for? Yeah, it’s like that.
Infant Optics DXR-5 Digital Video Baby Monitor
Another outstanding video baby monitor, and the current bestseller on Amazon, is the DXR-5 digital video monitor by Infant Optics. This slim and compact monitor is designed to be super-portable, so that you can keep an eye on your babies no matter where you are in the house. It’s less expensive than the Motorola but has a smaller (2.4″) TFT screen. Still, there’s good value here.
My favorite features include:
- Infrared night vision camera that turns on automatically.
- 2.4 GHz digital wireless transmission, giving you a static-free range of up to 150 feet.
- Power-saving voice activation mode stops transmitting after 3 minutes of silence until it picks up more noise.
- White noise eliminator feature, which is handy if you have a fan or sound machine in the baby’s room.
- Rechargeable Li-Ion battery for screen to give hours of portability. You can also buy a reasonably priced extra battery to keep as a backup or for extended viewing times when you can’t plug in.
|Infant Optics DXR-5 Monitor|
The Infant Optics monitor supports up to three additional cameras (for a total of four). All of these connect with the 2.4 GHZ wireless DHSS technology, and have a range of 150 feet indoors or 800 feet in open areas. They have the same infrared night vision, and a 62.7 degree viewing angle.
The ability to add three cameras opens up a lot of options. If you wanted, you could have two camera angles for each twin, and monitor them both from the portable screen unit.