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.
1. 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:
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.
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.
2. Vtech Safe and Sound Video Baby Monitor
|Another outstanding video baby monitor, a bestseller at Wal-Mart, is the Safe & Sound video monitor by Vtech. It’s less expensive than the Motorola but has a smaller (2.8″) TFT screen. Still, there’s good value here. My favorite features include:
The parent unit is pretty nice – it lets you control zoom and has a split-screen operation mode for when you have multiple cameras. You can also check the nursery temperature, play lullabies, and talk to your baby with it. There are 180+ reviews on Wal-mart and it gets 4/5 stars, so people are pretty happy with it. If you want a video monitor but can’t spring for the Motorola, this is the way to go.
Multiple Camera Capability
You can add up to four additional cameras to your Vtech Safe & Sound monitor, and its split-screen capability makes it easier to monitor more than one. Or you can buy the Vtech twin video monitor bundle, which comes with one parent unit and two cameras.
Video Monitors for Twins: Are they worth it?
Since video monitors aren’t cheap, you might be asking yourself this question. But you’re going to spend $30-40 on an audio monitor anyway. There are good reasons to want a video monitor instead:
- It lets you watch your babies more closely without disturbing them. The peace of mind is priceless.
- You can see which twin is fussing and make an “action plan” before entering the room.
- The video feed lets you figure out the problem – is it just soft fussing that will self-resolve? Or is the baby standing at the crib crying?
- Two-way audio and push-to-play lullabies make it possible for you to soothe those babies without going in. Will it work every time? Of course not. But one time out of five is a big, big deal.