Last weekend we finally got around to setting up the nursery. Our daughter isn’t due to be born for another 3 months, but still- It’s really nice to be done with that, so we can relax a bit before life with a newborn takes things up a notch. When I received the Levana Ayden Baby Video Monitor, I was really impressed by the clean and modern design of it..but really, how easy would it be to use?
I wouldn’t call myself a complete greenhorn when it comes to technology, but I’m definitely no Audio-Video master like my husband. My last experiences with using baby monitors would have been in the late 1990’s, when as a teenager, I was doing quite a bit of babysitting in our neighborhood. All I remember from those days is static, static, and more static. But seriously, it was such a pain trying to find the exact right positions for both the “transmitter” and “receiver” that it almost made using the thing pointless. Even the ones that did have video screens were unreliable at best, and something out of a scary movie, at worst. I digress.
I was not only pleasantly surprised by the aesthetic of the Ayden, but also by how easy it is to use, and the clear quality of the sound and video, even when I went all the way down to the basement (our house is 3 stories, and the baby’s room is on the top floor). NO static or feedback, whatsoever!
This is me in my home office. Since our daughter isn’t born yet, I wanted to see how clear the picture would be so I turned the camera on myself!
The camera portion has a wide range of motion, and an ample base, making it really stable, so you don’t have to worry about it tipping over and losing the view of your baby. It also has keyholes on the bottom, so you could even mount it on the wall if you wanted to.
The screen piece has a nice large display, but the overall size is still small enough to be convenient for carrying around, and doesn’t take up too much real estate on my (somewhat crowded) nightstand. Because we live in an old 1920’s house, and temperatures throughout the house can vary significantly, I LOVE that the Ayden has a built-in temperature sensor. I can imagine that the two-way intercom feature will be really helpful when we want to soothe our daughter back to sleep, or reassure her that one of us is on our way.
This is a fantastic addition to our nursery, and we are very pleased with how easy it was to set up and start using!