VTech DM221 Audio Baby Monitor

July 18, 2018



GREAT:  When it came time to buy another travel monitor, I decided to give this upgraded VTech one a try.  I have had the more basic version (DM111) for a while now that I normally used with Christian, but wanted to see if the extra $10 was worth it when buying a travel monitor for Thomas.  It was.


Every issue I had with the DM111 is fixed with this monitor.  I love that it has rechargeable batteries on the parent unit.  This was my biggest issue with the DM111 as I would get to our destination only to realize the battery on the parent unit had run out.  In order to use I would then need to keep it plugged in which isn’t the end of the world but I also like having the ability to take it around with me.  I never have to worry about whether or not the parent unit has enough juice left in the batteries with this one.  If it doesn’t, I can just hook to the charger for a short amount of time and then go right back to taking it with me.  This really is huge since this isn’t my every day monitor.  I now don’t have to remember to pack extra batteries.


I love that this is light and compact making it very easy to pack in my bag or carry onto the plane.  The price, while higher than the DM111 model, is still low enough that if something were to happen to it or I were to lose it, it wouldn’t be the absolute end of the world.  The fact that there isn’t a need for Wifi means that you can use it anywhere you travel with no fear the signal isn’t strong enough.


GOOD:  Features!  First and most importantly is the range on this thing is great.  The manufacturer states up to 1,000 feet but I’ve never had an issue with it losing signal.  There is a 5-level sound indictor on the parent unit which indicates the level of sound in your baby’s room so you can visually monitor the noise level if you need to have the unit muted.  There is also the option for a vibrating sound-alert on the parent unit that will go off when there is a sound in your baby’s room.  The parent unit can be set to beep if (1) the link between the parent unit and the baby unit is lost, and/or (2) the rechargeable battery is low.  The language on the device is preset to English but can be switched to French or Spanish.  The loop that is on top of the baby unit can double as a night light for your little one if needed.  If you prefer to have the room pitch black you can turn the night light feature off.


The other feature I was really excited about is the two way talk.  While I had originally bought this as Thomas’ travel monitor I ended up switching and putting it in Christian’s room.  As Christian is much more vocal and can talk I wanted a way to communicate with him if he started yelling for me.  This way if he was calling for me to come get him and I was going to be a second I could assure him that I would be right there by letting him know.  When being in a strange and new environment having the ability to quickly comfort Christian is something that I appreciate.


BAD: I would really love it if the baby unit also had the rechargeable battery ability instead of always having to be plugged in.  When traveling, we sometimes put the boys in various areas of the hotel room or house and there isn’t always a super convenient plug right next to where the pack n’plays are set up.  It would be great to have the option to still use the baby unit without being plugged into the wall. 


This is something I have issues with for most baby monitors, but if the power goes out you lose the ability to monitor your baby since the baby unit has to be plugged into a power source.  When there is a storm or power outage, that is when I most want to be able to monitor my kids to make sure they are OK and by having a baby unit that relies solely on power from the wall this prevents me from doing so.


UGLY:  Nothing.  This is a little more expensive than the other model I have, but the extra $10 are worth it to me in order to have rechargeable batteries in the parent unit and a two-way talk mode.


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