Watch Summer Infant is upgrading the baby monitor industry with the new Peek N Plus Baby Monitor. It takes the ease of use of its color video baby monitors and puts it online. With a dedicated Internet gateway plugged into the home modem, parents can view their baby from anywhere using a smartphone, laptop or tablet. A free, secure and private app and website link up for easy access and viewing. It’s super easy to set up and comes with one camera, one handheld monitor, and the Internet gateway. It is pricey, but there are no monthly fees like other apps and services that provide baby monitor access through a cellphone. It’s great for parents who travel often, have gone back to work but want to check in, and fun to share with grandparents and family. The picture is clear and the reception is good. The only challenge was getting the camera in the right viewing position; a wall-mount kit is provided. The camera has no pan, zoom or tilt, but you can take a picture. There is a lag time of a few seconds on mobile devices or the computer, and the app will eventually time out. As with most video apps, it can run down the phone’s battery. Available at Babies ‘R’ Us for $349.99.
Sleep Play yards can be a pain to set up. Sometimes one side won’t lock or the sides won’t fold down correctly. 4moms has stepped up with the inventive new Breeze play yard. It’s pretty darn cool. A simple push or pull of a single ring is all it takes to open or close it. It comes with a bassinet and changing pad. This convenience does come at a cost, but it may be worth it to some parents. For babies up to 30 lbs. Available at 4moms. com in mid-October for $299.99.
– Laura Powell
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