- 1 Motorola MBP26 Babysense
- 2 Pros
- 3 Cons
- 4 Key Features Of The Motorola MBP26 Digital Video Monitor Babysense Bundle
- 5 Motorola MBP26 Review Video
- 6 What The Customers Say
- 7 The Last Word
Motorola MBP26 Babysense
This is, quite frankly, the outstanding product in our top ten video baby monitors, however as we noted in the top ranked MBP27T review, the fact that it’s more expensive may put it out of reach of some parents, which has pulled it back into second place, as we rank the available products based on a range of factors – one of which is price. To put it another way, if the Motorola MBP26 bundle is within your budget, it’s probably going to appeal. In this review we’ll explain more about why, but if you want to see the current price you can use the price check button:
Key Features Of The Motorola MBP26 Digital Video Monitor Babysense Bundle
The big reason that this baby monitor stands out against the alternative products in our top ten reviews is the movement sensors that come as part of the package. Time and time again, we hear that parents love the peace of mind that these under mattress motion detectors give mums and dads, knowing that technology is keeping an eye on their child.
As the image shows, there are four key parts making up the Motorola MBP26 video baby monitor and Babysense pack, at the rear are the motion sensor alarm on the left and the movement pads on the right, and in front are the video monitor camera unit on the left and parental unit on the right. Let’s go into detail on each…
Motion Sensor Alarm
The Babysense motion sensor alarm connects with the motion pads (covered next) and sounds if the motion detected in baby’s moses basket, crib or cot bed stops for more than a few seconds, or becomes so slow that there may be a problem that parents will need to attend to quickly.
The alarm unit has two sockets for the pads to connect to, and runs on AA batteries.
Babysense Motion Sensor Pads
The pads are placed under the mattress in a cot bed, crib or moses basket. It’s important to note that they have a wired connection to the alarm unit, so particularly with a moses basket you’ll need to be able to thread the cable out of the bottom of the basket, as it would not be safe to run it up and over the top, in case baby gets caught in it.
The Babysense pack includes two of the sensor pads, each with a cable to run to the plug into the alarm unit. Generally speaking, you’ll just need to use one until your child is big enough to move into a cot bed. The pads are highly sensitive, so even if your child rolls around as they get older, if they are not directly on top of the pads they’ll still pick up their breathing in most cases. Even if not, it’s better to have a false alarm and find your child is fine than vice versa!
Base Station Camera
The camera unit with the MBP26 monitor is very similar to the MBP27T we reviewed as our first place monitor. It supports pan, tilt and zoom, so that you’ll be able to move the direction you’re looking with the monitor. The movement is both up and down and left and right as well is getting virtually closer and further away with the zoom functionality.
There’s a built in microphone in the unit which collects the sound around baby while they’re sleeping, so you can hear the rustle of movement as well as cries or anything else to grab your attention. There’s also a speaker available too on the MBP26 base station, so that you can talk to baby remotely via your handset, which we’ll look at next.
While the base unit with this model is near identical to the top ranked model, the parental unit is significantly different, as it doesn’t include the infra red thermometer. While that’s a great function and unique selling point of the sister model of this Motorola MBP26, its far from essential, and more and more parents are opting for movement sensors with the heightened awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Slightly off topic but worth a mention in our MBP26 review, is that while the Babysense alarm and motion pads are bundled with the video baby monitor (when you buy the Babysense bundle edition), they’re not actually physically connected together when in use, and the parental unit doesn’t sound in itself when the Babysense alarm is triggered. However, the alarm will be heard in the same way down the monitor as baby’s movement and cries, so that’s not a problem. In fact, you’ll more than likely hear the alarm sound from elsewhere in the house unless you have thick walls or background music on.
Back to the parental unit, You’ll see baby sleeping on a good sized 2.4 inch screen, which gives impressive picture quality. When darkness falls, the camera can switch over to infra red mode, meaning that you have an effective night vision mode to clearly see your child in low light. The controls to adjust the direction and size of the picture are simple, and with a quick press of a button you can talk to baby when they’re stirring or wake up.
Motorola MBP26 Review Video
Here’s a useful look at the MBP 26 camera and parental unit in action:
What The Customers Say
As you can imagine, there’s no better opinion on the quality of a product than that of a previous customer, so we always recommend having a good read of them where available. In this section, we’ll summarise those so you can use them to help decide if this is the product for you.
Peace Of Mind Is Worth The False Alarms
One thing that most parents who’ve used monitors (audio or video) with motion sensors will have experienced is the panic of a false alarm. At least the first time it goes off, you’ll experience a brief moment of panic until you realise it silences again quickly as your child jumps as much as you do. The alarm is loud, and that’s as much to startle your baby into jumping as it is for you. If you happen to have a child that loves to snuggle up into the corner of their cot, you may find you’re particularly vulnerable to them escaping the detection of Motorola’s Babysense motion sensor pads, so the alarm going off may happen more to you than you’d like. We’ll all agree though, better to go off too much than not to go off when it’s needed.
Parental Unit Needs Regular Charging
If you tend to carry the parental unit around with you rather than leave it plugged in, you might find that you need to charge it a little more often than you’d like. We’ve found it works fine over at least a two to three hour period without running flat, although we’ve seen isolated reports of as little as fifteen minutes. More than likely those will be defective batteries or in the worst case a faulty monitor. Either way, if you’re not seeing hours, get in touch with Motorola for support on the video baby monitor.
Good Quality Audio
This tends to be a comment from customers that have had a bad experience with the audio on monitors in the past. Often this includes white noise or interference that sounds like crickets coming from the parental unit. On the whole, the opinions are good on the MBP26, with a few describing a quiet hum.
Movement Sensor Makes You Jump After Lifting Baby From The Cot
It’s no great surprise that the movement sensor screams into action without a baby to detect, so remember to switch off the Babysense alarm before lifting baby out to avoid it making you jump a few seconds later!
Once You Go Video You Won’t Go Back
An interesting observation is how many parents wouldn’t feel comfortable with an audio system having used a video baby monitor. It’s hard to say whether they didn’t know what they were missing before, or they became over reliant on a visual image of their child on demand, but as video monitors are now so affordable compared top a decade ago, it’s hard to see many parents arguing against buying one.
The Last Word
This is an outstanding product from Motorola, and as we said at the start of the page, only price kept it from the number one spot. If you can comfortably afford the price, we’d recommend it over the other monitors we’ve seen, Motorola or otherwise. It doesn’t have absolutely every other feature available with other models (e.g. the infra red thermometer), but no single product does. Where this really shines is in being a high quality video monitor that’s simple to use out of the box and gives the huge peace of mind of the fact that it can monitor your child’s breathing. Very few parents, especially first time mums and dads, want to even think about cot death striking, but with movement detection pads you can rest assured you’ve done everything possible to know when to act if the worst does happen. That’s the main reason we’re so pleased to be positive in this Motorola MBP26 review.
Even if you choose the standalone MBP26 without the Babysense equipment, the video monitor is a great choice for parents to keep an eye on their child when sleeping. Check out the standalone information here, or the Babysense price by clicking the price check button:
Monitor with motion sensors: