If you’ve been following along with me on Instagram, you’ll know we have successfully transitioned James into his crib and he’s been sleeping like a champ! We are so proud of him, and also happy to be catching some more z’s these days! We have really enjoyed our new Lollipop Baby Camera that was gifted to us as we welcomed James into our family, and it has been great to keep our eye on him as he drifts off to sleep and to check in on him when we need to. With Henry, we went through three different monitors, so this time around I knew I wanted to find a reliable monitor from the beginning, and the Lollipop Baby Monitor has definitely met our expectations. We are impressed with the picture quality, true crying detection feature, and the innovative design. After using it for several weeks now, I thought I would put together a quick review for you with what we loved, and didn’t love, about the monitor!
The Lollipop Baby Camera is an HD Wifi video baby monitor. The packaging was sleek and included a power cord and wall mount. Features include voice activation (vox), infrared night vision, two-way talk, sound machine and lullaby capabilities, temperature and humidity monitoring and remote zoom capability. The camera records video and stores “events” that you can look back on and watch. These events are stored in the cloud, for which no additional subscription fee is required. You can download the free mobile app to use on your phone, with versions for both iOS and Android.
THINGS WE LOVE
The mobile app is free to use, requires no subscription and has an intuitive, user-friendly interface. We also think that the picture quality is great - the best we have experienced compared to all of the monitors we have tried. Its field of view is 128 degrees, which basically gives us a full view of his room, which will be great once he’s a busy toddler! It also comes equipped with a true crying detection feature that has worked really well, and has limited false alarm wake ups for us in the middle of the night. I think one of the best things the Lollipop has going for it is the innovative design of the camera. The camera is attached to a flexible “stem”, which can be bent in various ways to allow it to be mounted to the crib or sit on a flat surface if preferred. As previously mentioned, it also comes with mounting hardware if you prefer to mount it to the wall. The holder is designed to look like a tree branch so you can easily work it into nursery decor - I love that attention to detail! We tried it in a few different locations in the nursery and decided to stand it on his change table which gives us a great view of him and his room.
THINGS WE DON’T LOVE
This is the first time I have used a wifi monitor that requires my phone to be used as the viewing screen and, I have to say, I don’t love this and it’s taken some time to adjust. As someone who spends a lot of my free time on my phone scrolling the gram and blogging, I often find it inconvenient that the monitor is in another app on my phone. If I want to use my phone while James is napping, I have to set it to audio mode so I can hear him, creating a constant background noise while I am using my phone. If I want to watch videos, then the audio function is interrupted. When he does make noise, I then have to exit whichever app I am using and open the Lollipop app to switch it back to video mode to see what is happening. We have also had issues with our internet provider where the wifi has disconnected. Had this happened in the middle of the night, we wouldn’t have known. These might seem like small inconveniences considering the many things we do love about the camera but we will likely still purchase a traditional video monitor so that I can easily see him at all times. With all this being said, we do like having the video on our phones for when we are away from home, such when Scott is working long shifts or we have left James with a babysitter - something a traditional video monitor can’t do.
If you are a tech-savvy family that enjoys having everything connected to your phone, then I would highly recommend the Lollipop Baby Camera. The picture quality is excellent, the unique design allows flexibility of use, and you are able to check in on baby anytime, from anywhere, using your mobile device. It is easy to install and has many amazing features including true crying detection that isn’t matched in traditional baby monitors. However, if you don’t need all the bells and whistles, and prefer a monitor that does not rely on wifi, I would recommend sticking with a traditional video baby monitor. I personally don’t love using my phone as a viewing screen, but I know there are lots of people who wouldn’t have it any other way.
Have you tried the lollipop baby camera? I would love to hear your thoughts!
*Please note that I was gifted the Lollipop Baby Camera in exchange for an honest review about my experience using it. Thank you for supporting brands that support mamas and Meet My Little Loves.