We recently had a loss in our family. It was that of our trusty old baby monitor that we got at Leopold’s baby shower. It was nothing fancy, no real bells and whistles, but it got the job done without complaint. When it died my husband and I were so sad!
My youngest is not quite 2 yet and while we probably don’t NEED a monitor, they are sure convenient to have. It’s nice to check on them when they cry to see if you need to rush in their room or if they are just dreaming and about to roll over and fall back to sleep.
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I reached out to Miku about their smart baby monitor and they sent me one to try! Thanks Miku!
DISCLAIMER: This product was gifted to me but that does not change my opinion of it!
The Miku monitor impressed me right out of the package. It was packaged so neatly that even type A personalities would be impressed. Everything was labeled, organized, and they even sent a tape measure, and screwdriver. You don’t even need to pull out the toolbox!
The Miku is very clean and aesthetically pleasing. It comes with wire covers as well so you can keep that strangulation hazard off your mind. You can add as much or as little wire covering as you need, as they come in segments and have adhesive already applied.
The installation was very easy and we got it up right away! It took a little bit of time to figure out the app and connecting it to our WiFi took some time as well, but it was very neat once it started working properly!
Here’s a simple list of what I liked about the Miku and what I think could be better:
What I loved:
>I could access the camera through the app from anywhere as long as it was connected. I was able to chat with the kids on my way home from a photo shoot one day after nap time, which we all thought was pretty neat!
>You can play music via the app. They have a few lullabies you can choose from as well as white noise. I liked softly waking Finley up with music on days when she slept late, vs. letting Leopold burst in her room like a wrecking ball.
>You can take photos of baby through the app. I mostly utilized this feature when my husband would go in to soothe her. Daddy/baby snuggles melt me!
>The heart rate/breathing monitor seemed pretty accurate. It always made me feel better to look at my phone and see that she was breathing normally. This would be especially helpful with a newborn! You don’t need any sock or mattress pad for it either.
>It’s all operated through an app on your phone. You can have the login, your spouse, a grandparent, all you need is the app and your login info and baby is at your fingertips! You have the option to keep the sound running in the background or turn it off while you work on your phone.
What I thought could be better:
>I don’t love how little of her room I could see. With our old monitor we could see pretty much her entire room, but this one showed JUST her bed. It wasn’t a big deal but we like to be able to scan the room in she’s being naughty and up out of her bed.
>Related to the first point, you can’t move the camera via the app. It would be awesome if you could just adjust the placement of the camera to scan the room (again, a feature our old camera had that we loved).
>If your wi-fi hookup is not close to where the camera is installed, you may have connectivity problems. We should have got an extender or something, and customer service says they could have helped with that, so if you end up having trouble with the connections, shoot them an email before you get too frustrated! There were many nights where we would get a glimpse of Finley and then it would disconnect, and you have to go in the room and push a button on the camera to get it reconnected. Not worth the risk! The night this happened and our daughter was up 5x was the night my husband declared we needed a different camera.
>It’s all operated through an app on your phone. I know this was on the “Pro” list too, but hear me out. I am kind of old fashioned I guess but I prefer a stand alone monitor so that I can have it next to my bed all night. With it on my phone I could leave the app live on my phone, or I would need to unlock it to check on her. I also didn’t love that I’d have to stop what I was doing to switch to the app when she started stirring. If the background sound was running (which it defaulted to usually), if I recorded a video on my camera the sound wouldn’t be loud enough to hear. It was a weird little glitch but so very frustrating when a cute video got ruined!
In conclusion, we ended up swapping our Miku out for a more simple monitor that had cameras for both kids rooms. I do miss the Miku every now and then and I wish we could have gotten it to work better for us/I wish we had been wise and reached out to customer service before saying goodbye! All in all we had a great experience with the Miku Smart Baby Monitor while we had it.
Check out the Miku smart baby monitor on their website, read all the specs, do all the research. It may just be the perfect monitor for you!
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