(THIS PRODUCT WAS KINDLY GIFTED TO US BUT THIS IS AN HONEST REVIEW AND ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN!)
Even though I was pretty organised when I was pregnant and keen on buying things in advance, a baby camera felt premature since Maxon was going to be in our room (and, as it turned out, pretty much glued to me) for the first 6 months anyway. When I did look at monitors online, it all felt very technical and dull; and trawling through customer reviews on the likes of Amazon just isn’t my bag.
So when the time came to invest, what grabbed me instantly with Lollipop was the visual. The design is fun while being understated; and since I had put in a lot of effort into designing Maxon’s room, aesthetics, although perhaps not ‘critical’ for a baby monitor, were definitely a big factor for me. Once I’d been drawn in, I read through the spec on the Lollipop website and was confident that this monitor matched our requirements. We were kindly gifted the camera by the Lollipop team and allowed a colour choice. I opted for the blue, which I though would tie nicely into some of the accent colours in the space.
Unboxing was brill as everything was so sleek, perfectly compartmentalized and labelled; which for a neat freak like me was a dream! I loved how minimal everything was and that there wasn’t tons of bit and pieces to sift through. I’m not a fan of an ‘instruction manual’ (does anyone have the time to read through a whole booklet?) so I loved that the installation steps were all laid out on one card. This also set the tone for how easy the installation was going to be!
Setting the camera up was indeed a breeze; I’m not the best at anything technical but once I’d downloaded the app, it really was as simple as attaching the camera to the cot using the flexible loop (there is also a very unique ‘branch like’ attachment should you need to mount the camera to a wall) and I loved that it came with cable covers so that you were able to secure the cables safely away. All in all it took me about 10 minutes to set up and we were ready to go!
The app itself is so straight forward and the functionality is great. Highlights for me personally are the two way audio function (helpful for trying to soothe Maxon without having to rush into the room), and I also love the music and sound list; white noise is a must for us and Maxon also likes the vacuum option.
I also find the ‘Event Video’ function really helpful in trying to understand Maxon’s sleep. As you may know through following my Instagram, Maxon is very unsettled through the night and at 8 months old, is regularly still waking 5 plus times. The event video is a good way for me to look back and track patterns of waking (and it helps me keep track of how many times I’m getting up, which doesn’t always make for a pleasant read, but is extremely informative!).
Picture quality is probably what I am most impressed with, day and night. We have black out blinds in Maxon’s room and it is quite literally pitch black, but the camera picture quality is super clear and picks up everything! The clarity is far better than I’d anticipated from a monitor.
As I mentioned at the start, the aesthetics of the camera really appeal to me, and I love how it looks in the room Overall, its a big thumbs up all round and I’d highly recommend it to parents looking for a unique design combined with superb functionality and quality.