Review: Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Monitor & Sensor Pad

When Tommee Tippee (TT) asked me if I wanted to review a monitor I was chuffed. It was the one thing we hadn’t managed to get picked up yet and so handy. When it arrived I got a hell of a shock. Monitor? This is the Uber Monitor, and looks something like you’d see on Star Trek – very swish. First thoughts? “How the hell am I going to set THIS up?!”. Luckily this nifty bit of kit comes with idiot-proof instructions and we soon had it up and running.

This set includes:

  • 2 way monitor including talk-back
  • Sensor pad
  • Digital room temperature monitor
  • Nightlight.

Monitor: The monitor  at first I thought was broken. You can touch a button to hear the babies room but thats no good for me, what if I get distracted and forget to press & check regularly? Rubbish! THEN I realised the monitor was activited by sound (and you can set the sensitivity of this!). Absolutely excellent ,no listening to that “fuzz” sound trying to pick out whether that was a snort or not. When there is sound coming through a light shows too, (the louder the noise the more lights light up), very handy when Taylor was in his cot upstairs and I was cleaning in the kitchen with the washer and dryer on!

*Please note that when setting up the monitor for the first time, it is inevitable that someone will try being Darth Vader from Star Wars…. repeatedly.

Sensor. Again ridiculously easy to set up and understand and a very reassuring piece of kit for many. I however am not now using the sensor pad simply because it makes me feel paranoid! Silly I know but that is just me. Luckily you can purchase the monitor separately  if you choose so you have both options.

Digital room temp monitor. Another useful bit of kit. The temperature is displayed in both the nursery and on the parent unit.

Nightlight. A reassuring glow which you can turn up and down or even on and off remotely using the parent unit.

Packed with extra features such a a 300m range, adjustable settings so you can personalise the way the unit works for you, a paging function so you can find the missing parent unit, and a recharging docking station for ease of use, this is the sensible and in my opinion, best choice for a new parent.

The unit can be purchase (both with or without the sensor pad) from Argos , and will be available from Mothercare, Boots and direct from the Tommee Tippee website by the end of the month. The set with sensor is currently retailing at £99.99 and without £64.99.

** Obviously baby safety is a serious issue but I have to say I had a hell of a time tormenting Kieran with the 2-way talkback on the monitor. I was in the nursery mumbling when I heard a voice (from up the stairs).

  • Kieran: Hello, who is there?
  • Mummy: It’s meeeee
  • Kieran: Who is me>
  • Mummy: I am the Voice
  • Kieran: What are you doing in the walkie talkie Voice?
  • Mummy: I am making sure you are behaving yourself.
  • Kieran: Oooh, I am!
  • Mummy: Have you got your shoes on? (which I asked him to do before I came up)
  • Kieran: Oh yes Voice!
  • I heard Roy from downstairs say “No you haven’t, don’t tell fibs” so….
  • Me: DON’T LIE TO THE VOICE! (I boomed).
  • Well I could hear him scuttle off to the shoe cupboard with a yelp from upstairs. I was laughing so hard by the time he came back!
  • Kieran: Mummy? Is that you laughing in the Walkie Talkie?
  • Mummy: (Sob!) Um yes!
  • Kieran: Oh Mummy! You tricked me!
  • And as an afterthought:
  • Kieran: But I DO have my shoes on now 🙂

Review – Little Dish Beef & Spinach Cannelloni

When I told Kieran that the lady from Little Dish wanted to send him something new to try his response was  “Wow – she’s great – I think I could KISS her!”. They say a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach lol! Oh to be 4yr old again!

I am a big fan of the Little Dish meals, they are convenient, easy to make, and I am confident that there is no rubbish in them (sorry but ready meals are renowned for being packed with additives, sugar and salt – but these are not). I was however a bit wary about how Kieran would take to this particular recipe as spinach can be quite stringy.

It appears he didn’t have any such reservations:

As always, a perfect meal, just the right size and it wasn’t sloppy as some cannelloni / pasta type dishes can be. Kieran liked the new flavour and there were no stringy spinach bits to be seen! The new flavour gets a big thumbs up from the Cawood household.

More information on Little Dish meals and pouches their range, as well as nutrition tips and more can be found on their website.