Monday, March 16, 2009

Through the looking glass

We've been using an amazing little video baby monitorsince the Bug moved into her crib. As overly-cautious as it sounds, it's allowed us to keep a close eye on her, without having to get up every time she makes a peep. The monitor has two frequencies: A and B. We've had it set on one of them ever since we put the camera unit on the shelf in her room; the other has always been static. Until last week, when Joker picked up the monitor, and switched the frequency on a whim. Instead of static, he saw another crib. We thought it was a fluke, but that night we again saw the mystery crib. Since we found it to be kinda creepy, we unplugged the camera, and have since been flying blind sans monitor. The Bug's almost two years old now, so it's really not a problem - she definitely lets us know if she needs us!

I called this morning to speak with the manufacturer, and apparently it's something that does happen from time to time - another person with another monitor on the same frequency can appear on my monitor. If you're still under the 1-year warranty, you can exchange it for a new monitor with a different frequency. In our case, we don't have a lot of options, but it's good to know that the manufacturer is both aware of this, and able to offer an alternative.

7 comments:

The Ellis Family said...

Wow, that's kind of scary! We had one of those with Jonah, but it didn't get good reception and was always fuzzy, so we took it back. Is the company going to compensate you in any way, even though your warranty is up?

meg said...

So creepy! And I'd be really pissed if I were the mystery crib family, right?

Carly Brantz said...

I talked to another mom in Denver who went on a walk in her neighborhood with the monitor while her daughter was asleep. She said that every block or so they would see another baby on the screen!

Anonymous said...

It got extra creepy in that there was never a baby in the other crib. Just the crib....sitting there...perfectly made up...waiting...
JOK

Stacey said...

...i'm totally freaked out now.
lately we're thinking oliver has been putting his tiger doll as a decoy so we think he's sleeping..then we come into his room and he's on the opposite corner sitting up buddha style playing with another toy.

Stacey said...

i published too soon..my point being..the monitors are fun to watch-but can make you a little too cautious. i find myself just staring at it the whole time when i only have an hour or 2 of 'me' time at night!

what brand is your monitor?

Angie said...

@ Stacey - The monitor is made by Summer Infant. And like I said, we did love it, until this creeped us out!

@ Ellis Fam - There is unfortunately nothing they can do for us at this point.

@Carly - that is hilarious. I wonder if your friend's baby was throwing a kegger, totally unwatched by the monitor.