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January 24, 2011

Graco Secure Coverage Monitor with 2 Parent Units

Graco is known all over for their wonderfully innovative baby products.  The Secure Coverage Monitor™ ($64.99) claims to have "crystal clear digital connection, so you can clearly hear even the quietest whimper, without fear of interference from your phone or wireless network."  Through the use of vibration on one of the easy clip-on monitors you can be aware of what your baby is doing and when they need you with up to a 2000 ft household coverage.

This 900 MHz frequency monitor won't interfere with your homes other electronics or phones.  It has a secure digital technology that offers clarity and privacy.  In addition to the vibration this monitor also has sound lights that let you keep tabs on your baby or child visually. It also has two parent units in the set allowing both parents to monitor the baby. A low battery alarm will remind you when you need to charge the parent unit too. 

How does the Graco Secure Coverage Monitor work?  Well, it didn't in my house.  I don't know if it was because we already own a baby monitor or what. Our house is about 2000 square feet so that can't be it.  We do live in a townhouse and I wonder if the different levels caused this problem. We never could figure it out.  We turned the old monitor off and put it away while the Graco one was in use and still a signal could not be found.  Then I got the bright idea to send it next door to my friend who recently brought home a baby.  The Graco Secure Coverage Monitor worked!  She wears the belt clip unit all over and it alerts her with vibration when her child in the nursery or in its cradle in her room is crying or making even the slightest peep.  We determined that in her home the Graco monitor is actually very sensitive.  It does have crystal clear coverage in her home too.

I think that this product does what it says for most people. It's not a star performer like most of Graco's products but baby monitors in townhouse situations can sometimes be tricky.  There have been many cases on our block of faulty monitors from all brands and price ranges that have spotty or temperamental work issues.  I let my neighbor keep my unit as she likes it and it works in her house. 

MPR Rating: Four Stars.  See more reviews here. 

Disclaimer:  MPR was not paid for this post.  Products received are for review and test purposes only.  Opinions are MPR's only.

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Tiffany @ Lattes And Life said...

Monitors are so iffy. Seriously. Ours is so old and won't even hold a charge anymore, plus every so often it starts going in and out. We have to keep it plugged in on our nightstand and never ever touch it to adjust the volume....if you so much as breathe on it it gets static and cuts out. Fun stuff.