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I bought an "ultra long range" baby monitor a while back, to listen for the predator that was killing my pullets. It couldn't make it the 300' or so from my bedroom to the barn.<br><br>
Now that we have a new little one, I'd love to get a good monitor. She actually prefers sleeping on her own (holy crap, what an amazing thing after my son who never let us put him down.) Anyway, I could get little chores down while she's down, if only I could hear her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Right now, I'm trapped in the house, except for speedy few-minute excursions to the yard, etc.<br><br>
What works for you mamas?
 

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I had a similar dilemma, my monitor (just a regular one) could make it the first 300' or so (through 18" limstone or double brick walls in the house) but after that it was pretty fuzzy.<br><br>
Now I have a pair of two-way radios. I put the one in the house beside the sleeping child on VOX (voice activated) and lock it, then keep the other with me and locked so I don't accidentaly change channels. As soon as they wake up and start talking it buzzes me.<br><br>
There is a type that has a baby monitor feature, but it's only usable in the UK (different radio signals).
 

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I never found a baby monitor that worked. I ended up with a video camera that we put up and ran a cable to a little monitor in the house. Cost under $100. There was no sound though. The two way thing Little Grey Mare mentions sounds good.
 

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We don't use any cameras or monitors but I do know of a few folks who use cameras (no sound) and think they are great. Good luck!
 

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Oh! I also wanted to add about the radios - if you want to listen to more than one child at a time, you just buy another handset and set it to the same channel as the others. That's actually why I ended up getting them, so I could hear both the baby downstairs and the toddler upstairs.
 

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I've used my sony baby monitor and it works great. Oh, and down to the garden. It can reach about 500'. I actually called the company before I purchased it to make sure it would go that far. <a href="http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2267426" target="_blank">http://www.toysrus.com/product/index...ductId=2267426</a><br><br>
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I'm going to check out that Sony. Sounds neat.<br><br>
What brand of two way radios are you mamas using?
 

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Cobra 35km. I'm positive the only place that they would actually work for 35km is Sask. But they do work pretty well. I take one with me when I'm out on the horse or DH will take one if he's out cutting wood etc. Much more reliable for signal than cell phones and no monthly fees <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I got some at Radio Shack that are meant to be for communication between two places, like push the button, talk and wait for the other person to do the same. They sit flat on the table or can hang on the wall. they don't clip on your belt or anything. They work very well and you can add a third one on. When I want to use it like a monitor, you set it to lock and one will only transmit like a baby monitor and the other will recieve. Mine have a recharge feature so I can use rechargeable batteries and just plug it in when they need charging.
 

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Hey again!<br>
I got the Cobra 18 mile ones and when I put the baby's handset on VOX and go "out" just testing it....there's still someone to watch her, we're finding that it doesn't pick her up unless she really lets loose crying. A little fuss or coo doesn't do it. If this was DS, that would be fine. He always woke up screaming. DD is a quieter one, though.<br><br>
Any ideas?
 
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