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SEAL OF APPROVAL WINNER

Spring 2018

VTech (VM4261) 4.3″ Digital Video Baby Monitor w/ Pan & Tilt Camera, Wide-Angle & Standard Lens

Baby monitors have come a long way and VTech has been leading the charge for some time now. This monitor has all the bells and whistles. The size and brightness of the screen as well as a crystal sharp picture is really something to see. Parents loved the control they had in their hands with the remote unit, specifically being able to pan (left, right, up and down) and zoom. The distance and range were particularly impressive. But wait there’s more! The temperature in babys room is displayed, and not only can you hear and see your baby with this monitor, you can also talk to them thanks to the microphone on the monitor and the speaker on the camera. That speaker can also play lullabies. The monitor has a kickstand which lets you set it down on a surface while your hands are otherwise occupied. Setup is a breeze. Note: this is not one of those online monitors where you can check in from just anywhere, but this was seen as a plus to several testers who expressed concerns about web privacy and security.

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Recommended Age: 0 to 5
Price: $ 149.95

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A Seal of Approval review involves a multi-step process conducted over an eight-week period.

Parents and children, experience and review submitted products and services either already released or coming to market.

Participants fill out questionnaires for each product or service they test. They score based on 13 levels of criteria including quality, appeal, design, price, packaging, directions, desirability, stimulation, replay factor and more. Results are based on both statistical averaging and comments received by testers.

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* Winners of the Seal will be announced in a media release which is distributed to over 4700 media outlets including Facebook, Mommy bloggers and TV station websites.

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