Keeping Tabs Using a Baby Monitor for Older Kids

Mom Hack: Keeping Tabs on Your Kids

Let’s face it. There are lots of times you’d like to be a fly on the wall when your kids have friends over, or when they’re in another room playing with their brothers and sisters. I know that I want to hear what’s really going on downstairs in the playroom while I’m upstairs trying to keep the toddler from stuffing the entire roll of toilet paper down the toilet. Again.

Enter the Motorola MBP36S video baby monitor.

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Seriously, this little powerhouse is saving my sanity. We’d abandoned all monitors since moving to teeny house because it’s pretty hard NOT to hear the middle-of-the-night crying or wanderings of wayward children. But lately, the kids have been bickering.

A lot.

And then it all enters into that downward spiral of “he said; she said” and fingers are pointing voices are raised, and everyone loses their Minecraft time and has to work together to do chores. Boring ones.

The Kids do Chores Together When They Don't Get Along

Plus, I’m the mom that likes to know what the neighbors or other friends are {ahem} sharing with my kids whenever I can. So, yes, basically I want to be that fly on the wall. It’s just smart parenting. You WANT to know what your kids know so that you can dispel any misinformation, be fair when dealing with fights, and help them grow to be awesome kids.

This simple hack – using a video baby monitor to keep tabs on your kids while they’re out of earshot – is helping me grow those fantastic kids.

With full disclosure, I put the camera on the bookshelf in the basement overlooking the play area and the monitor upstairs where I could hear and see it easily.

It’s amazing.

I can communicate through the two-way intercom feature – you know, for when I need to jump in and tell them to keep their hands off one another. If I were using this in the kids’ room – which I might once our attic-to-bedroom renovation is complete – I’d be able to see the kids still using the infrared night vision {that may have been the part that excited my 11 year old most of all}.

Motorola Digital Video Monitor

The specs are pretty cool:

  • Wireless technology 2.4 GHz FHSS
  • 3.5” diagonal screen
  • Remote pan, tilt and zoom
  • Crystal-clear two-way communication
  • Infrared night vision
  • Room temperature display
  • 5 lullabies
  • Sound level indicator
  • Volume control
  • Out-of-range alert
  • Low battery alert
  • Flip out stand
  • Expandable to up to 4 cameras

Want to learn more? You can find great information about the Motorola MBP36S video baby monitor at

Watching the kids play in the playroom is a great way to use your baby monitor once the little one isn't so little anymore

While the benefits of listening in on fights and conversations is a huge plus in my book, the kids all think the monitor is cool for playing spy. Against each other. Or scaring whomever is in the basement playing alone by using the intercom feature.

It’s actually quite amusing.

Who knew a baby monitor would bring the whole family closer together?

Mom Hack Keep Tabs on big kids and their conversations with peers using your baby monitor

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.