Function doesn’t have to come before fashion, and vice versa when it comes to the VTech Safe and Sound Audio Monitor. As the leader in kid’s laptops, learning toys and games, VTech also has choice baby monitors that not only offer more options on how to stay in tune with your little one, but adds a little fun with its cute design.

The VTech Safe and Sound Audio Monitor DM225 have units shaped like owls to integrate seamlessly into any whimsical nursery. Protected with DECT 6.0 technology, you don’t have to worry about interference or eavesdropping on the line. It also includes a night light that lights up the owls eyes for an extra use.

The audio monitor features a two-way talk-back intercom with a range of up to 1,000 feet so you can soothe or check in on your child from any corner of your home.

The monitor itself is really cute. I like that it is shaped like an owl, I’ve never seen a shaped monitor before. My daughter seemed to think it was cute as well.

I’ve had other baby monitors before, and I do think this one is comparable. I don’t think it was any better or worse than other affordable range monitors. I thought I would really love the two way talking feature. I was excited to try that part out. My daughters room is on the upper level of the house, so I thought the talking back feature would be helpful with soothing my 18 month old before I got to her room. However, it had the opposite effect. She was annoyed and frightened by me talking to her in the monitor. I think that part might be better for tiny babies, as opposed to toddlers who know that you’re not by them. So while I thought that feature would be a selling point for me, I don’t actually use it.

I did love the night light. The light is bright enough to let you see, but it’s not too bright. It gives off just the right amount of light. I also love that it has a great range! I’ve tried it all over my house, and out to the mailbox. It still worked great even at the mailbox. That was impressive. The sound is also very clear. I feel like sound and range are the two most important aspects of an audio only monitor. It was also very lightweight and compact, which was nice!

The only downside, in my opinion, is that it didn’t seem to hold a charge very well. I felt like I didn’t have the adult end monitor on very often, but I still had to charge it every night. But other than that, I do think this monitor is worth buying! It’s especially great for someone who doesn’t need something fancy and overly priced. I think that this is a great little monitor overall, and would recommend this to my friends or family who are in need of a baby monitor!

You can purchase the VTech Safe and Sound Audio Baby Monitor DM225 at Babies R Us for $49.99.

Jennifer Moss is the founder of BabyNames.com, author of The Baby Names Workbook, and Producer of The Baby Names Podcast. Jennifer is widely regarded as the leading expert on popular baby name trends and the naming process, serving as the authoritative source on the subject for national and international media.

Jennifer entered the tech arena in the 80s as a software developer and database architect, and became a pioneer in the Internet industry. In addition to operating BabyNames.com, Jennifer owns a web development agency in central California.