When my son was 8 months old, we brought him camping for the first time, and while we packed everything we needed, and had a great time. My one problem is that I felt I had to keep sneaking into the tent to check on him because I had no way to monitor him.
On a different trip when he was older, we were sitting 60′ away from the camper we were renting, enjoying a campfire with friends. We thought Tiny Critter was sleeping in the trailer, but apparently he had woken up and was unable to find his flashlight.
He jumped out of the pop-up and onto the gravel without shoes on and came running for us at top speed in just his pajamas. If I’d had a battery-operated baby monitor with us, I’d have been able to hear him stirring and calmed him down before he jumped onto the sharp gravel with his tender feet.
I knew I needed a way to easily check on him, but every baby monitor that I looked at claiming to be battery operated only meant the parent unit. I couldn’t find any durably made baby monitors that both units were battery powered.
Finally someone realized that there was a giant hole in this industry and created a product to fix it!
Roar Battery Operated Baby Monitors
Meet: Roar baby monitors, the first baby monitor to be designed to stand up to any camping trip you take with your family!
- 1000′ range
- Belt clip
- Wrist Lanyard
- Ability to talk to your child from the parent unit
- 20 hours of battery life from one charge
- Out of Range Alert
- Low Battery Indicator
- Headphone jack
The amazing range on the roar baby monitor means that you will never lose the connection to your baby, no matter the terrain.
Optional belt clip or wrist lanyard will keep the parent unit close to you at all times, no worrying about losing it in the dark during a pee break.
If your child just needs to hear your voice to settle down, or to know you’re coming so they don’t tumble out of the tent trying to find you, the push to talk button on the parent unit is a lifesaver.
If you’re like me and want to know what’s going on with your baby while not disturbing others, you’ll love the headphone jack option. Plug in a set of headphones (I only put one in so I can continue to enjoy the campfire conversation) and keep one ear on your child while still having a relaxing evening.
The low battery indicator and out of range alert will assure you that you will never suddenly find yourself cut off from your child.
Pros and Cons
- 1000′ range means it works further than I’d ever get from my tent.
- 20 hour battery life lasts me over 4 days of camping.
- Metal belt clip keeps it secure, even during a bathroom run.
- Lightweight, less than 200g.
- Baby unit and Parent unit not clearly marked, but easy to tell apart, the baby unit is orange.
- Baby unit LED shines red when working correctly, that was confusing at first.
- Belt clips arrive unattached, easy to install with a screwdriver.
The pros vastly outweigh the cons for this baby monitor. The range and battery life are more than I’d ever need. I can’t imagine relaxing 1000′ away from my tent, the most I’ll ever be is probably 50′ or so. And only using the monitor for 2-3 hours per night means the battery would last me a full week of camping on one charge.
You don’t have to worry about weighing your pack down if you camp ultra-light, both units together weigh 198g, which is less than my phone weighs. The peace of mind these monitors offer is 100% worth the extra pack weight.
Now that I have these baby monitors, there is no way I’d go camping with a baby without them. There are a ton of other uses as well, we put one in my son’s room last week when he wasn’t feeling well so I’d be alerted as soon as he was made a quick run to the bathroom.
They’re drop-proof and water resistant, so there is no need to worry if your curious toddler gets a hold of one.
I’m Molly Foss, aka Momma Critter. I’ve been camping since I was 9 years old and I always wanted to be Robin Hood and live in the forest when I grew up. I’m excited to share my love of camping with my son as he grows up. My favorite thing to do while camping is roast marshmallows over the fire.