18/01/2010 18:10 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

ParentView: Leapfrog Baby Monitor

Picking the right baby monitor means making some decisions about exactly what features you want. Do you want lullabies included? Talkback? Do you want extras like feeding schedules and alerts?

The LeapFrog Advanced Digital Baby Monitor comes close to ticking pretty much every box when it comes to jazzy extras. It keeps track of the room temperature in the nursery (and you can set it to bleep if it gets too hot or cold); it plays digital lullabies that you can start up remotely using the receiver unit; and if you want to remind yourself when you last fed your baby or when it's time to feed again, the Leapfrog's feeding alerts can help.

Personally, I'm a big fan of the "parent talkback" feature – though I'm not sure the manufacturer intended it to be used to request a cup of tea from the bedroom while your other half is downstairs.
The main thing about this monitor is that it doesn't buzz and fizz constantly, which is a problem on many monitors. In fact, the sound quality is great.

The soft-touch design is very nursery-friendly, as is the gentle glow the night light emits. There's also a torch and a choice of volume and sensitivity settings, making this a very versatile and user-friendly monitor.

ParentView score: 4.5/5