In a nutshell

This monitor has crystal-clear, interference-free sound and a wide-range of additional features.

What we tested

  • Ease of use
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Sound and/or picture quality
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Signal range
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Design
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Durability
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Worth the money
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.


  • Easy to use, quick on and off power supply, crystal clear sound, small and light


  • Room temperature warning sound is irritating and can only be muted for short periods of time, torch on parent unit is easy to accidentally turn on, battery on parent unit takes a long time to recharge, parent unit falls off its charging base

The BT Baby Monitor 250 is a crystal-clear, no-nonsense, easy-to-use digital baby monitor with a broad range of useful features. It has a few niggles but certainly does the job well.


BT’s most recent addition to its baby monitor range is the BT Baby Monitor 250. The 250 boasts DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications), 120 dynamic channels and an auto select feature that will find a secure channel so only you hear your baby with a guarantee of no interference. Should you dare to drift out of range of the baby unit, there’s an out-of-range warning for peace of mind.

The monitor also features a useful, adjustable nightlight and a changing-colour temperature gauge on the baby unit. If you need to talk to your baby (or partner!) there’s a very useful talkback feature – but be warned, you can't adjust the volume and the sound quality is so good you sound like you're shouting.

This monitor provides advanced features too, such a crying alert on the parent unit, a feed timer and alert on the parent unit, wipe-able keys on both units, mute low/mute all, power on/off, paging, low battery alert, belt clip, volume control, rechargeable batteries and a torch on the parent handset.

What we love

Being no lover of complex instructions I was pleased to note that the Baby Monitor 250 is a cinch to use straight from the box – just plug in and go.

The monitor has a range of up to 300m outdoors and 50m indoors and the sound quality is excellent. Compared to other monitors I’ve tested it is sensitive enough to hear my baby Ted, 10 months, breathing quietly. In a month of using it at home, with the baby and parent units in close proximity to radios, it also has no interference whatsoever.

The nightlight is just bright enough to see so you can feed or check on your baby without disturbing them.

The monitor is reasonably priced considering the number of features it has.

What to watch out for

The temperature monitor glows red (for too hot) too easily, for example, on a warm autumn day, which might cause some mums to worry unnecessarily. I compared the temperature reading for this monitor with another model and found it measured the room, on average, two degrees hotter. The temperature warning alert can only be muted for certain periods of time, so on a hot August night the beeps become extremely irritating!

The parent unit hangs down a fair way below the belt clip, which means it's not comfortable to wear like this. Because the parent unit is so compact, it wobbles off its charging base when it gets accidentally knocked.

There are eight lullabies to help your baby drift off to sleep although I found these had the tinny noise of a cheap radio, so after one trial we never used them again – they are an unnecessary feature in reality.

Who is the BT Baby Monitor 250 best for?

Parents seeking interference-free listening.


MadeForMums verdict

The BT Baby Monitor 250 has crystal-clear, interference-free sound. This no-nonsense baby monitor offers a wide-range of features, and while the temperature monitor is very sensitive and the lullabies tinny, the sound quality and ease of set-up are excellent.

Product Specifications

ModelBaby Monitor 250
Signal typeDigital
Video screenNo
Movement sensor padNo
Range indoors50m
Range outdoors300m
Number of channels120
Sound level indicator lightsYes
Two-way talkbackYes
Night lightYes
Room temperature displayYes
Soothing lullabiesYes
Power supplyBattery and mains
Power supplyMains
  • Digital sound quality with high definition sound (Hi-dsTM)
  • Wireless range of up to 300m outdoors and up to 50m indoors
  • Out-of-range and low battery warnings
  • Torch
  • Lullabies
  • Link light provides continuous confidence that the parent unit is receiving a signal from the baby unit and will alert you if the link is lost
  • Talkback
  • Nightlight
  • Crying alert
  • Mute options