Game Changer: Jena™ Monitor by Levana for the Sleep Resistant Child

April 24, 2014

Quiet time.

Nap time.

Just stay in your room for 45 minutes so I can have some silence time.

A few months ago Sam and I considered purchasing a video monitor for Bella’s room. I’ve written on here and Babble before about Bella’s sleeping habits. She’s a good sleeper – when she gets to sleep. There are nights when we can still hear her bouncing around and playing in there at 10pm, and we’ve put her to bed at 8.

When the Jena™  monitor by Levana came in the mail, I was really curious to see if it would make a difference. I’m able to see and hear her in the room, and also talk to her through the monitor.

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Which presented all kinds of fun for us.

The first night, she did her usual – get out of bed. Wander around the room. Toss toys on the floor. Turn back on her light. BOUNCE ON HER BED. (We had no idea she was doing this.)

So Sam spoke into the monitor. “Bella. Back to bed please.”

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You would have thought God himself boomed down from the heavens. She lept about 2 feet in the air and flew into her bed, staring at the monitor in her room with a look of absolute fury. While I was a little worried about having a video monitor in her room (I wondered if she might feel like we were spying on her) we both agreed at this point it was needed and we would only use it for nap and night.

It’s been a game changer for us. I can work in another room while Bella has her quiet time and know exactly when she falls asleep. I can talk to her if needed, and she can talk to me without leaving her room. She knows that we are able to see her, so her antics are cut down and she’s started to sleep quicker (most of the time). The real advantage is her not having to leave the room each time she needs to tell us something.

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There can be four different monitors set up – each with their own channel and screen. Jena™  can be carried through the house (up to 500ft) and I’ve never experienced any kind of interference no matter how close I get to the base. They recharge for 8 hours with the video screen on and over 12 hours in PEEP mode (sets your monitor screen to “sleep” when there is no sound in the room).

Levana Monitor

Jena™  features:

  • 2 way talk
  • Rechargable battery (up to 8 hours)
  • Temperature monitoring
  • Nightlight
  • 15 feet automatic night vision
  • Remote controlled lullabies
  • Up to 4 total cameras

Jena™ retails for $99 online. Additional monitors are just $59, a huge difference in the ones were considered that were in the hundreds.

Quite honestly, there aren’t any real cons to this monitor. While the picture quality isn’t like watching a high def movie, I also don’t need that. I can see Bella and what she’s doing, and the nightlight provides just enough to watch anything happening. Our voices are clear enough for her to understand, we can also hear her well.

I love, love, love this little monitor and I absolutely would recommend it to anyone looking for a less expensive, quality video one for both older or younger kids.

Read more on the Jena ™ and other Levana monitors for every household.


I was not paid for this review, but I was sent a Jena™ monitor from Levana. All opinions are my own. 



  • Anne-Marie

    April 25, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Thank you! I mentioned to my sister that I thought video monitors just bred paranoia. She said “Wait until he can get out of bed on his own. You don’t need the video monitor until they’re toddlers.” You are confirming exactly what she said! I’m glad to know there’s a good one that’s not several hundred dollars!

  • Sara

    April 25, 2014 at 9:24 am

    That’s seriously cheap for a video monitor! Adding to my registry… 🙂

  • gracedbyemilie

    April 25, 2014 at 6:33 am

    We have video monitors but my toddler used to be scared when we talked through it. I wonder if now that she’s a little older it would work better. I’m going to try it tonight and see if she stays in her room instead of coming out 100 times! 🙂

  • Becky @ bybmg

    April 24, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    We have the same deal with H. Sometime he just will not fall asleep. At daycare she has a video monitor and it helps a lot. Some day I’d like to splurge on one. Love this one’s price point!

  • Casey

    April 24, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    This is so awesome!

  • Amber West

    April 24, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    I may have to get one of these!! Thanks so much for the review!

    1. Amber West

      April 24, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      And by “may have” I mean I ordered one. 🙂

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