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My child was a terrible sleeper in many ways but one big problem was the dummy/pacifier. He loves his dummy but it constantly fell out when he was younger and this meant about 10 'dummy runs' back and forth to his cot every night. This little bunny has been an absolute life saver! Within about 2 weeks our little one (then 7 months ish) was easily able to find his dummy and replace it in the night. We chose the small bunny and found this the perfect size. It's quite floppy and light which is great as it's easy for baby to handle and I never worried about suffocation or anything even if it was draped over his face. There are four spots for dummies, giving lots of opportunity for baby to find a dummy and replace it. I've never used all four as it seems a bit of an overkill and dummies end up poking baby in the eye, but my little one loves to have two - one in his mouth and one in the opposite end to hold. Bunny washes and tumble dries well.
You read the title correctly. THE best item I have bought for my babies. EVER. And between me and you, in the past 5 years since I found out I was pregnant with our eldest, I have bought A LOT of baby related stuff.
There are so many toys, gizmos and gadgets for babies out there that claim to be the next big thing. Try me and your baby will sleep longer. Try me and your baby will sale through teething without a whimper. Try me and your baby will become a genius. You get the picture. I'm a sucker for products like these but nine times out of ten I've been disappointed - Sophie La Giraffe, I'm looking at you. But sometimes, just sometimes, they live up to the hype.
My youngest son was a "sucky baby" which although sounds slightly cruel, just meant he wanted to suck all the time but not necessarily feed and so we used a dummy. This in itself is a controversial issue which I am going to gloss over and simply say it worked for us. The only trouble was, when my son was around 4 - 5 months old, he would constantly lose his dummy in the night and be unable to find it, resulting in him screaming the place down until mummy or daddy stumbled weary eyed down the hall way to come to the rescue. When this happens 3-4 times a night every night you start thinking your sweet innocent little baby has actually been sent to destroy you. Whilst questioning my sanity and losing my will to live at a baby group I mentioned our little problem to another mum and she recommended the Sleepytot. And I can hand on heart say we never looked back.
So what is this miracle item? Well basically its a stuffed rabbit with velcro on its paws. I know, I know, it doesn't sound much and to be honest, it doesn't look much either but the beauty lies in the simplicity of it. You can by a Sleepytot in cream or grey and you can choose either a small one (22.9 x 18.3 x 8.1 cm) or a large (28 x 9 x 34 cm). We've only ever bought a large and found it perfect sized, even when he was smaller. Each of the rabbit's paws has velcro on them, meaning it can hold onto a dummy, the side of the cot, pram straps etc. Genius.
From the first night that we presented the sleepy tot to my little man he loved it. We originally had the (rubbish) idea of attaching one paw to his dummy and the other to the cot. This didn't work, because when he rolled over his dummy came out and he was still too disorientated to roll over and find it. We found what worked best was to just to attach a dummy, allow him to put him dummy in himself and then cuddle up to the little rabbit. And it worked! He would fall asleep cuddling his bunny and so when he woke up he had his dummy right there next to him.
Our little one soon couldn't sleep without him (so we ordered back ups!) We called him bunny but because he was still learning to talk, our little man found it easier to say bear, and it stuck. Bear the bunny. But the magic of the Sleepytot doesn't end there.
When my son turned 15 months we decided that the dummy had outstayed it's welcome and it was time for it go. I was dreading it, I'd heard horror stories of children being inconsolable without it and so braced myself for sleepless nights all over again. We took the dummy off "Bear" and hid all the others and explained to our little man that the dummy fairy had taken his dummy away for all the little babies that needed it more. He responded with "chicken" so it clearly was worth making up that little story. That night he got into his cot and found Bear and looked at it puzzled. He looked at each of the paws in turn and then looked at us and said "all gone" and then cuddled it up to his face as normal and went to sleep. A miracle! He didn't ask for his dummy once. He had become so attached to Bear himself that he didn't miss the dummy at all.
My son has just turned two and his still loves his Bear. We have a grey one and a cream but in all honestly they're both a light shade of grey having been washed so many times! I know it will be hard getting him to give up Bear but at least it isn't a dummy he's reliant on, as I was conscious it could lead to a negative impact on his speech and teeth if he had it for too long.
The Sleepytot has been worth it's weight in gold and little Bear accompanies us everywhere. He's machine washable (thank goodness!), suitable from birth and despite being washed a bazillion times he still feels lovely and soft. The stomach on the bunny is padded and so can be used to pop under baby's head when they're being changed and the velcro paws are still very much in tact after almost 2 years of being adored. The paws can be attached to pushchair straps to stop the dummy falling on the floor, or the bunny itself getting lost. It can even be attached to the front of the trolley when he's sat in the toddler seat knowing he's not going to go missing.
I would recommend this to anyone. It's neutral so a perfect gift for a newborn, whether or not they use a dummy. It's lovely just as a comforter.
I can't think of a single negative thing to say. Even the price is reasonable. The small ones are around £10 on Amazon, with the larger ones being around £12. A bargain considering how much use we've had out if it!
Long live Bear The Bunny
My son never liked sleeping. He was at his worst at around 4 months and it got to the point where he kept waking in the night wanting his dummy and I was seriously suffering from the lack of sleep and became quite obsessed with trying to find something that would help him to sleep.
I stumbled across the sleepytot.com website through a random Google search looking for solutions to sleep problems. This directed me to the product and I was completely taken in by the rave reviews for it on their website.
- What is it?
The Sleepytot comforter is a square shaped, soft toy rabbit with four "paws" which are loops made out of the same soft material as the rest of the rabbit which hold a dummy, teether, rattle or any other item you choose and close using velcro. These "paws" can also be used to attach the comforter to the bars of a cot or the strap on a pushchair to stop it getting lost.
It comes in two sizes: the large rabbit is approximately 22cm x 25cm and costs £12.99, while the smaller one is cheaper at £9.99 and measures 19cm x 19cm.
There is also a choice of two colours: grey or cream.
You can buy them from sleepytot.com or amazon.co.uk
- My experience
After finding the sleepytot website, I dithered for a while before I decided to buy one. I thought that all the testimonials were too good to be true, and at £12.99 it seemed hard to justify spending the money from my meagre maternity pay. Another month of sleepless nights ensued and I finally decided to bite the bullet and order one.
I chose the larger rabbit as I hoped that my son would be able to find it in his cot more easily, and I opted for the grey version as I thought that the cream one may look grubby quite quickly.
I added a dummy to each paw and gave it to my son (who by this point was nearly 6 months old). He took it straight away and popped a dummy into his mouth. I was relieved that he had got the idea of it so quickly and I was looking forward to seeing whether he would sleep better that night.
Introducing the Sleepytot wasn't an instant fix to his sleeping problems - but it wasn't far off. For the first couple of weeks he would "lose" the comforter in his cot and couldn't find it easily when he was disturbed in the night so I would have to go to him and give it back to him. However, the frequency of his night time wakings declined immediately and we went from getting up to him around 5 times a night to only having to go into him a couple of times. It only took a fortnight for him to learn to find it himself and from that point on he's rarely been disturbed in the night, with the exception of illness, teething etc.
I then bought another 2 rabbits so that it would be easy to wash them and I wouldn't have to worry about them being dry in time for nap or bedtime. I have also heard from friends that it can be hard to prise a grubby comforter out of a toddler's hands to wash, so thought that having a couple of spares would be a good move.
The instructions say that the Sleepytot should be washed at 30c, although ours have gone in at 40c as well and have come out fine the other side. One rabbit accidentally ended up in the tumble dryer, but it came out absolutely fine, so if I have other items going in the dryer then I just put the Sleepytot in with the rest of the clothes now.
- My son's thoughts
He loves his Sleepytot or "Bunny" as we call it. He would carry it around with him all day if he could, but we just let him have it for his naps and at night. He will often walk into his bedroom and will come back out again cuddling "Bunny" which he has reached through the bars of his cot to get.
I'm hoping that his attachment to the comforter itself will make it easier to get rid of the dummies at some point, although I've not tried to remove them yet so we'll have to wait and see whether that works...
- My thoughts
This rabbit changed my life. It sounds dramatic, but it really did live up to the hype for us. My only regret is that I didn't buy one when I first found the website.
The Sleepytot can be used straight from birth. I'm not sure that I would give it to such a young baby as I would be a little bit concerned about having something in the crib with them when they're so little. Also, a newborn baby would not be able to replace their own dummy in the night so I think it's really more suitable for a baby from around four months onwards.
From the product photos it looks like a baby may end up with the comforter covering their face when they're using it, although we've not found this to be the case as the paws are actually longer than they appear. You can also attach the comforter to the bars of the cot or crib which should make it less likely that the rabbit would end up over their face.
The Sleepytot Comforter is quite simply a godsend to any parent whose child uses dummies.
My son had one of these when he was about 4 months old, he was forever losing his dummy in the night and then waking up the rest of the household because he could't find it. I was given this as a gift and decided to give it a go.
It is a soft toy in the shape of a bunny. It is slightly padded and is beige in colour, it has stripes on his tummy and long satin ears. His fur is lovely and soft and on each of his 4 paws he has velcro so you can attach things.
My son soon had this as his favourite bedtime toy. At night we would attch 2 dummies to 2 of the 4 paws so that when he woke looking for his dummy we would know where to find it and hopefully he would soon understand where to look.
The paws are long enough so that when the dummy is in the babies mouth his face isn't near the body of the rabbit. The paws open and close so the velcro isn't visable and the dummy is securely attached.
The comforter also came out with us during the day. It measuresH24 x W19 so it isn't too bulky and it can be attached by its paws onto a pram or a changing bag so it doesn't get lost.
You can also attach small toys like rattles and teethers to the paws if the child is playing with it during the day.
I found the sleepytot comforter to be really useful. The velcro held items securely and at nighttimes my son soon remembered how to find his dummies- it was a relief not to have to search his room by torchlight trying to find them! I found that after a while he wasn't even particularly interested in having the dummy in his mouth, as long as it was close by then he was happy. I think it definately helped to wean him off dummies.
The comforter is machine washable at 40 and comes in a lovely gift bag so is perfect as a present. It sells for £10.99 and upwards.
Both my granddaughter and niece's then 12 week old son received a Sleepytot Baby Comforter, and as I have looked after both babies recently I can honestly say what a wonderful invention this is. My granddaughter is 21 months old and has never used a dummy, whereas little Callum who is now 19 weeks can't sleep without his dummy and has caused lots of uproar for his mum when he loses it in the middle of the night and she has to try and find it without putting the light on and waking him up completely.
The Sleepytot Baby Comforter is an extremely soft little rabbit with velcro on each of it's feet, when you find something you want kept safe you simply fold the feet around it and press the velcro closed. This creates a kind of keyring effect as you're attaching an easily lost object such as a dummy to something much larger which is easier to see and find that the smaller object you're really looking for.
The rabbit is gorgeous with light padding and very soft fur, it also has satin ears to give your baby a feel for different textures and a happy smiling face that any baby or toddler would love. My granddaughter received hers at eighteen months old which is a little out of the target age so she treats her rabbit as a comfort blanket/toy combination, Callum has had his in his cot from a very young age and is now taking an interest in it as he's come to associate it with his beloved dummies. My niece has taken to popping a dummy on each foot which ensures he always has one to hand whatever position the rabbit has fallen into, this gives the Comforter somewhat of a starfish appearance though and I believe Callum has had several clonks on the head while trying to fit seek out a dummy with his little mouth!
The velcro can also be used to attach the rabbit to a toy bar on the pushchair, although once the child gets a little older this becomes a less secure way of keeping the comforter safe because as soon as baby learns to undo one of the feet then I guarantee she'll quickly learn how to unfasten the whole thing! My granddaughter doesn't have hers as a pushchair toy and it really for bedtime or if she's gotten herself upset during the day, then she'll find her rabbit and it visibly calms her down as she strokes the soft fur against her face.
I think this would make a wonderful gift for a new baby, it's suitable from birth although to be honest I'd have reservations about using this toy so young as the body of the rabbit could easily cover a small baby's face if carelessly placed. Having said that I've read reviews on this product from new mums who have used this product from birth so perhaps I am worrying needlessly.
My daughter has successfully washed the rabbit on a 30 degree wash, the comforter dried quickly over the radiator and kept its shape and softness. It costs £12.99 from www.sleepytot.com which is a much cheaper price than I imagined when I first saw it as this item is attractive, useful AND comforting for baby.
Sleepytot is designed to adapt to a baby's changing needs, making it a perfect gift for a newborn baby. The sleepytot is designed to hold soothers, toys and other essentials.