Product Type: Sleepytot baby products
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This rabbit changed my life...
Member Name: rlc2281
Date: 15/02/11, updated on 15/02/11 (80 review reads)
Advantages: Makes it very easy for baby to find dummy at night. Made from soft material. Machine washable
Disadvantages: Quite expensive
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.
Summary: I would recommend this to anyone whose baby wakes for their dummy in the night.