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When my son was 6 weeks old he was put into his cot in his own room. He was sleeping okay, but he was a hungry baby and once he'd woken up for a feed he'd want to be clung to me or my partner for the rest of the night. I needed something to help soothe him back to sleep without me being in the room. I was out shopping and came across the 'Slumber Bear'. I had never heard of this before, but after looking at the package I bought it. It was £29.99 from Mamas and Papas.
There are 3 parts to the Slumber Bear, firstly the bear. The bear is a soft plush toy of a bear lying down asleep in a cream romper suit. It has a velcro patch on the back which you lift to put the noise box in. This is of good quality and is a nice bear in itself just as a cuddly toy.
The second part is the blanket which comes with the bear. This is a small cream square blanket made of a very soft material. This is used to capture your scent, then give to the baby on a night so they can smell you still whilst they are asleep. To do this you need to put this blanket on you, usually down your top (how rude! ha) and leave it there for a while so your scent transfers to the fabric. I used to do this last thing on a night, I don't know if this had any effect on Bobby because he didn't really touch the blanket, but is a nice reassurance to have when putting baby to bed.
The last and most important part is the noise box (as I call it, might not be it's proper name!). This is in an egg shape with an orange speaker and buttons on the front. It has a velcro strap on the back meaning you can stuff this in the bear, or attach it to the side of the cot. We used to use it in the bear and put the bear near Bobby. This box has four different sound options, classical nursery rhymes, wave sounds, womb sounds, or an option to record yourself. We opted for the womb sounds. This is an actual recording from inside somone's womb! The idea is to leave the sound box on overnight (check the volume before you set it up for the evening, i've made this mistake before!) either in the bear, or attached to the cot, with your desired sound. When baby moves or makes a noise, the sound will automatically come on for 5 minuted soothing your baby back to sleep.
Does this work?
Yes, it did for us. As we started using it when he was quite young, I think this really worked for him. With baby number 2 I will probably use this from birth so they get used to it and will probably make it more effective. Now this is no miracle cure if your baby is not sleeping, but there were times when the noise of the Slumber Bear would wake me up, and I wouldn't be able to hear Bobby. When I got up to check the first few times, he was drifiting back to sleep. When he got to about 3/4 months old, he was only waking up to be fed and feel the Slumber Bear really helped us with his sleeping patterns. I think hearing a familiar sound gave Bobby the reassurance to go back to sleep by himself.
It's a shame there is nothing to send him back to sleep now when he decides to get up at 4am to play with my phone!
Slumberbear is very cute and soft and sounds nice.
I bought him in desperation as my newborn baby did not like sleeping and I was hoping this would help to soothe him but unfortunately it did not work for me.
I paid £30 for it which is a lot of money so I wouldn't buy it again as it wasn't worth it for me.
It is a nice soft teddy though which is holding a snuggly blanket and inside it there is a music box which you control and you can turn the volume up or down and there are different types of music. There is wave sounds, sounds of the womb, classical nursery rhymes or you can record your own voice or sound on it. I think the womb sounds are supposed to help newborns to feel safe and secure.
The wave sound is nice and I did like falling asleep to that but it made no difference in helping my baby to sleep so really was only used as a cuddly toy so is not worth the money. The wave sound is very relaxing though and calming and the classical nursery rhymes also sound good and I found the sound quality of it to be excellent and was not at all crackly. It is nice that you can turn the volume up or down.
I would not recommend this as it is really just a gimmick and don't think it helps baby's to sleep. It is a nice teddy though and my son likes to cuddle it now he is 18 months old.
My 4 week old just wouldn't sleep or settle and the more she wouldn't the more overtired she would get. I started googling different products and for different people's advice/tips and came across the Prince Lionheart original slumber bear. Even health visitors and paediatricians recommended it.
I read up as many different reviews as possible and the outcome was pretty much the same for everyone, all babies loved this product and it helped them to sleep...well that was me sold, I then tried to find somewhere I could go and buy one on that day! I didn't want to order online even though I could get it cheaper as I was desperate.
I found it in mothercare and it cost £30. Excitedly I couldn't wait to get it home, only to find it didn't work, I was gutted. At first I thought it was the batteries but then I tested batteries in something else and they worked. Luckily mothercare is open until 8pm so at 7pm I toddled off to swap it!!
The next one worked, unfortunately the product didn't work as in help get my daughter to sleep.
Let me tell you about it.
The slumber bear is a cuddly bear which now comes with a little comfort blanket too. It comes with a sound box which plays different sounds to help soothe baby to sleep. The sound box can be put inside the teddy, but we left it out.
The sounds are white noise, which I believe is take from an aeroplane, ocean waves, 3 different lullaby's and an actual recording from inside the mother's womb, supposedly having a calming effect on baby as that is what baby is used to. You can also record your own voice too. My daughter didn't like any of them!
The sound box is motion and sound activated so when baby cries or moves it should go off, but it doesn't always go off. The down side to this is it automatically switches off after 5 minutes, but there should be an option to have it continuously playing until the parent turns it off.
There is a volume button allowing for you to increase or decrease the volume too.
There are also straps that allow the bear or the sound box to be hung up, once baby gets older so it is out of their reach.
The quality of the bear, blankie and sounds are really good, its just a shame my daughter didn't take to them. Overall it seems like a really good product and a lot of people swear by it, I just wish it worked for us