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I decided to purchase Frankie the amphibian slumber buddy after my little son had an overnight stay in hospital and seemed intrigued by the musical projector attached to the hospital cot. I researched the model and was disappointed to find it cost £45 and on my budget I just couldn't justify buying it.
So I looked around for alternatives and last week came across Frankie in Argos, reduced from £24.99 to £15.99. The picture depicted a friendly looking frog that projected different coloured stars and a moon onto the ceiling whilst playing music to a sleeping child nearby. It also included the 3 AAA batteries needed to make Frankie work his magic.
I was sold, the stars where so pretty and I knew my son would watch them as they changed colour, I would have liked them to move as well but all in all this seemed like a good deal and so I welcomed Frankie into our home with open arms.
Frankie has a friendly grin and when I placed him on my sons knee he grinned right back at him... and proceeded to try and gnaw on his foot! Frankie has a hard plastic shell like a turtle but the rest of his body is soft.
I switched off the lights and put the stars and moon on, I was a little disappointed that the colours didn't change on their own, the first setting is a lovely blue but then you have to push the button again to change it to red and then again to change it to green. Blue is definitely the clearest colour followed by green.... the red is a bit rubbish and not bright enough to create an ambient display on the ceiling.
Next the lullabies... whatever happened to twinkle twinkle? Upon pushing this button I was surprised to hear some seedy sounding elevator music or the music you hear when on hold to BT. Initially I hated it and I have yet to be convinced by the last 3 'lullabies', however the first little tune has definitely grown on me, turns out this music isn't all that irritating when you know you aren't being charged 35p per minute to listen to it!
So that night I brought Frankie up to bed with us, my partner was home from work and we all went together (my son sleeps in the pram in our room). I placed Frankie on the bedside locker, put on the blue lights and the first lullaby, my son loved it!! He stared up at the stars his little eyes growing heavier before eventually closing and the music meant I had a break from the repeated 'shhhhhing noises' I usually had to make to sooth him. I too felt quite relaxed and delighted with my purchase however..... my partner HATES FRANKIE and after threatening to throw him out the window he finally fell asleep the pillow held firmly over his head.
The next morning we tried out the heartbeat sound which is also quite soothing and the two nature sounds, one is of crashing waves, the other bird like jungle noises. During the day I place Frankie close by my son and use either the heartbeat sound or the bird sound to sooth him into a nap and it works 95% of the time.
Thankfully my partner never asked me to choose between him and Frankie because Im not entirely sure who would have won that battle!
Frankie switches himself off after 30 minutes which is great at night and saves on batteries. Ive had him for 3 weeks now, I use him daily and have yet to change the batteries.
"At a Glance Friendly character that projects light displays, plays lullabies and nature sounds to help soothe your little one to sleep. Features and benefits for Slumber Buddy 30 minute auto shut-off Calming star and moon display Soothing nightlight 3 lullabies, 2 nature sounds and heart-beat Suitable from birth 3 colour display options – blue, red, amber Want to know more?The Slumber Buddy is the ideal bedtime companion for soothing your little one to sleep. A star and moon display projects around the room in 3 colour options ? blue, green and amber. Complete with lullabies and nature sounds and a 30 minute auto shut-off, your baby or toddler will have the perfect good night.Don't forget...Mothercare has great range of soft toys and comforters to help your little one drift off to sleep."