Product Type: Tomy baby toys
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Tomy starlight dreamshow.
Tomy Starlight Dreamshow
Member Name: mcfcdave12
Tomy Starlight Dreamshow
Advantages: Helps with getting your child to sleep.
I don't know what prompted our purchase of the Tomy starlight dreamshow or when we decided to buy it but buy it we did with the purpose of helping get our little one off to sleep.
One thing is for sure we have had our moneys worth out of it.
The dreamshow (my girlfriend always calls it the dream catcher and I think that sounds creepy) is made of plastic and is bright yellow and the shape of a star. The purpose of it is to project images onto the ceiling in a dark bedroom whilst playing a lullaby. It is an aid to help your child sleep.
What I first liked about the dreamshow is that it cannot fail to fit in to any nursery. Brightly coloured and star shaped but also has an image on the front of a blue bee? Sleeping on a crescent moon whilst in the background another insect rides on a shooting star.
The price of the Tomy starlight dreamshow seems to vary from around £12 to £16. Up to now we have used it pretty much every night for the last fourteen months.
The recommended age group for the dreamshow say it is suitable from birth to six months. My son spent his first six months sleeping most of the time anyway so where they get that age group from I'll never know. My son didn't go into his own room until he was six months old and that is when we started using it.
Before you can use it you will need four AA batteries. The batteries are not included. In fourteen months of using the dreamshow we have only had to change the batteries once.
You then have to decide if you want to attach the dreamshow to the babies cot or leave it freestanding. You attach it to the cot using a wrap around strap that is already attached. We chose to leave it freestanding. At first we used to have it strapped to the cot but as soon as my son could reach up to it we had to take it off and just have it stood on the floor next to the cot. Once he could reach it he became more interested in the star itself rather than the image on the ceiling. He would start trying to pull it down so he could hold it.
Turning the star on is simple. On the bike there are two buttons. The biggest button is simply the on/off button. Once you press this the star will light up quite bright because of the bulb inside. The light inside project the image onto the ceiling whilst playing a lullaby. The scene it projects is dark blue to depict the night sky. It features lots of cartoony like creatures sleeping on moons and stars, the image rotates and keeps going around until the dreamshow switches itself off.
The smaller button on the back is to switch between which lullaby you want it to play. There are three to choose from that are loud but sound quite soft and are actually quite relaxing to listen to. We don't have a favourite lullaby and we tend to switch between different ones every couple of nights.
There is also a toggle switch on the side. This is simply to switch between how long you want the dreamshow to play for. There are three options. Off, five minutes and ten minutes. Just recently I have very rarely ever used the ten minute option, five has always normally been enough time.
Just to give you an example of how we use it I will describe an average bedtime routine for my son.
Once we have bathed him and got him into his pyjamas either my self or my girlfriend will put him into his sleeping bag and put him into his cot. Sometimes he gets a bit agitated and wants to stay up and other times he just lies down. I'm guessing this is pretty much the same for most children.
At this point we still have the bedroom door open so that we have light coming into the room so we can read him a story whilst he lies in his cot and listens. Usually a story will take around ten minutes and hopefully by this time he has settled down a little.
Once the story is finished the door is closed and I will lie down next to his cot, place the dreamshow in the middle of the floor and switch it on. Most of the time he will look up and stare at the image on the ceiling, even now after fourteen months he still does it.
We usually have it set to five minutes which is long enough to make him sleepy. When it finishes and turns off automatically he is usually still awake. There has been the odd occasion where he has fell asleep watching it but more often than not he's still awake. It usually makes him sleepy enough that I can leave the room without he kicking up a fuss and after ten minutes of lying in the dark he falls asleep.
What is good for us definitely will not be good for everybody. All children are different but If you are having problems getting your child to sleep then I would definitely recommend using the Tomy starlight dreamshow.
I wouldn't claim it works 100% but it definitely aids to calm down your child by giving them something else to concentrate on. Sometimes getting your child to sleep can be the most stressful part of your day if you have been working a need to unwind yourself. The last thing you need is to be up all evening fighting with your child getting them to sleep.
Anything that helps is pretty much priceless so I don't think that twelve to fifteen pound is to much to pay for something that will most likely help.
Summary: Worth the money in my opinion. Has helped with bedtime for the last fourteen months.
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