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When I first had my baby I found it really difficult to get her to sleep. I tried all sorts from leaving a lava lamp on nearby, playing music, having the room in darkness etc etc. In the end i found that leaving the TV on was a good way to get baby Hope to sleep! She would watch the images and the noises would be reassuring but I realised I couldn't have her falling asleep in front of the TV for ever more! So I went on a hunt for a toy for her room which would hopefully do as good a job as the TV did!
I came across this V-tech lullaby crib light in Early Learning Centre and realised it was exactly what I was looking for and well worth the £24.99 it was marked at.
The swet dreams light is basically a large plastic night light. It has a projector which projects a moving colourful image upwards. The images are of sheep jumping over fences and teddies sleeping on moons so all very nice, peaceful and colourful pictures. It moves slowly so it is easy for your baby to focus. It also has an ability to alter the focus of the light so is really useful for when you move the light to different levels or if you have different height ceilings you can always be sure that the images will be in focus!
The front of the night light has a big window which has inside a plastic teddy asleep on a moon. Inside it are little lights and stars and so is nice and attractive for your baby. Because it clips onto the side of the cot the teddy and stars are easily visible to your baby so another image for your baby to focus on if they don't look up at the ceiling. The teddy also rocks slightly too.
Next to the big window is the play button which is a huge big musical note and so once your baby is old enough it will be very easy to turn on the music for them!
What I really like about this is that there are different settings which include:
Music- this plays lullabies such as twinkle twinkle and other classics.
Music and white noise- this plays the lullabies and also white noise at the same time so noises like birds tweeting and waves crashing.
White noise- where just white noise plays.
There is also a timing function so you can select whether the show lasts 5, 10 or 15 minutes and a volume control which is always useful on children's toys especially ones for use at night time! Also, if you leave it on then if a high pitched noise occurs it will set off again- this has happened due to whistling and a dog barking so is sometimes a surprise to hear it set off when my baby's not crying!
This toy straps onto the side of the cot by plastic straps which have different slots so is pretty accommodating of all varieties of cot and also the base is flat so if you have a travel cot or a moses basket you can just place the light on the floor next to the bed instead without worrying about it falling over.
The toy does need batteries- 4 C type batteries which I find quite hard to find and it really runs them down very quickly so we have used rechargeable ones to keep down the cost!
People may be concerned that the toy is too much- it makes noises and shows images which is quite stimulating especially at night time but I find it works for the best! It isn't stimulating in the sense that the baby has to kick something to make it work or they have to press things so it is okay for my baby as she just enjoys watching the images and feels reassured by the noise.
It's easy to clean as it's plastic so very easy to wipe clean although there are lots of raised stars and things on it so lots of places to have to try to get baby wipes and what not into!
I find it really really useful, every time I go away this is one of the essentials which I pack! I can't do without it! My baby falls asleep within minutes that it's on and really enjoys it! She is 6 months old and isn't at the stage yet where she'll be able to turn it on herself but I imagine she will find it very easy to do so once she is big enough!
I cannot praise this highly enough. I'm trying to find negatives and I guess the negatives are the fact the batteries run out so very quickly and that it is a bulky object so not really all that ideal. Also, I would quite like a longer function, it would be nice to have a 20 minute option as well.
It was well worth the £25 I paid for it!
It's available online from V-tech and from Early Learning centre stores. It's full name: The v-tech Baby Bear Sweet Dreams.
My little girl has had this since she was only a couple of weeks old and still uses it now at 14 months. It helps her drift off easily to sleep and even if it doesn't do that, it keeps her entertained so that I can get a bit of peace and quiet. It has a choice of three sound settings- nature sounds, lullabies or a mixture of the two and they are all really calming and relaxing for baby. There are also switches to control volume, how long it stays on for and also one to focus the light show that is projected onto the ceiling for baby to look at.
Even if baby doesn't like to watch the light show on the ceiling, the screen on the front of the toy shows the little bear rocking gently on the moon and the starts slowly spin around him and light up which is lovely. Also on the front is a large button for baby to press if it stops and he or she wants it back on, and it is sound activated too, so when baby wakes up and cries it starts playing again.
The only problem is that the batteries run out quite quickly and it takes four of the large C 1.5v batteries which aren't the cheapest. However, I really don't mind buying new ones every week or two because my daughter loves the toy and I really see (and hear) a difference when it is out of power because she just will not settle without it.
This reasonably priced item is definitely worth it and great value for money. I really can't fault it for keeping baby happy.
When our daughter was born she really struggled to sleep in the cot. She didn't seem to like being there at all. I looked around and decided that a projector and some music would be great for her. I looked at other reviews and this one seemed to be the best to go for and was not too expensive either at around £20.
The unit has two straps to attach to the cot but we found that these were useless. Instead we just used some string and tied it on. The unit has a picture of a teddy bear asleep on a moon and a musical note button. On the side are several selectors to set different settings for the unit. You can choose to have the projector on or off. It projects images of sheep onto the ceiling and can play either soothing music or have nature noises. There is also an option to set a timer so it will play for either 5, 10 or 15 minutes. If your baby wakes and cries in the night, the unit will also start playing the music/noises again for 5 minutes.
This really helped my daughter to sleep better. We used to play it with the projector and the music at night to help her sleep. She enjoyed watching the patterns on the ceiling and it was useful to have light in the room for her. When she woke in the night, the music would often soothe her so we wouldn't have to get her out of her cot or after feeding her I could press the musical note button to start the music for a while.
The only downfall with this is that the motor for the projector makes quite a lot of extra noise. This never bothered my daughter but might disturb some. Overall, I would recommend this product and would use it again with any other children.
Our two year old toddler moved into a big bed three weeks ago and after what seemed like a million "back to bed" commands, my husband and I were exhausted and ready to put a stair gate on her room. A friend recommended the V Tech Baby Bear Sweet Dreams "light show" as our daughter calls it and she snuggles down with it every night and stays put...no more back ache, no more back to bed nagging and my husband and I enjoy our evenings together once more - Thank you V Tech!!!
My parents bought this for my son when he was born, as a present that I had asked for. I thought the picture on the front was so cute and friendly and there were lots of things to stare at. The item itself is quite heavy, is made of plastic, and can be attached to the crib/cot using two blue plastic straps that tie at the back of the unit and around the cot.
It has various modes, which are adjustable by the blue switch at the front. It has an off setting; lullaby only; nature sounds only; and nature sounds and lullaby combined. Then, at one side there is a button which you press a number of times when the unit is on, for the different light modes. It automatically comes on with the lightshow (shines up onto ceiling), then you can press the button for the lightshow to go off (saves battery!) the lights at the front to come on, then the lights at the front to gently flash, then background lights, and lastly no lights at all.
There is also a time selector switch above this, where you can select how long it plays for, and a volume dial. On the other side there is a focus dial, for the lightshow. The lightshow is a scene of animals going round, including sheep and others, and is very nice).
The unit has a sensor for when the baby cries, and the lullabies come on (if unit is not switched off). There is also a yellow musical notes button at the front to change the lullaby. Later on, the baby can also press this.
The picture on the front is of a sleeping bear on a moon, which moves up and down, and stars which circle around, with a night-time scene at the back.
I think it cost about £20, although i'm not sure where it was purchased; you can wipe the unit over, so fairly easy to clean, but the batteries can run out quite quickly, if you have the unit on the lighshow a lot. I would suggest using rechargable batteries. It takes four C size batteries.
I used to put this on for my son when it was time for bed at night, and he loved the lullabies, I think it used to relax him. I also put it on when doing a nappy change, onto the nature sounds mode, and tell him what each sound was (there is the sound of fire crackling, wind blowing, crickets/toads making soft noises, and waves gently splashing). He loved these also, and I could see him really listening to these sounds. I thought this was good, as it gave him an introduction to the sounds of nature. later on, he loved looking at the bear, and continued to be fascinating by this lullaby unit until he was about 16 months. He also still likes the lightshow, and did from day one!
This unit is so cute with lovely music and sound, that you will like to listen to it yourself! The lightshow is great too, even for calming toddlers down! It is well worth the money and lasts a long time too. Only thing I would say is that it is a bit heavy so I would make sure to secure it extra tight to the cot, or just hold it in your hands/prop up securely.
We have two of these! I was so pleased with the way it helped my first child that I rushed out and bought another during my second pregnancy but my son never really needed his.
The first one we bought was a life saver. My daughter was quite a bad sleeper and I had done all the naughty things like feeding her to get her to sleep and rocking her in her pram!!!
Anyway, when I discovered I was pregnant again I decided that
something had to be done to get her to sleep on her own. I looked at about a hundred different night light musical things and this one appealed because it wasn't too expensive and it had nature sounds as well as lullabies.
My daughter loved it and wouldn't sleep without until she was about 2. I now have my third child using it and he is also
unwilling to sleep without his. We had trouble moving him into his own room but this musical box seemed to help.
The music box can be free standing or fitted to the side of the cot with plastic straps. It has a number of settings for lullabys, nature sounds or a mixture of both. The night light shines up and shows a small moving picture on the ceiling featuring stars and lambs. The light can be turned on and off or left to come on with the music. There is also a timer that you can set so that once you have started the music playing it will play for 5, 10 or 15 minutes. The lullaby/nature sounds can be set to come on when you baby wakes in the night and is activated by sound. This is great to help baby back to sleep but can be activated by other sounds such a voices or movement. On the front of the music box is a teddy bear asleep on a crescent moon and this moves slowly in front of some moving starts. This front part also lights up and can be set to be illuminated even when the ceiling light is switched off. There is also a button on the front for baby to press and this will turn the sounds on and also says "night night". All three of my children have loved this button and you often hear it going off when they have woken in the night and are amusing themselves before settling back to sleep.
I would recommend this night light to anyone as it has been so helpful to our family. The many different settings mean that you can change any of the features to suit the needs of you child.
I bought this VTech baby bear sweet dreams nightlight on the advice of a friend who recently had a baby, he told me that this was great for sending their son to sleep when they had difficulty settling him.
I bought this item from Mothercare for the price of £19.99, it fastens to the side of the cot with 2 blue plastic straps that go over the top of the cot bars and fasten to the back of the unit, it also has a string tie to wrap around the bars to ensure it is secure, or it can stand alone.
It has a music note button on the front that when pressed plays lullabies and projects a light show onto the ceiling. There is a switch on the side that you can change depending on how long you want it to play for. Firstly is the demo which lasts around 10 seconds, then there is 5, 10 or 15 minutes. There is also the option of having either lullabies or nature sounds playing and also the option of whether you want the light show on or off. There is also a switch to adjust the focus of the light show that is projected on the ceiling, there is also an adjustable volume control.
There is a round section on the front of the unit that contains a teddy bear dressed in his night clothes, sitting on top of a moon! When the night light is switched on this also flashes and sways from side to side in time with the music.
The function I especially like about this is that it has a sound sensor that activates if your baby cries, playing music and making the sweet dreams bear on the moon light up and rock back and forth to calm and lull your baby back to sleep.
My son loves this and is mesmerized by it when it is playing!! We have found it works wonders to settle him down to sleep when we are struggling!! One downside is it uses up batteries very quickly, so get stocked up!!
Soothing sounds to lull baby to sleep. A sound sensor activates the unit when baby cries, so little ones go back to sleep.