Product Type: Tomy safety products
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More like an alarm clock than a dreamshow!
Tomy Winnie The Pooh Moonlight Dreamshow
Member Name: pootlegirl
Tomy Winnie The Pooh Moonlight Dreamshow
Advantages: May distract baby slightly, for a brief moment
Disadvantages: Wakes baby up, music not soothing, light show not very clear
We popped some batteries in and turned it on. I was quite horrified by how loud the music that came out of it was, and couldn't really see how this would soothe her to sleep! I actually quite like the tune (Deep in the Hundred Acre Wood), but I would not put it in the lullaby catagory - certainly not when played like this anyway! At this point she was still sleeping in our room and we certainly wouldn't be able to sleep with that racket on, so back in the box it went.
It was several months later when she was sleeping in her own room and we were having trouble settling her that we decided to give it another go. I attached it to the side of her cot quite easily using the rubber straps on the back. The unit is quite heavy so I have to admit I was a little paranoid about it falling off in the night and landing on her, but my husband assured me this wouldn't happen. (at least, not without little fingers fiddling with it and she was still too young to be doing that!) We turned the unit on, and although the pictures that were projected onto the ceiling were not very clear (even though with a blackout blind her room was pretty dark), the movement of the lights did distract and entertain her enough for us to make our exit without causing too much distress, and with a little grizzling (which would set the unit off again) she eventually nodded off. Only to be woken up again half an hour later when she grunted and out blared the music again! Aaaargh!!! Why didn't we see that coming! (I blame severe sleep deprivation!). Needless to say the unit was quickly returned to it's box.
It didn't come out again until I had my son two years later, this time although once again sleep deprived, we were now experienced users of this stupid machine, so didn't attempt to use it to settle him to sleep! But it did come in handy for distracting him during those middle of the night nappy changes when we desperatly didn't want his screaming to wake his sister up!
The Dreamshow never really got enough use for me to comment on battery life. My mother in law had bought it second hand from ebay (she knows me well, I'm all for buying second hand stuff!). Some of the paint had been scratched off so I'm presuming it had been used a reasonable amount by it's previous owners and was showing cosmetic signs of wear and tear, though mechanically it was fine. However, the fact that Winnie's eye's were now white did make him look a little bit scary and possessed!
I would never recommend this product to anyone. In my opinion it is a perfect example of something that is made with very little thought put into it - and most likely by someone who hasn't had a baby! The music is not soothing, it ends abruptly which would most likely wake the baby and the sound sensor is a such a badly thought out idea! Anyone who has slept in the same room as a baby will know that it is similar to sleeping in a stable full of farm animals! The stupid machine is going to be on more than it is off! And baby is going to be woken up by this thing more times than they are soothed to sleep!
Summary: Doesn't sound good, or look good!
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