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Having had a 'night show' similar to this one when I was a baby, I wished my daughter to have the same soothing sound and show when she was drifting off to sleep.
After quickly learning, that sleeping triggers were not a good idea (like rocking/patting them to sleep) as they couldn't recreate this if they woke up in the middle of the night, therefore needing mummy or daddy to do it, we didn't use this every night as we didn't want our daughter to 'need' it in the middle of the night.
However, now our daughter is 8 months old, she has started to learn to switch it on by herself. She also enjoys the images when they are projected onto her ceiling. She also seems to enjoy the soothing music that is played at the same time. You can also just play the images on the 'globe' on the side if you would prefer.
If you do decide to use the projector, please be careful when you position this as it's really not that effective if it's pointing at a corner in the ceiling!
I received the Tomy Winnie the Pooh Sweet Dreams Lightshow as a present for my newborn baby and I would go as far as to say it has been one of, if not the, most helpful presents we received!. The Lightshow acts as a mobile at bedtime and naptime to help soothe baby to sleep and assist them in learning to settle themselves.
The box itself is about the size of a small plate and 2-3 inches thick. On the back there is a circular ring that screws on and off to allow the box to be attached to the side of the cot safely. On the fron there is a screen which lights up when turned on and shows various winnie the pooh characters floating across the screen. Also there are push buttons of winnie, tigger and piglet which baby can press and they make snoring sounds. There is also a round ball shaped bee button which baby can manipulate.
On top there is the projector which projects a lightshow onto the ceiling at bedtime, a sliding volume button and a sliding switch to select day or night (bedtime or naptime). On the side there is an on/off switch that can also be used to select the tune to play. There are three different lullabies to select from.
The design is bright and eye catching so it catches baby's attention. For me, the best feature is the lightshow which projects moving images onto the ceiling for baby to watch, making them sleepy. We have used this in our baby's bedtime routine for weeks and now I don't know what we'd do without it! The lullaby is soothing (if a bit repetitive) and there is the handy feature that this switches itself off after several minutes (hoping that baby will be asleep.....!). This means that we can just switch this on and leave the room. Usually when I return to check, baby is either very sleepy or asleep.
The negatives of this product are that it takes 4 x AA batteries (which do run down fairly quickly) and that in the lighter evening, the lightshow doesn't really show up on the ceiling very well. You can move the box closer to the ceiling to rectify this however. My baby is too young for all the features - for example the push buttons, or the naptime feature but I am certain that as he gets older these features will be used!
As I received this as a gift, I do not know what was paid for it but, after a quick look online, it appears to retail at around £20. For the use that we already get out of this, I believe that this is great value. Plus, as our baby gets older, we will get even more use from it. For £20, this is exceptional value and I would highly recommend this to anyone. It really helps bedtime become more relaxing for our little one (and us!).
I bought this for my daughter last month. After much shopping around I decided to buy this particular model. I got mine from Amazon where it cost £21.49 and I was given free delivery! I have seen this in Toys-r-us and Mothercare for around £35.
The lightshow is made by Tomy. It requires 4 AA batteries. I bought rechargable batteries as I knew I would be using this a lot. The lightshow is predominantly blue in colour and features three character buttons, namely Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and Piglet. There are also two switches which feature a bee and a bird. The centre of the lightshow is white and when illuminated shows images of Winnie the Pooh and the main characters. At the top of the lightshow is a projector which points towards the ceiling, and on either size two sliding switches one to control the volume and one to set day or night mode. Finally at the bottom of the left hand side there is a switch to either manually turn the lightshow on or to set it to 'baby activated mode'.
You attach the lightshow to the bars of the cot, there is a circle on the back of the lightshow that simply screws off, once you have put it in the desired postion you then simply screw the circle back on.
You can use the lightshow in two modes, firstly day mode which features three different songs. In day mode images of Winnie the Pooh and friends are displayed on the front of the lightshow. When you press the character buttons at the front each character makes a giggling noise, you can also slide each switch to make the bird tweet and the bee buzz.
In nightmode the lightshow projects images of Winnie the Pooh and friends onto the ceiling. The image projected on the ceiling is circular in shape and the images continually move. When the front buttons are pressed in night mode each character makes a yawning noise.
In both modes the projector automatically switches off after 5-10 minutes. In night mode if your baby starts crying the lightshow automatically reactivates to reassure the baby. In day mode it can also be set to noise activated and songs are played to reassure you baby as he/she wakes up.
In night mode there are three lullabies which are played and in day mode there are three different songs that are played includeing the Winnie the Pooh theme song.
I would recommend this to all parents! My daughter simply loves it. When I am settling her to sleep I put it on so she can look at the images and hopefully as she gets older she will associate the lullabies with bed time. In the day I use day mode when I am changing her or if I have to put her in her cot to get on with the ironing. She loves looking at the bright colours. As she is only young at the moment she is too young to appreciate the character noises but I am sure as she gets older she will enjoy pressing the buttons.
I use this frequently and I haven't had to replace the batteries yet and I am four weeks into using it. The songs are also of very good sound quality and aren't tinny like some mobiles and lightshows I have heard. The volume can also be adjusted to suit in the night I tend to have it on a lower setting and in the day I turn it up on full.
This is a great buy and excellent value for money it is a lightshow that will last as your baby grows!
With my son only being 4 weeks old at Christmas, I was really struggling on what to buy him that he would benefit from.
After a long trip to toysrus, I found the sweet dreams Winnie the pooh lightshow for £34.99. Although I already had a cot mobile, I thought the lights would help to stimulate his vision and at the same time help him to sleep.
The light show takes 4xAA batteries which are not included on purchase. These screw into the back of the product.
On the back of the light show there is a big circle that screws off so you can insert the light show between the cot bars; the circle is then screwed back onto the light show to secure it in place.
There is a day and night switch on the light show, the day switch lights up the centre piece only which is in your babies line of vision when looking directly at it. This is played with 3 different songs and has the option to touch the characters around the light show to make different sounds.
The night time option also has 3 different songs and whilst the centre light is still on it also projects Winnie the Pooh and friends having a picnic on the ceiling, which in the dark looks very effective.
There is also a volume switch on the device to control sound. An automatic feature is on the projector which I find extremely useful. It plays for around 5-10 minutes and switches itself off but turns back on again when movement activates it.
This is really useful but if your baby is just turning over and not waking up it can get annoying.
I really love this product it makes my son happy at night and is helping him to concentrate his vision and stimulate him as well as getting him too sleep.
My nephew is a little devil when it's time to get him to nap or to sleep at night so thought it would be a great idea to get him the Winnie the Pooh Sweet Dreams Lightshow. The lightshow is suitable from birth and he's had it attached to his cot from six months and gradually become more interactive with it as he's grown.
There are two modes - day mode and night mode each with three different tunes to choose from which can easily be changed on the side by the adult rather than the child. There's an easily controlled volume button on the top of the lightshow which isn't overly loud up full and the options to turn it off or voice activation so it will start up when baby makes a noise.
When switched on, the screen light ups and a reel of Winnie characters scrolls along to the music. When set to night mode the projector at the top switches on projecting the scrolling images onto the ceiling. My nephews' room doesn't have particularly high ceilings and the lightshow is usually attached as far up the bars of his cot as they can be but the image projected isn't always that clear. A very dark room does help as it's especially hard to see it during the day with the curtains closed for his nap.
Surrounding the screen, there is a palm tree which shows whether the lightshow is on day or night mode, Winnie, Tigger, Piglet, a blue bird and a bee. My nephew absolutely loves the bee on the yellow ball which he can move himself either up or down and which will flick back into position with the bee in the middle. He finds the bluebird under Tigger a lot harder to manoeuvre but being shown what to do he is learning. The characters themselves can be pressed to make noises. When in night mode, they will all make snoring/yawning noises which are supposed to reinforce that its night time and baby should be sleeping but I think they're a bit too loud and more stimulating than relaxing and they will giggle during day mode. The noises aren't terribly clear though and sometimes wonder what they're supposed to be doing!
We've ended up keeping it on one tune at night though as the other two are a little livelier. The problem I have found though if he isn't out like a light while the lightshow is playing, as soon as I put him down his eyes are wide open and he's up in his cot cackling away at it! This did me have in stitches one day just because of his cackle and ended up taking another hour to get him down for a nap which wasn't helpful. It will relax him though and I rock him in my arms to the music which helps him drift off before turning the lightshow off and then once I know he's asleep, put him in the cot.
In the mornings the lightshow is invaluable though. If it's set to voice activated, when he does wake up and gives a cry it will start up and keeps him amused for ages. Luckily even with the terribly squeaky floorboards in his room it doesn't set it off. Usually he's sitting with his legs sprawled out in all directions playing with the bee or giggling away at it and hitting it. Because it is quite bulky and there are no sharp edges it has survived quite a battering without breaking or injuring nephew.
When he has come to stay at our house the problem we have is that we can't attach it to his travel cot because it needs to be attached through the bars, of which there are none. We usually have it playing before it's time to go to bed as it's familiar but hold it so he can play with it then again in the mornings when he wakes up. I personally don't think it would be the best idea to leave him alone with it while it's not secured as it is quite heavy and he's more likely to wave it about and hit his face off it.
The lightshow requires 2 x AA batteries which do need replacing quite regularly depending on how often the lightshow is on. They run down a lot quicker with the projector on at night. The back can be quite fiddly to remove so you do have to be quite careful that doesn't break.
At around £20 it's not the cheapest toy on the market (having said that the Winnie mobiles are around £40) but it has been worth the money. Winnie the Pooh and Friends are characters which are suitable for both sexes so it can make a perfect gift even when the sex of the baby isn't known.
Overall, I do recommend the lightshow. Although it can stimulate when baby is trying to sleep, the earlier it is introduced the better to help him/her get used to the sounds and more likely find it relaxing at night. Nephew always brings his when he comes to stay and even though he's has it a fair few months now, he is still kept amused by it and the characters and has become more interactive with it as he's grown rather than waiting on the adults to press the characters, he can do it himself.