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Bee says it's Bedtime!
Tomy Winnie the Pooh Sweet Dreams Lightshow
Member Name: sirg0508
Tomy Winnie the Pooh Sweet Dreams Lightshow
Advantages: Keeps kids amused for a long time, well known characters
Disadvantages: Can stimulate rather than relax baby, batteries need replacing regularly
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.
Summary: Lightshow with scrolling characters and pressable buttons