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Baby CrazyEgg and the Beanstalk
Beanstalk Jungle Cot Mobile
Member Name: CrazyEgg
Beanstalk Jungle Cot Mobile
Advantages: No batteries required
Disadvantages: No special stopping dial
Baby CrazyEgg spent the first six months of her life in hospital. Her first residence was a shiny perspex-style apartment with adjustable height facility (aka an incubator) for the medical staff. Then she travelled in a transport incubator to a new hospital where she went from incubator to bassinet and finally to a proper cot brought down to neonatal from the paediatric ward. Our stay in hospital meant that we were able to try out a number of toys designed to attach to each of these abodes, to amuse or soothe.
When Baby CrazyEgg graduated to a cot she at first seemed to like the Winnie the Pooh toy that played Winnie's theme song and projected images onto the ceiling, although it never seemed to induce sleep, the lightshow being far too interesting for starters. However, it wasn't long before it started to upset her. We were trying to establish a routine we would hope to have at home, but the big difference was that when she fell asleep, most nights we then headed out to the car park, got in our respective cars, and drove the 40 minute journey home. We think she knew. In the two-three week phase of using this toy the batteries had to be replaced twice, and the same seemed true of the similar models that featured lights as well as sound. By the time we were discharged we had resolved that Baby CrazyEgg would not have a night soother of this sort, and it was fortunate that the two we were given, as Welcome Home gifts were of a more basic and traditional style.
They both work in exactly the same way, although the Argos one was cheaper than the one from Mothercare. So, the Beanstalk model that we have has an appropriate (for the name) green 'stalk' that comes in two parts that clip together. The lower one, which forms the main part of the mobile stand, thickens towards the base and then has a rectangular cut-out where it slots against the top bar of a cot, and is held there by a long plastic screw that runs under the cot bar and is attached to a wheel at the other side that screws down to clamp the stand to the cot. At the very top of the stand there is a hook onto which you hang the music box. This in turn has a hook onto which you hang the actual mobile part. Ours features four soft-toy jungle animals tied on with thick green cord, which is suitably jungle-esque. Although this may sound complicated, it is very easy and obvious, the sort of assembly where you don't need the instructions they provide.
Baby CrazyEgg seemed much more settled by this mobile, which played tinkly nursery rhymes when the clockwork mechanism was wound up, than by the more elaborate models in the hospital, though of course it could just have been that she was home. The hanging animals captured her attention as they moved around and you could see that she was following their movements. It still was not a completely satisfactory aid for sleep, however because Baby did not fall asleep in the three minutes the tune was playing. She sometimes pretended. But the minute the tune stopped she would be really quite annoyed, so you would have to wind the mechanism up again, quickly, and calm her down. As it was, we ended up abandoning the mobile as a night time thing as Baby CrazyEgg started to sleep during her last tube-feed, so would be put into bed asleep, but the mobile retained its use as a morning toy, to keep Baby amused whilst we got up and dressed etc.
Baby CrazyEgg was on home oxygen from when she came home so we had an Oxygen concentrator in the hall plugged into the mains. From there a tube tunnelled the oxygen to Baby wherever she was via her nasal cannulas. We were always concerned that the tubing might get wrapped round her neck in the night, should she decide to roll over. However, by hooking the tubing around the mobile this risk was reduced. For such purpose, any stalk-based mobile will do.
There is a downside to the Beanstalk mobile though. I have mentioned that we ended up putting Baby in the cot when she was already asleep. We found that invariably we would knock the mobile as we put her in (or the oxygen tubing would catch it) and at that point the mobile would suddenly burst forth with an extra bit of tune. In vain we would will it to stop, but it would continue, either waking Baby CrazyEgg or giving us the stress of thinking she was bound to wake.
This is why the Mothercare jungle mobile is superior. Although it too can be guilty of the above, there is a dial which prevents it! On the music box part there is a dial which prevents the mobile playing even if it is fully wound up. This dial can also be used to stop the mobile playing out an extra few notes when quiet is desired. They don't mention it, but in my mind this should be a key sales point.
Now that Baby CrazyEgg can sit herself up in her cot and is beginning to pull herself up we have removed the mobile for safety reasons. However, there is still scope for use as the animals are detachable and can be played with individually, in a new game: 'Poke the animals through the stair gate and see how far they bounce'.
In summary, simple is sometimes best, but Mothercare beats the rest...only on mobiles though... I will be writing more about their products shortly...!
Summary: Simple is best for some babies
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