I bought one of these and have to admit it was money well spent. It has a rolling light section at the top which projects lights and patterns onto the ceiling, there is also a round globe at the front which shows moving shapes and patterns, these are accompanied by a musical tunes.
There are two sturdy straps that attach to the side of the cot, these can be altered depending on how high or low you want it to sit. The moving shapes on the front globe are very good, they don't move that quickly and the music isn't that loud that it keeps your baby awake, it is quite soothing and peaceful rather than being a distraction. The wind up music lasts quite a long time, I only had to return to the room and re-wind it a few times, in general this was still playing to a sleeping child. The top section I found didn't actually manage to project images as far as the ceiling so was a little disappointing. The front globe did shine images onto the adjacent wall so my daughter could see them if she looked that right way. Although there was nothing to see on the ceiling, it still sent her to sleep. I would defiantly recommend this as although it is a little expensive when you bear in mind the top section doesn't really work that well, it is still sturdy, well made, and sooths babies of all ages.
Disneys lullaby dream shows are great, it attaches to the side of your cot with two rubber ties, mine i think takes 4 c type batteries.
It has a cirular display on the inside of the cot which your baby can watch in the day time and a projector on the top which will project the immages onto your ceiling in the dark.
You have a wind up button on the side which runs for ages, a lot longer than either of mine ever needed to get to sleep.
The immages it projects on to your ceiling are not fast moving so will not make baby more awake but they are very slow moving promoting calm and sleep, this is also aided by the lovely lullaby it also plays.
I payed £30 from toys r us for ours 5 years ago and it still works now.
my daughter has it on her bed side table and still loves to go to sleep to it even though she is nearly 5
Thias lullaby dream show is available in different designs, my eldest has the winnie the pooh one and my youngest has a care bears one and i have also seen a thomas the tank one in mothercare.
Although I thought that dreamshows looked pretty, I was determined to resist buying one for my son. I believe that a baby goes to bed to sleep not to be visually stimulated by lights whizzing above their heads. I was however given one of these as a gift. The dreamshow fits on the cot side and baby can either watch the animated pictures projected onto the ceiling or view then on a small screen attached to the side of the device. When very young, my son could not focus on the ceiling and therefore the screen was essential for his enjoyment. The dreamshow has to be wound up by hand and the show lasts around a minute. It also play a tune as the projection takes place. I used it during the day time with blackout curtains simply as a means of entertaining him. I had to take it off the cot however when he was only a few months old as he used to grab it and bash it repeatedly on the side of the cot during the night. I still use it now but it is attached to a wardrobe. The dreamshow requires 4xC battereis which are about £6 99 and therefore quite expenive. I wouldn't buy another but they do make a nice gift.
This dream show seemed to be a great idea as it is musical, has a light display on the front and projects images up the wall at the side of the cot (if strapped to the wall side). The wind up handle will start the show but I found it only lasted a few minutes and then I needed to rush back to the nursery to wind it up again. The front light panel is good and keeps baby's attention but the light effects on the wall were very disappointing. Having said this, my 17 month old has this in his cot along with the Sleepy Time Soother (reviewed also) and likes it to be wound up. Forunately, once this toy has stopped the Sleepy Time one is still going.
Having a 10 month old who HAS to pull every thing at sight + the fact that my old mobile was the old-fashioned wind up type (and only played for 2-3 minutes) I decided that time had come to buy a new musical thing for my girls to go to sleep with (the eldest not willing to let the mobile play in the corner not on the baby's bed <g>) I was recommended the Tomy Beam-a-Dream by a friend and I must say I am very satisfied with it. IT plays 3 different melodies and has a light show that projects up to your ceiling (and a focus dial to get as "clear" a picture as possible) On the actual box is a teddy bear "dancing" to the music. Both my girls adored it and happily went to bed watching the light, listening to the music. The music plays for 20 mins the lightshow for 10 mins. And added bonus is the remote control that makes it possible for you to put it back on without having to go back into the room should baby be just about asleep. The Dreamshow comes with straps to strap it onto a cot, I must admit that I found this a little more difficult to do than I had thought it would be and it will not be something that I will be moving around a lot. Also having put it onto the side of my 10 month's old cot and she started playing with it, it would hit against the sides switching the mode button on and off making the music disappear a few times. (I moved it so she can see it but not reach it) The music is not annoying and you can change the melody from the remote should you get tired of listening to the same one over and over again. IT also has a volume adjuster (wonderful idea) and 3 modes 1 beam-a-dream light show and music 2 music only and 3 stand-by, On standby you can switch it on from the remote should you not wish to use the standby there is also a on off switch. Also as a added bonus my 2.5 year old can operate this on her own so does no longer need to scream for mummy every 3 mins so she can come up and wind up the music ag
ain. A great buy something that I would reccommend. Uses 6 batteries (4 D and 2AAA)
Although this was bought as a gift, I am sure I would have ended up buying it anyway. The tomy dream show is a light and music experience for babies. You fit it to the side of the cot and wind it up. We use this once everynight as we put our son to bed. It never fails to set him off to sleep. The music and lights last for about 5-10 minutes and at the last two minutes or so there is just the music- no light. So it is easier for the babe to drift off. I thouroughly recommend this to all new parents. We have found it to be invaluable. If you just use it once each night then the batteries will last a long time.
I was bought one of these, or should I say, my son was, for Christams last year just after he was born and to start with we used to use it a lot on the floor. It used to be a great way of getting him to stay calm and still while we changed his nappy on the floor as he would listen to the music and watch the light on the front. It's very heavy on batteries though and soon it was just music and no lights and he lost interest altogether. When we moved him into his cot we attached it to the sied thinking he would like it in there. Unfortunatley, even with new batteries, it doesn't reflect any moving pictures onto our ceiling. It could be because we have very high ceilings in our house but I am not too impressed.
When Jack was born, someone bought him the Tomy dream show as a birth gift. You attach it to the cot, it plays a tune and there is projected moving images on the wall and ceiling. Well for a start you have to put 4 'C' size batteries in, which are not cheap and if your child likes it which Jack did in the early days it was on 8-10 times a day, needless to say the batteries wore down after 2 weeks. It took a while to replace them and by this time Jack was not interested in it anymore... I now put it on if I am desperate but he's too busy rolling around his cot to take the slighted bit of notice. The idea is very good and looking through the catalogues they all do the same thing, however I do wish that they played more than one tune and that it didnt take so many batteries... in the end we bought a cheap cd player and put that in his room and have Disney CD's playing on repeat !!!! Far cheaper in the long run.
Aims to lull baby to sleep with a lights and sounds show.