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on 7 April 2016
Frankie the Frog is designed to help your child to sleep in a few different ways. He has a night light function where he projects stars and moons in either blue, green or amber as well as playing heartbeat sounds or songs/ nature sounds. The lights can be used at the same time as either the heartbeat function or the songs.

Unfortunately I was a little disappointed upon taking Frankie out of his box. The majority of the product is a really soft, green plush frog and this part of the design is lovely. However, Frankie's back is made from a really hard plastic. This product is designed to either be placed on a bedside table or be attached to a cot by the velcro strap so it shouldn't really be near your baby at any time. However, it would be nice if this was something Erin could cuddle now and again and associate it with bedtime but the hard plastic would not be nice for her.

Luckily, Frankie's features are better than his hard plastic back. There are three different buttons on Frankie's back which control each of the three different features. The buttons are quite small and have small pictures to describe what each button does.

The stars that are projected are fantastic. Even in the day time where our bedroom isn't the darkest these stars show up on the wall. They're even better in the pitch black. Erin has shown a clear preference for the blue stars compared to the red for some reason and she doesn't seem to mind the green stars. I tried her with each colour by moving them around and seeing which she followed more. Seeing as she followed the blue stars more I always stick to using them now instead of other colours.

One of the main reasons why I bought this product was the heartbeat feature. I had heard that hearing a heartbeat makes babies think about when they were in the womb and it is supposed to relax them. I have to say that Erin is certainly more relaxed when these sounds are being played.

The songs/ nature sounds feature is pretty horrible and that's a real shame. One of Erin's toys 'My Pal Violet' has a lullaby feature and the songs played are amazing so I was hoping for the same kind of thing with this product. I was so wrong. Frankie only plays three lullabies but they sound more like elevator/ on hold music. It's absolutely terrible! The songs don't last very long and then it switches to the nature sounds which are just okay. I'm not the biggest fan of them but Erin doesn't seem to mind when they're on.

The really good thing about this product is the 15 minute auto shut off. This means that I am able to put any feature on for Erin while she's trying to get to sleep/ nodding off and I don't have to worry about going back upstairs to turn it off without disturbing her. This feature is absolutely perfect and I think it's a super idea and something really helpful for parents.

Frankie the Frog has helped with Erin's day time sleeping but it hasn't fixed things completely. Erin will sleep upstairs sometimes on her own but not all of the time which is a shame. I'm hopeful that the longer we use this the better her sleeping gets. I think she'll associate the heartbeat sounds with nap/ sleep time which will in turn, help her to fall asleep upstairs. While Frankie the Frog isn't perfect, I am quite pleased with the results so far and the price isn't too bad either!
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on 28 January 2016
I bought this product as part of my ongoing attempt to get my 8 month old baby to sleep in his cot as opposed to my bed. I've tried similar products (think scary looking ovine creatures) with my 3 yo and had absolutely zero success, but figured it couldn't hurt to try this.

We have been using it now for about two weeks as part of a consistent bed and nap time routine and I have to say that it is ok. There are things I like very much, and things I like far less. Baby is still not overly enamoured with his cot, but in all honesty I don't think it's fair to lay the blame for that on poor Frankie.

Things I like.....

The stars - we all love the stars. Blue, green and a much softer and dimmer red. They fill the whole ceiling and are really pretty and peaceful. If you want moving stars or changing colours, this is not for you. Personally, I like the fact that they don't move or flicker or change colour. So I like these stars very much indeed.

The heartbeat sound - baby loves the heartbeat sound. It genuinely does help him settle. It's not so loud that it stops me getting to sleep (cot is next to my bed) but it's loud enough to do the job for baby.

Stars, heartbeat sound and lullabies all work independently of each other. You can have just stars, just heartbeat, just lullabies, or stars plus either heartbeat or lullabies.

It's safe - battery operated, no risky wires near baby, no risk of baby getting to batteries.

Things I really don't like....

The music. Dear God, the music. It's truly appalling. Think warped elevator music with wailing saxophones and you're still not getting close to the sheer awfulness of the music. My advice would be to stick to the heartbeat sounds. Or, if you have a mobile with pleasant tunes, use that to play your lullabies instead.

It's not at all soft or cuddly. It's quite hard and much bigger than I anticipated (although admittedly I didn't read the dimensions) so baby shuffles about in his cot and clonks his head on it on a fairly regular basis. He doesn't seem bothered, but I wasn't expecting it to be primarily made of hard plastic.

Other ways in which this could be better.....

No way of setting a time for the stars and sounds, they go off when they go off. No remote control either. All of which I knew when buying, but it's worth mentioning, as the ability to increase the length of time the sounds or stars are on for would be useful.

So overall, it's not a bad product. But there are flaws. I quite like it; for me the things that are good are so good that they outweigh the bad. Certainly worth a punt for the money, in my opinion (I paid about £12).
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on 3 July 2014
Little one now asks for the stars when he's tired, lovely to use at bedtime/nap time. Bought for around £12 so good value for money. Vey happy.
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on 16 August 2014
My baby loves this little frog. He is used every night as part of her bedtime routine. Every time I play the music she looks up to the ceiling to see the lights. I love the red light as a nightlight to feed as it is just bright enough to see what you are doing without waking the baby.
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on 15 December 2014
Brilliant choice of sounds and little one loves the stars. These are lovely and bright too
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on 23 September 2015
My daughter loves this frog but it has not helped her go to sleep. If anything it distracted her so we now don't allow her to take it in her bedroom in the evenings. She loves playing with it in the play tent, turning music and star light on though.
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on 1 April 2016
I have two live wired boys who are a battle to get to sleep. After trying all sorts we got this at Christnas for my youngest 9 then months. Wow he loves it, at first it was just the stars his favourite is green. Now however he controls the music himself. After a feed I put him in his cot with froggie on he will kiss me good night then go off and play with froggie pressing the button until he gets the music he is in the mood for. This has been amazing for us as I have never been able to put my first down or him until asleep. I really wish we had tried it earlier and brought it for my eldest. Have tried with him but he says its a baby's. Use powerful batteries as they can run down quickly, mainly the stars.
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on 30 March 2016
My 2+ year old son loves this. The blue and green stars look just lovely all over the room, and I think I agree with other reviewers when they say that it is better that the stars don't move, it is very tranquil. I don't much like the red lights though as they are difficult to see. The music is a bit old sounding, not really what you expect for a child's toy, however my son loves it and it soothes him right to sleep. My only qualm would be that I wish there was a way I could set it to stay on a little longer. I think it switches off after 20-30 minutes, would be better if it stayed on maybe an hour.
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on 31 December 2015
My son loves it but be aware if yours is 1+ this may not help in getting them to sleep, for us all it does is distract him ; there is no way I could turn this on and put it in a distance From him cause he wants it instantly and as soon as I give this to him he starts playing with light and music buttons
Currently this is being used as a toy when lights are off and not for sleeping thus 4starts
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on 24 May 2016
The lights are lovely but I'd prefer it if they moved. The music is awful! It's like something from a cheesy 80's soap opera/porno and the quality is awful - really tinny. The heartbeat sound is just about tolerable. It doesn't do the job either, keeps her awake if anything!! We bought a Ewan the Dreamsheep a few weeks later and it is SO worth the extra money. It actually puts her to sleep!!
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