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Worth a punt...
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).