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Lia has never been a brilliant sleeper. As a baby, she didn’t sleep through until she was 7 months old, when I discovered the power of white noise. Since then, she’s been sleeping through most nights, but takes a long time to get to sleep and generally wakes at least once in the evening. We jumped at the chance to review the Sleep Tight All Night toy. We’d stopped using white noise over a year ago, but Lia’s sleeping never quite resolved itself. As well as being a cute cuddly toy, the Sleep Tight All Night puppy offers some great solutions for a good night’s sleep. Lia was delighted when her toy arrived, but unfortunately she insisted on naming it herself. Meet Nigel.
Sleep Tight All Night toy – daytime setting
During the day, Nigel is a fun playtime buddy. When you squeeze his tummy, it lights up in green and he talks to you. He comes out with lots of different phrases from telling you he wants to run around to asking for a hug. Lia quickly fell in love with Nigel, carrying him around with her and chattering away to him.
Golden Bear Sleep Tight All Night toy – Nighttime setting
At night or at nap time, I set Nigel’s timer for however long I would like Lia to sleep for. The timer only goes up to 12 hours and if I’m honest I’d like to be able to set it for a bit longer. She’s usually in bed by 7pm and at the weekend I’d like to have the opportunity to con her into staying in bed until at least 8am. We all do it, right?
Setting the timer is easy and I can also select from several soothing sounds that Nigel will make. I like the rain noise, because it’s the same noise we used to use to get Lia to sleep as a baby. Once the timer is set, Nigel’s tummy glows red and he makes the selected noise for 15 minutes. The glow then dims and the sound gets softer for a further five minutes before turning itself off.If Lia squeezes Nigel’s tummy during the night, the dim red light and the low sound will come on for five minutes.
Once the timer has reached morning, a green light comes on when she squeezes his tummy. This is Nigel’s way of telling her whether it’s still night time, or whether it’s time to get up.I really like this concept and the noise has definitely helped Lia to get to sleep a bit quicker. She tends to nod off within about ten minutes, rather than spending three hours every evening singing The Grand Old Duke of York. Unfortunately, Lia doesn’t want Nigel in her bed in the evening, she’d rather he sat next to her.
The problem with Nigel
When the Sleep Tight All Night toy is not in Lia’s bed, Nigel is vulnerable to predators. Namely a four year old predator going by the name of Libby. So during the day, Lia and Nigel are inseparable. But at night, Nigel is sleeping with somebody else. On the plus side, Lia can still hear the rain sound which settles her down to sleep. And Libby loves that Nigel will tell her whether it’s morning or not.
So whilst I’m a little disappointed in Nigel’s infidelity, it’s not entirely his fault. And he’s definitely a welcome addition to the bedroom, albeit not to the bed we were anticipating him sleeping in.
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