Regular readers will know that Sophia hasn’t been a good sleeper from the get go. For the first month she wouldn’t sleep anywhere but clutching onto me. During her second month she was plagued by colic which kept us up and pulling our hair out into the early hours. And now, in her third month, her fussiness has been replaced with reflux which often wakes her just minutes after she’s been put down.
After almost ninety days of only four or five hours sleep per night, Mr Sunshine and I were feeling tired to our very core, and by bedtime each night I was almost ready to throw the towel in.
But then this little chap arrived on our doorstep.
The Whisbear is a soft toy containing smart technology backed up by science. At the press of a button, the bear emits a soft, white noise with a volume control which can be turned up or down to suit your baby, before switching itself off again after 40 minutes of gentle humming. Its aim is to soothe your baby to sleep, and I can’t believe I’m saying this but it actually works!
Sophia, much like many other young babies, didn’t really want to leave her safe haven in the womb, and even today spends much of her time curled up in the foetal position, as close as she can to me so that she can feel my warmth and my beating heart. Playing a noise which mimics the swooshes and gurgles of that womb environment really helps her to feel safe, and lulls her into a dream-like state until she falls asleep gradually and peacefully.
The real clever bit is that if she wakes again and makes a noise in the proceeding three hours after the Whisbear has switched itself onto standby mode, the device turns itself back on again to soothe her back to sleep. This means that if she isn’t in need of a feed or nappy change, she is gently soothed back to sleep without us having to get up (well, in an ideal world…let’s face it, most of the time I sit bolt upright and alert again as soon as I hear the slightest whimper!).
My favourite feature of the Whisbear is the magnets in his four legs, which means he can ‘grab on to’ the side of our Chicco Next2Me for shushing at nap time and night time, and is easily transportable, sitting on the rail of Sophia’s Bugaboo for shushing on the move.
I love that this little sleep saviour is soft, fun and easily grabbable by little hands. I know that he’s going to be an important item to pack in our suitcases every time we travel from now on.
What are your top tips for dealing with restless babies? Does white noise work for you?
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Our Whisbear was provided for review.