With a new baby, you hear so many new and different products recommended. Slumber Buddies from Summer Infant is something that lots of my fellow new mums had really loved, so I was keen to try one out with baby N and see how she got on with it.

Slumber Buddies are stuffed animals that offer different lullaby and white noise settings, and also provides a light up star show on the ceiling. You’re spoilt for choice in the designs you can go for, with eight very cute versions available and I decided to go for the Betty the Bee because of it’s very smiley face. I’d noticed that N loves toys with faces, so thats why I picked one of the ones with it’s eyes open (I’d also been tempted by the sleeping hippo one because he’s so cute!)

Slumber Buddies are quite multi purpose. The main purpose would be as a sleep aid, as they’re quite soothing and the light show and lullabies can hopefully gently soothe baby to go to sleep on their own, when put down in a sleepy but awake state in their cot.

They can also be used for play time, as N enjoys the music and sounds while she is playing, rolling and kicking. If you use it with the lights off, then the star show also makes a nice sensory experience for them, and you can rotate the stars through three different colours (red, green, blue)

The star light effect is really good – because of the domed shape on top of the Slumber Buddies, the lights spread really far and wide and cover the whole ceiling very effectively. I was impressed with that more than other light up toys we’ve had. The lights don’t move, it’s a static light projection, but it is very well done.

I made a quick video to show the different songs and sound effects as we cycled it through the different options, make sure you have the volume up high as some of them are a bit quiet in the video. There is a 3 level volume control in the toy, and it does come with the batteries already included.

N likes the nature sounds, and also enjoys the lullaby music. The heart beat white noise sound would have been really good for the newborn days. When you open the velcro on the bottom, you can access the controls and set the music and lights to have a 15/30/45 minute auto shut-off, depending how long it takes your baby to fall asleep or how long they’d like it on for.

Baby N is 3 months old, and so far she’s not ready to soothe herself to sleep like that yet. She still feeds or rocks to sleep and is sleeping on me of an evening most of the time, and co-sleeping at night – but the one time she did settle by herself it was with the slumber buddy! All babies are different, and some of her little friends self soothe in their cots with their slumber buddies on, but I’m sure she will use it for that purpose when she’s a little older – as it will be soothing even through the toddler years too!

I would recommend Slumber Buddies, they have a good combination of features and are much more versatile than a cot mobile which might offer some of the similar features like music and lights, as you can easily travel with it, or play with it in different rooms of the house rather than just using it as a sleep aid. They are so cute, and a really nice comforting toy for a baby to have.

Slumber Buddies are 24.99 each. See more here on the Summer Infant website

We were sent our Slumber Buddies Betty the Bee in order to review

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