The Perfect Sound Machine
Life is noisy. But I don’t think we realize how noisy everything truly is until there’s a baby in the mix – a baby trying to sleep among the chaos of the world/house! This is why a lot of parents use a white noise or sound machine for their babies and children. And when it comes to picking a good sound machine, we happen to sale a product here at The Baby Cubby that I have come to absolutely love!
Skip Hop’s Moonlight & Melodies Nightlight Soother is a necessity at my house. Each of my kids have one in their rooms and demand them on every single night and for naps. I love this product more than most any other baby product I’ve ever used. Why? Here are six reasons:
When it’s dark enough in the bedroom and the projector is on, there is an adorable patch of stars with a crescent moon projected onto the ceiling. On top of the elephant’s head is an adjustable pivot lens, which enables the stars to be located in a position on the ceiling where my children can most easily see them. These stars are a regular topic of conversation during our nightly snuggles and of course a rendition of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and the occasional “I See the Moon” are often requested because of them.
The elephant’s belly glows! This makes the perfect nightlight – not just for the little ones, but also for when I have to go in to pick up a dropped binky or bring in a drink of water to the demanding/procrastinating toddler. There is also a dimmer on the light, which enables it to be as bright or as dim as I choose!
There are 8 sound options on this guy. 4 melodies: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Brahm’s Lulluby, and Rock-a-bye Baby. And 4 nature sounds: Rainforest, Jungle Crickets, Waves, and White noise with a heartbeat. My son prefers Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and we have our daughter’s set to Rainforest. There is a volume setting to this, so I’m always sure to turn it up on nights where we have friends over or fireworks will be going or there’s a storm or something. And the details in this guy are awesome, one of which is the speakers where the sound comes out acting as the elephant's ears!
This soother allows for any combination of the three sweet features I mentioned above. For now, both of my kids have all three going, but I imagine that won’t be the case for forever. At any time, I can turn off one of these features to create the perfect combination for us. And it doesn’t need to be re-set every night, wherever it was left when it turned off, that’s exactly how it’ll turn on the next time!
TimerI think my favorite feature of all is the timer on this thing. My daughter’s is on continuously until I turn if off in the mornings or after her nap, but my son’s turns off automatically after 1 hour. There is also a 15-minute setting or a 30-minute setting. His lasts long enough to be on during the bedtime routine and getting settled down for the day, all the way until he falls asleep. And of course, if it turns off too early, we just turn it back on for another cycle. I especially love that it helps me keep track of my night once the kids are in bed! Because once Bronson’s stops singing I’m aware that it’s likely close to 9 o’clock and I should probably get going to bed!
I’ll be honest; we’ve never actually traveled with these… They’ve been plugged in and sitting in the same place since we bought them. However, the option to bring these along on vacation or Grandma’s house on Sundays is definitely there. There are no loose or breakable components and it’s a pretty solid piece of equipment so it’s not likely to get broken while out and about, helping aid a child’s sleep while vacationing. As portable as this is, I would probably feel bad for not mentioning Skip Hop's more fitting product for travel, the Stroll and Go Portable Baby Soother. It has 4 sound options (2 songs and 2 nature sounds) and is the actual perfect fit for traveling!