Sleep, sleep, sleep…… something we all take for granted in our youth (fighting bedtimes and secretly staying up late), we neglect in out twenties (often not reaching for our pillows until the early hours) and something we long for as soon as we have children!
I don’t think I appreciated the value of sleep until I wasn’t getting any! I’m pretty sure I didn’t take people seriously when they said “get your sleep while you can” and I’m positive I have never felt tiredness like I have until my boys arrived!
Sleep (lack of) has since become the focus of at least one or two conversations a day and has often been the topic discussed over many coffees with my NCT friends. Having a baby who slept well was the ‘Holy Grail’ the ‘Mecca’ the ‘ultimate desire’ of all mums and dads I came into contact with (of course health, happy, feed well etc were also high on the list too).
So when the clever mums behind ‘Whisbear’ The Humming Bear, got in touch and asked if we would like to give one a go and jumped at the chance!
For those of you that don’t know ‘Whisbear’ is a baby sleep aid and sensory toy which can be used from birth to help settle and sooth your baby. You may have heard people mutter about how much babies like the sound of the hoover or hairdryer and that that level of consistent sound settled their baby to sleep. I heard many stories of desperate parents leaving hairdryers going to keep babies sleeping and repeatedly hoovering to keep their little one settled. In the case of my boys this works, these sort of sounds really have helped settle my tribe, but hoovering at three in the morning and leaving the hairdryer going all night aren’t really practical solutions. Welcome ‘Whisbear’, this genius little bear emits pink noise (slightly more delicate than white noise) to remind the baby of the sounds it knows from fetal life.
The ‘Whisbear’ can be turned on by simply pressing its central button hidden in the head. From this point it emits forty minutes of pink noise to help sooth baby and then slowly fades out, entering a standby mode. Then here comes the genius part, when it detects the baby crying or the waking child’s nervous movements, it reacts with a further twenty minutes of soothing hushing noises before switching back to standby mode!
Well we’ve been testing the ‘Whisbear’ for a while now and I can happily say it really works! The pink noise has been perfect for settling Jude and the cry sensor has been magic in helping him learning to re settle when he wakes while napping in the day or sleeping in the night. Jude has been quick in learning to sleep through the night and the pink noise emited by the ‘Whisbear’ has helped in him making these steps. When we’re not using it as a sleeping aim Jude has loved playing with it., especially the rustling paws! We’ve taken it away with us and even taught the grandparents how to use it for all those sleep overs!
If this isn’t good enough the ‘Whisbear’ also has lots of other redeeming qualities.
- Its a sensory toy with rustling paws and ears
- Comes in a selection of attractive and sensory colour ways
- Has a lifetime warranty
- Its made from ecologically safe high quality fabric
- Portable and easy to take anywhere
- Easy to use (even dad won’t struggle)
A great design and so simple to get to grips with, it’s certainly easy to recommend to any parents and parents to be! I hope you’ve found this useful in understanding how the ‘Whisbear’ works and its given you a few ideas about settling baby!
Lots of love