Exactly like me at the same age, IJ is afraid of the dark. This means she can only fall asleep when her bedroom light is left on. I switch it off once she is asleep - she switches it on again as soon as she opens her eyes. This can mean I hear her stumbling around her bedroom in the early hours, so it’s not ideal.
Thankfully that has changed since receiving a nightlight to try out, sent to us all the way from Paris. The Lumilove Penguin from Pabobo is a mobile nightlight that turns on as soon as it is lifted up, and recharges when placed back on its base. Once charged it lights up for eleven hours.
We really liked it. It doesn’t get hot which was just as well as IJ liked having it in bed with her. She also named the blue penguin penny, for some reason. It gives out just the right amount of light to help her get to sleep without the room being too dark. Obviously if, like me, you forget to place it back on its charger it won’t work, but I couldn’t fault the product. It has made a real different to our bedtime routine.
The Lumilove penguin isn’t available in the UK but many other products in the range can be found at Harrods and JoJo stores.
I’ve also been trying out the Sound Asleep kids’ pillow with IJ to help her drift off to sleep at night. It’s basically a pillow with speakers built in. The pillow includes a 1.2m lead with a 3.5mm stereo plug so you can attach an audio source such as an MP3 player or ipod. Apparently the adult version has been snapped up by X Factor contestants to help them learn their lyrics and relax before the Final.
The pillow is very comfortable; IJ has been sleeping on it for over a week. It’s a clever design and very reasonably priced at £12. More importantly, it really does work. If the volume on the audio device used is turned to maximum, I did feel it was a little too loud for encouraging sleep and could easily be overheard by others. But simply turning down the volume solved that problem. I also had to remember to turn IJ’s ipod off or it would have played all night.
I also like the idea of the travel pillow for long journeys and wouldn’t mind trying the adult version myself. It definitely solves the problem of earphones falling out and is a lot more comfortable.
The kids’ pillow isn’t washable and the manufacturers state that it is not to be used by children aged under 5 years.