Yep you read that right… I have been sleep training the girls with the help of unicorns! I don’t know how I coped without them to be honest – the girls have been waking up earlier and earlier the last few months and now that Wills is here I need them to stay in their room until it is a reasonable time.
It is actually Gracie that is the instigator, she wakes up really early and then wakes up Lils. They then traipse into our room and clamber all over us when I am trying to give Wills his early morning feed. I had tried giving them prompts as to when they could get up, things like waiting until daddy gets back from the gym or when they hear the shower start up. These things weren’t concrete or child friendly though so weren’t doing the trick.
When I saw these cute little unicorns I knew they would love them! The idea behind them is so simple but being a cuddly toy means they can have them in bed with them and cuddle them through the night.
So how do they work?
Inside the toy (and there are other characters available) there is a little night light, which can be programmed like a timer for up to 12 hours. You set the number of hours you want them to sleep for (I always choose the maximum time) and you are done.
If they press the tummy before the time is up the light will glow red – signalling that it is still bedtime. You can set it to make soothing noises when pressed too, helping them to drift back to sleep. We have it turned off though as mine prefer silence at night. They do like to have a night light though so I can imagine they press it often as they are drifting off to sleep. Once the time is up, whether that be the full 12 hours or another time set by you, the tummy will glow green and they are allowed to get out of bed. Such a simple idea but really effective.
There is another function of the box too, which the girls love. The unicorn can be put into day mode and will say various phrases when the tummy is pressed. It helps to create a bond with the toy, making them more likely to ‘listen’ when it is glowing red in the early hours.
So how have we found it?
The girls love their unicorns and are really good at reminding us to turn them to night mode every evening and will stay in bed until it turns green. In fact yesterday they stayed in their rooms until 8.30am after Mr F had accidentally set them to 12 hours despite us having a late night after a day out. I had wondered why they hadn’t come in at 7am as normal and it was only when they suddenly appeared at 8.30am with their unicorns that I realised what he had done, haha!
We have been using them for the last 2 weeks and the girls have not once come in at an unearthly hour as they had been doing. Instead they are staying in their room chatting quietly and to me that proves that the Sleep Tight All Night unicorns are working their magic! I have noticed that they are beginning to wake up later too, so their bodies are learning that an early start is not necessary. Hurrah!
What do you think? Do you need a unicorn too?