We have finally gotten Savannah to sleep in her bedtime, and stay there through the night. While I loved being able to co-sleep with Savannah and have her sleep in the pack-n-play in our room, during the early months, she got used to it, and it has been a struggle these past couple of years try to get her to sleep in her own bed. We thought that when she turned "2" that she would love how her bed was transitioned into a big girl toddler bed. But, halfway through the night, she would end up crawling into our bed. And, being tired parents to a teething or fussy little sister, we would let her sleep with us. It wasn't until recently, that we decided to try her in her own room, and with a twin bed with rail. We decked out her room in fun wall decals of her favorite characters, let her bring in a few of her favorite toys from the playroom to play with in the AM when she got up and would wait for me to come get her, as well as let her choose her bedding. All seemed to be going well, until the fear of the dark set in. With so many light up toys on the market, it was hard to find one that worked for Savannah. We bought plush bears that lit up and sang lullabies, and even borrowed Arabella's mobile to see if that would work. But, either she didn't like the music played, or the light-up feature didn't stay on long enough to have Savannah fall asleep. So, we have been searching and asking friends and family for suggestions. One friend suggested Flashlight Friends, which she had seen a commercial for on television. Not having tried it herself, she couldn't tell me what she thought of it. Then, I was presented with the opportunity to review it, thanks to the folks at Idea Village, and jumped on the opportunity. Just the other day, a cute blue puppy dog Flashlight Friend arrived at our doorstep. :-)
Both girls were excited to see their new Flashlight Friend, and give the cuddly puppy lots of hugs and kisses. Before handing it off for the girls to play with, I played around with it. I was happy to see that they would be able to cuddle with it, even though it had LED flashlight built into its belly. There was enough fluff to make the dog cuddly, yet illuminate a soft glowing light to help light the night. With a simple tap two times of the belly, the Flashlight Friend plush animal would light up and illuminate for 10-minutes before shutting off. I loved the auto shut-off feature, as I have woken Savannah, who is a light sleeper, numerous times, just sneaking into her room to shut off the mobile or light up friends, who don't have the handy auto shut-off feature.
The girls couldn't wait for me to pass of the Flashlight Friends plush puppy to play with. And, they counted down the hours until it got dark, so that they could see how their new friend would add light to Savannahs' dark and scary bedroom.
That night after trying out the Flashlight Friends puppy with the girls in Savannah's bedroom, Savannah finally slept through the night. She did wake once, but was able to tap the belly of her new light up toy twice to activate the LED light. When she came down for breakfast, she couldn't stop talking about Flashlight Friends and how she loved her new blue doggy. In addition to the blue dog, Flashlight Friends are available in Dragon, Penguin and Unicorn styles, and have a nifty little loop that lets little hands carry them around with ease. These light up friends are geared towards children ages 4 and up.
You can purchase any of the Flashlight Friends online for only $19.99, plus shipping and handling here -- https://www.flashlightfriends.com/.
Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor, in order to write up an honest review. The views shared are mine and mine alone.