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Lighting Science Sleepy Baby Bulb Review

Lighting Science Sleepy Baby Bulb Review

Sleepy Bulb Testers“This light bulb doesn’t fit in the exact lamp that we normally use in my daughter’s room.  [That light is from Ikea so it has a funky socket.} So I had to bring in a different lamp. I did take photos of the lamp with a regular light bulb and then with the Sleepy Baby light bulb. The Sleepy Baby light bulb is much more dim compared to a regular light bulb, and is even dimmer than the pink lamp that we use across the room. If this fit correctly, I would definitely use this in our pink lamp because I think it would be the perfect amount of light for cuddles/books before bedtime or middle of the night wakings (especially during the newborn phase.)

Knowing that it is $30 though, I probably wouldn’t buy it for myself. I don’t think a regular bulb has that much of an effect on my daughter. I could see how this could be beneficial to a baby that is sensitive to light, though.

The packaging advertises that the Sleepy Baby bulb helps baby fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. After the one night of use before bedtime, our schedule didn’t really change, but I should add that my baby has been falling asleep quickly on her own for a while now since we got help from Jessica with Sleep Happy.

Overall, definitely a dimmer bulb, but not worth the $30 investment for me!”

~Kacy Watts, Mom to 10-month-old Natalie

Sleepy Bulb Lamp Comparison

Thanks Kacy for trying it out for all of us.  It was definitely helpful to see the difference the light puts out.  Lighting Science says their Sleepy Baby bulb and their Good Night bulb are designed to promote sleep and not interfere with the brain’s production of melatonin or disrupt the body’s natural circadian rhythm.

While blue light put off by televisions, computers, and smart phones is known to stimulate and wake up the brain the light put out by the Sleepy Baby bulb is said to help prepare you for sleep.  The Sleepy Baby bulb is a 40W Incandescent LED.  The bulb is a P15 form factor with a E26 base.

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Lighting Science set out to develop lighting that works with our bodies and the environment, their website www.lsgc.com says.  They have developed bulbs that promote sleep, along with bulbs that “boost energy, and promote alertness.”

The concept is fascinating.  I think the bulb would would be more appropriate for newborns due to the amount of time parents spend performing tasks with light in the middle of the night.  I wonder if it would also help parents go back to sleep more easily?Toddlers and preschoolers could benefit from the Sleepy Baby lamp for nighttime potty breaks.

The high price is a negative.  However, I would encourage anyone on the fence about trying the bulb to research the lifespan of the bulb and its warranty.

For more information on this and other bulbs, please visit Lighting Science at lsgc.com.

P.S.  Sleep Happy Consulting and Kacy Watts were not paid for this review.  I ordered it for the sole purpose of testing it and sharing our thoughts with other moms.

Babies Who Build An Attachment to Mommy’s Hair

Children attach themselves to a wide range of objects. During feeding babies often hold on to their mother’s hair which develops along the way into a transitional object. Does your baby have a death grip on your hair as we speak?  Wonder what to do if you cannot provide your hair at all times for your baby to hold on too?  Never fear, moms are geniuses and can solve any problem.
Mom of three, Joy, created “the first Lovey Baby (known as simply as “Baby”) in desperation in the middle of the night when her son could not sleep with out clutching her hair.   After “Baby” arrived, life became a bit simpler. Baby was a constant companion who helped our son through many of the major events of a toddler’s life.”

Mommy's Hair Doll

Sound familiar?  Could your little one use on of Joy’s Lovey Babies?  She no longer has her business, however she generously provides the pattern so that you can make your own Lovey Baby.  Her inspiration for creating the Lovey Baby is now in high school, but she still gets requests for her pattern every week.  To request a pattern email loveybabies@yahoo.com.

Hair Lovey Doll

Hair Lovey for BabyMeet Wiggie, another example of a hair lovey.  Is that not the cutest thing?  Wiggie goes everywhere with Winnie and has been a great comfort to her at daycare and even during a medical procedure.  Before Wiggie became Winnie’s best friend, she was part of a Halloween costume that Winnie wore when she was  a year old.  Like Joy’s son, you can see that Wiggie is helping Winnie through many major event s in her little life.

 

 

Transitional objects or loveys in whatever form or variety are critical tools that help your child regulate their emotions.   So much so in fact that the American Academy of Pediatrics endorses the use of loveys …”These special comforts are called transitional objects, because they help children make the emotional transition from dependence to independence. They work, in part, because they feel good: They’re soft, cuddly, and nice to touch. They’re also effective because of their familiarity. This so-called lovey has your child’s scent on it, and it reminds him of the comfort and security of his own room. It makes him feel that everything is going to be okay.”

As a Sleep Consultant, the topic of transitional objects comes up in the first conversation I have with clients.  I always encourage parents to introduce  a lovey prior to sleep training. Depending on the age of the baby we may wait to put it in the crib.  Learning to self-soothe is the first step to getting on a healthy sleep schedule.

Here are some tips for introducing a lovey:

  • During play, what is your child interested in?  What kind of textures?
  • Start testing different objects to see if your child shows any interest
  • Bring the object close to the baby during feeding, in car trips, during bedtime calming routine
  • If you baby sleeps with you, try stashing the object in your bra or sleeping with it to put your smell on it
  • Loveys can be anything: hair dolls, wigs, hair extensions, blankets, piece of fabric, pacifier, pacifier holder like a Wubbanub or Sleepytot, t-shirts*, stuffed animal*, toy, toothbrushes, wash clothes,
  • Consult the recommendations for Safe Sleep or talk to your pediatrician before introducing a lovey.  *Some loveys may be safer for older babies and toddlers.  Make sure the lovey you introduce is not a choking hazard.

One client was prepping a lovey for her 10 month old and had her older daughter rolling, when she pulled it out of her bra.  Getting the mommy smell can be important.

Should you be interested in more support, contact Sleep Happy Consulting at 214-856-0341.  Sleep Happy Consulting clears out the clutter of information by providing personal sleep strategies through support, coaching, and sleep training. Strategies are customized for your child to learn how to self-soothe and for parents to learn how to read sleep cues and create a sleep-friendly environment. Jessica will study your child’s sleep cycles and nap schedules, while adapting to fit your child’s temperament and your family’s needs.
But more than that, Jessica will provide support and the reminder that you know your
child better than anyone.