Light and Sleep Sound Aid
The Gro Company’s Ollie the Owl is a well-known baby product that many mums have on their wish list. Does it really deserve its place?
Ollie the Owl has been with us since Archer was born. It plays white noise, rain sounds, heartbeat and brahms lullaby. The heartbeat and white noise sounds were ideal when he was younger and now we tend to use the lullaby.
If we’re away from Ollie I can sing the same lullaby so it works as a good sleep trigger. It’s quite hard to replicate the other sounds yourself! We usually put it on whilst we feed him his bottle and as he falls asleep.
If he wakes during the night there’s a sensor that detects noises and starts the song again to settle him back to sleep. This is often quite effective and encourages him to settle himself without us going in.
It’s supposed to focus on high pitched cry like sounds although it is often set off by me putting out the bins or closing cupboards etc. It’s not an issue though. If he’s already asleep it doesn’t wake him up.
We don’t use the light all that much as we have Ollie on the outside of the crib and we have other nightlights we prefer. It has 3 brightness settings and gives out a warm yellow glow which should mean it doesn’t disturb sleep.
The rare few times we’ve been travelling we always take Ollie with us. It’s a good way to set the scene for sleep without many of his usual comforts.
Batteries! You did need 4 batteries for Ollie and depending how much your little one wakes up they can run down quite quickly.
Having the lullaby playing on the baby monitor for twenty minutes because I’ve turned a light switch off too noisily can be kind of annoying.
Plus, when Archer still slept in our room that lullaby got a bit trippy in my sleep deprived, pain killer-fueled state. And if the batteries are ever running out, it can sound like something out of a horror movie. Archer is attached to the lullaby sound now though – we’ve made our bed…
My recommendation might be to try the white noise setting though 🙂
Read more on The Gro Company website here.