Lots of our families end up buying at least two Riff Raffs. The fear of losing it is one reason but from a practical point of view some families find it helpful to have a spare one for wash days, in the child care bag permanently or at Nanna's house. We get asked a lot by our customers looking to purchase their back-up toy 'My bubba is in love with Bandit - will they love another variety just as much if I get that as our second toy?' For a while we were not sure so we erred on the side of caution and suggested families stick to the original variety just to be safe. Well now we have proof to the contrary. In the form of my own son Louis. Riff (Foxy) was essentially designed for my son. He got to keep my first decent sample finished soon after he turned two. For 18 months they were inseparable, there is not a photo of Louis taken in 2016 that does not have Foxy in it. They were best of friends and especially great for helping Louis transition to child care. What I thought was impossible has happened. Kiko. As soon the new characters Kiko & Clover were finished I bought Evie & Louis home one each. They were excited, they had seen me working on them for months and as I expected Evie grabbed for Clover and Louis grabbed Kiko. But this was no overnight novelty as I expected. The next day Kiko is the one coming downstairs for breakfast. Kiko goes into the bag for childcare. Kiko must be in bed every night playing his sweet lullaby. Poor Foxy. I keep thinking he must feel like Woody from Toy Story. I hope he gets his sequel one day soon. I can't really explain why Louis thinks Kiko is so awesome but I can see now that the fact they are all the same weight, same fabric, similar shape and play the same sleepy tune all contribute to their interchangeableness. So for anyone out there wondering if your bubba will love the new one as much as the old one - I now say 'definitely'.
How does it help my baby sleep?
My gorgeous 14 month old would only ever nap on me and wake about 6 or so times a night.. She is now napping on her own (still working on the length) but only waking about 3 times a night now as she can find her dummy easily and put it back in herself.
– Penny (via Facebook)
This is literally the best purchase I have EVER made every mum/ mum to be needs one 😍 i can't wait to buy one for son when it gets closer to his due date! This comforter has a soothing lullaby and white noise with the heart beat and raff has put Wynter to sleep in seconds!!
– Jayde (via Facebook)
My LO snuggles into his foxy (it's super soft) and loves the white noise. His foxy really assists him to nod off into dreamland - win win for everyone! I love Riff so much I've already sent one to 3 people for gifts
– Liz (via Instagram)
What a gorgeous little friend for my 12 month old! She has been nuzzling into Raff ever since we got him. Looking forward to making this my go-to gift for the next bub i know to arrive…..
– Emily (via Facebook)
Riff is the best thing i have bought in the last 18 months! we have gone from waking up anything up to 10 times a night to once only! we even had a solid 12 hours thanks to him!
– Jenna (via Facebook)
Thank you so much for the gorgeous toy, our 16month old absolutely adores it. Just some background, he has never ever slept in the car willingly in his 16months... Now he has his Fox he falls asleep almost every time. The heartbeat/white noise is the best!!
– Megan - via Insta
See Riff & Raff on Insta! @riffraff_sleeptoys
- Made from super soft polyester making them cuddly but durable
- Removable sound box allows for handwashing of toy
- Velcro points to enable the toy to be attached to cot or pram as required
- 30 cm in length from top of ears to bottom of blanket
- Two sound tracks to choose from - white noise or soothing lullaby
- Soundtrack will play continuously for 20 minutes before turning off
- Both tracks have been specifically created to relax and transition babies to sleep
- Easy to activate sound - with the buttons in the ears designed for little fingers, little ones will soon be playing the music themselves as needed
Daylight savings... The sun, the feeling that summer is just around the corner and an extra hour to chat with your friends at the park play with your little one at the park. What is there not to like? It is one of those things before becoming a parent that you cannot even imagine has any unpleasant things associated with it. Daylight saving changes strike fear into many a mother's hearts so if you are a little worried about how these changes might affect your little ones sleep don't worry - you are not alone! At least out of the time changes we experience each year this one is the better of the two. I swear Louis is still messed up from the last change so this one might actually right him! The trick with mastering this change is getting them to bed at a decent time which is a sight easier than getting them to stay in bed - nevertheless it has it's own challenges. On a serious note, while it is not the end of the world if your little one has a few late nights but if they continue to wake (or need to be woken) at their regular time it will only be a few days before you have a seriously tired and grumpy bubba on your hands. And the last thing you need is your little one thinking that 8pm is the new 7pm forever! Here are some brief, frequently recommended tips to help bring forward your little one's bed time: Move your little ones bedtime back a little later in 15-20 minute increments starting a few days before daylight savings. Even if you can push their bedtime back to 30 mins later it will make the transition on Sunday evening easier. Make sure your little one's room is nice and dark even with it being bright outside at 7pm. We have used the Gro black out curtains for travel and they are a great alternative if you need more window coverage. If you have a young baby and are on a strict schedule it is best to refer to your schedules suggested routines for guidance during the transition Try and lengthen out the bedtime routine where possible in that first week - extra time in the bath, extra books and cuddles with their favourite toys in the relaxing, quiet room will help distract them from the lovely sunshine outside and signal to their bodies that it is bedtime is approaching. Above all, like with anything involving change with bubs and toddlers, it is important to be patient and implement change slowly. Personally I will be praying my notoriously early-waking son will sleep until 7am Monday! **fingers crossed** Em x