Although designing, assembling and selling super cute toys is a lot of fun our No 1. goal is to provide families with a toy that helps get more sleep for the bubbas, mummas and dads out there using them. There are lots of different ways people have been getting amazing results with these lil cuties but I would like to share with you our tips and tricks for a smooth introduction. 1. Slowly, slowly.... Anyone who actually knows me knows that I am not anti a little bit of 'self soothing' when it comes to bubbas. Each to their own right? But that is not what these toys are designed for. The idea behind these toys is that the feel, smell and sound of the toy will act as a positive sleep association to then enable you to withdraw supports that you no longer want to continue. That takes time. 2. No big changes We recommend to not change any of your current bedtime routine for at least a few days after receiving your toy. Simply combine their new bedtime buddy into your process - making sure they are having as pleasant experience as possible. So if you are feeding or rocking to sleep just continue to let them fall asleep for a few nights in your arms as normal but hold your new toy there with you and let your Little One's hand touch the fabric and have the tune playing from the start of the process. 3. Consistency Every single nap and sleep. As they finally go off to dream land they need to be hearing Riff, Raff or Bandit's magical sleepy tune and, if they are bigger bubbas, able to feel the fabric. The process of a consistent bedtime routine is extremely important for good sleep (for adults too!). 4. Back away.... Again slowly After a few days you hope that some of Riff, Raff or Bandit's magical powers are rubbing off on your Little One so it is time to start the extraction plan. Slowly start removing the undesired support just seconds before sleep. Eyes rolling back but not asleep. Each night just remove a little more - bit by bit. So if we are talking about rocking - stop rocking just seconds before he actually goes to sleep and have them fall asleep in still arms. Then once mastered once start reducing the motion a little each night until it involves not much more than a nice cuddle. Feeding to sleep - take them off the bottle / boob a little earlier or if they are not finished keep them awake to complete the feed properly. So close to being asleep but not - even it is only 5 seconds before she is actually asleep and let her finish the falling asleep process with nothing in her mouth. Once mastered and you have a calm baby, awake but so almost asleep, you can move onto.... The dreaded transfer - we are aiming for eyes open in cot followed by sleep. This can be a well supported transition - perhaps one hand on them or sitting in the same room so they know you are nearby is a good way to start. As tempting as it will be to dash for the door you don't want to come this far and have them freak out. It is really important that the plan is slow - you don't want them to panic and feel unsupported. I like to think that about 5-7 days is a good timeframe to aim for to achieve full high-fiving, wine drinking celebration type extraction. 5. Persistence Of course it doesn't always go to plan and sometimes you have to do what you need to do to get sleep and try again when you are feeling stronger. But that's okay - you are trying to give your baby the skill of sleep without your help and it can take time. Just keep trying when you can. The night you see your Little One reach for their sleep toy and their little eyes just cannot stay open when they hear that tune... it will be all worthwhile. While this is the standard guide we would recommend to most bubs still in a cot there are some great other techniques that mummas out there have discovered. If you have had success and want to share with other mums please post a comment here or on our Facebook page for others to read! Em xx (and as always THANK YOU for your wonderful support)
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
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- 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
I AM MAD (not like angry-mad, more a bit crazy-mad) Sometimes I can seem a little mad. I am pretty sure that is what my husband was thinking when I finally quit my job to make a sleep toy. I had been on maternity leave for 3 years by that stage, so I don't think anyone was particularly surprised that I wasn't going back to my HR job. We had been a single income family for a few years by that stage and had adjusted to Aldi wine nicely. He could see the passion and determination so he supported me through the 18 months of sketches, the endless testing of sounds, the samples, the tears... But when it came to the day of discussing the money - the redrawing of a decent amount from the home loan to make the final payment on the large order of toys and their related shipping (toys which we didn't know for sure that anyone wanted) I think, at that point, he really did believe that I was mad. Even now with a second order placed - and a new design added to the collection - I still find myself standing in the shower thinking 'Did I really do that? Did I make that with ZERO experience?' I HAVE ZERO EXPERIENCE When I meet people and I tell them what I do, the first question is almost always 'So do you come from a design background?' or 'Is that what you did before kids'? Nope. Never. The only thing I designed before these toys was my daughter's 1st birthday cake. A giraffe head and neck, in a shape of a 1, but the orange icing was sort of flesh coloured and it turned out inappropriately phallic. I don't make cakes anymore. I actually come from a HR background. I worked in hospitals for 7 years specifically in the recruitment and management of medical staff. I met so many great people and learnt a lot but I always knew I wanted to do something different - something on my own, something a bit creative. SO WHY SLEEP TOYS? 1. Sleep obsessed. Everyone has one friend who is obsessed with sleep - well that is me. And it has nothing to do with 'sleeping in' (who remembers those days anyway?) but more to do with total hours obtained. It is like I am scared that if I don't get my solid 8 hours I might actually die. Obviously having two kids has taught me that I won't die - but it also taught me I am a not such a bitch better person with it. My kids sleep well - I think I have one natural sleeper - the other... not so much. And I always believed that the right sleep aid had it's place along side them. 2. I wanted to make a useful baby product I have never been a big spender and I can be obscenely conservative with my purchases. I don't buy anything I don't have to - even when it comes to the kids. I never had a 'nappy bag', I swear by the $30 ikea highchair and my kids had to learn to drink room temperature bottles because I refuse to buy a bottle warmer. (Disclosure: I do buy clothes, especially for the kids, this is my weakness) I knew that if I was going to make something that I wanted others to purchase, it would have to be something that I would buy. And the best way I can justify a purchase is if the product has multiple functions. A comforter, cute and washable with built-in white noise, a sleepy lullaby AND a dummy locator... Even I would have bought that! And that is where Riff & Raff all started. So far it has been a crazy journey. There has been joy, tears and sleepless nights (both from excitement and anxiety) but when I see the posts and emails from mummas out there who love Riff & Raff, the mummas out there that getting even just a little bit more of that precious sleep thanks to these guys, it makes it all worthwhile. ❤️❤️ Em xx PS. If there are any mummas out there want to know for about my experience in the sourcing, manufacturing or e-commerce - email me! I am so happy to share some of my experiences - the good, the bad and the ugly. firstname.lastname@example.org