There has been a lot of hype around the Lulla Doll over the last few weeks - the sleep toy designed in Iceland to calm and soothe little ones for bed and is currently SOLD OUT Australia wide! I have had several mums contact me asking how the Riff Raff & Co Sleep Toys compare to the Lulla Dolls** so I thought I would do up a quick summary. **Being sold out clearly I cannot get my hand on one of these hot Lulla Dolls to see for myself so I have scoured the internet the best that I can to make this comparison.
There are a couple of things that Riff Raff & Co Sleep Toys and the Lulla Doll have in common - one is that their primary objective is to support infants and toddlers to go to sleep and stay asleep longer and another is that they both use sound as one means to achieve this. And let's face it - getting more sleep is the no 1 reason parents are looking at either of these toys!
Both Riff Raff & Co toys and the Lulla Doll were designed by mums. The Lulla Doll by a couple of mums in Iceland who started their journey in 2011 and Riff Raff & Co by me, here in Melbourne, after becoming obsessed with the idea of making an ultimate toy for little ones in June last year.
They are similar in size - Riff & Raff are 32cm x 15cm while the Lulla Doll is slightly bigger at 30cm x 38cm. They are both able to have the sound box removed and able to be washed which is something that not many other sleep toys can claim. Both have a velcro strap to enable them to be tethered to the side / outside of a cot in line with SID guidelines.
But that is where their similarities end.
Riff & Raff have two sounds available to use (white noise of rain with heart beat and a sleepy lullaby) and play for 20 minutes before turning off. Lulla Doll plays one sound (of breathing and heartbeat) which plays for 8 hours. Both toys are designed to be easily started by parents and eventually by the child - babies as young as 8 months can learn to press the ears of Riff & Raff to restart the sound if required in the night. You can preview our sounds on our website.
While 20 minutes might not sound like enough time mums are finding that it is working great. The sounds of Riff & Raff provide a positive association with bed and sleep - a calm signal that bed is a safe, pleasant place to be and that it is time to go to sleep. Some of the best results are coming from mums who also use a nap and bedtime routine to ensure your little one is ready for sleep and should be in a nice deep sleep by the time the sound ceases.
Look & Feel:
Riff & Raff look a little more like a typical (cute) comforter than the Lulla Doll who describe the look of their toy as unisex and unirace. Riff & Raff are designed to be a comforter for all situations and also provide the textural sensory comfort provided to little ones by the traditional blankie or lovey. Made out of a super soft polyester they are durable while washable and above all so cuddly!
The dummy holder!! Not a big deal to those mum's whose little one's don't have dummies but to those who are picking up or replacing dummies all night and day... Well this is a BIG deal! The built in dummy holder means little ones from as young as 5 months are able to find and replace their dummies during the night when routinely attached to Riff or Raff. This alone can make an instant and significant difference to nap and night wakings.
So overall - they have some things in common but otherwise quite different toys. One huge thing that is different... You can actually BUY a Riff Raff & Co sleep toy and have it in just a few days time!!! While we have not been around for long we have managed to rack up over 28 reviews in just 12 weeks so they certainly appear to be having the same wonderful results as the well tested Lulla Doll. (Oh and did I mention they are cheaper?)
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