As well as being super cute, the 'Bandit The Raccoon' Sleep Toy has been designed to be used as a toy to promote sleep. Through the use of sound, comfort and routine these toys support babies and toddlers in falling asleep and resettling.
The blanket of the toy measures 32cm x 32cm and the head approximately 13cm in diameter.
1. Slowly introduce
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
Simply combine their new bedtime buddy into your existing process. 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.
As they finally go off to dream land they need to be hearing the magical sleepy tune and, if they are bigger bubbas, able to feel the fabric - every time!
4. Back away
After a few days you hope that some of the 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. Each night just remove a little more - bit by bit.
Giving your baby the skill of sleep without your help can take time. 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.