Lulla Doll Sleep Companion
Will Lulla help my baby or toddler sleep better?
The reviews of Lulla have been good overall, or we would not be selling it! Many families have reported that Lulla has made a difference both to settling and improved sleeping overnight. However there are also families who have bought Lulla and found no difference to their child’s sleep as a result of introducing Lulla.
Lulla uses white noise for soothing, along with the soft doll as a comfort item to cuddle. Both white noise and comforters are well known to help children sleep better and are two of the thingswe frequently recommend as part of our sleep advice and article.
BUT we are not suggesting that Lulla is a magic bullet that will miraculously improve sleep just by adding the doll to your child’s bed! Lulla will work most effectively when you are also addressing factors leading to night waking or poor settling skills, including teaching your baby to fall asleep without help.
So yes we do think that Lulla will be a very useful addition to a sleep plan or to your bedtime routine but it is certainly not guaranteed to improve sleep if this is all you change!
Lulla ia a sleep companion for your babies and children. It is a soft doll containing a unique sound box, playing the real-life recording of a mother’s breathing and heartbeat.
Lulla’s unique patent pending design was inspired by research on kangaroo care, the effects of heartbeat and breathing sounds, and the effects that smell, sight and touch have on babies and small children.
The Lulla Doll imitates closeness of a caregiver at rest with its soothing sounds of real heartbeat & breathing and soft touch.
Lulla’s unique design is based on scientific research that shows how closeness improves sleep, wellbeing and safety.
Lulla comes in one gender neutral design.
Lulla runs for 8 hours at a time. If your baby has Lulla running for a 2 hour nap, you can then turn it off. You will need to restart Lulla after 8 hours if you want her to continue playing.
The aim of Lulla Doll is to help babies:
- Sleep longer
- Fall asleep more easily & Sleep for longer periods at a time *
- Feel better
- Experience less negative emotions and crying & Decrease stress levels *
- Be safer
- Stabilize heartbeat and breathing *
* these are the possible benefits of closeness, heartbeat & breathing sounds and comforters according to multiple research.
What age can you use Lulla from?
Lulla can be attached to the side of a cot with younger babies. We recommend you use the attachment until at least 6 month of age.
Information about battery use:
Yes Lulla runs on batteries - 2 x AAA batteries. There are a set of demo batteries included, which will last approx. 20 hours. So you do need to have batteries on hand. The manufacturers recommend good quality rechargeable batteries so you are not spending a lot on replacing batteries and having to dispose of them.
A set of good quality batteries (not cheap hardware or chain store batteries) will last for about 100 hours of Lulla sound. So if you are using Lulla for 2 naps of 2 hours per day plus 10 hours overnight, this means a set of batteries will last ABOUT a week. If you use Lulla more, such as resetting her for another 8 hour cycle overnight, then your batteries will be used even quicker.
It is important to consider this battery use when deciding if Lulla is right for your family. Battery use will be high if you use it a lot andLulla will stop working when the batteries run out, even if thisis in the middle of the night!!! Mains poweredwhite noise is another excellent option for children and babies, and we highly recommend the Marpac Dohm machine for all night white noise.
The NZ importer of Lulla has tested many local battery brands and the brands recommends:
- Alkaline: Duracell, Energiser, Ever Ready Gold (about 100 hours use before replacing)
- Rechargeable: Eneloop and Energiser (About 50 hours before recharging)
More reasonably priced batteries that worked well for the price (but won’t last as long as high quality batteries) were Sonixcell from The Warehouse.
Do not use lithium batteries – this will void any warranty
This from the creator of Lulla Doll:
Hear – When the chest is pressed, Lulla plays a real-life recording of the breathing and heartbeat of a mother at rest. Her name is Gudrun, she is a dear friend, a mother of four and a Kundalini yoga teacher.
Look – Babies prefer to look at something that resembles a human face. The colors of the doll were chosen for the purpose of making the doll unisex and unirace.
Touch – The outer layer is made from soft natural cotton. The filling is made from ultra-fine microfiber that is hypoallergenic.
Smell – The fabric of the doll can absorb smell from parents if they first keep it close to their skin before giving it to their child for extra feeling of security.
Clean and safe – The doll is machine washable in warm water making it safer for small babies with underdeveloped immune and respiratory systems.
Lulla comes will a 6 month manufacturer’s warranty. Please note this is not a guarantee that you will get improved sleep, it’s a manufacturing warranty! Any returns claims will need Lulla returned to The Sleep Store for assessment.
Reports from the manufacturer are that genuine faults are very rare with Lulla. Please ensure you read the instructions carefully before use, especially points such as that you need to hold the button down for 3 seconds to start Lulla. It does not start instantly it is touched, so that a child rolling on or cuddling Lulla doesn’t turn it off or on.
Please read the notes about battery use above. Any returns sent back to us that can be resolved with a new set of batteries will be returned to you at your cost.
Lulla sells out in record time!
“Cooper (4 year old) loves it. He came in at 6am and said that his doll kept him safe, he woke up twice overnight but didn’t need to come and get us because it was like we were with him and he just snuggled his doll. WINNING!!!”
“The last 3 nights Amelia has only woken once and that was for a drink then went back to sleep, plus she is also sick with a cold. What an amazing doll Lulla is”
“We received the Lulla doll. I cannot thank you enough. It’s amazing my one year old went from waking every 40 mins to last night sleeping through. I feel like a human again. She basically sleeps on top of the doll and it’s working. So again my sanity and I thank you”
“Day 3 of using Lulla, and I must say I am very impressed. Amazing quality, so soft and my daughter Paige who is 9 months old has taken to her very well.She has always been a good sleeper and goes down awake. What I have found is that if she stirs a little or has a little cry, she settles and goes back to sleep and is sleeping for long periods during the day, whereas before she would wake straight up after a stir or cry. Even with her three older noisy sisters she is sleeping through. Emma x
“She usually takes much longer than under 2 mins to drop off! We’ve had continued success today I cannot rate Lulla enough. My nine month old was waking every 40 mins even with Co- sleeping and I was at my wits end and crippled with exhaustion. I purchased Lulla as a last resort thinking that we had absolutely no hope. On the first night in her cot she woke twice and the second and third night we had a baby that slept through the night. I feel like a human again thank you so much for bringing this into my life.”
“Just thought I would share my bub’s first nap with Lulla! She went down a little whiny but quickly settledand snuggled in (and I keep checking to make sure she’s not too close!). She went to sleep in her cot with Lulla, stayed asleep while I put her in the car, slept in the car, slept the whole way through a crazy loud soccer lesson in a hall and slept soundly the whole way home from soccer. That has NEVER happened!”
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By Rachel from Invercargill on 16 June 2017
My 9 month old went from being up 4, 5 times a night to sleeping all night from at least 7pm till 5am. All with the help of Lulladoll! It arrived so beautifully to my sleep deprived self complete with a Whittaker's chocolate and kiwiherb balm sample. Life changing! :)
Worth a try
By Rachelle from Tauranga on 24 March 2017
We purchased a Lulla Doll for our daughter when she was around a month old. Desperate new parents we wanted to try anything. We started using it alongside putting her into a Miracle Blanket for the first time (previously just swaddled with muslin). I don't know which was the thing that did the trick or if it was a combination but she slept her first 6 hour lot and then a couple nights later she slept for 8 hours straight.
It still did not help overly with her day sleeps but we could deal with that.
She is now 5 months old and we definitely notice if the Lulla Doll runs out of batteries - she has a much worse sleep and wakes up at least 3 times each night.
Normally the one time she does wake up overnight seems to almost always coincide with the Lulla Doll shutting off after its 8 hour stint.
We also run white noise too.
I would recommend the Lulla Doll but I am aware it doesn't work for everyone. If many things have been tried it can't hurt to try this too!
By Becky from Whangarei on 13 October 2016
My six month old wasn't interested in Lulla and seemed a bit scared when we first got it. Eventually just having the doll there (not turned on) she began to look for her for naps and bedtime.
When she started waking and not settling for anything but cuddles I started to turn on Lulla and baby would go back to sleep.
The other night baby woke, I got up, turned on Lulla and went back to bed.
This dolly is fantastic!
Starting to help
By Fozia from Auckland on 24 July 2016
We have had the lulla for just a few sleeps so it's still early days. I really wanted to remove boobie as a sleep association so am introduce this to my nearly 6month old. She was quite fascinated by the doll.
First couple of days she seemed to resettle quicker at each wake up. Last night, I put her back down after a feed and she turned on her side toward the lulla and fell fast asleep! She did this again at the next wake up. Third wake up, no such luck then I realised the lulla had switched off!
So, I think it's helping and well worth a try. Also, have to commend the sleep store, I ordered this late at night and received it the next afternoon. Awesome service!
Worth her weight in gold!
By Trina from Hamilton on 24 July 2016
We absolutely LOVE Lulla doll and cannot recommend her enough. Our 6 month old usually wakes 1-2 times during each daytime nap and then at least every hour through the night, since introducing Lulla a week ago he's now sleeping right through his day naps and last night was our first night of no wake ups (aside from a quick scheduled feed at 3.30am) from 7pm - 6.50am. We love that she's so easy to use and isn't just another contraption (white noise machine etc.) and she can be popped in the washing machine when needed.
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