Tuesday, May 26, 2009

We Love Our Lulla-Bear: Win One! (Giveaway)


I am so excited about this giveaway because this product has really helped our family with a problem we’ve been having. First let me tell you about the Lulla-Bear:

The Lulla-Bear is a combination of a teddy bear and an MP3 player. It comes pre-loaded with more than 90 minutes of lullabies, children’s songs and nature sounds, and you can program it with more music of your own. Now, when I was first contacted to try this product, I thought of it solely as something you would use in the baby nursery to help infants get to sleep. My youngest kids are five, so I wasn’t sure if I was the best person to check out this product. But when they told me that toddlers and preschoolers also love the Lulla-Bear, I decided to give it a try.

The Lulla-Bear has turned out to be one of the most popular and helpful products my kids have ever tested. My son, Austen, has become enamored with it. He adores his Lulla-Bear, and, even more interestingly, he loves the lullaby songs the best! They’re sung by a beautiful soprano voice that just calms him right down. He begs me to let him listen to his Lulla-Bear at all hours of the day, but it has been even more wonderful for bedtime. Austen often gives me a hard time in going to bed, and now he has stayed in his bed for three nights when he laid down with his Lulla-Bear and the lullabies. We are so happy that bedtime has become much calmer in our house! Of course, different techniques work for different children, so I can’t guarantee it will work as a sleep aid for your child. But for our family, it’s been a life-saver. Austen even made his bear a little bed out of a box and covers him with a blanket at night.

I asked my teenage son to load more children’s songs onto our Lulla-Bear, and he said it was a breeze. No software is required. The bear comes with a UPC cord and MP3 player tucked inside a compartment in his back. It supports MP1, MP2, MP3, WMA and WAV files, and works with the following operating systems: Unix Version 1.0 or above; Windows 2000, XP or above (my son used Vista); and Apple Mac OS X 10.5 or above. The bear also requires 3 AA batteries. The volume is easily controlled, and the bear will shut itself off after a while so it’s not playing all night. There’s 512MB of memory, which is about 8 hours of music. You can even download stories or your own voice if they’re compatibly formatted. Sweet little icons sewn into the bear’s feet serve as the controls, and a heart on his chest glows red when he is on.

And, of course, besides being a favorite with preschoolers, the Lulla-Bear makes a beautiful gift for anyone who’s expecting a baby or has an infant who’s not sleeping well. The bear is cuddly and looks fabulous in a baby’s room.

You can order the Lulla-Bear on Amazon or Google “Lulla-Bear” to find other retailers, such as Bed Bath & Beyond.

Finally, I am so excited to announce that I have a brand-new Lulla-Bear to give away to one lucky family! (Thank you, CrowleyJones, for sending two, because we’re not giving ours up!) To enter this giveaway, leave a comment with your favorite tip for getting your baby or child to sleep well. This is mandatory to enter the giveaway.

For optional, additional entries:

- Put a button for Susan Heim on Parenting on your blog. (The code is in the upper right-hand column of this site.) Post a comment with your blog’s URL.

- Follow me on Twitter (@ParentingAuthor) and tweet this giveaway on Twitter. Leave a comment with the URL to your tweet.

- Post this giveaway on your blog with a link to this page. Leave a comment with a link to the post.

- Subscribe to Susan Heim on Parenting via email, RSS or as a Follower on Blogger. Leave a comment with your subscription method.

One winner will be randomly selected from the qualified entries received by midnight on Sunday, June 7, 2009. Be sure to leave an email address if you don’t have it posted on your Blogger page. The winner will be emailed and must respond within 72 hours or a new winner will be selected.

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner: oneinamil23!

84 comments:

  1. Best tip: Keep the house quiet at night but normally noisy during the day so eventually baby gets used to the idea that nighttime is sleeptime.

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  5. Vicky H.4:39 PM

    When my sister and God-daughter were babies, I would rock them to sleep against my chest while singing. I think the combination of a heart beat, warmth, chest vibration, and sound brought them back to the comfort from being in the womb.


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  6. I keep a night light on for my grandson after reading him a bedtime story.

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  7. don't bath just before bed becuase it does wake up the baby in many circumstances

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  8. Try rocking baby to sleep in a bedside rocking chair, or walk with baby, patting her back and singing or praying mverno@roadrunner.com

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  9. I don't have kids, but I always put my nieces to sleep by singing soft songs and playing with their hair.

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  10. get them into the habit of going to sleep on their own.

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  11. we tuck in tight, say prayers, and i rub his back!

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  12. I had a friend who used lukewarm chamomile tea in her daughter's bottle. She was really hyper, but after a little of the bottle, she fell right off to sleep!

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  13. I'm a subscriber!

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  14. I like to give my daughter a bath before bedtime. That seems to help make her ready for bedtime.

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  15. I follow on blogger.

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  16. Make some quiet time before bedtime, tone down the noise, music, talk, TV, and let them get used to the quiet.

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  17. We read a story, say our prayers and then we look out the window and say "good night moon, goodnight stars, good night owls, good night neighbors, good night dogs, good night one and all."
    Sometimes the list gets alittle longer with fireflies and moths buts thats ok. I'm sure I will cherish these memories when they get too old to do it.

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  18. I stay in the room but pretend I'm sleeping as well...they get the hint :)

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  19. I never had less noise during nap times, so the babies got used to going to sleep under any circumstances and stay that way. As they grew older, we had bath time, tooth brushing, a little tv time, then they went to sleep with no problems.

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  20. Anonymous9:46 PM

    My tip is to create a routine. We tell our son it's bed time (he's 1 1/2)...go brush our teeth, put him in pj's,and let him pick out one or two books (we keep the short ones in his room) and read them to him. Then we ask him if he wants to turn out the light, and he inevitably says yes, so we lift him to the switch and he gets into bed with no fuss, and goes right to sleep. This works great for us at our house.
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  22. For my oldest child, I like to make sure that she has a book (which she pretends to read in the dark) and her "Twilight Turtle." It seems to make her feel secure, and I can use both items to create an environment in which she feels relaxed!

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  23. I liked rocking and singing lullabies. Thanks.
    YUM! White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut for me please!!

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  24. My daughter likes to have a cup of warm milk before bed!

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  25. J.Jean1:04 PM

    My infant twins love Sleep Sounds (which I learned about on another blog) and calm down as soon as the music is turned on. Thanks! The Lulla-Bear sounds like a fun way to play their Sleep Sounds.
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  26. J.Jean1:10 PM

    I subscribed to your blog. Thanks! theprophecygirl at hotmail dot com

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  27. I sing to my daughter and we have a quiet house when it is time for her to go to sleep. Thanks for the chance.
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  28. Consistency and routine works for us - the same thing, the same time, every night. Bath, brush teeth, story time, prayers, tucked in - sleepytime!

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  29. My doctor had me adding a bit of cereal to our baby's formula and it did help him sleep much better!
    Thanks very much!
    Cindi
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  30. My doctor had me adding a bit of cereal to our baby's formula and it did help him sleep much better!
    Thanks very much!
    Cindi
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  31. I adore the clever name of Lullu-
    Bear! I follow you on Twitter and Tweeted your giveaway !
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    Thanks for the chance to win this adorable bear. Cindi
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  33. My favorite tip is to try a waterbed. They are warm, padded, and waterproof. I purchased my three children waterbeds when they were toddlers and they all slept wonderfully!

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  35. Note from Susan: Never put a baby to sleep in a waterbed! As "sweetsue" did, wait until your child is more than a year old before using a waterbed as they're at risk of SIDS as babies.

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  36. I spray "sweet dreams spray" on my daughter's pillow. It is just sweet pea scented body spray from bath & body works but it works very well to calm her down and sleep well--B&BW also just came out with an aromatherapy pillow mist to help you sleep in a lavendar and vanilla scent. She loves that too.

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  37. The Sweet Pea fragrance from Bath & Body Works is my absolute favorite. I have the lotion, shower gel, body spray ... I love it!

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  38. We follow a strict routine of dinner, bath, book, then bed. They know what to expect and we rarely let them stay up past bedtime!

    Thanks,
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  39. Some of our favorite bedtime routines include lavender oil on the forehead, so relaxing and cozy to get ready for bed. No nightlights as they make it hard for them to sleep usually, we haven't even used them for our kids and they do great. We also have prayer time with the kids every night as they are laying in bed. Our kids are great sleepers.

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  40. Anonymous12:23 AM

    Soft music playing in the background and a busy day filled with running, sliding, jumping, swinging, or swimming always insures my daughter goes down easily.

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  41. Soothing sounds. The rain sounds works best.

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  42. Soft singing and soft music always worked for me when I put my children to sleep.

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  46. Have them sleep in another room, not your room.

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  47. My best tip is to have a quiet, bedtime routine. Since my son came home from the hospital, My husband, myself or one of my teenagers, reads him a book or quietly sings to him. He has his special lovey that he sleeps with. We cover up him and his favorite stuffed animals up. Then we say, "Go to sleep Baby Doggy, go to sleep Brobie and go to sleep Titus. No talking, now."

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  49. Singing and music playing :)

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  50. following on blogger

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  51. tickling her face always calms her down enough to go to bed, well...most of the time.

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  52. For toddlers and older, try a cup of warm milk with a spoon of honey and a spoon of almond extract mixed into it.

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  53. We follow a routine, that seems to help my kids the most -- brush teeth, read books, sing a song and then tucked into bed.

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  54. Sheila R3:18 PM

    My best tip is to play music or calming sounds.
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  55. Tammie7:18 PM

    Good ol' fashioned physical activity! Outside if possible, inside if not, but either way it's family time, it's fun, and everyone sleeps better when all is said and done! :)

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  56. I have found that dancing with baby is the easiest way to get them to sleep. Put on soft music, have a dimly lit nursery, hold them on your shoulder, rub their back, and just sway to the music! Works every time!

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  57. Being outside for a long time (especially in colder weather)helps but unfortunately, I've let my little one get used to me staying until he falls asleep!

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  59. We always have a bedtime routine. First bath, read a story and then kisses and good night. I think routines help.

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  61. Our daughter sleeps much better with a white noise machine..usually I read her a story and by the end of it she's getting sleepy..when she hears the machine goes in it really relaxes her and she falls asleep pretty quickly

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  63. We stick to a routine so the kids get sleepy at the right time to go to bed lezanac@yahoo.com

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  64. singing soft lullabies always worked for me although i cant sing well :( maybe they fell asleep so they wouldnt hear me anymore..lol

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  65. Jennifer6:02 PM

    I have to agree with everyone else, routine seems to help big time for my nephew.

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  66. the routine is key. If they know what comes next, they know what to expect. This year we kept their routine on vacation, and they went right out! Usually we'd have screaming kids half the night.

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  67. A consistent routine is the best advice I can offer for bedtime. The rest of our day may not be structured, but our bedtime routine rarely varies!

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  68. I think having the same routine for bedtime is a great thing. First you brush your teeth, then you get a drink, then you read a book, etc. etc. etc. They get used to that and their bodies do too.
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  69. I tweeted about the giveaway http://twitter.com/picknicksbrain/status/2070878114

    Thank you for the opportunity! I'd love to win one of these for one of my readers!

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  70. Nursing my twins before bedtime usually does the trick :)

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  71. Anonymous11:01 PM

    A story about our family always works with my toddler. I pick out someone and tell her funny or sweet tales that they have encountered. Thanks and the bear is adorable!

    Barbara Rawe
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  72. I have found that a quiet time befor bed with rocking or singing and cuddling does the trick. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  73. I play a Celtic Music Cd to make/help them sleep well!

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  76. Reading to them before bed helps.
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