When Bella was a baby one of the only things that ever soothed her was white noise. I remember googling ‘my baby wont sleep’ at 3am one night as a sleep deprived first time Mama when she just would not settle. After I trawled numerous forums online and it seemed that quite a few people seemed to swear by white noise. We thought it was worth a shot so downloaded a white noise app on my phone and sure enough within minutes, she was fast asleep. And then it suddenly clocked that she had always fallen asleep whenever I blow-dried my hair or did the hoovering. From that day we used white noise daily to help Bella to sleep soundly. But it always meant leaving either our phones or the iPad wherever she was sleeping. I lost count of the amount of times I’d get a message or my phone would ring and it would wake her up!
I always knew we’d probably end up using white noise again with our next baby. There seemed to be a few different bears popping up on the market that played different variations of white noise. So when I found out I was expecting again I put ‘white noise bear’ at the top of my baby wishlist. I researched them all in a bit more detail and the general consensus was that they were good but most of them went off after twenty minutes or so and you had to manually turn it back on should your baby stir.
Then I was introduced to Whisbear – The Humming Bear which looked and sounded perfect. It plays a calming white noise which is designed to remind babies of the sounds they heard whilst in the womb. Once turned on by squeezing the bears head, the Whisbear will initially switch on the shushing sound for forty minutes before gradually fading away and turning onto standby mode. But the Whisbear is different, as it also features a CRYsensor that detects when your baby cries and automatically re activates the calming white noise sound for a further twenty minutes to help resettle baby. Which is literally genius!
WHAT WHISBEAR SAY
‘Multi-award winning Whisbear® The Humming Bear is an innovative sleep aid created by two Mothers. Based on their own experience, they have designed a product aimed to help newborns with a smooth transition from a prenatal to postnatal life by recreating soothing sounds of the womb. Whisbear® is the first sleep aid featuring the CRYsensor, an intelligent device that automatically activates calming white noise when your baby starts crying. But Whisbear® is so much more than just a sleep product. It is also a sensory toy, a unique playtime companion that promotes both – fine motor and sensory development skills.’
We used Whisbear from day one with Hugo. As soon as we returned home from the hospital and put him down in his moses basket at just a few hours old, I turned the Whisbear on and it sent him straight to sleep. For the first probably four months of Hugo’s life, we used his Whisbear every single day. The bear has super handy magnetic feet which meant that it was really easy for it to go everywhere with him. We clipped it onto the car seat to help soothe him in the car, tucked it into the pushchair to send him off to sleep when we were out and on popped it on the side of his moses basket or crib for every nap and every nights sleep at home too.
The CRYsensor is absolutely amazing and it really does work. There were so many times that the Whisbear would kick in and send Hugo back off to sleep before I had even had chance to get to him. Whenever I was busy and Hugo cried, Bella would run and find the Whisbear and take it to him as even she knew how much he loved it.
Now Hugo is a bit older, I don’t tend to take it out with us anymore but it still has pride of place on the side of his cot and we still switch it on every night when we put him to bed. It’s been one of my absolute favourite baby products this time around and I can’t sing it’s praises enough.
The Whisbear retails at £49.99 and is available to buy in three different colourways here.
*We were very kindly sent our Whisbear in exchange for an honest review. All words and opinions are of course my own*