Looking for Recommendations for Music/lights Crib Soother

Updated on March 03, 2008
S.P. asks from Grand Rapids, MI
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I have a 8 1/2 month old little boy and am looking for a crib soother that has worked for other moms to help get your little one to relax/fall asleep in his/her crib at night. I am thinking about the "sleep sheep", but could use some other ideas. Thanks!!

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L.O.

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S.
Dont know if you decided by now...
I ahve used the Fisher Price Rainforest since she was born. Never heard of it, didnt register for it, a gift that matched my frogs theme. The absolute best gift i have received so far!! My daughter is now 10 months, i put her in the crib and put it on. When it stops, she pushes the parrot if she wants to watch more. If i dont hear it again its because shes fast asleep!!
Def worth it!!

M.T.

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Hi S.,
My 7 month old son loves the Mommie Bear. It plays different songs, heartbeat, and my son's favorite ocean.
M.

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J.A.

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Both my sons love the Fisher Price Aquarium and the new Rainforest waterfall music/crib thingy. I love the music and the options. The water from my first son's (now 4-1/2)aquarium evaporated to about half the original water, but my younger son (10 months+) still loves it. He also has the Rainforest one with a monkey and frog, it is very cute and plays lullaby and Andean music(flute from South America, my husband is Ecuadorean so we are familiar) Very soothing. I recieved both as gifts so I don't know what else is available besides mobiles.
I hope this helps!
J.

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L.P.

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A music/lights crib soother might actually be too stimulating for your young one. Try a sound machine (I purchased mine from sharper image) and turn it on the "white noise" or "yosemite falls" setting. It is just enough to dull the noises in your home of other children, pets or adults while he is sleeping and won't be a distraction in any way. It has worked like a charm for my two children. Keep the volume low and keep it and any cords away from the crib and off the floor, for safety. :-)

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L.R.

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The one that worked wonders for us was the one by Fisher Price that has birds that go around and around and plays music. It also plays a "movie" on the ceiling which is what my daughter absolutely loved. Even when she would wake up in the middle of the night she would press it and watch the movie until she fell back asleep.

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C.U.

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We have the Fisher Price Ocean Wonders, its great and it has a remote so you can turn it on from the door way so baby never has to see you. This is our 2nd one. Our oldest had one and now we have one for our 6 month old as well. Whats also great is she knows how to turn it on now.

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D.D.

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I use the Fisher Price aquarium and my 9mo.old son could not fall asleep w-out it!!

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B.M.

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We have the fisher price ocean wonders aquarium. It plays music, lights up, has bubbles . . .a couple of different options.

We got it when my son was about 7 or 8 months old and he is 17 months and still loves it. There is a big button that he can turn in on by himself if he wants. The one good thing that I like is we use it 3 times a day (2 naps and at nighttime) and the batteries last for several months . . .that's a huge plus for me!

Really though, most of the ones I have seen are pretty good.

Good Luck with your decision,
B.

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S.K.

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We use books on Cd's or tapes (children's books) for our children (almost 3 yrs and almost 4 months). They last 10 - 20 minutes (depending upon the CD or tape, some play through twice). They are just short stories by scholastic books. The story finishes the CD player or tape player shuts off and it gives your child something to listen/relax to while drifting off to sleep.

We also have fake aquariums in our kids rooms. They love watching the light change and all the fake plastic sea creatures move around. Then when we go to bed we turn them off. Both of ours are in a cylinder shape so it's tall enough for the baby to see from his crib.

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S.B.

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My son is 4 and we are working on getting a diagnosis for him being Autistic. He also hvae a seizure disorder. I hvae played lullabies for all my kids since they were baby's and still do for erik. for Christmas, I got him something by homedics that is just great. Look on their website. I got mine at Kohls and let me tell you, he loves it and it plays songs and also different things and then has 3 mini disks that you can put in so it shows up on the wall. I think the website is www.homedics.com.

S. Bailey CLD
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M.M.

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I've got 2 little ones (2 yr old girl and a 7 mos. old girl). A couple of good friends of mine with children had recommended a book about Kid's sleep habits to read (skim) when my older daughter was "colicy" in her first months. The name of the book is "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" by Dr. Weisbluth. I swear by the book. It taught me a lot about how much and what type of sleep babies (toddlers and beyond) need. It blew me away. He recommends avoiding stimulating mobiles and music, etc as those types of "soothing" devices actually stimulate the child instead of relax them. Just thought if you are as desperate as i was for getting my baby some sleep you might give it a shot! Both of my kids now get put down in their cribs awake and have no probs falling asleep on their own. It's a blessing!

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N.H.

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Hi, S.. I have a 16 1/2 month old baby boy, and we bought a few things when he was super tiny that we still use today: The Dreams-In-Sight Projection Mobile, because it "converts" to just a music box that the baby can play after you remove the hanging part of the mobile when they get too old. It projects stars and moons onto a little canopy, and it has 3 different songs plus 1 nighttime birds/crickets sound. My son starts it up on his own now to soothe himself. You can get it at Babies R Us, and probably Target too.

The second item we love is the Twighlight Turtle. It's made by CloudB, the same folks who make the Sleep Sheep. It's a night light that projects stars onto the ceiling, has 3 different colors, and stays on for 45 minutes.

We also really like the sound machine we got him at Babies R Us. It has about 10 different sounds, plus you can combine them. We normally have the surf or rain or birds on when my son goes to sleep. There is also a womb sounds button on it. It's called the Sound Sleeper.

Hope some of this helps! Good luck.

N.

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C.G.

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We have used the fish lights for my grandchildren and a black & red mobile with music

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P.H.

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I am a mother of an 18 month old girl. I received the baby einstien turtle that lights up and plays music for my baby shower. It has successfully put my daughter to sleep since the day she came home from the hospital. She now turns it on/off herself when I forget to!!!

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A.P.

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I have always used the Fisher Price ones. The latest one is a cute jungle theme one with a light and music.

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P.

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My daughter loves the musical light show by Tomy. It's a little star that attaches to the side of the bed and projects little bears on the ceiling while playing 3 different songs. She still uses it now and she just turned 4.

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D.B.

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I wouldn't suggest the sleep sheep. It never worked at any age for my son (9 months). He does like the Rainforest crib soother from Fisher Price.

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N.S.

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Hi S.,

I seem to be in the minority but I love the Baby Einstein Turtle, you do have to turn it on manually (no remote) but my 7-month-old once in her crib listens to the it and falls asleep, I love the classical music and it lasts for 10 minutes which is so wonderful! We also have an ipod and a computer in her room, so I have a lot of songs I have downloaded from our public library and I play a lot of baby songs from the beatles to baby einstien to lullabies...but she loves the visuals on the turtle and no matter how hard she kicks/punches, that turtle keeps on playing! Good luck

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T.H.

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We have the Fisher Price Ocean Wonders Soother and it is the best gift we got. It plays music, rain forest sounds, or waves and lights up with bubbles as the fish go around. Our little one is 9 months old and loves it and has figured out how to turn it on by herself so she can put herself back to sleep in the middle of the night. You may have to go on eBay to find it but it is worth it
I would certainly recommend it!!

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J.V.

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I used the oceans aquarium one my daughter really loved it. I has music and soothing water sounds.

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K.H.

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Try the Fisher Price Ocean Wonders lights and music soother. It attaches to the side of the crib and plays different lullabies, water sounds, etc. It also has lights that go along with it and automatically turn off after so much time has passed.

I've also discovered that the Martha Stewart Lullaby CD works wonders as well. Good luck!

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A.M.

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i use an ipod in a base with speakers (I got it at costco) and play fisher price lullabies. The great thing about this solution is that you can later use it for music anywhere else in your house with any kind of music.

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L.E.

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My son is also 8 months and he absolutely loves the Fisher Price Ocean Wonder's Aquarium. I have had it since he was born and the lights and music calm him and puts him to sleep. The timer on it is short but now that he's a bit older he kind of figured it out and presses the on button. I know he is up in the morning because the aquarium will be on.

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C.L.

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My 18-month-old son loves and has always loved the Ocean Wonders Aquarium. I believe Fisher Price makes it and you can find it at Babies R Us, Target, etc...

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J.G.

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The Fisher Price Aquarium is the best thing Fisher Price ever invented! A friend of mine recommended this for me when my son was 6 months old. He is 22 months old and still using it. He turns it on/off himself. There is a Rainforest version that my sister-in-law uses with my niece and they love that one as well. It's only about [email protected]____.com luck. Again, highly recommend, saved me sooo many times!

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A.L.

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I have used the fisher price crib aquarium ever since my son was in his crib. I love it.

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J.B.

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The Fisher Price Ocean Wonders one is one of the best.

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S.

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We have the Fisher-Price Rainforest soother in the crib. It has a swinging monkey and a waterfall sound along with a few different tunes and the ability to have lights and motions on or off. Also, since both of my kids were little, we have played music in their room as they go to sleep. Each has a cd player and we play the Baby Einstein Lullaby music. My daughter is 3 1/2 and still uses it as part of her bedtime routine. I don't know if it matters, but I use the lullaby music for bedtime only. I use the Rainforest soother, sans lights and motion, during naps. My son (10 mos) has been able to turn it on by him self for several months now so if he's still awake when the music ends, he can just hit the parrot and it will start again.

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K.R.

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We use the Fisher Price Waterfall Soother for our 6 month old and he loves it. With the combination of lights, motion and sounds/music he can calm down from even the most furious resistance to a nap. It is a sanity saver for us. Hope it works for you, too.

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C.Q.

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My 8 month old daughter LOVES the aquarium from fisher price, I bought it at Babies R Us forf around $35

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M.L.

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what has worked for me is a "mommy bear" It's a teddy bear with a heartbeat sound like what they hear in the womb. My boys loved it. I also played soft music when they go to bed.When they heard the music, they knew it was time for bed. Now they request it. I hope this helps:)
M. L
Mom of 4 busy boys

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G.S.

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I have the Fisher Price Ocean Wonders. We use it each night as I lay my child down and I think the sound is a signal for her to fall asleep, like a trigger. The only downside is that it runs 5 minutes and shuts off (unless I'm doing it wrong). My sister thew away her hand-cranked mobile and got a 20 minute piece. Definately find something that runs longer than shorter.

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L.O.

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I have 2 year old B/G twins & we use a air machine to soothe them. I keep it on high & they sleep well with it!

It helps with:

~The airplane noise. We live near the airport so we have airplanes flying above all day long.

~They don't hear our footsteps on our hardwood floors.

& the best part,

~Thunder storms don't wake them!

It's also something that can be used after your little one is out of the crib.

Hope this helps!

L. in Wood Dale

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V.S.

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Someone got us the Sleep Sheep, and we played it for our son when we wanted to sleep, but I don't think it did much for him. I think you should purchase what other mom's suggested. But let me say that I also had the Fischer Price Rainforest Waterfall Peek-a-Boo Soother, and as the monkey was swinging, it kept making this horrible screeching noise that would not soothe any baby. And the monkey was my baby's favorite part until that noise started happening.

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