Whisbear Review: My Newborn Sleep Saviour*


My last couple of posts have been about the girls sleeping
patterns and now we’re out of the dreaded four-month sleep regression… I
thought it was a good time to write about their newborn sleep.

We’ve received quite a few nice things to try out for the
twins since they were born but by far Whisbear has to be one of my favourites.
I was admittedly a little hesitant at first… I was a little worried
that Edie and Mabel would become reliant on white noise to be able to fall
asleep. White noise is something, which Jay needs to fall asleep to and I personally
can’t stand.
Whisbear arrived the day before I went into hospital. I put
him with a pile of the girls things in their room and headed for my routine
appointment. Little did I know, the next time I’d walk in that room, I’d have
my twins in my arms!
We left hospital in a pretty good routine and on our first
night at home, it all went out the window. Rather than trusting our instincts,
we followed ‘the guidelines’ and I’ve sharp learnt that guidelines are just
that – not hard and fast rules.
Now I wasn’t so naïve to think I’d have newborns who would
sleep through the night but I had planned on keeping them on the same schedule.
Not to mention I never realised how noisy babies were when they slept. Of
course like most new parents I was very alert to their noises but I actually
recorded them one night and played it to family members (who’d already had
several children) and even they were shocked. It suddenly felt like we were all
over the place and after a couple of days of barely any sleep, I was wondering
what to do.
I decided to make a plan to get us back on routine… so I dug
out Whisbear and sent Jay to the shops for emergency batteries!
Whisbear, is by far no ordinary bear. He’s cute in a
completely unconventional way and plays a continual shhhhhhhh noise for up to
40 minutes. The bit I love most about him though, is his cry sensor. So
sensitive that even the smallest of trumps from a babies bum will set him off.
He was my wildcard and he worked.
I had my alarms set for every three hours but I planned on
making use of those precious minutes between for some much-needed rest. I
decided to move the girls into their own room on a night and made a bed for myself so Jay
could have our room as running a family business meant he was soon back at
work.
On a night Edie and Mabel shared a cot back then sleeping next to each
other on cosy dream supporters whilst during the day they slept in moses baskets in the livingroom. On the first night of our new routine I placed
Whisbear between them, set him off and the silence was golden. It was almost
like they were asleep but in tune listening to him. The slightest noise from
one of them caused him to set off again, resettling them so I didn’t even have
to move. I finally managed to get some decent sleep and woke up for the next
feed feeling of course, like any new mum tired but not exhausted. 
Whisbear worked like a dream. He became part of our routine
and the girls seemed to realise he was a signal for sleep. They cut down feeds
dropping them one by one over the nights and began sleeping through…
Then the four-month sleep regression hit us (see my last
post for details). Admittedly our little bear couldn’t help change science and
the girls went through a rough patch. I honestly believe that our solid routine
and Whisbear helped get us through it.  They’re
thankfully now out of it and sleeping through again – I’m already drafting part
two of my post about how we survived this horrible month with virtually no
sleep.
I kept Whisbear as part of our routine throughout the
regression and he’s back working his magic. They now have separate cots but the
slightest whimper from one of them and he begins to shush.
We did on occasions try other white noise products but had
no such luck with these. In my eyes no one compares to Whisbear.

Obviously we were sent Whisbear to review and received the
product free of charge but as with all my posts, these are 100% my honest
opinions and I would recommend anyone expecting to give him a try. He is by far the best white noise product I’ve come across and I’m so thankful to have him. His batteries ran out
a few weeks back and I now have an emergency battery drawer dedicated purely for him – as
you can tell, he holds a special place in my heart.
If you’re interested in finding out more about how Whisbear can help your new baby sleep then take a look at their website. They also have a fantastic competition running at the moment to win the ultimate sleep bundle – check out their facebook page for details. 
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