Isaiah has always been a boy who required a lot of sleep! As a baby he would sleep 13+ hours at night as well as several hours of naps during the day! Much of his great sleep habits we attribute to the sleep training we did when he was little, but much of it is just plain his personality and his personal sleep requirements.
- The concept is easy for young kids to understand. It can be used with kids as young as 1 1/2! Eloise definitely understands the concept although we don’t yet use one with her because she doesn’t get out of bed on her own in the morning yet. When doing my research I came across a lot of clocks. And while they were cute, Isaiah was just too little to be able to grasp the concept of a clock, even if did change colors to signal wake up time. Another light I considered was the Kid’Sleep Light but I thought it complicated things more than necessary by having the light either be on the bunny that was awake or the bunny that was asleep. I like the simplicity of the Buddy Light – on = stay in bed, off = get up.
- It’s small and can sit almost anywhere in the bedroom and be visible to the child (i.e. you can place it up high if you have a child who you think may play with it and reset it during the night). Another light I considered was the OK! to Wake Owl which is a stuffed owl that the child keeps in bed with them. It glows soft yellow at night and then turns green when it’s time to wake up. Several reviews on the owl said that the eyes of the owl don’t light up, therefore causing a very creepy looking thing that was actually scaring their children in the middle of the night! Lol! Also, people commented that their children were opening up the back of the owl and messing with the settings. Overall not a good choice for us and I’m glad I didn’t go with it.
- I think having the Sleep Buddy not only taught Isaiah to stay in bed longer but also helped him start sleeping in later too. Before he had the Sleep Buddy, as soon as he became somewhat conscious in the morning he would jump out of bed. Toddlers lack much sense of time so he probably thought he had possibly slept half the day away and he had better see what everyone else was up to (little did he know we were all still sleeping!). Once he got used to the buddy light, he learned to just roll over and look at his buddy light when he started to rouse in the morning. If the light was still on he felt secure knowing that it was still night time and he wasn’t missing out on anything and thus he could doze in and out of sleep for a few more hours or minutes.
- The Buddy Light is easy to program and all the buttons to program it are located on the bottom of the light with a cover over them. Some lights I researched had their buttons visible on the front of the light and that just seemed like too much of a temptation for little hands to press the buttons and change the settings!
- Not only does the Sleep Buddy help our children know when to get OUT of bed but it also helps them know when it’s time to GO to bed. We have our light set to come on every night at 7:30 p.m. This is a good signal to the kids to start getting ready for bed and that it’s soon bed time. If the light gets unplugged for some reason Isaiah will tell me, “But, it’s not bed time, Mom. My Buddy Light’s not on!” It’s a good sleep association for them.
- The light only comes in blue and glows faintly blue all night long. After I bought the sleep buddy I learned that blue light actually inhibits the body’s production of melatonin (the hormone our bodies naturally produce to help regulate our sleep cycles)! Crazy, huh? The light never had any impact on Isaiah’s sleep but once I moved Isaiah and Eloise into the same room together and she could see the buddy light at night, I think it had a slight impact on her not sleeping as well. Kinda contradicts the point of the light, hey? =) We just moved the light so it’s visible to Isaiah but not directly to her and she’s been fine. So, it may depend on your child how the blue light may affect them.
- The Sleep Buddy does have a very, very short internal battery but if it gets unplugged for more than a few minutes you have to reset everything. As you can imagine, in a child’s room, the light has a tendency to get unplugged by accident fairly often. It’s not been a huge deal but something to consider.