Disclosure: These products were sent to us free of charge for the purpose of this review. However, as per my disclaimer, this review represents our honest opinion of the products.
I think that a structured bedtime routine is really important for kids to get them down to sleep at the end of the day. We have been using the same routine for several years now, and it works really well to calm the girls down ready for bed.
We’ve been sent some new In the Night Garden toys from Golden Bear to help with our bedtime routine, and so we can share our thoughts & opinions on them. As soon as the box containing the toys arrived and Lydia discovered what was inside, she was so excited – and she couldn’t wait to show Georgie when she got home from school!
Because of the girls’ tendency towards dry skin, we don’t include a bath every night, but it is the first step in our routine on bath nights. The girls share a bath, and love to play together with their bath toys and bath books, drawing on the bath tiles, and clean their teeth in the bath. We were given a pair of In the Night Garden water squirter toys and Georgie and Lydia had a really fun water fight with them!
The In the Night Garden water squirters cost £3.99 each and I think they are a lot of fun. They’re really nice quality, actually look like the characters on the TV show, and the colours are bright and happy. Both Georgie and Lydia found them easy to use and really enjoyable to play with.
After their bath, the girls get into their PJs and choose a book each to read with their Daddy. After they finish their stories and have their bedtime water bottles filled up, they come running through to me for their nightly kiss & cuddle, and then go get tucked up into bed.
Georgie has recently developed a bit of a fear of the dark, and the last month or so has been upset if we turn the landing light off outside their room before she falls asleep. This isn’t a great solution as it’s a waste of electricity and when I’m in our bedroom next door the light shines right in my eyes and it drives me mad. One of the things we were sent was Igglepiggle’s Bedtime Boat (RRP £24.99) which has several features including a nightlight with a timer (either 5, 10 or 15 minutes).
The star on the boat glows brightly enough to keep Georgie happy, but not so brightly that it prevents the girls from getting to sleep. It is absolutely perfect for us, because the girls usually fall asleep at the end of their bedtime routine pretty quickly so the timer on the nightlight is just long enough for her to drift off – and if it goes off before they are ready, they can easily start it up again with one of the three chunky buttons.
The Bedtime Boat also has two more functions. The moon button starts a projector of stars that glow red & yellow, and if you press the button again it starts playing a lullaby, and a third press disables the lights while continuing the music. The book button triggers a story, and it cycles through 10 short stories. You can adjust the volume level of the boat too. I’m definitely a fan of the Bedtime Boat because it means the girls are getting off to sleep quickly with no more arguments about which lights are on or off!
The final toy we were sent was the My Best Friend Igglepiggle (RRP £39.99) which was claimed immediately by Lydia and has joined her in bed every night since. Igglepiggle is cuddly and cute – with eyes that close when you lay him down to sleep, along with a sleepy phrase, and he says a daytime phrase and opens his eyes when you pick him up. If you press his right hand when he is lying down he plays soothing lullabies and has a soft glowing light. When his eyes are open & you press his hand, he plays fun sounds and stories.
My Best Friend Igglepiggle is super soft, with his iconic red blanket attached to his hand (which is great because now Lydia can’t lose it!), and he has been a huge hit with Lydia. Georgie hasn’t had a look in with this toy – he is definitely Lydia’s new favourite. And if you just want to snuggle him without the talking turned on, he has an off switch hidden in the back.
Overall we have been impressed with this new range of toys and they are definitely helping with our bedtime routine! We give these toys