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Baby Sleep Toy
It’s no secret that quality sleep is paramount for a baby’s growth and development, and getting a baby sleep toy is a great way to help parents create healthy sleep habits for their child. The great news is that you don’t have to break the bank on getting several sleep toys just to help your child sleep better.
A baby sleep toy or a transitional object is any item that brings a sense of safety and security to the baby. A parent can reinforce this sense of security even when they’re not around by frequently and consistently introducing the baby sleep toy to the baby during soothing and bonding moments. We recommend parents to wear our Riff Raff Sleep Toys for as long as they can stand so that their scent transfers onto the toy. Done frequently, the baby will associate the sight, sound, and smell of the baby sleep toy with the parent’s comforting presence, and will ultimately fall asleep without much intervention.
At what age can babies sleep with a toy?
For babies below seven months of age, we strongly recommend that parents follow Red Nose Australia (formerly SIDS & Kids) safe sleeping guidelines. Ensure that there aren’t any soft toys in your infant’s cot unless directly supervised. Our safe baby sleep toys have been designed with a velcro strap that can secure the toy to either the inside or the outside of the cot to prevent little ones from pulling the toy over their face. You can, however, introduce your baby to our Riff Raff Sleep Toys during bedtime to familiarise them with their presence until your baby is old enough (seven months onwards) to safely sleep with toys in their cot.
How to introduce a sleep toy to a baby?
For many babies, it takes time and effort to build a positive sleep association with bedtime. Riff Raff Sleep Toys are great for reinforcing these sleep associations with their comforting presence, their vivid colours, ultrasoft feel, and relaxing sounds, but you can’t expect the magic to happen overnight. Luckily, we’ve put together some tips on how you can effectively introduce a sleep toy to a baby.
No other changes
One of the best ways to wean your baby off constant external comfort is by frequently introducing a new character in their life that can offer that same comfort. Ensure you don’t introduce other changes so they can focus on this new friend! During quiet bonding moments, such as rocking them during feedings, subtly lay the baby sleep toy next to your little one; you can even let them hold it. Our Riff Raff sleep toys are designed with an ultrasoft polyester blanket body that just gives that warm snuggly feeling! Gradually, you can increase their interaction by inserting their dummy into our Riff Raff toy’s designated dummy locator strap – no more lost dummies! Plus, your baby will always want this adorable plush toy by their side for all the comfort it can provide.
Make it memorable
Aside from keeping the consistency, these introductions should be a memorable bedtime affair – that means calming bedtime stories and soothing goodnight phrases, or even a musical sleep toy! These are all golden opportunities for a baby sleep toy to be involved in. Good thing Riff Raff sleep toys all come with a sound box that has two built-in soothing sounds: (1) white noise with a heartbeat to mask out disturbing noises as they fall into a deep slumber, or (2) a sweet lullaby that you can trigger after a bedtime story about their favourite pal! Keep this routine up, and your baby is sure to have something to look forward to every night so there will be no fussing as you start tucking them into bed.
Slow is smooth and smooth is fast
Though getting your baby used to the idea of a baby sleep toy may take some time, it’s important to remember that you’re equipping your little one with a valuable skill that’s beneficial not just for the baby but for the entire family. Done right, and the desired effects could fall much smoothly in a shorter time than you’d expect.
Where can I buy the best baby sleep toys?
The best baby sleep toys always come with a multitude of benefits, and that’s why you should look no further than the Riff Raff Sleep Toys online store. We strive to make our toys a helpful tool in getting your baby to develop essential skills like self-settling. By providing your little one with all the help they need with quality sleep, our sleep toys indirectly improve the sleep of mums and dads out there as well. Shopping online with us is extremely easy, and we offer deliveries for both Australian and international orders. Add our toys to your cart now so your baby can start making wonderful memories with their new pal!