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Come see the Lulla doll at the DC Baby Show

Come see the Lulla doll at the DC Baby Show

October 08, 2019 2 min read

We had such a great time at the JPMA Baby Show in Los Angeles last November, that we are headed to the next one in the series. This one is held in Washington DC. We would love to meet the locals and invite you to our booth #1641 at the show. We will greet you with a smile and there will be giveaways of course. You will also have the opportunity to snatch up some of these popular sleep companions. They will be on special show offer...but we will alse be there introducing additions to the Lulla family that are in the works. 

The JPMA show is in the Washington convention center and will be open for the public on March 24th. We are excited to see you lovely Washingtonians and introduce you to our Lulla doll.


Come see the Lulla doll at the DC Baby Show

We think this will be a great show. Here is what the host has to say:

"The 2018 DC Baby Show will be held March 24, 2018 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. A sister event to the New York Baby Show and LA Baby Show, no other event provides a better experience than the DC Baby Show. With it's unique connection to the JPMA Baby Show, an industry event, the DC Baby Show will give attendees a look at products and brands they have never seen at other baby shows!

This event is fit for new and expectant parents as well as care givers and baby services professionals. You'll discover a family-friendly jamboree of top brands, great speakers and seminars, lots of learning, support, bonding and fun as you make your way into parenthood."


You can register to the show here

& you can sign up for our monthly newsletter here. We will be hosting a newsletter giveaway later this month

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Once asleep, always asleep

Once asleep, always asleep

October 08, 2019 2 min read

How to ensure the best sleep for your baby

For some parents, putting their baby to sleep is a dream. However, getting them to stay asleep can be a nightmare. This was my baby. By eight weeks old she could fall asleep on her own, but the tiniest interruption would wake her up!

Whether it was my heavy footed husband coming down the stairs, a barking dog, an untimely door bell ring or even the noise of perhaps the most sacred activity for a new parent - the shower - an interruption to her naptime or bedtime became frustrating and limiting for everyone.

Of course, I tried a number of creative ways to overcome these interruptions: post-it notes over the doorbell, “sleeping baby alert!” texts sent out to excited visitors, praying the sound of the shower would put my baby to sleep, or giving my husband the best “mom glare” I could muster to warn him to tread lightly. But at the end of the day, my baby had the best sleep when the noise around her was consistent and comforting.

I think the Lulla Doll would have been the perfect no cry solution to ensure that my baby stayed asleep once she was put to sleep. The recordings it plays of a mother’s breathing and heartbeat have been scientifically proven to improve the quality of babies sleep, meaning that my baby would drift off to sleep with less chances of being rudely interrupted by the pesky pet next door.

I also tried some of the many white noise machines and sleep aids out there that could help drown out the inconvenient noises of our life, however many of them would shut off within 60 minutes - not enough time for me to scarf down a meal, shower and put some clean clothes on before my baby woke up!

What I love about the Lulla Doll is that it stays on for 8 hours, ensuring that babies stay in a world of comfort and closeness longer (and even through the night!) and won’t be alarmed if they do wake up and no one is there to greet them. In fact, since it can stay in the crib or be attached to the crib, the Lulla Doll is always near by to comfort babies back to sleep if they do wake up.

So if you, like me, have a noisy neighbourhood dog, are fortunate to have visitors who are excited to come coo over your baby, or just desperately need to take a shower, rest easy and know  that Lulla Doll is here to help put your baby to sleep, and keep her there.

 

-Contribution guest blogger Laura

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Donation - Autism Awareness Benefit

Donation - Autism Awareness Benefit

October 08, 2019 1 min read

RoRo gives 40 dolls to children with autism

April is an Autism Awareness Month in many countries across the world. In Iceland the highlight of this month is without a doubt the "Blue Day" on April 6th. The benefit "Blár apríl" (Blue April) encourages the whole nation to participate in this day by wearing something blue and by supporting their cause. All the money from Blár apríl's fundraising is donated towards autism awareness, but each year is dedicated to a certain program. This year all donated money goes towards creating educational material as has been done in the last 2 years. This great video (only in Icelandic) is amongst the material created by the benefit.

On this occasion we at RoRo donated 40 Lulla dolls to children with autism, in collaboration with Blár apríl. The dolls were given to 8 preschools in the Reykjavik area (capital of Iceland).

Lulla has shown to help a lot of children with autism, especially with falling asleep more easily and giving them comfort. Many children with autism have difficulties with sleep and we are so happy when we hear stories of Lulla helping in these cases.

The preschools were selected based on information from the State Diagnostic and Counselling Centre and Blár apríl. The rate of children with autism was taken into consideration, but these 8 preschools have a higher rate of children with autism than most other preschools in the area.

Attending the presentation of the Lulla dolls were representatives from the preschools and the Diagnostic Centre, along with Ragnhildur Ágústsdóttir, chairman of the benefit Blár apríl and Eyrún Eggertsdóttir, the founder of RoRo and the designer of Lulla doll.

Donation - Autism Awareness Benefit

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Autism, sleep problems & solutions

Autism, sleep problems & solutions

October 08, 2019 4 min read

Sleep problems among children with ASD

Sleep is often a major issue for children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Some studies suggest that 40-80% of children with ASD have difficulty falling and/or staying asleep at night. Lack of sleep can in turn exacerbate some of the behavioral characteristics of ASD, such as hyperactivity, aggression, and lack of concentration. As a result, people with ASD who have a hard time sleeping may struggle to function normally. There are a number of factors associated with these sleep problems, ranging from underlying medical problems to just the nature of autism itself. Unfortunately these sleep problems can cause stress and anxiety for the whole family as well as the child.

The Research Autism advocacy group published a study titled ‘Sleep Problems and Autism’, and noted that the following sleep issues are the most common among children with ASD:

  • Difficulty with sleep onset, or falling asleep
  • Difficulty with sleep maintenance, or staying asleep throughout the night
  • Early morning waking
  • Short-duration sleeping
  • Sleep fragmentation, characterized by erratic sleep patterns throughout the night
  • Hyperarousal, or heightened anxiety around bedtime
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness


How can I help my child with ASD sleep better?

Sleep medications should ideally only be used with children as a last resort, but this is the most common method of resolving sleep problems. However, there are a number of lifestyle changes and natural sleep aids that can improve sleep quality and length for children with ASD. Here are a few tips from the site WebMD:

  • Avoid giving your child stimulants such as caffeine and sugar before bed.
  • Establish a nighttime routine: give your child a bath, read a story, and put him or her to bed at the same time every night.
  • Help your child relax before bed by reading a book, giving a gentle back massage, or turning on soft music. – or use a Lulla doll
  • Shut down television, video games, and other stimulating activities at least an hour before bedtime.
  • To prevent sensory distractions during the night, put heavy curtains on your child's windows to block out the light, install thick carpeting, and make sure the door doesn't creak. You can also make sure that the temperature of the room and choice of bedding fit with your child’s sensory needs.
  • Ask your pediatrician about giving your child melatonin just before bedtime. It may help normalize sleep-wake cycles in children with ASD who have sleeping issues, and research done so far finds that it's safe and effective.
  • Talk to a sleep psychologist about bright-light therapy. Exposing the child to periods of bright light in the morning may help regulate the body's release of melatonin by helping them to feel more awake during the day.

 

Touch therapy for children with ASD

Individuals with ASD often have difficulties with touching and being touched by other people. It has been shown that touch therapy or massage can positively impact some indviduals with ASD and possible decrease symptoms. There are people with ASD that feel very uncomfortable with being touched but we all have a innate need for touch to provide us with comfort. Temple Grandin Ph.d designed a hug machine that helped individuals with ASD get comforting touch and build tolerance so to speak to being touched, so to be able to benefit from comforting closeness. Studies have shown that touch from inanimate objects can help these individuals get used to touch.

 

Stories of the Lulla doll helping children with ASD

We have received stories from parents with children on the Autism Spectrum and how the Lulla doll has helped their little one settle and sleep better. Here are a few of these stories. 

Autism, sleep problems & solutions

"My 3 year old Autistic Son hasn't slept in his own room for over 8 months. Sharing our bed with him has taken its toll but tonight for the first time in what feels like forever he has fallen asleep in his own bed cuddled up with his new Lulla Doll." – Lisa

"My 5 1/2 year old Autistic, ADHD high Anxiety little Oliver. Lula baby as he calls her helped him so much at night. I am forever thankful. He's waking less and less!" – Annie

"I have five children all sitting on the ASD spectrum (Asperger). They rang from nearly fifteen to nearly one year old. I have bought three of your dolls and have never had a problem. Each doll is in bed with one of my children every night. My youngest finds shops hard so we clip the doll in with her so the beating is on her chest. She is then happy to go shopping with us. All our dr's. and ASD helpers all love Lulla now that they have seen the difference. These dolls are amazing." – Tam

"I have an 8 year old boy I bought one for. He is calmer at night now and has a more restfull sleep. It's only been a couple of weeks, but things are looking better for him at school too" - Freyer

"I have an Autistic 7 year old girl and Lulla is my saviour! Go to during meltdowns and allowed me to have my bed back! So very happy with mine.I read about them and I have a good understanding about soothing tones ect so I thought I would give them a go (I have tried hundreds of $$$ worth of products and none have worked) when I told the psychologist (as she suggested I record my voice) she thought they were brilliant.“ – Nicole

„My daughter has high functioning autism and has found great comfort in Lulla. I would think Lulla's benefit would depend largely on whether the child is sensitive to certain sounds or whether they seek comfort from them. My daughter required white noise to sleep in any way from an early age so Lulla was a logical and successful transition for us. She often brings Lulla with her when she is feeling anxious and frequently uses her as a pillow for sleep.“ - Jessica

There is no one size solution for anyone, but we are happy the Lulla doll has helped so many. Sleep and comfort is vital.

 

LIST OF SOURCES:

  1. Richdale, Amanda & Schreck, Kimberly. (2009). Sleep Problems in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  1. Research Autism Charity. (2014). Sleep Problems and Autism.
  1. WebMD. (2012). Helping your child with autism get a good night‘s sleep.
  1. Grandin, Temple. (1992). Calming Effects of Deep Touch Pressure in Patiens with Autistic Disorder.
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Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day Gift Guide

October 08, 2019 5 min read

We understand it can be hard sometimes finding the right gift for the right occasion. Mother’s Day is coming up in less than 2 weeks (May 13) and we want to make it easier for you to become inspired. Whether it’s for your own mother, your partner or any other important mother in your life we have a few ideas that could really hit the spot. A Mother’s Day gift doesn’t have to cost much, as long as it’s thoughtful. It doesn’t either have to be hard to find or take a whole trip to arrange. Our list therefore includes gifts that can be easily ordered online, DIY (do it yourself) gifts your child can even make and suggestions of things you can do for your partner to relieve some possible home related stress.

 

Flowers

Flowers are classic and suit anyone at any age. You can probably buy Mother’s Day bouquets at any local flower store. If you want to buy something special (or you’d rather like to order online) Good Housekeeping has shared some great ideas for beautiful Mother’s Day bouquets and where to buy them.

Mother's Day Gift Guide
Flowers from Teleflora

 

Cooking

Does your wife cook most of the time (or maybe always)? Or do you own it to your own mother to cook her a meal for once (after all her hard work, including cooking, since you lived at her home)?

Why not cooking a delicious meal for your favorite moms? It doesn’t have to be hard and Good Housekeeping has even made it easier for you by putting together a list of some yummy recipes for brunch and dinner!

Mother's Day Gift Guide
Photo by Mike Garten

 

Voluspa Candle

We simply LOVE these candles. It might be hard to chose from all the different scents but we recommend for example: ‘Baltic Amber’, ‘Prosecco Bellini’ and Saijo Persimmon. You can also see a list of their bestsellers at their website.

Mother's Day Gift Guide
Candles from Voluspa

Something to remember

Why not buying or creating something that reminds the mother of this particular day and her motherhood in general?

Necklace

You can buy a personal necklace that embraces how thankful you are of your wife’s motherhood. Here are a few necklaces the mothers at RoRo find truly beautiful and would love to have themselves (hint hint partners!).

Mother's Day Gift Guide
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Photo related gifts

Mother's Day Gift Guide

 

You can create an instant photo book with your Instagram photos and Facebook moments through Blurb's website. You just log in to your social account and choose the photos you want to use. You can also choose from hardcover and softcover books, as well as from a range of quality paper options.
A new option is to create a book on the go, through your mobile device (available for iPhone and iPad).

Mother's Day Gift Guide

 

Snapfish offers a variety of canvas print types. You can chose different themes, such as “Family” or “Baby”, different colors and patterns. You can also choose adding a frame to your canvas with a few different frame options.

 

Mother's Day Gift Guide
Thumbprint Photo Box - Photo from BP4U

 

Mpix offers a beautiful option in printing out your special memories. The photos come in a maple wood box with a slide top and the Prints are available on E-Surface, Metallic or True Black & White paper. The box includes 4x4” prints (10 mounted or 50 unmounted) with four wooden easels for a classic display.

 

Mother's Day Gift Guide

 

Mpix also offers a special Mother’s Day Accordion Mini, a mini photo book. You can chose between different covers options and 2 types of paper. You drag a drop your images into the pre-made design and the book comes with a concealed magnet for soft closure. And it also takes 1-2 business day in lab + shipping!

 

Mother's Day Gift Guide

 

If your family wants to spread the love to friends and family you can order personalized Mother’s Day Cards in bulk from Mpix. You can choose between different designs, which some are silver foil rounded. You can also choose different paper and trim options.

 

Drawing/art piece from the child

What’s more personal than a gift made by the child itself? Sometimes children need help to start their flow of imagination (although they are way better than we adults in this) so you could sit down with your child and guide them into the “right”direction. You might just want the child to do whatever they feel like, you might have something specific in mind you want them to do (for example pen drawing, hand print with paint or a written letter) or you might want to get some ideas online. If you chose the last option you should check out our Pinterest board which includes some great ideas for a DIY Mother’s Day gift.

Mother's Day Gift Guide 

Sleep!

We know how it is being a parent and not resting well enough. Especially when you have small children. Why not giving your loved one the best gift she could have: Sleep! Number one would be to take of the child during the night. If the mother is still breastfeeding we recommend helping her by fetching the baby in the crib, helping her getting into a comfy position and/or getting her some water. If not breastfeeding it might be a good idea for the mother to sleep in a different room or even out of the home, especially if the child is sleeping in the parent’s room.

It might be a great start to help the child sleeping better. A sleeping child means the parents should sleep better as well. Lulla doll has shown to help children both fall asleep more easily and sleep longer throughout the night. We know it can help children for at least up to 10 years old, especially if the children have special needs or hard time calming down. We’ve even heard about parents using the doll and dads snoring less when sleeping close to the doll!

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Lulla Doll by RoRo

 

The mother might also need some sleep aids or at least something to help relaxing, whether it’s during the day or in the evening. We definitely recommend using aroma therapy and a diffuser is a great aid for that.

Mother's Day Gift Guide

 

This one we have at the office at RoRo and we simply LOVE it! So much that some of us have invested in one for the home as well. Buy different essential oils for different purposes. Essential oils can not only be used for improving focus, concentration and mental clarity at work, such as Frankincense and Lemon, but it’s also great at home for relaxing and sleeping, such as Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Marjoram and Roman chamomile.

We recommend the essential oils from for example Young living

Mother's Day Gift Guide
Photo from Style Cusp

 

and the essential oils from Now.

Mother's Day Gift Guide
Photo from Glamorable

 

Remembering and appreciating!

First and foremost the biggest gift is to actually remember Mother’s Day when it shows up and to show mothers appreciation for all their hard work. This great article by Little Things lists “9 Sacrifices To Thank Your Mom For On Mother’s Day”, which are SO true!

So just remember to say THANK YOU! <3

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Lulla doll & Otis, Best Friends from Birth - Charlene's story

Lulla doll & Otis, Best Friends from Birth - Charlene's story

October 08, 2019 2 min read

Otis & Freddie

We simply ADORE this story and we just have to share it with the whole world!
Otis and his Lulla doll are BEST friends. Otis's doll's name is Freddie (how cute?) and is present in all of his milestone photos. We just love seeing a new photo of Otis each month, with Freddie and his teddy Pancake. Growing up gets even better when you have good friends! Not to mention if you sleep well. 

Here is their story, written by Otis's mum:

The Lulla Doll's adventure first started when Otis was 6 months old. Prior to having Freddie, Otis was very unsettled at sleep time and would wake often throughout the night. I was desperate for some sleep so my mum purchased the Lulla doll in hope that I could finally get a decent amount.

Once Freddie joined us Otis became more content and even started sleeping through the night. I just love that Otis knew what was happening once he saw Freddie as he quickly associated it with sleeping.

Freddie has become a huge part of Otis' life not just at sleep time but in his monthly progress photos and even to childcare.


- Charlene

 

Lulla doll & Otis, Best Friends from Birth - Charlene's story

BETTER SLEEP - BASED ON SCIENCE

So, in case you have never heard of the Lulla doll we can give you the scoop. We at RoRo are deeply passionate about sleep, because good sleep is vital to our wellbeing and development. That is why we created the Lulla doll. Lulla is a sleep companion for children (from birth to school). It emulates closeness with its soft feel and soothing sounds of real-life breathing and heartbeat.

Lulla's unique design is based on the science of closeness, multiple studies on kangaroo care, the effects of heartbeat and breathing sounds, and the effects that smell, sight and touch have on babies and small children. We also relied on advice from a team of doctors, nurses, and psychologists during the development. Read all about it here. The Lulla doll has been tested and tried by hundreds of thousands of parents and caregivers all over the world. Over 90% say they would recommend the doll. Lulla can help your little one fall asleep easier, sleep longer and feel more comforted. 

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Foster Care Month

Foster Care Month

October 08, 2019 5 min read

May is National Foster Care Month in the US.
This month is a great time to acknowledge the foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections. It's also a good time to find out how YOU can help.

We want to start by sharing some statistics with you we got from Austin Angels's website, Foster Care Community in Texas:

Statistics

• Nationally, 50% of the homeless population spent time in foster care.
• Young women in foster care are more than 2x as likely as their peers (not in foster care) to become pregnant by age 19.
• Only about 50% of those who age out of care will obtain a high school diploma.
• 97% of children in foster care will not graduate from college, despite the fact that as wards of the state, they receive a full-ride to any state school of their choice.

 

So how can you help?

There are many ways you can participate, donate and help supporting this cause and increasing the awareness on how many children are in foster care. Approximately 415,000 youth were in foster care in the US only on September 30, 2014, and more than 250,000 of them were school-age (1). A government report from November 2017 says the number of children in the U.S. foster care system has increased for the fourth year in a row, due largely to an uptick in substance abuse by parents. The report, issued annually by the Administration for Children and Families of the Department of Health and Human Services, shows that 437,500 children were in foster care by the end of fiscal year 2016. A year earlier the number was 427,400 (2).

You can for example help by donating money or products to local non-profits (it's easy to search for your closest non-profit by search on search engines) or you can check out some of these great causes:

National Angels

National PTA

Together We Rise

If you are in the position and you are interested in becoming a foster parent it's a great first step to read about the requirements and steps you then need to follow. You can for example find information about that on Transitions Children's Services website.

 

What are we doing?

Children in foster care are diagnosed with PTSD at approximately twice the rate of U.S. war veterans (3). Most of foster children have experienced multiple stressors (e.g. parental substance abuse, parental imprisonment, and parental mental health problems) prior to entering out-of-home care (4) and some are born with addiction and go straight into foster care. Because of these reasons, and so many more, many adopted and foster children have a difficult time falling and staying asleep (5).

Lulla has shown to help foster children by giving them added comfort and security, helping them falling sleep faster and sleeping better throughout the night. All of the above can be huge problems for adopted and foster children and they often fear going to sleep.

RoRo focuses on certain groups when it comes to donating dolls. When deciding which groups to focus on RoRo evaluated how the doll was helping and whom it was helping the most. Also, it is taken into consideration why the doll was created from the beginning and how it was developed.

One of the groups RoRo focuses on donating to throughout the year, and especially during May, are adoptive and foster children. We've donated to both individual foster families and to bigger non-profits in the last years. This month we decided to support Threads of Change by donating 27 dolls as well as giving total of 5 dolls to individual families and the non-profit Forever Homes.

 

 Foster Care Month

Reviews from foster parents

We believe it's important to get as much feed-back as possible from our users in order to improve as well as analyzing how the doll is helping and which groups are benefitting the most from using the doll. This enables us to decide how we can help in the best possible way, as well as helping us developing the product further for you. We particularly want to share with you two reviews we've received. The first one comes from a foster parent who received 3 dolls in March for her foster children. At the moment these great foster parents have 6 foster children!

We love the dolls!! My infant who’s now 6 months old sleeps with hers every night, I feel like it’s really helped the transition from being in a room with me to a room by herself. She has her lulla doll in her crib with her 24/7 and has gotten to where she grabs it when she wakes up and wants it with her while she’s awake too :) 
My 6&8 year olds sleep with their religiously too, they apply lavender essential oils to the doll, right over where the heart is. They also keep their dolls in their beds and sleep with them every night. 
- Melanie

 

We also received a review very recently from a foster parent receiving 2 dolls in the beginning of May, as well as 2 dolls for a foster/adopt moms retreat she's helping planning.

I found these little dolls online by accident. As I read about them and how they mimic a caregiver and help kids sleep better, my mind immediately went to my little foster sons. They are often anxious and have trouble sleeping. I thought these would be the perfect thing for little ones in #fostercare ...a little companion when they are feeling sad. Night times are often scary for them.

I contacted Lulla doll and they donated a doll for my two little ones to try out! The boys have fallen in love with them. I often find them snuggled up with an arm around their little doll, and my 4 yr old is sleeping much better. He never goes to sleep without his doll!

Thank you so much for helping my little ones to sleep better! I want to find a way to get these little dolls into the hands of more kids when they come into foster care. They are the perfect night time friend for these sweet kiddos.
- Melissa

 

(1) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau. (2015). The AFCARS report. Retrieved from https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/afcarsreport22.pdf

(2) Administration for Children and Families of the Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved from https://www.acf.hhs.gov/media/press/2017/number-of-children-in-foster-care-continues-to-increase

(3)  Pecora, P. J., et al. (2005). Improving family foster care: Findings from the Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study. Retrieved from http://www.casey.org/northwest-alumni-study/

(4) Sleep Disruption in Young Foster Children. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2864401/

(5) https://lovinadoptin.com/2014/08/29/why-adopted-and-foster-children-have-sleep-issues-part-1/

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Lulla doll Sleep Companion NAPPA Awards Winner!

Lulla doll Sleep Companion NAPPA Awards Winner!

October 08, 2019 2 min read

We are so proud to announce that Lulla doll has been voted the Best Buddy in the Baby Essentials category at the National Parenting Product Awards 2018.

Here's what the NAPPA Director, Elena Epstein, has to say about Lulla doll:

“What a sweet companion for your baby and toddler. Lulla is super soft and has soothing sounds of real-life breathing and heartbeat.”

And some additional comments from evaluators:

“Love the soft material of the doll”

“Perfect size to carry anywhere”

 

About NAPPA

Integrity and honesty are at the core of what NAPPA stands for. For over 27 years, the National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA) has been ensuring that parents purchase the highest quality products that help them connect and enjoy time with their families.

NAPPA’s team of independent expert judges, along with parent and child testers, select the best music, toys, apps, games, books, baby gear and other family must- haves to be award winners through year-round product testing. For more information, visit www.NAPPAawards.com.

Better sleep, based on Science

We at RoRo are deeply passionate about sleep, because good sleep is vital to our wellbeing and development. That is why we created the Lulla doll. Lulla is a sleep companion for children (from birth to school). It emulates closeness with its soft feel and soothing sounds of real-life breathing and heartbeat.

Lulla's unique design is based on the science of closeness, multiple studies on kangaroo care, the effects of heartbeat and breathing sounds, and the effects that smell, sight and touch have on babies and small children. We also relied on advice from a team of doctors, nurses, and psychologists during the development. The Lulla doll has been tested and tried by hundreds of thousands of parents and caregivers all over the world. Over 90% say they would recommend the doll. Lulla can help your little one fall asleep easier, sleep longer and feel more comforted. 

Photo from Julienne

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2018 Top Choice of the Year Award

2018 Top Choice of the Year Award

October 08, 2019 1 min read

We are so proud that Lulla has received 2 new awards!
This means we now have received 3 awards this year, in addition to the many previous awards Lulla doll has received.
 

2018 Top Choice of the Year Award

Baby Maternity Magazine Awards has voted Lulla doll the Top choice of the year in the Baby Dolls category.
As a surprise, Lulla was also entered by the Baby Maternity Magazine Coordinators into the Creative Child Magazine Awards Program and won the following:


2018 Preferred Choice Award

This award was given under the Baby Toys category.

 2018 Top Choice of the Year Award

About Baby Maternity Magazine's Awards

Baby Maternity Magazine's Awards Program is unique in that all products submitted are reviewed by expectant mothers, new moms and baby caregivers. Products are not reviewed by any one person. They are reviewed by many people - the very people who would purchase them.

Based on the scores and comments products are then determined to be a finalist for the Top Choice of the Year award. Only one product per category can win a Top Choice of the Year, Product of the Year, or Top Travel Product of the Year. The remaining finalists may receive a prestigious Preferred Choice award or the Seal of Excellence based on their ability to exceed expectations for nurturing pregnant women, moms and educators evaluating the products.

Photos from senaenelson and BabyMaternity.com
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Because Everyone Needs Their Sleep...

Because Everyone Needs Their Sleep...

October 08, 2019 3 min read

Slowly but surely I am capturing the different corners of our tiny home and want to introduce them to you here. While I blog about sleep training, Ill show you Valentine’s neck of the woods.

Because Everyone Needs Their Sleep...

Blogging about sleep training is probably one of the hardest blogs that I’ve had to write because I know that parenting is something so deeply personal and unique to every family and even child. None of this is said in judgement to those who parenting differently, this is just what worked for us… incredibly well!

Because Everyone Needs Their Sleep...

We entered the parenting journey having a fairly confident idea that we were going to sleep train.  There were several reasons for this, one of them being that we wanted our little edition to add to the family, joining into the already formed ‘Shearer unit’ rather than having to change our lives dramatically to fit around his needs. Don’t get me wrong, life does change with a child, and for the better, but we can do just about everything we did prior having Valley and he just comes along for the show.

 Because Everyone Needs Their Sleep...

Because Everyone Needs Their Sleep...

Another reason, I am a big believer in sleep equals good health. Literally, when I am tired I become irritable and more prone to sickness. This is why, for the sake of loving my child, I wanted to train him into sleeping well. I’m very confident as a mother believing that, just like adults, if a child has enough sleep then they are happier and healthier. In the sleep training guide we used it stated (based on research) that humans are naturally creatures of habit whether there baby or not.  No matter what behaviour (sleeping through or waking often) Valley was doing, would be creating a habit and we decided to help support our child to create healthy habits.

Because Everyone Needs Their Sleep...

More than that though, I’ve always been someone who is need a lot of sleep and function poorly on low sleep. This is why at five months of age we decided to train Valley to sleep through the night. I needed this for my sanity. I needed it to be a better mother. I didn’t see this selfish either because I believe happy mum equals a happy home.

Because Everyone Needs Their Sleep...

Because Everyone Needs Their Sleep...

Because Everyone Needs Their Sleep...

I definitely have value some old school principal that come from my upbringing however I really disagree with the concept of leaving a child cried out. From working in the Child Protection field before I became a mother, I learnt enough and  I didn’t want to have Valley feeling abandoned or emotionally abused. So rather we sleep trained gently, consistently and we have beautiful bedtime routines that we have created together to prepare for bedtime. Its always a very special time of the day for me.

Because Everyone Needs Their Sleep...

The most important principle was teaching him to fall asleep on his own rather than using a prop such as myself or the car. The only sleep proper use with the Lulla doll as it didn’t require my attention every time he woke up. We we did this from a very early age so that there were some nights where I was feeding him in the middle of the night and had a wet cloth to wipe gently on his feet so that you stay awake in order that when he was put down, he fell sleep on his own.

Because Everyone Needs Their Sleep...

Because Everyone Needs Their Sleep...

At five months old, I decided to stop feeding him through the night, feeling (and knowing from research) that he had enough strength and to not need to be fed through the night. I would’ve done this earlier if we weren’t moving houses and having so many visitors between 3-5 months old. It was just the right timing for the season our family were going through. Then rather than feeding him when he cried and I would going and sit with him and pat him until he was calm, and supported him to learn to fall asleep on his own. I was super blessed that this only took one night and he was trained. From then on, only on the rare occasion we may wake up through the night but I can very happily tell you that I am no longer a sleep deprived mother.

Because Everyone Needs Their Sleep...

I also find that sleeplessness creates sleeplessness, so for my little lad, since he started sleeping through the night he is a much happier camper in the day. I have the sleep training program on a PDF ebook so if you want to check it out yourself and modified to fit your family definitely comment of shoot me an email and I will send it to.

- Guest blogger Jekka
Blog originally posted on Naturally Jek

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Lulla doll voted Best Sleep Solution by parents

Lulla doll voted Best Sleep Solution by parents

October 08, 2019 2 min read

Lulla doll, our one of a kind sleep companion that helps babies drift off to dreamland, has won two awards in the Loved By Parents awards 2018. We are so thrilled and honoured.

Lulla doll was awarded;

Platinum in Best Sleep Solution
Platinum in Best Innovative Gift

 

Better Sleep - Based on Science

So, in case you have never heard of the Lulla doll we can give you the scoop. We at RoRo are deeply passionate about sleep, because good sleep is vital to our wellbeing and development. That is why we created the Lulla doll. Lulla is a sleep companion for children (from birth to school). It emulates closeness with its soft feel and soothing sounds of real-life breathing and heartbeat.

Lulla's unique design is based on the science of closeness, multiple studies on kangaroo care, the effects of heartbeat and breathing sounds, and the effects that smell, sight and touch have on babies and small children. We also relied on advice from a team of doctors, nurses, and psychologists during the development. Read all about it here. The Lulla doll has been tested and tried by hundreds of thousands of parents and caregivers all over the world. Over 90% say they would recommend the doll. Lulla can help your little one fall asleep easier, sleep longer and feel more comforted. 

Award-winning

Loved By Parents Awards is one of the largest and most trusted parenting awards worldwide. Each product is carefully tested by a team of parents. Then all shortlisted products are put up for a public vote where parents can vote on their favourites. So thank you parents! Thank you, thank you, thank you. We are very thankful for the support we have received over the years and we are happy to be helping families and children all over the world sleep peacefully through the night! Good sleep is important. So much so, we did a whole blog about the negative effects of sleep deprivation both for parents and children. Check it out... and then get ready to get serious about getting some quality snooze.

Otherwise, if you would like to check out our awards and read about other great products, click here.

This is not Lulla's first time at the Rodeo as they say (odd saying), but this is our second time participating in the Loved By Parents Awards. Last year Lulla doll was voted the Best Baby Comforter and as the Best Doll/Soft Toy. We all did the Happy dance then.. and now. 

Happy days

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How to get the magic out of the Lulla doll - Tips from Sleep Consultants

October 08, 2019 6 min read

Post by Little Ones Sleep Consultancy

The benefits of the Lulla doll are to support a healthy sleeping pattern and many parents report that their children are sleeping longer, falling asleep faster and feeling more comforted with their Lulla (user surveys show that over 90% would recommend the Lulla doll as a sleep aid to others).

The Lulla doll will work differently for every child as babies have their own sleep personalities. Be realistic and patient. Most users report that it takes time to intergrate Lulla into the sleep routine and see results. Although, for some the results are immediate but for most they are gradual. 

Little Ones Sleep Consultancy provides some useful tips on how to intergrate the Lulla doll into the sleep routine for the best results.

Lulla is pretty much the most famous baby sleep product ever invented. The concept behind her design is quite incredible, she is very unique - SHE BREATHES - and let's not forget the fact that trillions of mothers and fathers are boasting about how their terrible sleeper started sleeping all night long the second they laid eyes on Lulla.

So you purchase her, put her in your baby’s cot and your baby hates it. He doesn’t sleep better. In fact, he sleeps worse.

You give it a week. You give it two weeks. But you’re back to square one and a lot poorer for it.

Why did all these other parents have such success and you are STILL left with a baby who only wants to sleep on you/with you/not at all??

Let’s go back to the start and talk about baby sleep.

Babies rely heavily on you to teach them the process of going to sleep once they reach around 3 or 4 months old. Some babies this age won’t just fall asleep when they’re tired. Some babies this age will catnap in short stints all day. Some babies this age will sleep all day if you’ll let them and then want to party all night. Fostering good sleep habits in your baby from a young age is crucial for them to learn how to go to sleep and stay asleep.

You’ll have heard a lot about self-settling. Especially in relation to babies 4 months plus. Babies this age have experienced a change in the way their brains operate for sleep, meaning they start rousing fully between sleep cycles in the day and overnight (35-45 minutes in the day and every 2 hours overnight). Until a baby learns to fall asleep and resettle between cycles on their own, they can start catnapping and waking more frequently in the night. Lulla will not solve self-settling issues on her own.

You’ll have heard a lot about sleep associations. These are the things in a baby’s sleep environment that they associate strongly with sleep; cues or clues that tell a baby that sleep is approaching. If your baby’s sleep cues are dependant on you, they’re going to need you to give them the cues again when they naturally wake between sleep cycles. Feeding to sleep, patting and rocking are the most common parent-dependant sleep associations. In older babies, waking multiple times a night for milk or to come into your bed becomes a night-time sleep association or habit which is then reinforced. They are, in a sense, rewarded for their waking, so they’ll continue to do it. It’s all they know and they are getting a positive result. Lulla will not solve night waking issues on her own.

Unfortunately, Lulla is not a miracle product that can solve these issues on her own. If your baby is used to being fed to sleep, putting a Lulla doll in her cot after you’ve fed her to sleep has done nothing to change her sleep habits. If your baby is waking in the night and you’re giving her Lulla after you’ve let her come into your bed, it will do nothing to change her sleep habits. Giving your baby a Lulla instead of feeding her to sleep or instead of bringing her into your bed is a better place to start. You’re starting to break the existing sleep association or stop reinforcing a sleep habit. (If only it was that easy!)

Like any sleep product, like any product at all really, Lulla is only as effective as how she’s used. It’s not the product but it’s use that will make a difference.

Lets think of Lulla with this analogy: buying a gym membership and having the card in your wallet won’t make you lose weight. (Believe me, I’ve tried!) You still need to put in the hard work, change your eating or exercising habits, be consistent in your training and wait for a while before you see a change. You DO need to work at it. Having the gym membership will definitely help you lose weight, but it’s not the only factor in the process.

Lulla works in this way too, the same as any positive sleep association (lovies, swaddles, sleeping bags, white noise). Just by having the doll in the cot or bed with your baby or toddler isn’t going to be as effective as you working alongside the Lulla to change existing sleep habits.

So how do you get the magic out of the doll?

If your baby is a poor sleeper, day or night (or both), the first thing you NEED to do is get them in a good sleep rhythm/pattern. This will take out the guesswork and ensure their feed and sleep needs are met in the day, in the exact amounts, to allow them to nap well and sleep well overnight. Having the right amount of day sleep to promote good night sleep is the most crucial step towards good sleep habits forming. Trying to put an over or under tired baby to bed isn’t going to work, no matter what sleep product you’re using!

Once your baby is in a better rhythm to their day, Lulla can come in. Assuming your baby isn’t genuinely hungry and their room is all set up for sleep, you can introduce Lulla as a positive, baby-controlled sleep association. She will work best as a strong signal to your baby that it’s time for sleep. Her sound, her smell and the look of her will become as familiar to your baby as their cot or their swaddle. Lulla’s makers have ensured she’s made out of a soft fabric that will absorb your scent, so for those babies who have a very strong parent-association with sleep, carrying Lulla down your top or having her in bed overnight with you for a day or so will smother her with your unique scent. This will be extra comforting to your wee one.

For older babies, or babies who have a very strong parent-controlled sleep association, Lulla will need to be used alongside some gradual sleep training to wean your baby off their existing methods of going to sleep. We recommend one of our age-specific Sleep Programs, which contain several gradual methods to teach your baby to self-settle without using "cry-it-out".

The key for any Lulla Magic, is to use her for all your baby’s sleeps - in the day and at night. Keep her in their bassinet/cot/bed so she’s less of a toy and more of a sleep connection. Create a little routine with her; do your usual bedtime routine of bath/pjs etc, bedtime feed in a dimly lit room, cuddle and a song, then pop your baby into her bed and give her Lulla. Introduce a special sleep phrase such as “it’s sleepy time now” and repeat this a couple of times as you give your baby the doll. Repeating these steps in the process, in the same order, every night, will create a solid chain of events in your baby’s brain, the end event being sleep.

Lulla won’t work instantly. Especially if your baby has a very ingrained existing sleep association. Even if all the other factors are all lined up. But babies are quick learners and given the chance to succeed, they will cotton on VERY fast. It’s our job to give them the best possible chance to develop those good habits.

 

- Guest blog by LittleOnes Sleep Consultancy

Originally posted on LittleOnes.Co

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