The doll can be placed with or near the child to give a feeling of closeness and comfort and to help the child fall asleep as well as stay asleep. Keep the doll close to your skin before giving it to the child. That way the doll can absorb your scent to give the child an added feeling of comfort and safety.
For children under 12 months it is recommended to keep the crib bare and rid of soft bedding, including crib bumpers, blankets, pillows and soft toys. The Lulla doll can be attached to the outside of the crib for children under 12 months and the attachment straps are located in the pocket on her back. The real life sounds alone can help children feel stable and safe, adding to the quality of sleep and wellbeing.
To turn on the sound press the heart shaped speaker button on the sound-unit for 3-4 continuous seconds. The sound turns off automatically in 12 hours but you can turn it off sooner by pressing the heart shaped button for three seconds again. The 12 hour timer resets every time you push it off/on.
Adjust the volume by pressing the button on the left side of the sound unit. It has three volumes and the highest is a safe 65 dB making it safe for prolonged use for children’s sensitive hearing. When the sound is turned on it always starts on the lowest volume.
You can also turn on the sound and adjust the volume once you placed the sound unit inside the doll. We recommend placing the sound unit forward facing inside the doll and then you can press on the heart of the doll to turn her on/off and under her left arm to adjust the volume.
For all our newcomers, some great tips on introducing your Lulla Doll to your little one
INTRODUCING LULLA – no set way is the right way, it is whatever works for you and baby but here are some tips that I have mostly learnt from other mums and myself.
From 0-10 months old, we need Lulla to become part of the bedtime routine. It is important for Lulla to be nice and mummy/daddy smelly, wear your Lulla to achieve this. Use your Lulla Doll at every nap time and overnight sleep remembering the safe sleep guidelines mentioned below.
From 10 months on
From 10 months on, please encourage bonding with Lulla; dressing Lulla up, wrap and swaddle Lulla for bed, and cuddle Lulla. It is very important that mum and dad show how special Lulla is. Get really excited about Lulla’s arrival. She is a very special doll and will be coming to look after her owner.
It sounds weird, but we all know that children want what the parent has right? So start wearing Lulla around the house yourself, again to get that mummy / daddy yummy smell on her. (Just remember to take her out before you head outside to go to work or do the groceries!). Your child will soon realise that YOU think Lulla is pretty darn special and this is where the magic begins.
Paying Lulla lots of attention will soon make your little one want their own baby like Lulla! When this happens agree to give them Lulla only if they promise to look after her. This gives them a sense of responsibility and they will bond so much better with their new friend. It is VERY important that Lulla is included (with sounds on) in your normal bedtime routine whether that be feeding, rocking, reading, wrapping, dummy, shushing or patting. Most babies wake during their sleep cycles which occur every 20-50 minutes and quite often they are unable to resettle themselves as all the original cues that put them to sleep in the first place are now gone i.e. feeding, shushing, patting, rocking etc. Obviously older children will go into longer periods of sleep, and you may find your child waking every 2 hours and not being able to resettle themselves. This is where Lulla has helped so many families.
We need Lulla to become that cue so it is still there when your child wakes during their sleep cycle. If your child does not like lulla being close then there are a couple of things you could try and this option is also great if your baby is under 12 months and the sleeping environment needs to be kept free of all soft toys etc.
Lulla can be attached to the cot on the outside of the sleeping environment with her velcro tabs or the Generation 3 Lulla now has a beanie bottom so you can pop her on a side table next to the cot so your little one can still engage with the heartbeat and breathing but its nice and safe. You can also place the sound box with the speaker facing towards the opening of Lulla rather than Lulla’s tummy to make it slightly louder for baby to engage with the sounds and of course the other way if you think it is too loud for your little one. You can wrap the soundbox in something or tape it if the sounds are too loud.If you are patting, feeding rocking etc before you place your baby down, then have lulla snuggled up between you and baby or as close as possible. Feet down first when transferring baby to their sleep environment, which seems to stop them flailing their 8arms which could wake them.
Remember SIDS stipulate nothing in your baby’s sleeping environment for the first 12 months.