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Babies are soooooo cute until you’re on your second consecutive week of no sleep and hear crying on the monitor again. The comfort of a parent’s touch will always be an unparalleled necessity for children, but the Icelandic company RoRo is helping you outsource that comfort when you need to with a doll.
Lulla Doll was specifically designed to be the next best thing to being held by a mother. According to their website, “nothing can replace loving human contact but the Lulla Doll aims to be a second best.”
The comfort comes from the speaker inside Lulla that, when the heart on her chest is pressed, plays an eight-hour recording of the breathing and heartbeat of a sleeping mother of four( who also happens to be a Kundalini yoga teacher, nbd .) It also apparently absorbs the fragrance of a parent’s skin if you hold it close before devoting it to your child. I’m not sure how that works and there’s nothing on the website that clarifies it, so take that claim with a grain of salt.
Parents are wild about the Lulla Doll–so much so that the first run sold out within two weeks of release. One was even sold on eBay for $665. It’s all over parenting reddit boards, with one Redditor parent writing this enthusiastic review.
I have one. I bought it on eBay for $110 and it was worth every penny to me. Yes, there is ONE that sold for $600 for whatever reason, but if you check completed listings, most sell for $100 – $200. Anyway, I didn’t want to wait for the restock because I wanted it for sleep training at 7 months and a friend of a friend recommended it right before I started because it worked like a charm for her son. Final verdict: thumbs up! Sometimes she snuggles up to the doll and other days she doesn’t, but I think it soothes her on her fussier nights. Cons: it only stays on for 8 hours and my daughter now sleeps 10 -1 2( no wakeups ). I haven’t noticed her stirring because of that though. I don’t truly use it for naps, but if you do, once you turn it off, it will turn on again at the same place, e.g. if it was on for 2 hours, it will merely stay on for 6 hours at night to complete the 8 hour cycle. It also burns through batteries really fast( like every week ), but I got rechargeable ones. I like that I can strap it to the crib slats so it’s not loose in her crib. I’m not sure how that would work if your kid is in a Pack N Play or similar. I truly believe my child was ready to sleep on her own( we were desperation co sleeping) and the doll helped ease the transition!
RoRo’s website also features testimonies from happy parents( along with some adorable sleep baby pics) raving about how Lulla has changed their lives.
While the Lulla Doll is definitely a cult hit, a few reviewers aren’t as impressed. For some it simply didn’t keep their children from waking them up in the night while others pointed out that the breathing is a little creepy. Still, demand doesn’t seem to be letting up any time soon. Since the Lulla doll was restocked less than a month ago, Amazon is down to only 16 units left( as of press day .)