Anybody that has a baby with a dummy will know about the 4am dummy run because they have lost their dummy and are screaming out for it. Now that Spike is one he has become quite devious and knows that if he throws his dummy out Mummy will come running. Rather than try and take dummies off both my children, especially off a baby that throws a right old temper tantrum already, I decided to search for a solution. When Sleep Tight Genius asked me to review their ingenious new product I jumped at the chance.
It is basically a cot sheet with two small slits in at either end of the cot. A Velcro strap runs along the mattress underneath the sheet and has two shorter straps attached at each end which go through the slits. You can attach these straps to the dummy and hey presto you have a dummy that can’t be dropped or thrown out of the cot.
When it arrived it looked quite complicated to put on but I had a look at the instructions which were fab because they were photographic and show you step by step what to do. Once it was all assembled (which took roughly 5 minutes) we were ready to go.
On the first night Spike decided to really test the Sleep Tight Genius and managed to get his dummy off of the MAM adapter because the strap holding it was just a little bit too short for him to be able to lie on his back. A quick email to Sleep Tight Genius and they sent us out new, stronger MAM clips and straps that were slightly longer but still within the EU Safety regulations. The longer straps are much better because he can sleep on his back without having to pull against the strap and the dummy is in his mouth nicely. The new MAM clip moulds nicely to his face and so far he hasn’t been able to remove his dummy from it!
The only thing that I thought would bug him is that the slit is right in the middle at the head/foot ends of the cot so he can’t sleep in the middle of the cot. Spike is perfectly happy sleeping up against the bars and this hasn’t been an issue for him whatsoever. The fact that there is one at either end is fantastic because he is all over his cot throughout the night and it doesn’t matter where he ends up there is always a dummy close at hand.
The initial cost is £24.95 which did make the Hubby cough a bit but for the amount of hours of sleep that it could potentially save it is worth it. One downside is that you can’t use an ordinary sheet with it but you don’t have to buy the whole pack if you want spare sheets because they can be purchased at £7.95 each. The straps, holders and sheet are all really good quality with the sheet being nice and soft even after washing and tumble drying. The Velcro on the mattress strap is super strong so there is absolutely no potential safety issue with the product and you can rest easy knowing that there is always a dummy close at hand and you won’t be on your hands and knees under the cot at 4am!