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Will the Lulla Doll Work for my Baby?

July 22, 2021 2 min read


The Lulla Doll

The Lulla Doll is a well known baby sleep product invented by an Icelandic mother. The development of the doll was based inspired by scientific research on closeness, sleep and wellbeing. As such, the Lulla doll was in development for three years with the help of doctors, nurses, psychologists, parents and, of course, babies.

Like many baby sleep-aids on the market, the Lulla Doll plays heartbeat sounds. However, what makes the Lulla Doll very unique is that she also plays real-life recorded breathing. The combination of its ultra soft feel and soothing sounds of breathing and heartbeat is designed to imitate the closeness of a caregiver at rest. 

This has led to parents boasting around the world about how their terrible sleeper started sleeping all night long the second they laid eyes on Lulla. 

In reality, the Lulla Doll is likely not be a overnight miracle. In some cases it might seem like the baby hates it, or may even sleep worse. The important thing is not to give up on the product too early. 

Will it work for my baby?

The younger the baby is, the more successful any baby sleep-aid will be in the long run. Over time, babies form sleep associations - however consistency is the key to forming these associations.

It is important that you use Lulla for all your baby’s sleeps, both during the day and at night. Instead of using Lulla during awake time to play with, keep her near the babies cot or bassinet so she becomes a strong sleep connection rather than a toy. Create a special bedtime routine for your little one and incorporate the Lulla Doll in that routine. By carrying out the same routine each night, this will create a solid chain of events in your baby’s brain, with the end event being sleep.

If your baby has a very ingrained existing sleep association, which often relies on the parent/caregiver to get to sleep (such as feeding to sleep, patting and rocking etc), unfortunately Lulla is not likely to solve night waking issues on her own. In these situations you will need to work alongside the sleep-aid to change existing sleep habits. For example, giving your baby the Lulla Doll instead of feeding or rocking to sleep would eventually break the existing sleep association and stop reinforcing the negative sleep habit. 

Bottom line. Like any baby sleep aid, the Lulla Doll effectiveness is increased when she is used to form a positive sleep association. Although there are many parents who have found the Lulla Doll to work instantly on their bad sleepers, some babies will take longer to form a new sleep association. But persistence and perseverance will be key.

Our top tips

  • Use for all naps/sleeps day & night
  • Don't let Lulla to be used as a toy
  • Use a bedtime routine and incorporate Lulla
  • For young babies (under 4 mo) swaddle, and settle in own Bassinet/Cot
  • For older children use Lulla instead of feeding/patting/rocking not after
  • Always strap Lulla Doll to the outside of the cot/bassinet for all babies under 7 months old, in accordance with Red Nose Guidelines. Soft Toys in the Cot | Red Nose Australia

Melissa Vaarwerk
Melissa Vaarwerk

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