Mirari Portable Night-Light - Bowen The Bear
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This product only stays on for 30 minutes and after that, if your child grabs it to go to the bathroom or because they are scared at night, they have to find a small button on the bottom of the nightlight to turn it on. I don't know about other parents, but if my kid is trying to get to the bathroom at night or, worse yet, is scared, I don't want them having to scrounge around in the dark to find this nightlight and then find the tiny button on the bottom to turn it on.
Furthermore, when I went to return the item, the seller has no option to state a complaint and automatically charges buyer for postage --- which is HALF OF THE COST OF THE PRODUCT.
1. You can't set the owl's "OK to Wake" time in advance, you have to wait until the time you want and then hold the button in for ten seconds. This means you can't use the owl until one day after you bring it home. A big strike for desperate parents.
2. The fact that the owl allows the child to set multiple night-light colors means that it becomes a night-time distraction. My child just played with his owl at night instead of letting it soothe him to sleep.
3. The owl only takes regular AA batteries, which means when the batteries die out, you have to waste another day setting the "OK to Wake" time.
4. The biggest strike, when the green light does finally turn on, it only stays on for 30 minutes. This means if your child sleeps 30 minutes longer than you'd hoped, he'll either just stay in bed wondering if it will ever turn green, or he'll decide that he's no longer listening to this frustrating owl that says he can't leave his bed. One morning, our son woke up and, while waiting for the owl to turn green, he began playing with the button that changes the owl's colors. While attempting to get to the next color, the owl turned green but he hit the button again and missed it. Another time he slept past the green light, and was very frustrated and confused when we went in to get him out of bed.
If this little owl had no night light feature, it would not be such a distraction to our little one. Also, if when the "OK to Wake" time was reached the green light turned on and didn't turn off until a parent turned it off, maybe with a password, the owl would be fantastic. I think for now, instead of returning it, I'll take this little owl into the back yard and smash it "Office Space" style, just to take out my frustration over the past few nights.
But, this thing was not designed for toddlers. At all.
Backstory: My son is two. He can climb out of his crib soundlessly, and when he's awake, he wants out of his room. I had to turn the lock around on his door, because he was getting up and getting into things without a peep. He understands that he is supposed to stay in bed, so the struggle doesn't begin until 5am-6:30.
Problems with Hoot:
1. You have to be awake to hold down the button for 10 seconds IRL to set the green time before it'll work 24 hours later. So, weekend "adjustments" are out of the question. Daylight savings time, New Year's Eve, no dice.
2. Said button is on the owl's bottom and it's the same button used to change light colors. My son has pushed it approximately 1,783 times since receiving owl yesterday. There is no way to know if he resets it-- unless he is still gleefully announcing each color, like the last 1,783 announcements.
3. Explaining the game. Owl is toy sized and glows. Owl can be carried around and has a cool button that is fun to push. Owl turns blue, pink, yellow, off, bluepinkyellowoffbluepinkyellow. You can get out of bed when owl turns green. Stay in bed. Owl turns green all by himself. Owl only glows all night if he's in his nest, on the dresser by the outlet, far away from the crib, but totally within your reach. Do not get out of bed until owl turns green.
And, if toddler is out of bed, pushing the buttons over and over again while removing diapers from the diaper pail (wtf-they do that? Good morning to you too, toddler gods. Thank you for making him a stacker and not a thrower...) I digress.
The owl does turn bright green at the appropriate time. But, when the button is pushed again, he turns bluepinkyellowoffbluepinkyellow... Which literally sent the toddler into a tailspin of self-doubt. He looked at me like, "now what? I'm still in the room. Can I go play? The owl is not green anymore. The owl was green." If I hadn't been in there, I wouldn't have known because it doesn't go back to green.
4. The owl is too cute to return. So now I have a bluepinkyellowoffbluepinkyellow owl that sporadically turns green in the AM for a brief moment about 45 minutes after my son gets up and 15 minutes before the sun comes up. And, I'm ordering one of those sleepy bunny/playing bunny clocks.
The owl could be a good idea if you never let your child touch it. Ever. I think I could forgive the onerous AM setting feature, but the exposed button ruins the concept. Otherwise, the owl would be one color all the time and he would turn green and stay green for thirty minutes at a set time.
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The green 'wake' light only comes on for half an hour. So, unless your child wakes up during that half hour they will never get to see the green light. Weve had this for 1 week now and my little boy was very excited by it - however he has only ever seen the green light once and is already losing faith in it. When he wakes up early we tell him to go back to sleep until the owl is green. Then he sleeps for another hour and misses the green light altogether so when he wakes up he still doesnt know if its morning or still too early.
In my opinion the green wake light should light and stay lit for a good hour or so.
Can not fault it and just wish I had one sooner as a night light and cant wait to teach toddler about the colouring and time to get up.