4 AM Projections are NO Fun

The Fisher Price Discover ‘n Grow Storybook Projection Soother is a projector kind of a mobile. It’s shaped like a storybook with soft pages that you can turn to play sights and some nursery rhyme favorites like Hickory Dickory Dock and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. The Soother positions on the side of a crib with a bendable, plastic strap.

I got my Soother as a gift, a baby shower gift from my mom. “You’re going to need this,” she said, smiling.

Even though I already had a Homedics Soundspa Lullaby, I accepted the Soother because it was a gift, and I learned somewhere that refusing gifts is bad baby shower etiquette. So, I accepted it, stuffed it my closest and waited for my baby to be born to use it. And I did use it, not when my daughter was born, but when she around two months and seemed to be more willing to lay in her crib for “fun.”

My second daughter is almost six months, so I’ve been using the Soother for around four months. Here’s what I like about this Soother:

  • The projector easily attaches and stays put on my daughter’s crib siding.
  • The colors on the projection are vivid and easy to see, both during the day and at night.
  • It has good sound quality and two volume options.
  • The storybook pages can be easily turned by my five month old.
  • The nursery rhymes are sung by a woman with a soothing voice that almost puts me to sleep.
  • The Soother comes with a remote that parents can use to turn it OFF or ON.

“The Fisher Price Discover ‘n Grow Storybook Projection Soother is Basic”

So, it’s a nice projector mobile. It’s easy to use and cute, but… There’s always a “but” isn’t there? OK, well my but is that it’s kind of basic, like, really basic.  There’s really only two pages that correspond to lullabies (four stories, with two images each).  Oh, and the images on the projection are static. They don’t move like my Homedics Soundspa Lullaby. Instead, the images change in between a song to “show” movement. Also, the Soother drains batteries. I don’t use ours that often, and I’ve had to replace the batteries twice! Lastly, and this is perhaps my biggest issue, my baby can reach the Soother with her hands and feet. I guess this a good thing for instances when I’d like her to play with the pages to go to sleep. But, in the middle of the night…at 4 AM, having my baby able to kick the Soother on and hearing her laugh because she’s awake again is not good. At all. And while the side of the Soother and the remote both feature an ON and OFF button, I usually forget to turn it OFF after my daughter actually falls asleep.

So, would I recommend the Soother to other parents? Umm.  I think it’s a decent product that offers great images and soothing songs, but at $39.99, I like my Homedics Soundspa Lullaby more because it’s a more versatile product.

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Jessica lives in the Washington, DC metropolitan area with her husband and two girls. Once upon a time, pre-motherhood, she did many things as a “serious-looking” woman who managed to successfully balance a reality TV addiction with a career and academic pursuits. She's now a serious-acting woman whose primary job is raising her children. She writes, reads, fantasizes about minivans, and takes midday naps. She enjoys (among many other things) dancing to 80s music, photography, laughing out loud (at, usually, inappropriate moments), and writing about writing, being a writer, and becoming fearless on her blog Jessica F. Hinton

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