Sunday, September 27, 2009

ScareMeNot Dolls Take the Scary Out of Bedtime

We recently had the pleasure of testing Innovative Toy’s award winning line of ScareMeNots™. These "Plush with a Purpose to Protect” dolls are not only adorable, they really make children feel safe & protected at night. When Carl Restivo, president of Innovative Toy's, contacted me about possibly doing a review of their dolls, I was a little skeptical that these dolls would do any more than other dolls that we as parents and grandparents have purchased in hopes of bringing some nighttime comfort for our little ones.

I know from my own experience that making a toddler or child feel safe sleeping alone in their own room can be difficult. Mom's can feel a mix of heartbreak and frustration when a child expresses fear of sleeping alone in their room. We try to comfort them and offer reassurance that there is nothing in the closet or under the bed that is going to hurt them.

When I saw the ScareMeNots and read their stories I thought, "These 'good' monsters just might be worth a try." Two of our mommies received a ScareMeNot for their daughters. Whitney's 2-1/2 year old daughter received Watchdog Wally and Katy's 19 month old daughter received Guardian Gus. Here is what they thought of the ScareMeNot dolls.

Whitney: (Watchdog Wally)

When I first heard about the ScareMeNot dolls I was so excited to have one. I thought, "What a wonderful idea!!" Kids are
scared of monsters so introducing monsters to protect them is just brilliant.

My daughter isn't so much afraid of monsters, as she is of noises, dark, etc. She currently sleeps with a pile of dolls, to make her feel safe, so many that she barely has enough room in her bed for herself. Even with all of those dolls she still ends up in our bed probably 5 out of 7 nights a week. But all of that was before we were given 'Watchdog Wally' for Sydney.

When he first arrived I read through all of the information and background of ScareMeNots. He was so cute! I decided that I would not just hand him over to her right away. I sat her down and read to her all about Wally and how he was going to keep her safe at night, incorporating her name into the story. She was so excited when I finally gave Watchdog Wally to her that she hugged him and immediately ran downstairs and climbed into bed.

Watchdog Wally is bright orange and very big, he sits 14" wide and 14" tall and is 33" long with his tail fully extended. He has a Velcro patch on his tail so you can make a loop out of his tail and hang him on the door knob or off the bed post or even put his long tail between the mattresses so he hangs out the side of the bed to protect the bed during the daytime. He has 3 eyes and a large hole where his nose should be. As is explains in the packet of information, each ScareMeNot has individual superhero like traits. Watchdog Wally has an impeccable sense of smell which is why his nose is a large hole, so he can better smell from both sides and all around.

Since Watchdog Wally has entered our lives, Sydney only wants Watchdog Wally in her bed and has only ended up in our bed 1 out of 14 nights! We think that's a sign that she feels much better sleeping in her own room. She even takes Wally when she goes to spend the night at her nanny & papa's house. I would recommend the ScareMeNot dolls to anyone, even if your child doesn't seem afraid at all. These ScareMeNots are too cute to pass up.

Katy: (Guardian Gus)

What a great product! K received "Guardian Gus." The monster comes with a cute short story about how the monster is use to protect your little one. Gus has eyes on his hands so he can look under doors, in closets, and around curtains. His long tail is made into a loop with a piece of Velcro so it can be used as a handle so your little one has a good grip when its time to look under the bed.

When it was time for me to give the monster to K we sat down toge
ther to read the story. After the story I showed her the picture of the monster then told her to go look in her closet, she was so excited to find him she wouldn't put him down. I found at bed time that she went to bed easier, without 30 minutes of fussing, and she also slept though the night which was great because K has never been a good sleeper.

The monster is so cute and soft and just the right size at 19" tall and 26" long with the tail extended. Gus also stands by himself so he can stand at attention for your little one. I got so many compliments about the monster. K's grandpa thought it was the greatest idea. He told me about when I was little and I got afraid of the boogie man or the monster under my bed and there really wasn't anything to make me feel safe other then a night light in my room, that didn't work most of the time! He's so excited about Guardian Gus that he wants to buy the whole set of ScareMeNots for my kids. He was even more thrilled when I told him the price just $24.99! I think anyone having trouble with there little ones being afraid at night should definitely look into this wonderful product!

There are 6 ScareMeNots to choose from, each with their own Superhero-like talents & stories to share. The recommended age range is 3 to 9 years however, the children in this review were both under age 3. They love their ScareMeNot's and both felt safer sleeping alone in their room after receiving a ScareMeNot. I think everyone should give one to their child, grandchild, niece or nephew that is fearful of sleeping alone in their room, no matter what their age. At a price of just $24.99 each, and free shipping if you buy 2 or more, it will bring you and your little one some pretty inexpensive peace of mind.

Innovative Toys has generously offered to give a ScareMeNot doll to one of our Lucky Readers. If you would like to enter to win one for your child just follow the instructions below. You can also visit ScareMeNot's website to purchase one (or more) now!

To WIN a ScareMeNot for your little one, here is what you need to do:

Entries in this particular giveaway are limited to the US only.

FIRST, you must complete the Mandatory Entry by visiting the ScareMeNot website to see all of the ScareMeNot dolls and read their stories. Then comment below to tell us the name of the ScareMeNot doll that you think would make your child feel protected. Be sure to include your email address in the comment so I can contact you if you win. To prevent bots from picking up your email address and sending you spam, please enter your email address as: "BloggerMommies at gmail dot com"

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Mother of two grown daughters, my youngest is one of our blogger mommies. I have two grandbabies, my granddaughter is almost 3 years old and my grandson just turned 1 year old. I am also the owner of The Baby Store Plus and creator of the Mommy Focus Group which evolved into this group of ladies that I affectionately call my 'Blogger Mommies'.
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