The doll that promises to help kids sleep

October 3, 2017

When I first read about the Lulla doll, I was intrigued. My baby daughter is not the most avid sleeper – she wakes around 2am for a feed, and most nights she'll go to sleep around 9pm – on weekends it can be as late as 10/10.30pm. She's not grumpy or overtired at night – it just seems she needs less sleep.

I had read rave reviews on the doll, and how parents overseas were scrambling to get one. The dolls were first released on Indiegogo, and they immediately sold out. There was even a bidding war on eBay with people paying up to $350 for a doll, which had initially sold for $71 each.

What is a Lulla doll

The Lulla doll, created by Roro Care, is made of soft cotton and emits a steady heartbeat and soft breathing sounds for up to eight hours (rechargeable batteries are recommended for usage). The doll can also soak up a parent or caregivers' scent if kept next to their skin, helping the doll take on another nurturing feature.

The doll also comes with a set of velcro straps, so that they can be attached to a cot or shelf so that infants can sleep near the doll without it being loose in the crib with them.

Eyrún Eggertsdóttir, the founder and CEO of Roro, says that the design of the doll is based on scientific research, taking into account the effects of heartbeat, breathing sounds, smell, sight and touch on small children.

She says that when babies hear these sounds, they tune into them and start following the rhythn that they hear. When babies feel more relaxed and stable, it helps them to fall asleep and stay asleep for longer at a time.

More about the design

Look – The neutral look and colours of the Lulla doll were chosen to make the doll a suitable companion for all children, regardless of gender and race. Research also tells us that babies prefer to look at things that have human facial features
Hear – When the chest is pressed, Lulla plays a real-life recording of the breathing and heartbeat of a mother at rest for up to 8 hours. Her name is Gudrun, she is a mother of four and a kundalini yoga teacher. The sound is set on a safe volume of 65dB.
Touch – The outer layer of the Lulla doll is made from a soft natural cotton blend. The doll is machine washable at warm temperatures, making it safer for small babies with underdeveloped immune and respiratory systems.
Smell – The doll can absorb scent from caregivers if they first keep it close to their skin before giving it to their child for added feeling of comfort and security.

Did it work for us?

Those who are friends with me on Facebook now from my 9.30pm postings that my one-year-old generally goes to sleep later than what is usual. I knew a doll was never going to change that fact, as I believe she just needs less sleep. 

What the Lulla did help with was helping Rebecca get to sleep once she was in her cot, and over time, she very easily fell asleep next to the doll. She hasn't started sleeping through, and still wakes around 2am for a quick feed, but again, I don't blame the doll for not seeing her though to morning without being hungry.

Rebecca now sleeps with the dolls every night, and it's a huge source of comfort and company to her.

The dolls are availabile for R999 each from DuduBaba, and judging by how quickly previous stocks have run out, I suggest you hurry to buy (even though stock is always being replenished).


To find out more about the Lulla doll, watch this video:

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  • Nadia

    Wonder if this will work for my 7 year old 😂

    October 6, 2017 at 7:05 pm Reply
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