It’s no secret that parents have been fantasizing about their babies sleeping through the night since the dawn of time. (Or at least, sleeping in sizeable chunks of minutes that even remotely resemble a full night’s sleep.) Show of hands, newborn parents: Can you even remember what it’s like to get five hours of sleep at this point, let alone a full eight hours? I didn’t think so.
But thanks to the Lulla doll, your deepest, darkest fantasy may actually become a reality.
Eyrún Eggertsdóttir, a mom of two who studied psychology, developed the Lulla doll in hopes of providing a sleep companion for babies and toddlers all over the world — and according to early reviews, it actually works. As described on the official website, Lulla “imitates closeness with its soft natural touch and by playing a real-life recording of the breathing and heartbeat of a mother at rest.”
In a video for the product, Eggertsdóttir also notes that her friend, who is a yoga specialist, stepped in to record the steady, meditative breathing that we hear from the doll. (How amazing is that?)
Just watching Eggertsdóttir describe how Lulla works might just put you into a state of calm yourself. (Seriously — her voice is surprisingly soothing.) But the doll itself is designed to help babies stabilize their own breathing by listening to the “heartbeat” of another, which is said to result in longer and better sleep patterns, and promote a feeling of safety. Not only is the doll super soft (perfect for little ones to snuggle up t0), but when rubbed against the skin or clothing of Mom or Dad, it can also absorb their scent, which adds an extra layer of comfort for babies at nighttime.
It’s probably no wonder then why the release of the first 5,000 unisex dolls sold out immediately, which then led to a bidding war on eBay, where the price of a single doll skyrocketed from its usual $71 to a whopping $350! I totally get it though — sleep is everything; especially to a new parent, who needs shut-eye so desperately. You can’t put a price on rest.
And the proof to that is in the reviews, one of which notes, “I feel like a human again. Thank you so much for bringing this into my life.” (I don’t know about you, but that alone would sell me.)
Dying to get your hands on the Lulla doll? Luckily, the doll is available for pre-order now — though you can stay up-to-date on when the next batch will roll out from their Facebook page.
Until then, you may want to stick to all your usual sleep tricks. AKA crossing your fingers and toes, reading their favorite bedtime stories over and over and over again, and praying that your little one eventually nods off — even if it’s just for a few (precious) hours of reprieve.More On