I love Hatch Baby products.
They are one of those companies that are able to take a complicated question and turn into a user-friendly product. This time they asked, ‘can you create a Night Light, Sound Machine, and OK-to-Wake combo and control it from an app on your phone?’
Enter the Hatch Baby Rest.
Things I Love
- It’s pretty – I love the simplicity of it so it can grow with your child – a glowing teddy bear may not be your 12-year olds idea of a good time one day.
- You can control it all from your phone – you don’t have to crawl on your stomach like a marine in training to turn the light down
- It has an OK-to-Wake function – you may be thinking in newborn terms right now but before you know it, you’ll have a walking little gremlin that has no clue how to tell time. You can set this sucker and tell your child “if it’s glowing blue it’s okay to get up”
- You can set up a schedule – Time for a nap? Quiet time? Bedtime? You can set up a series of ‘alarms’ so your child knows “when the light and music comes on it’s time for bed.” I had it set up in our room to come on at 6 am. When I’d wake up in the middle of the night and didn’t see it on I knew I still had sleeping time without having to put on my glasses to look at the clock. It’s the opposite of ‘okay to wake’ and is more like ‘hell yeah, more time to sleep’. (It’s the little things.)
- All the controls are hidden – It gives it a nice clean look
- It isn’t too bright – even the brightest yellow is still more of a soft glow instead of a surface of the sun so they are all nice for sleeping.
- It’s great for breastfeeding – there is a tap function on the top so you can turn it on instantly – casting enough light so you can see what you are doing
- You can change the design – It comes with a set of coverlets so you can customize it to your décor – swap out arrows for pink polka dots in a snap.
- It’s simple – I HATE reading instructions, watching tutorials or walking through a step-by-step. You plug this in. Download the app. And you’re ready to go.
Things to Consider
- It’s $60 so it’s more than a Dollartree night light. Still, I think it has a long shelf life – considering that ours is in my 9-year old’s room that would work out to be under $7 a year.
- Even though it has a great selection of music and sounds, I wish I could play my music through it like an actual speaker sometimes.
- I wish I could customize the coverlets even more. I fully recognize that this would be difficult to execute but I still think it could be cool.
VAVA baby night light: similar clean design but it only has the light function (no sound or app control)
Cloud B Tranquil Turtle: it projects stars onto the ceiling and has been a popular choice for a long time. (It plays 2 sounds but no app control and your kids may outgrow the turtle look quickly)
OK to Wake!: It has the okay to wake color changing component (no sound or app control)
I love the simple, clean design of Rest. It’s easy to use and I can see how useful it could be for a number of childhood stages. I think it’s a solid purchase that will light the way for a long time.
You can also find out more about Rest out on the Hatch Baby site.