LOVE this thing.
Very early on we tried "white noise" sounds for Finley to help calm her and get her to sleep. The majority of the time it works very well for us. However, it got old when our cell phones were always in use next to the Pack N' Play (where she sleeps in our room right now) or inside her car seat carrier with her at stores or restaurants. At times white noise has been like a baby off button. lol. If she started to fuss while we were out to eat we would quickly browse to YouTube and put on the longest sleep noise "rain" video for her. If she's asleep at night and starting to make noises and fuss a bit I'll put on the noise and she'll usually go right back to sleep. I'm not saying that it always works to soothe her but it sure does a lot of the time.
With the success of sleep noise I decided Finley needed something of her own. A baby white noise machine. I knew that we needed one with rain sounds because she really likes it, more static like. These sounds soothe babies because they remind them of their peaceful time in the womb. Then pops up the Sleep Sheep. This thing is TO GO! Best idea ever. The Sheep not only plays rain, but a stream, waterfall, ocean waves and whale call noises.
The majority of the noise machines for baby are stationary for at home use and plug in. Yes the Sleep Sheep requires batteries to be on the go rather than a plug but I can vouch that we have been using ours quite a bit for over a week now and the AA batteries are still going strong. Some like the machines that plug in due to the fact that they are continuous and don't have a timed shut off.. The Sheep has the option for 23 or 45 minutes of play time. The 45 minute setting is more than long enough for us. It gets her calmed, passed out and into her deep sleep stage before turning off. Shoot, sometimes 23 minutes is enough. I actually like that it shuts off. I've heard the complaint that when it turns off baby wakes up and that did happen to us pre Sheep when YouTube was glitchy but that was only after a few minutes, not 23. With Finley, once she is down and in her deep sleep it's fine to turn the music off. It's just that time when she is dozing that we need for it to continue...this is why we keep it on the 45 minute setting, just in case.
Cloud B also makes this in a Dolphin and Giraffe. I didn't like the look of the Giraffe or the sounds that come with the Dolphin, even though it was really cute. I love the look of the sheep and it's really soft.
They make the Sleep Sheep in full size and in the one we got, the "On The Go" model. At Amazon you actually pay a dollar more for the smaller one oddly enough but I liked the smaller size for stroller and car seat travel. Plus it really isn't small at all. The reviewers on Amazon stated that the standard sized one was actually quite big. I knew we would want this smaller travel one even though we use it at home a lot due to the size. Another nice feature of the travel on is the velcro loop on the back to hook it on to a stroller or wherever. It hooks nicely to Finley's Pack N' Play or crib so that it isn't loose in there with her sleeping.
Here she is enjoying her Sheep ;) You can get an idea of the size here too.
Like I said it isn't a miracle worker but it comes close and I had to mention it here because really it is one of our favorite baby items to date. Finley loves her Sleep Sheep too ;)