Bedtimes in our house can be a bit hit and miss with Georgie. She’s at that stage where she can still happily nap in the daytime, which in turn can make keeping a regular bedtime a bit tricky. In fact, even if she skips her nap, she often still has the energy to want to evade going to bed.
We all know that kids thrive on routines but we’ve always found that the bath, book and bed routine never really worked for all three of our children. I put it down to the fact that they were all too easily distracted and especially so for Georgie, with two big noisy brothers who have a later bedtime.
This is where I was intrigued to try out Moonlite. We were sent their storyboard projector to try that works with your phone via an app. It’s designed to make bedtime stories come to life by captivating your child with images and sounds, making this reading experience pretty magical.
Moonlite comes with a range of stories to suit children aged 1-7. We received a projector that included 5 story reels: Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Ugly Duckling and Sago Mini on Vacation.
It’s really simple to set up too. The app is available to download from the App Store or Google Play and once you’ve downloaded it on your phone, you’re good to go.
The app walks you through all of the steps (including the activation code to unlock the stories) and tells you where you need to place the projector so that the flashlight will project the images from the reels.
Choosing which story to read every night, has been so much fun for Georgie and much the same as her favourite books, she never tires of watching them again and again.
Once you’ve selected the story, you click the reel into the projector ready to be clipped onto the top of your phone.
Every step of the way has been met with intrigue and a willingness to go to bed!
We’ve tried different ways to project the stories too. The most obvious and snooze inducing way, is to lie in the bed projecting up towards the ceiling.
When reading the story, it’s accompanied by a sweet little tune in the background. Then as the story proceeds, you manually move the reel onto the next slide.
Sometimes we sit perched on the end of her bed, watching the scene unfold on the wall opposite. It all depends on what Georgie fancies or how tired she might be.
I’ve really enjoyed the experience myself and I love a good excuse to snuggle up together. Georgie has been thrilled having me lie in her bed and it’s become a really lovely nightime routine that we both look forward to.
You can buy Moonlite from Argos. Gift pack priced at £39.99 (5 stories + 1 projector), Starter Pack at £19.99 (2 stories + 1 projector) £7.99 for individual stories.
Nb. We were sent the Moonlite storybook projector for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions remain our own.