Travel Gear: Hug and Dream Minnie Mouse helps children sleep

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Minnie Mouse sleeping doll (credit: Takara Tomy)

Minnie Mouse sleeping doll (credit: Takara Tomy)

Disney News: ‘Breathing’ Minnie Mouse Doll developed by respiratory and brain scientists

Does it take a long time for your children to fall asleep, especially when they’d had an exciting day like being at the Magic Kingdom or Hollywood Studios? If you want to calm your children down after a fun day at Disney and are tired of gently patting their tiny backs for hours, Takara Tomy, a Japanese toymaker has created a doll for you! The doll mimics a parent’s rhythmic movements and can help children fall asleep.

The concept behind the breathing doll

The plush doll was developed by brain and respiratory scientists such as respiratory specialist Ikuo Honma, with the central precept being that breathing is a key element for a good night’s sleep. When children hug the Minnie doll, they will feel her  slow and gentle breathing pattern, which in turn transfers to the child holding the doll. At some point, they will match Minnie’s breath and will be able to drift into a peaceful sleep. The doll isn’t on the market yet but will be available as of November 1, 2012 in Japan only. At this point, we expect to see if government regulations allow the product to be sold in the States, but it will be available online at the Japan Trend Shop.

The doll itself

Although the doll doesn’t look exactly as Minnie Mouse does – apparently the muted colors are less stimulating for someone going to sleep (we think there would also be copyright issues with Disney World), perhaps it would be something to try out for your children when at Disney. The doll is recommended for ages 3 and up and runs on three AA batteries. At that time the product is released, instructions may only be in Japanese but it should be simple to use.

Tell us…

Does it take a long time to put your children to sleep? What’s your trick?