In 1997 a man named Don Campbell wrote a book called The Mozart Effect in which he claimed that listening to Mozart’s music may temporarily increase IQ and also produce other benefits on mental functions. Although the jury is still out on this, it’s hard not to admit that having your children listen to relaxing classical music is favorable to, say, having them watch tv or play on their iPads, especially before bedtime. I recently discovered Virtuoso Bears – adorable teddy bears that play classical music, thus encouraging kids to cuddle with a soft plush and listen to soothing music instead of using electronics before they go to sleep. Virtuoso Bear: A Must-Have for the Bedtime Routine | The Mama Maven Blog
As you know, creating a calm bedtime routine is extremely helpful in getting kids to sleep well and I can’t think of anything more endearing than watching my kids drift off to sleep with the sweet sounds of classical music. Sure, you can play music on the phone but with Virtuoso Bears you can avoid the harmful blue light and simply enjoy the softness of a plush which is fun to cuddle with.
The Amadeus Bear:
Virtuoso Bears are cute plush bears that have a hidden switch that plays classical music. There are two types: Amadeus, which plays seven full-length Mozart pieces, and Ludwig, which plays 7 of Beethoven’s pieces. Each bear plays 40 minutes of music – you can listen to it here. Inside each bear, there is an interior pocket which has a short biography of each composer (pictured below).
Setting up the music is easy: simply take out the hidden music device in the back and put three AAA batteries. The bears come with simple instructions on how to skip tracks and adjust volume.
The bears are safe for newborns and make the perfect baby shower gift, but older children will enjoy them as well. I received the Amadeus bear for review. It really is super-soft and my five-year-old who’s still into stuffed animals loves cuddling with it. My daughter, however, has been taking it into bed each night, claiming the music is helping her fall asleep faster. The quality of the music is superb!
Here’s the Ludwig bear:
Click here to learn more about the bears. Price is $49.99 per bear. You can purchase Amadeus here and Ludwig here. Use this code at checkout for 20% off: Y63QBNB9 (works for Amazon orders, until 7/20/18).
I was not compensated or this post. I received a sample. We think you should see Alice in Wonderland Ballet this April!
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman is a freelance writer and has written for several blogs, such as The Huffington Post. She has been living in the New York City area for seventeen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but blogging is her true passion. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (ages 11, 9 and 5) and loves finding great products for her family.