My Happy Pillow {Review}

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My 4 year old is all about routine at bedtime. Daily life can change anytime, but do not touch her bedtime. She brushes her teeth. Asks for a snack. Has some milk. I carry her downstairs (nobody else is allowed to, ever.) Two to three books, depending on length. Two songs from mommy, and several rounds of the “hokey pokey” from daddy. Then sleep.

She is also very specific about what she will or will not sleep on. It has to be a certain type of soft blanket. If she has a bandaid on one of her legs, she sleeps with that particular leg out, (seriously. I wish I had a picture.)

Occasionally she allows a slight change. Recently she got to pick out a pillow for herself and her brother. The kind folks at My Happy Pillow sent each of my kiddos a new buddy along with their mini me’s for bedtime. My Happy Pillows are darling pillows that have a happy face on one side, and depending on the animal, a different face expression on the other side.

They are the brain child of 6 year old Isabella. She felt that with pillows likes these, children have a better opportunity to learn expressions and emotions and they can better share how they are feeling. Now, if that’s not a brilliant young entrepreneur, I don’t know who is. This young lady is going places!

My daughter chose Rosie the Dog for herself. Rosie has a happy face, and on the other side, a sad face. For my son, she chose Leo the Lion. On the side opposite his happy face, Leo has a scared expression.

My daughter got to choose for my son because he is indifferent when it comes to pillows, stuffed animals, and the like (except for his 12th Man Bear).

He surprised me in how quickly he became attached to Leo. When he wakes up in the middle of the night to wander the house, he takes his lion with him.  Here’s Leo “protecting” him when my little guy fell asleep on the stairs. Leo looks exactly how I felt when I came across this scene.

My girl loves Rosie and her mini. She snuggles with the little Rosie and has used Rosie the pillow since she arrived and refuses to use anything else. And she will only sleep on Rosie’s “sad” side. I asked her why, and she said, “because this side is softer.”

Both sides feel equally soft to me. Also, if softer is what she actually wants, I’m surprised she hasn’t swiped Leo from her baby brother. Because that lion’s mane is crazy soft!

At 4 years old, my daughter has the ‘expressing her feelings’ thing down (“Mommy, you made me very angry!!!”). However, my son is just beginning to learn. These pillows will be great tools to help me and the rest of the family teach him. We’re working on facial features now, and next up will be facial expressions!

If you would like to see other animals and expressions My Happy Pillow offers, you can visit their website here.

Are your kids particular about their bedtime routine? Do they tell you what they’re feeling when they’re excited or upset?

*Disclosure-I received two My Happy Pillows and their mini me’s in exchange for a review. All stories and opinions are my own.

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  • Reply Krystal Miller

    These are really cute. Going to check them out and hoping they are machine washable!

    September 9, 2015 at 7:45 am
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      My kids love them! I hadn’t thought about that! I hope so too!

      September 9, 2015 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Tricia

    These are really cute! I believe I saw another poster blog about them. I really think they are great for discussing emotions.

    September 9, 2015 at 11:41 am
    • Reply

      They are great! I love the idea behind them-brilliant!

      September 9, 2015 at 2:31 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    These are so great! We love our Happy Pillows. My kids take their pillows all over.

    September 9, 2015 at 12:31 pm
    • Reply

      They are! My kids love them! My daughter insists on keeping hers in her bed at all times. LOL!

      September 9, 2015 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Tiffany

    These are so cute! I’m seeing them everywhere!! I love the lion the best!

    September 9, 2015 at 1:08 pm
    • Reply

      Yes!! He is pretty cute!

      September 9, 2015 at 2:31 pm
  • Reply Alana

    The picture of your son on the stairs is worth 1,000 words!!! I’m currently lying on a “My Happy Pillow” because my son insisted on it. I love how you really touched on the emotions these pillows help kids express, identify, and talk about.
    Seriously, they should use the photo of your son and Leo in their ads!!!

    September 9, 2015 at 5:05 pm
    • Reply

      Thank you so much Alana!! That’s so sweet your son shares with you! I love that picture of my son, it’s one of my favorites!

      September 9, 2015 at 5:42 pm
  • Reply Jill @ Maggie May's

    awww those are so cute! And your daughter’s bedtime routine is adorable. I love how specific kids can be about certain things! And how funny your son can sleep on the stairs like that!! I could only do that in college! 🙂

    September 9, 2015 at 7:38 pm
    • Reply

      Thanks! Yes, she can be very specific. LOL! I still can’t believe he was sleeping there!

      September 10, 2015 at 1:52 pm
  • Reply Shann Eva

    So cute! I need to get those for all three of my kids. The twins have a very specific bed time routine, but my 5 year old is at the point where you can vary it, and he won’t be bothered.

    September 10, 2015 at 6:40 am
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      That’s cool that you older one is more flexible. We’ll hopefully be there soon!

      September 10, 2015 at 7:16 am
  • Reply CourtneyLynne

    Omg those pillows are adorable!!!!! My daughter would probably love to have one!

    September 10, 2015 at 7:46 am
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