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Friday, 13 December 2019

Magical Stories and Music with the tonies® Toniebox **REVIEW & GIVEAWAY**

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Bedtime has never been an easy affair in our house. Both James and Evelyn really struggle to switch off and relax when it comes to bedtime and often a bedtime story or 3 still isn't enough! So when we were recently invited to try out the tonies® Toniebox I was intrigued to see if it could help the kids relax at bedtime and improve our bedtime routine. 


The tonies® Toniebox is a fantastic, screen free way for kids to listen to music and stories with the help of fun, colourful characters called Tonies®. The tonies® Toniebox itself is where the magic happens! It is a soft squishy cube that is soft enough to be cuddles, robust enough to be dropped and easy enough that even young kids can use it easily. It plays a range of music, audiobooks and content that you can download. It is so easy to use, even a 5 year old can do it!


Media for the Toniebox is played through a tonie. A tonie is a small, hand painted character which goes on top of your Toniebox and they are what bring your Toniebox to life! Each tonie has enough space to be filled with 90 minutes of music, audiobooks or even educational stories. The kids were thrilled to see some of their favourite characters such as The Gruffalo, Little Red Riding Hood and even The Lion King included in the tonie characters that are available. 



We received the tonies® Toniebox starter set which included the Toniebox as well as one creative tonie. Creative tonies are a little different to the tonies I mentioned above, that's because the creative tonies can be loaded with 90 minutes of anything you like. Perhaps your child has some favourite songs or music they like to listen to whilst they drift off, or a favourite audiobook that helps them relax. Whatever your child likes to listen to can be preloaded onto the creative tonie character. 



To set up your Toniebox you will need a Wi-Fi connection (and your Wi-Fi) password as well as a mobile or tablet device to download the app or to visit the website. Once you have accessed the website or downloaded the app just follow the easy instructions to set up your Toniecloud account, which of course is totally free and allows you to manage the content on your creative tonies as well as configuring your Toniebox etc. 


Once you are all set up and connected to the Toniebox the lights will light up, indicating your are all set up correctly and ready to go. Set up is really easy and only takes a few minutes, then you are ready to go. 


Using the Toniebox and tonies really is simple and Evelyn who is 5 had no trouble getting to grips with using it straight away. You simply take a tonie character and place it on the square light on top of the Toniebox, it will attach magnetically (to avoid it easily being knocked off) and should begin playing immediately. If it doesn't, a light squeeze of the little grey ears will wake your Toniebox from sleep/snooze mode and will then begin playing. 

To turn the volume up or down squeeze the grey ears, to fast forward or rewind you can tap either side of the Toniebox and to pause the music or story just remove the tonie from the top. Whilst the Toniebox also comes with a charging station the Toniebox can actually play up to 7 hours of audio without needing charging. When your Toniebox does need charging the light will turn orange, giving you time to get it charged before the next bedtime! 


Both James and Evelyn have really taken to the Toniebox and I have added a few of the tonie characters to their stockings for Christmas as they have been enjoying it so much! Evelyn will use it in the daytime for a big of a dance or sing along to her favourite tunes or just to listen to a story. Then they will both lay in bed and listen to a audiobook on our creative tonie that we chose together and downloaded. 

Its been great at helping them switch off at night and I think they would love the independence of being able to work and control the whole thing themselves. 

The tonies starter set (as shown above) which comes with one Creative Tonie is priced at £69.95. These can be purchased directly from the tonies Website or from Amazon. You can also purchase additional creative tonies which are priced at around £11 each, whilst the tonies audio characters which come preloaded with music/stories range in price between £15 and £20 each. 
How do you fancy getting your hands on your very own tonies® Toniebox and tonie® character? Just pop a comment below letting me know why you would love to win and who you would love to win it for. One lucky winner will be selected at random to win, but be quick! The giveaway is only open for 24 hours and will close tomorrow (14/12/2019) at 9am!

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Giveaway terms & conditions

- Giveaway will run for 24 hours and will end at 9am on 14/12/2019
- To enter simply comment on this post, one winner will be selected at random. 
- Giveaway open to UK residents only.
- Prize will be sent directly from the brand/pr and so I hold no responsibility for the delivery of the prize. 


**This is a collaborative post in which I received the product + fee for the purpose of this review. However all words, opinions and images are my own.**

78 comments:

  1. i love the sound of these, perfect for making bedtime stories that bit more exciting for my little girl x

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  2. I’d love to win for my little one who lies awake after 3 bedtime stories & likes to get up lots! Maybe this would help him sleep once I leave the room! Xx

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  3. My daughters would really enjoy this, it looks great and like it might survive them!

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  4. These look so cool, I'm sure my 8 year old would absolutely love one 😍

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  5. Would be a great Christmas gift for my nephew as he's just getting to the age he can appreciate this. Thank you for hosting.

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  6. What a lovely prize.. My son, Eli would love this

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  7. I’d love to win for my son and daughter lovely idea xx

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  8. I would love this as a Christmas pressie for Holly my god daughter xxx

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  9. I’ve heard of these and thought they were a wonderful idea!! I can see the grandparents recording their own stories for the boys to listen to! They’d love it! Great prize thanks for hosting

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  10. Would like to win for my children to have stories at bedtime

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    1. Hello, Congratulations you are the lucky winner selected at random! Could you please pop me an email over at tantrumstosmiles@outlook.com with your details and I will arrange for your prize to be sent!

      Thanks and well done xx

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  11. I've been looking at these for a while, reading your review has made up my mind ❤️ would love to win as my kids would love to have nanny read them a bedtime story as she lives so far away it's deffo one memory I want them to have and share together xx

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  12. It looks like a lot of fun and would benefit my daughter who has trouble sleeping 💤

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  13. My daughter would adore this. She is 5 and has been having trouble sleeping and generally being scared of everything! I really think she would benefit from this and it looks great fun.

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  14. I would absolutely love to win one of these for my daughters! They love stories such as the Gruffalo and I know they would get so much out of this! Amazing giveaway

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  15. I think this would be great for my ASD son at bed time

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  16. My son would love this so much

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  17. We'd love to win one of these for my boys. We love bedtime stories and it'd be great to get family involved and record a bedtime story for them to be played on the Tonie. Thanks for the chance :)

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  18. My children would love this, it looks amazing!!

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  19. my grandson would love this as christmas gift he thrives on listening to stories

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  20. Great for bedtime stories with my sons who love a good story

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  21. I’d love to win one of these as it would make the perfect Christmas gift for my best friend’s daughter - a big upgrade on the usual bundle of books!

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  22. I'd love to win for my little lady isla! This is so up her street she will love it! Every night we have stories and the ones I read are never enough so would be great to have this to read her some extra ones so I can get stuff done!!

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  23. This is such a cute idea! one of my friends has a daughter who is very difficult to get to bed and to sleep I think this would really help

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  24. Wow this would be super for my grandson as he loves story time at bed time not just one story so with this he can hear more as he fall asleep

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  25. I think this would be brilliant for my son. He loves music and dancing, so this would be perfect for him. It's also his birthday in January so I think I'd save this to give him then!

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  26. I would like to win this for my niece as it looks great! Thanks for the competition.

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  27. I'd absolutely love to win this for my eldest daughter because she really enjoys listening to a story at bedtime and would love to independence Tonies would give her :)

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  28. I think that these tones are a very good idea

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  29. i have heard a few parents saying good things about this product, and would like to try it

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  30. I have been looking at these and they look amazing. My boys love listening to stories and these look really easy to use and a great alternative to TV when I have other things that need doing.

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  31. I have been looking at these and they look amazing. My boys love listening to stories and these look really easy to use and a great alternative to TV when I have other things that need doing.

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  32. My little sister who is six always struggles with sleep and still hates being left in her room to sleep alone. A tablet is too distracting for her and keeps her awake for hours but this would be absolutely perfect! Thank you for the chance.

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  33. This would be great for my little sister who struggles to sleep and still doesn't like to be left to sleep alone. She is six. A tablet is too distracting for her but this would be absolutely perfect. Thank you for the chance!

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  34. They are beautiful and my boy Charlie 3 loves to dance at any music hes so cute this would be a perfect gift for him ❤❤

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  35. This would be absolutely perfect for the weekends when I have my granddaughters!

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  36. What a fab idea! My son is a nightmare going to bed...

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  37. I’d love to win for my little boy, I think it’s so cute

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  38. Wow I've never seen one before. It would be perfect for my 5 year old daughter who funds it hard to drop off to sleep so listens to audio books, currently on a CD player.

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  39. I would love to win this for my nephew it’s ideal for wind down time.

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  40. Looks great, my nephew would love it!

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  41. Would love for my twin daughters 🤞

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  42. I would love to win this for my son in the hope it might encourage him to stay in his own bed!!

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  43. I would love this for my daughter, it could be a nice partof her bedtime routine

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  44. I would love to win for my little girl. She is obsessed with music and stories so I couldn’t think of anything more perfect!

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  45. I'd love this for my son x

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  46. My son and daughter both love stories and music so it sounds perfect for them!

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  47. I'd love to win one for my class at school, to help encourage reading for fun... :)

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  48. My two would love this. It looks so much fun and I know the Julia Donaldson stories would be a big hit.

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  49. Love that it reads stories, my daughter would adore this

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  50. I would like this for my 3 youngest kids - they would love it!

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  51. These look cool. My son would enjoy having one to help him sleep

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  52. Oh wow, my daughter loves her stories, so would really enjoy this.

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  53. I would love to win one for my nephew he would love this so much xx

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  54. I would love this for my son, might help me get him into his own bedroom!

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  55. I’d love to win this for my daughter she loves audio books so this would be perfect for her xx

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  56. Perfect for grandkids sleepovers

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  57. Would love to win for my daughter who struggles to sleep without background noise, so this would be perfect

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  58. I would love to win for my son. Hali000 on facebook

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  59. Would really love this for my Granddaughter, she would get many hours of fun with this

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  60. I'd love to win one for my nephew for Christmas.

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  61. I think my 4 year old would absolutely love this as it would give her the freedom to explore music and stories and chill out in her bedroom from time to time, giving her a new space to play in/relax in. Looks like a really great thought out product

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  62. This looks so good, I would love to win it for my nephew to help him get to sleep.

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  63. My daughter would love to listen to stories on tap throughout the day, she would love this. Great invention

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  64. Sounds fantastic, my daughters would really like it!

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  65. My grandson would love this … He adores music and stories but doesn't always get the attention he deserves dur do his demanding little 18month old sister!

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  66. I'd love to win this for my youngest son. I know he would love it and it's his birthday just after Christmas so it would make the perfect birthday present.

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  67. What a brilliant idea, would be a great gift for a family member this Christmas :)

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  68. What a fantastic idea, would make a great gift for a family member :)

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  69. I'd love this for my granddaughter she would love this

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  70. I would love to win this for my Daughter Poppy who loves music and bedtime! This would make it even more fun and relaxing for her.

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  71. This would be lovely for my granddaughter I can record stories for her to hear at bedtime

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  72. Wow, this sounds brilliant, my daughters enjoy listening to music and audio books, they would love this.

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  73. I would love to win this for my 5yr old son; perfect for his to have his bedtime story when I’m working night shift. He absolutely loves music and will enable him to create his own playlists

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  74. This would be perfect for my Nephew. Since moving to his big bed my sister struggles to settle him down to sleep x

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  75. This would be amazing at bedtime for my two boys ... they’re in bunk beds so it’s tricky to read to both at the same time!

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  76. I reviewed one of these on my blog last year and my kids still absolutely love it!

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  77. What a fantastic idea to get the kids in bed and not keep coming downstairs when it is past their bed time. I would love to get this for my kids.

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