There are only a few parents out there who have no problem putting their babies to sleep. Only a few.
For most parents like me, it can take your baby hours to go to sleep and even when they finally do, its only for a few moments before they are awake again and crying. If your baby does this all night while keeping you awake, it can be very frustrating and stressful.
A white noise machine could be just what the doctor ordered for you! White noise from a sound machine is extremely soothing and will have your little one sleeping in just a couple of moments.
On the other hand, with so many different kinds of sound machines out there on the market, it can be really hard to find the one that works best for you and your baby. You can expect to spend as little as less than $20 on a new baby sound machine – to well over $100. .
Before you shop, use this white noise sound machine guide to point you in the right direction. By the time you are finished reading this guide you will be well versed and a baby sound machine expert.
Let’s begin by taking a look at some of the best sound machines available. These ones in particular are very popular with parents everywhere and work exceptionally well.
Colors: Black, Tan, White, Cloud White
Marpac has been around since 1962 so they have been honing down and improving their sound machines into what they have now today. This sound machine is my personal family favorite for many generations.
What makes this a genuine sound machine is that it’s made from a real fan. If you lift the cover it reveals a fan blade on a motor. This makes it suitable for using during the winter. With the flip of a switch you can choose high or low settings and fine tune it to just how loud you would like it to be.
The only thing that puts me off about this sound machine is that it’s not very aesthetically appealing. This is not something that will accent any room by any standards although it does do the job of generating white noise very well and that is why I included it in this list.
Brand: Cloud b
The Cloud b Sleep Sheep is ranked as the most popular stuffed animal sound machine available and is now available in travel size which means you can put it in your diaper bag on the go.
It stands eight inches tall, comes with two AA batteries and produces four different sounds;
The travel sized sleep sheep sound machine is specially made to be easy to take with you while you run errands or for very long car trips. A velcro loop makes it simple for you to attach this sound machine to the outside of your baby’s carrier, stroller or wherever baby is resting. Your baby will be so calm & relaxed making it easy for you focus on the task at hand.
The travel sized sleep sheep comes with two timer options – either 23 or 45 minutes – before it turns itself off so your batteries are not wasted once baby falls asleep. It’s a practical feature meaning you can simply turn it on and walk away.
My only issue with this sound machine is that even though the sound is really impressive, there is no generic white noise sound. The spring showers is probably the closest sound to actual white noise.
This portable sound machine is made to be taken with you when you leave your home. Easy to wipe down and clip to objects, this sound machine is many parents first pick to take along on walks and other outings with baby.
The MyBaby Sound Spa lets you choose between four different sounds;
What makes MyBaby SoundSpa different from the other portable sound machines is that it lets you play the sounds continuously, not just for a predetermined time before automatically shutting off. This is a useful feature for babies who require continuous external noise to stay asleep. The plastic exterior is durable which means it can be tossed around in your diaper bag with little worry about wear.
You will have to buy three AAA batteries additionally which are not included. This, I believe, is to keep is to keep the cost down as the SoundSpa is one of the most inexpensive sound machines available. You could actually buy three of them for the cost of many other white noise sound machines on this list.
Brand: Hatch Baby
The Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine combines a night light, sound machine and time to rise all in one package. It is controlled from your smart phone and can play many different soundscapes including; rain, wind, water, ocean, dryer, white noise, birds, as well as three different music sounds.
You can customize hues, brightness and sounds to a setting that comforts your baby using scientifically proven light colors that promote healthy circadian rhythms and melatonin to aid sleep. You can even turn the sound off completely, leaving only the soft light. You can do all of this from your smart phone that way you don’t actually disturb baby.
Designed for babies and kids that grows with changing sleep needs. Once your little one is a toddler, this sound machine has a bedtime program with fun colors and music to alert them that bedtime is coming soon as well as an ok-to-wake-up green light indicator that lets your toddler know when they can get out of bed.
Brand: Baby Shusher
Unlike the other white noise sound machines, the Baby Shusher take a minimal approach to producing white noise as it generates one sound only. Baby Shusher emits a rhythmic shushing sound very much like a real human voice, and very similar to the sound you make with your mouth while you are comforting your infant.
You can see whether this white noise sound machine will work for your baby by recreating the shushing sound yourself. If your see that your baby visibly is soothed and calmer then this is the perfect sound machine for your infant.
When my son was a newborn I had a Baby Shusher and I absolutely loved it! My son would immediately respond by calming down as soon as I turned it on. The thing I did not like about it was that the speaker was on the flat bottom side of the device. Because of this, you have to put the sound machine on it’s side so the sound can properly be heard. Because this device is round, you will need to have it on a flat surface or else it will roll around. Other than that it is an *excellent* choice for a white noise sound machine because you can use it anywhere.
Below I will go over just about everything you will need to know while searching for the perfect white noise machine for your infant.
What is a white noise sound machine?
A white noise sound machine is a device which plays different types of sound or white noise to help a baby sleep better.
What is white noise?
White noise is similar to static coming from an empty TV or radio station. It is produced electronically and while it isn’t pleasant to listen to, it is ideal for masking irregular noises going on in the background. Nowadays most people regard white noise as being any type of background noise such as nature sounds or songs.
What is the difference between a white noise machine and a sound machine?
It’s not hard to get the two mixed up, referring to one as the other and vice versa. While a white noise machine can only play a static sound, a sound machine can play white noise but also other sounds, songs and melodies.
Why do sound machines work?
The environment inside a womb is very noisy. From the sound of your beating heart to the gurgle & slush of your digestive system, baby’s are accustomed to hearing lots of noise while inside the womb. When you put your baby down to sleep the room is too quiet for your baby. So quiet that it can unsettle your little one.
Since your baby has an immature reflex system, this makes him jumpy in particular, jolting awake at strange noises, that are easy to hear in the middle of the night. Sound machines produce a consistent noise that tunes out background noises, which results in a more restful sleep for your infant.
A sound machine which is powered by plugging into an electrical outlet. These were the only type of sound machines available up until just recently. Because plug in sound machines don’t haven’t to worry about saving power, they usually come with more options than the portable variety.
To put it simply, this is a sound machine which is encased in a stuffed animal. Many parents like these types of sound machines because they are huggable, and not as ugly as the hard plastic kind.
Most of these stuffed animal types allow you to remove the sound machine and wash the stuffed animal without wrecking it.
Portable sound machines are ideal for those of you who are frequently on the go with your baby. Since they are powered by batteries, you can ease your baby to sleep no matter where you are. The newer types of portable sound machines come with rechargeable batteries which can be charged through a USB cable.
A combination sound machine takes a sound machine and adds a few extra features which helps parents prevent from having to purchase two separate products. Some combinations that are commonly found in these types of sound machines are;
With so many sound machines on the market with similar features, it can be hard to pick the best one for your baby. Here are some important features to look for when choosing a sound machine.
Sound machines are powered either by batteries, USB plug or wall socket. Although batteries give your sound machine the ability of being portable, they can be pricey to replace all the time.
If you are set on getting a battery powered sound machine, then consider purchasing rechargeable batteries plus charger. While upfront the cost might be high, it will be cheaper for you long term.
Most sound machines come with a sleep timer feature to prevent the batteries from being drained when your baby falls asleep. This special function is a pre-set timer which counts down once you turn it on. As soon as the timer reaches zero, the sound machine will turn off.
Some sound machines only offer a few timer settings before automatically shutting off, not allowing you the option of playing it all night if your baby is a light sleeper. If you want a sound machine that plays all night you will have to make sure you find one which has the ability to do so.
Some sound machines have a remote control, or you can use your phone as a remote. This allows you to turn off the sound machine without having to go in your baby’s room and wake them.
Sound machines can produce an array of sounds and tunes. Some of the most common generated sounds include;
Try to think of which one of these particular sounds your baby would enjoy then make sure you look out for the appropriate sound machine.
When considering buying a sound machine the last thing that should be important to you is the way it looks. Most sound machines are kind of ugly. The good news is that there are plenty of nice designs on the market that will go with your taste.
The good news is that you don’t need to spend money if you want to try white noise on your baby. Here are some easy ways you can recreate a sound machine using objects you have around the house.
You would be surprised to find that although a hairdryer is very loud, it will be the perfect noise for your little one to relax too. Try it and see.
The whirr of a fan will provide some authentic white noise. Make sure not to place the fan so that it is blowing directly on baby.
This might sound more unconventional and really obtrusive to do ( especially if its at night ) but turning on a vacuum cleaner has been known to immediately calm a colicky crying baby. The only thing is you can’t keep it on all night but as soon as your baby drifts off to sleep you can turn it off (hopefully!)
If you happen to own an older radio then this can be a great use for it. Simply turn the dial in between stations and you will be rewarded with nice white noise static.
If you are feeling up to it, you can even make your own white noise machine. Here are some really good step by step tutorials: