Getting your baby to sleep through the night is priceless, and ultimately helps you get some much needed rest as well. White noise and baby sleep compliment each other because 99.99% of the time, a newborn baby will instantly fall asleep when there is white noise.
However, it is not always easy, a baby is easily impacted by their surroundings and the slightest thing can make a huge difference on whether he is able to sleep or not. Many factors such as colic and teething pain can really disrupt your little one’s sleep and also leave an entire household exhausted.
A popular method to encourage sleep is the white noise machine. They vary in price, size, whether they are USB vs battery powered and how many different sound profiles each one holds. White noise machines make wonderful sleep aids and are incredibly soothing for babies. If you have ever switched on a fan late at night you will soon realize how effective the sound is at promoting the drowsiness that lets you fall asleep. It is much the same for babies, a sound machine can be a miracle worker to get your baby to sleep.
Let’s take a look at the best baby noise machines and soothers that have the potential to encourage your baby to snooze longer:
The best thing for newborn to a toddler, the Baby Shusher is one of my favorite white noise products. Just what does this little salt & pepper shaker looking thing for? Well just imagine trying to “shush” your baby to sleep at night for a good 15 or 30 minutes? Don’t you think you would get a little dizzy after all that shushing? Well this little device is perfect because what it does, is it emits a rhythmic shushing sound that is very effective at soothing young babies; even the fussiest sleepers. Its portable, so makes a practical on-the-go soothing device. Plus, its adjustable volume control means it is easily heard over cries.
Just watch this video as this little baby is put instantly to sleep with baby shusher:
Isn’t that the sweetest thing? It has different volumes so you can adjust it to a little louder than the sound of the baby’s cries , but you want to make sure not to place it with the speaker faced down obviously that will shush out the shushing sound lol.
Great for a baby’s room, the Sound+Sleep SE Sleep Sound Machine is a feature-rich, high-quality unit with such a variety of sounds to choose from. Its 34 distinct, non-repeating sounds act perfectly as an effective sleep aid for babies and adults alike. I really love this one because of the variety of soundscapes to chose from. It comes in white and black, and there is also a mini version.
Completely fabulous, small and portable the CFS White Noise Machine is built with multiple sound channels (white noise, clock, ocean waves, rain and lullaby) that can act as a powerful sleeping aid to encourage your baby to relax and drift off into a pleasant night’s sleep. It has a sleek, stylish design and an automatic-off timer to let you save energy and money. Its small enough to fit in your hand.
There are many different ways that investing in the best white noise machine babies can influence sleep.
1) It blocks out noises that disturb or interrupt sleep. Most nurseries aren’t soundproofed, so everyday noises like family members talking; the sound of the television or other appliances, or cars outside can impact your baby’s sleep. White noise is very effective at masking these sounds.
2) The brain is kept busy. A further reason behind the effectiveness of white noise is its ability to keep the brain busy. Any sudden or unexpected noise in the night can alert the brain which becomes excited and will very likely wake a baby. However, if the constant, low-level noise of white noise is playing, that is very effective at keeping a baby’s brain engaged which lowers the risk of being bothered or waking.
Start with a white noise machine that has the audio volume all the way down. You want to figure out the lowest possible usable volume that is able to achieve the desired results. There are plenty of baby sound machines that have a maximum decibel that easily exceeds the level recommended by hospital nurseries.
Place the white noise machine so that it is close to the crib, but not actually in it. Rail-mounted white noise machines can be cute and resemble a stuffed animal, but may be placed too close to the baby/mattress to be safe. Items placed in the crib have the potential to be dangerous for babies. The preferred location is on top of a bedside table or shelf near the crib.
Use the white noise setting (or similar) on a sound machine that has the varied audio library. Simple is the best course of action. Other sounds can be too entrancing or too dramatic, such as a repeated lullaby which can rouse a baby to full wakefulness. Also, the sound-activated or motion units can prematurely wake baby if they briefly cry out or stir. Music isn’t white noise and unlikely to give the desired results, so don’t play it.
Adjust the sound level, tone, or other settings. A baby can easily react differently to the many different tones. A low, constant rhythmic sound is typically able to give the best results. Still, the machine must be played with audio at a volume that is loud enough to hear over the baby crying. After a few nights of trying, it is usually enough to establish the minimum effective volume to ensure the restful nights sleep for you and your baby.
Overall, white noise done right is certain to help the baby that is having difficulty settling or sleeping.