White noise is one of those things that often gets dismissed when it comes to combatting noise pollution. A good white noise machine is excellent at making many sounds almost disappear. When you first turn a white noise machine on it can seem a little loud and you wonder how you could not notice it but after a few minutes your brain tunes it out along with other similar sounds.
White noise works especially well for babies. Not only does a baby white noise machine help drown out distracting sounds but it is similar to womb sounds such as breathing, heartbeat and blood flow, as well as muffled voices. It’s also great not just for helping your little one drift off to sleep but also helps prevent random noises from inside and outside your home from waking baby up prematurely. As you know, this is not only good for your child but also for you!
The best baby white noise machines are not necessarily all that different from regular white noise generators. They usually have additional features that make them a bit more convenient or helpful for babies. Below are some of the best white noise machines we can suggest. They’re not strictly limited to those designed for babies. The more adjustable and well respected white noise generators are not portable but great for next to a crib and are typically more adjustable. I’m a fan of wired devices for the one fact that they don’t have batteries that will eventually fail. I’m not a fan of cords but the reliability and lack of maintenance is hard to beat.
The Baby Shusher is a very well respected product and many mothers have sung it’s praises. It’s meant primarily for when babies have been well-fed, burped and have a clean diaper, but are still in a crying spell.
The Baby Shusher isn’t really a white noise machine. It’s very similar but it actually works by mimicking the sound of our natural instinct to calm a baby by shushing it gently. This works amazingly well with newborns and is recommended to be used from the day your baby is born but can work with babies up to 9 months old.
Be sure to adjust the volume to be louder than your infants crying. This is important for the shushing effect to work. The Baby Shusher is designed to have a maximum 85 decibel volume so as to be safe for your child’s hearing. It has 2 built in timer options. One for 15 minutes and the other for 30 minutes.
The Cloud B Sleep Sheep is another very good
product but a little more practical for slightly older babies than the Baby Shusher. There are many other products in their product line in addition to the sheep and worth checking out.
The Sleep Sheep has 8 sounds/melodies and has an auto shutoff timer that can be set to turn off after 23 minutes or 45 minutes.
The baby white noise machine within it can be removed so that the sheep can be washed when needed.
It has a handy velcro strap so it can be attached to a crib, stroller, or whatever happens to be convenient so it won’t easily get dropped or lost.
It’s also Phthalate Free, Latex Free, Lead Free, and BPA Free.
The LectroFan is a digital speaker white noise machine that has specific programming to eliminate any repetitive effects. Most digital speaker-based white noise machines rely on audio clips that loop. This looping becomes prominent as you use the machine and become aware of its patterns over time.
By programmatically randomizing the noise that problem is eliminated. The benefit of being able to use a digital speaker-based product versus a fan-based product is the ability to produce a product that is much more compact in size and has a broader range of controllability.
There are plenty of audio clips on YouTube of white noise to help your baby sleep. This is a great solution in a pinch. If you have a phone or tablet that you can spare you can queue up one of these to help lull your little one off to dream land. You just need to be aware that YouTube may insert ads inline with these clips that could disrupt your baby’s relaxation. Below are a few are of the best white noise clips found on YouTube.
The Baby Shusher, Cloud B Sleep Sheep, and the Marpac Dohm, and LectroFan are all great products and all fit slightly different roles and have slightly different features. Any of these products will be very helpful in calming your little one and allowing them and you to relax.
The battery powered Baby Shusher and Cloud B Sleep Sheep are great. Just be sure to have some extra batteries on hand. The Marpac Dohm+ or LectroFan are awesome for permanently leaving next to a crib to help your baby drift off to sleep easier without being as easily disturbed by the clatter down the hall.
Baby white noise machines are not cure-alls but they can really be indispensable tools for helping you and your new family addition get some precious peace, quiet, and sleep.
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