The BEST Baby White Noise Machine – White Noise for Babies to Sleep

White Noise for Babies

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White Noise for Babies

White Noise for Babies to Sleep

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!

Baby White Noise Machines

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.

Baby Shusher Sleep Miracle Soother

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.

Cloud B Sleep Sheep

Moms Love It Award Winner

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.

Marpac Dohm+

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.

LectroFan

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.

White Noise YouTube Clips

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.

In Conclusion: Baby White Noise Machine

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.

Best Soundproof Insulation Material – Roxul Insulation

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Roxul Rockboard Acoustic Mineral Wool is the Best Insulation for Soundproofing Walls & Ceilings

The best soundproof insulation is generally the one of the common soundproofing materials that is the most dense. Mineral wool is a product made of rock and is very dense. People typically think of pink fiberglass insulation with they thing about insulation for walls or ceilings. Fiberglass insulation does work very well however mineral wool is typically cheaper per pound. A similar density of fiberglass is more expensive. R ratings are similar for the same thickness and do not vary much with changes in density. However, when you compare insulation values available for 2×4 depth framing you’ll find R11 & R13 in fiberglass options but you can get R15 in mineral wool. For 2×6 framing the difference is even greater. R19 is the fiberglass option while R23 is available in mineral wool. What’s also great about mineral wool insulation for soundproofing is the benefits in fire resistance and it’s ability to shed water in the event of a broken pipe or other water issue.

In a scientific test of various types of insulation titled Summary Report For Consortium On Fire Resistance And Sound Insulation Of Floors: Sound Transmission Class And Impact Insulation Class Results, one of the primary findings was:

“Performance is most influenced by the sum of the masses per unit area of the floor and ceiling layers”

Mineral wool insulation is generally substantially more dense than fiberglass insulation making it an ideal sound blocking material. The glass fibers in fiberglass insulation are much longer and allow it to hold together better. This allows for a less dense product that still performs well in it’s insulation properties. Mineral wool fibers are much shorter and require it to be packed more densely to maintain its entanglement to the other fibers. The result is more mass per unit area compared to fiberglass.

Best Soundproof Insulation

Roxul is the best soundproof insulation brand on the market currently. Their Roxul Safe’n’Sound product offers the best value for the money. It’s affordable, has the best frequency rating, and is designed for indoor residential use. While Safe’n’Sound is great, their other products are also excellent in their ability to reduce noise penetration. Safe’n’Sound is meant for interior walls, ceilings, and floors but not exterior walls, attics, or crawlspaces. It’s ideal for soundproofing existing interior walls that don’t already have insulation.

Roxul Soundproof Insulation Install Tips

  • Note that the Roxul ComfortBatt® is an awesome thermal batt insulation intended to be used in exterior walls, attics as well as crawlspaces.
  • The wonderful Roxul Safe’n’Sound® is an acoustical soundproofing insulation intended to be used in interior walls, ceilings and floors to create a more quiet home.
  • The best soundproof insulation utilizes air gaps. Air gaps help absorb sound. Be sure to leave an air gap in your walls.
  • For best performance use 2 layers of insulation with an air gap in-between.
  • Be sure to use a sound-absorbing drywall.
  • For best results use 2 layers of drywall with Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound in-between.

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How to Soundproof a Home Theater with Roxul

In addition to properly installing the Roxul insulation you should consider the following:

In Conclusion

If you’re going to be going to the trouble to remove existing sheetrock or are in the middle of new construction and want to get the job done right the first time, mineral wool is the best route to go. Roxul Rockboard acoustic mineral wool leads the pack amongst mineral wool manufacturers however most mineral wool products are also impressive.

Don’t forget to consider a quality sound-absorbing drywall product and Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound. The combination of this and mineral wool should prove quite impressive at reducing sound transmission.