I had no idea how helpful white noise could be in helping my baby to sleep until we had our roof replaced, and the baby slept better. You read that correctly — the sounds of construction helped my baby sleep. Who would have guessed that adding noise to naptime would calm a restless baby?
Because I can’t have roofers come over every time I need to put Tate down for a nap, I’ve been looking into more ways I can introduce a little noise into the room where he sleeps. White noise, specifically, is a little background noise — a fan whirring, or the rain outside, or a quiet, static-like tone — that is known to comfort babies as they fall asleep. White noise may mimic the familiar sounds of the womb (it wasn’t all peace and quiet in there!) or cover up louder background noises that may distract baby.
On my first post, readers left comments telling me about their favorite products and tips for implementing white noise into baby’s sleep routine. I have been amazed at the difference it has made for Tate’s nap schedule.
We ended up going the old-fashioned route by keeping a fan on high in the corner of his room while he sleeps, but some parents may prefer to invest in a white noise machine. These machines generally work better at covering up disturbing background noises such as snoring or loud neighbors. Click through to read about 9 of the best white noise baby products:
Homedics Sound Spa Lullaby Relaxation Machine 1 of 9This baby sound machine was highly recommended by a reader. Not only does it feature three natural sounds and three lullabies, it also offers rotating picture projection, so your baby can watch a swirling image on the ceiling while drifting off to sleep.
Click here to buy from Target, $15.97
Honeywell Tabletop Air-Circulator Fan 2 of 9I think fans are both one of the most basic and most effective options for creating white noise. This compact tabletop version would do the job well, especially if space is a premium.
Click here to buy from Amazon, $15.99
White Noise Lite App 3 of 9
Tranquil Moments White Noise Sound Machine 4 of 9This is the highest-rated white noise machine being sold at Amazon. You can select from sounds such as Prenatal, Dolphins, Lullaby, Heartbeat, and more, then set a sleep timer for 30, 60, or 90 minutes as the sounds gently lull your baby to sleep.
Click here to buy from Amazon, $69.99
Oral-B CrossAction Power Max Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush 5 of 9An electric toothbrush may not be the first thing you think of when you think of white noise — but a very clever reader told me she keeps one in her diaper bag to use for white noise when she's on the go.
Click here to buy from Amazon, $12.00
White and Pink Noise Album 6 of 9When I think of relaxation CDs, I think of ocean crashes, thunderstorms, and waterfalls. But did you know you can buy white noise tracks? Download this to play in baby's nursery — or while on the road on your car stereo.
Click here to buy from Amazon, $3.96
5-inch Personal Fan 7 of 9If you are looking for another portable, easy-to-use option for those times you aren't at home for naps, try stowing this small fan in your diaper bag.
Click here to buy from Amazon, $10.99
12 Hours of White Noise Youtube Video 8 of 9Need a little more than the average amount of white noise? This 12-hour — yes, 12-hour — YouTube video provides a constant stream of white noise. Using this video ensures the white noise plays all the way through the night, and can be used anywhere you have an internet connection.
Click here to watch on YouTube
Rainymood.com 9 of 9If standard white noise doesn't do the trick, you might try the sound of falling rain. Rainymood.com is free and plays rain sounds on loop on the computer.
Click here to listen on Rainymood.com
How do you implement white noise into your baby’s sleep schedule? What products do you recommend?
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