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The Miracle That Is White Noise

By MadelinePetersen |

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A few weeks ago, I posted about Tate’s featherlight sleeping and how he responded to the house being re-roofed (which was far better than I ever imagined). This is when several of you bestowed very wise and needed advice: that what this kid needed was some white noise.

I know some parents have fancy white noise machines that are specially made to minimize disturbing sounds for babies. We went the old fashioned route; any time he is supposed to be sleeping the fan is on high in the the corner. I have set out to make white noise synonymous with sleep. And unlike most of my parenting experiments, it seems to be working. If we are out and about in the car and Tate is resisting his nap, all I need to do is set the car fan on high, and he goes out like a light. Every nap is now taken in the bedroom with white noise on full blast.

Are his naps perfect? No. Not by a long shot. But they are getting to be more consistent and we are developing a schedule. And I have to say, it’s an incredible feeling.

What are your tips for getting a baby on a good nap schedule?

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Madeline blogs and tweets about budget-friendly clothes, modest apparel, sales, her obsession with pop culture, and her pudgy little baby, Tate, on her personal blog, Uber Chic for Cheap. A former Babble contributor, she currently resides in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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9 thoughts on “The Miracle That Is White Noise

  1. Kristyn says:

    Our saving grace has been strong routines. I worry that they’re a bit too strong (i.e. baby won’t sleep under any other conditions), but I have a hard time arguing with consistent (for the most part) naps and pretty solid sleep at night (7 months later…). Glad you’re finding one that works for you!

  2. Elle says:

    This is so funny, because I’m finding that we’re the complete opposite of what Kristyn commented above. There was a point in time where I was driving myself crazy, constantly clock watching and trying to find a routine. Now I just go with the flow and he naps when he’s tired. Previously, at the very first sign of tiredness I would take him in and try to put him down, but he would fuss and cry forever, even while I was rocking him and walking around his room holding him. Now, if he doesn’t go down quickly, I give up for the time being and try again later. Once I give it a little while, he goes down within seconds. Our little guy just tries to fight sleep so hard that it seems like we kind of have to wait to put him down when he’s REALLY tired, otherwise it’s just a frustrating battle.

  3. Kristyn says:

    When I say “routine” I don’t mean schedule. I’ve learned to read his tiredness cues and put him down when he’s ready. Then it’s just a matter of being consistent in the manner of putting him down.

  4. Karen L says:

    An electric toothbrush is a great white-noise (and vibration) maker. fits in a diaper bag better than a fan!

  5. zoesmumlizs says:

    i have white noise on my i pod, easy to download, tons of different sounds to chose from (fan, rain, …) and a lot less power consuming than you regular fan;-)

  6. Danielle says:

    We have used white noise on the iPod since LO was just days old. He is now 2.5 years and has been a great sleeper. I followed a book called the Sleep Easy Solution and they recommend turning the white noise up louder than you would think. This drowns out clanking pans, barking dogs, door bells, etc. when we travel to either set of grandparents houses, I bring iPod along (I bought iPod players for each house so I don’t have to worry about hauling it back and forth). If you have ever tried to get (and keep) a baby asleep in a hotel room, you know just how hard it can be. People running down the hallway, doors slamming etc. The noise has been great and recommend it to every new parent I meet. And PS playing music while they sleep is not the same. The music interferes with their REM sleep and prevents a good nights rest.

  7. andrea george says:

    ok so this may not be the right place to ask this but it is dealing with the same issue but with an older child. my son is almost nine and he has a really hard time falling asleep. we have tried melatonin and he has been trying a low dose prescription and it still takes hours for him to fall asleep(most nights he is still awake when i fall into bed at 11). there is no t.v. in his room we don’t have any video games except for his ds that is not in his room at night. all this is to get to the point of asking …. do you think a white noise machine would work for him?

  8. Cathy says:

    I also use a white noise machine by SleepMate. Although I keep it across the room from the crib, I got worried when I read Heather Turgeon’s post on Strollerderby in which she cited a study that suggests that loud white noise could potentially interfere with language development. I still keep mine on, but have moved it even further away.

  9. Olivia S. says:

    I use the Homedics ss2000 soundspa. I LOVE it. Have been using it for 4 years every night, all night. I just had to buy a new one. I also have one in my 6month olds’ room for nap time and night time. I also have a 3rd one for travel. It is super small and portable. Only $20 at Walmart or Amazon. Highly recommend it :)

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