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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.
myBaby Soundspa Lullaby Sound Machine and Projector
This 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.
Available now at Amazon, $24.47
Honeywell Tabletop Air-Circulator Fan
I 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.
Available now at Amazon, $13.99
White Noise App
It seems these days, there are smart phone applications for everything. This free app is highly rated and would work well if you need some white noise while traveling.
Available now on iTunes
Available now on Android
Marpac Dohm-DS All-Natural White Noise Sound Machine
This Amazon best seller is the official sound conditioner of the National Sleep Foundation. There’s a 2-speed asymmetrical fan that creates a soothing sound of rushing air and the ability to customize your sound to your little one’s preference.
Available now at Amazon, $49.99
Pink Noise Album
When 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. This album is also included in streaming with Amazon Prime.
5-Inch Personal Fan
If 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.
Available now at Amazon, $6.88
12 Hours of White Noise
Need 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. (via YouTube)
If 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. (via Rainy Mood)