Every parent would agree that getting their baby fall asleep easily and peacefully throughout the night is something equivalent to God-send. What if we tell you there is a machine that is able to do just that?
While it is not 100% foolproof, parents do report a positive improvement once they use what is called a sound machine (also commonly known as white noise machine) to put their baby to sleep.
Do you have a hard time putting your baby to sleep? Then read our baby sound machine reviews below to find out what is the best baby sound machine for you!
1. What is White Noise?
We won't go too technical (there are many extensive explanation which you can look up on the Internet) but to put it simply,
"White noise is a sound created when different frequencies of sound that is audible to the human ear and brain (between 20 - 20,000HZ) are put together at a similar level."
Now, you might think: whoa, isn't that gonna sound messy? Yes, when you can still pick out and identify individual sounds from a mesh of background, it is going to be noisy. But, when all sounds of different frequencies are put together at the same time, it blurs into that of a 'hissing' or 'shushing' sound which you can no longer decipher separately - this, is what you call 'the white noise'.
2. How Does White Noise Help Sleeping
So why is this soothing to babies? In fact, adults also find it comforting and helps with their sleep quality.
White noise promotes relaxation prior to sleep by providing a constant, soothing sound for your baby's brain to settle down. This helps quiet the mind and keeps your baby from focusing on disruptive sounds, which interfere with the process of falling asleep.
You see, babies (or light sleeper adults) are easily kept awake or woken up by sudden sounds (hence all the tiptoeing around in the nursery!). White noise help to drown out all these unwanted sounds so that babies can fall asleep easier and sleep better for longer.
Don't worry about the humming sound disturbing your baby - babies actually find white noise, or nature sounds, relaxing and soothing. They are used to listening to constant noise while still in the womb (it's not the quietest place, with blood rushing by) so rather than being disturbed by it, it actually provides them the same sense of security and comfort as is the womb, which they have already gotten accustomed to for 9 months.
You can go and record the sound of rain, wind or ocean (all of which have a similar effect because they are actually different tones created by the forces of Mother Nature) and play it to your baby, or you can buy a white noise or sound machine that does exactly just that, without all the hassle and fuss.
3. Top 5 Best Baby Noise Machine
4. Other Alternatives
If you do not want to spend extra money getting a white noise sound machine, you can definitely go the old school way of using a stand fan. It generates pretty much the same white noise, just make sure it is not blowing directly on your baby!
Another device that will work, and something that you may already have gotten for your nursery anyway, is the humidifier. We have an extensive review about the best types here which after reading, you may consider getting one of them instead of a white noise machine in the end.
5. A Word of Caution
There are published reports out there analysing the disadvantages of white noise/sound machines, the two main concerns being sound machines, if exceeding the recommended 50 decibels noise level, will potentially cause hearing damage or delay language and speech development in childre.
While it does not say that all noise machines will cause these problems, we thought it is something you may want to know. If you're getting the stronger ones, make sure they are placed at least 2 metres away from your baby and it should be safe. Sound soothers designed specially for the crib like the Cloud B Sleep Sheep are generally safe so you do not have to be overly concern.
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