The use of sound machines is a proven method of lulling your baby to sleep, as well as sleep training for them to sleep soundly in different noise environments.
If you are a parent of a newborn, or a child up to a few years old, using a sound machine inside their room will help them adjust to falling asleep fast to the background noises.
White noise for babies is actually a natural and soothing sound, and having one of these machines in your nursery can help fussy babies feel more comfortable.
Let’s review each of the 5 products, and help you choose the best baby sound machine for your home.
1. Graco Sweet Slumber Sound MachineThis very unique sound machine comes with 12 different sounds so that you will surely find one your baby enjoys. It is made of safe plastic, and this machine doesn’t have any sharp parts that can potentially cause harm.
Included with the Sweet Slumber is a very gentle nightlight which will allow you to check on your baby without having to disturb them. A timer option is built into the machine so that it will turn off after your baby has gone to sleep.
Another cool feature that is built right into this machine is a MP3 player plug-in that will let you play any song or sound that your baby might enjoy. This is also great for when your children get a little older and will allow them to use the machine as a music player for their favorite songs.
2. Baby Shusher Soothing MiracleThe Baby Shusher Soothing Miracle is an innovative looking device that has a unique “shush” sound that has been proven to help babies fall asleep without fussing. The Baby Shusher is a great way to calm down those babies who simply find it hard to go to bed at night.
The Shusher machine comes with a 15 minute and 30 minute timer which will allow the unit to shut off after your baby is sound asleep. A built in sound control allows you to adjust the level of volume just by twisting the top of the machine.
Unlike some sound machines the Baby Shusher is cordless and runs on two AA batteries making it easy to carry with you. A lot smaller than most, the Baby Shusher only weighs 6.4 ounces which makes traveling with it a breeze. If you are looking for a nice baby shower gift this little sound machine would be a good choice.
3. myBaby SoundSpa Whale Slumber MachineIf you are looking for a cute baby sound machine, you should consider the myBaby SoundSpa Whale Machine. This very attractive unit comes with three distinct and natural sounds; a heartbeat sound that is perfect for newborns, white noise sound, and an ocean sound that are great for babies at any stage.
Also included with this unit are three classic lullabies; Brahm’s cradle song, twinkle, twinkle little star, and Rock-a-bye baby. Not only is this a sound machine but it also has a built in projector that will display either an ocean scene or a space scene.
Parents can also use the projector as a nightlight helping your child feel safe while trying to fall asleep. Finally, the SoundSpa Whale has a timer which allows the unit to turn off automatically after your baby falls asleep.
4. Munchkin Nursery Projector Sound MachineThis machine comes with more than just a few sounds. The Munchkin Nursery Projector Sound Machine uses music and lullabies to sooth your baby to sleep. Utilizing the soft sounds of Mozart, this machine will play twinkle twinkle and eine kleine nachtmusik, which are perfect songs to lull your baby to sleep. Also, some other classic lullabies are included; hush little baby, Brahms lullaby and rock-a-bye.
The projector that comes built into the machine rotates images around the room and it’s the perfect nightlight. The image cartridge that comes with each of these machines includes images of a soothing sea, a calming rain forest and a night time sky.
Another cool feature of this sound machine is that it is voice activated so if your baby wakes up crying he or she can be quickly soothed back to sleep. So if you are looking for a more classical approach to helping your baby get some much needed rest, consider looking at the Munchkin Nursery Projector.
5. myBaby SoundSpa PortableThe myBaby SoundSpa Portable sound machine comes with six very natural sounds including; white noise, heartbeat and a very pleasant ocean sound. At only 8 ounces and measuring 6 x 7 x 2.2 inches this very portable sound machine will fit into a purse or backpack.
This unit comes with a triple timer that will let you automatically turn it off in 15, 30, or 60 minutes. Having a timer is great because the unit can turn off after the baby has fallen to sleep saving battery life.
One nice thing about this sound machine is that you can either run it on 4 AA batteries or plug it into a 120 volt outlet by using an adapter that is included. This will allow you to use the outlet and save the batteries for traveling.
So if you are looking for a travel sized sound machine for your baby, the myBaby SoundSpa Portable machine is one good option.
A Word of Caution
While sleep training is important for the baby (and your sanity), it should be common sense that your baby’s ears and hearing are sensitive, and could potentially be harmful if overused, even with the best baby sound machine possible.
Studies are inconclusive about the effects of white noise on babies, but most experts agree, that if you simply follow these two guidelines, you’ll have nothing to worry about.
- Place the sound machine a short ways from your baby. They do not need the speaker placed directly at them in order to benefit from the sounds.
- Use the lowest volume setting necessary to lull your baby to sleep.
- White noise can benefit adults too, check out our review of the Marpac and Lectrofan machines.