Many parents look for ways to help their children form healthy sleep patterns early in life. Not only does adequate sleep encourage good health, but sleep is also critical to a child's growth. Helping your baby sleep is one of the most important things you can do as a parent – and you'll get better sleep as well.
Baby sound machines can help your child sleep. Some babies are naturally fussier than others, and establishing those sleep routines can be difficult. Perhaps you live in an area with loud outside noises or you have older children who don't want to be quiet enough for your baby to sleep in silence. The best baby sound machines generate sounds that distract, entertain and ultimately aid in soothing your child to sleep. Based on our research, the top three infant sound machines are the Graco Sweet Slumber, the Munchkin Nursery Projector and The First Years Sounds for Silence Premium. To learn more about these white noise machines and their effects on your baby, read our related articles about baby sound machines.
Whether your baby suffers from colic or a cold, is teething or just fussy, a baby sound machine can be a useful solution for calming her down and soothing her enough to fall asleep. While baby sound machines aren’t the answer for every child, they certainly help many. We have outlined the most essential aspects of an infant sound machine to help ensure you pick the best product for your child. We based our research and rankings on the following criteria:
The sound variety that baby sound machines offer may be the most important thing to look for when choosing a baby sound machine. Selecting a device with many sound choices allows you to shuffle your baby's sound playlist to see what works best for your child. However, if you already know your baby responds well to music or white noise, sound variety may not be as important to you as some of the features offered by other sound machines.
Some devices have a mix of sounds, such as a heartbeat and other noises from the womb, ocean waves and sea animals, rain and thunderstorms, crickets and birds, lullabies and white noise. Machines with more sound choices ranked higher in our lineup because of the variety they offer. Others have limited sound options. Look for an infant sound machine that plays the sounds you and your baby like.
While many sound machines stick closely to their primary purpose of simply playing different sounds, there are some extra features that can add convenience to your nighttime routine. After 30 to 40 minutes, your child will most likely be fast asleep, so look for machines with sleep timer options that will automatically turn the machine off after an allotted time period, saving electricity or battery power and limiting the sound pressure your baby's delicate ears are exposed to.
If your child is less likely to fall asleep quickly, try a machine with continuous play options. Where a timer may turn the sound off before your baby is asleep, continuous play will give the child limitless time to fall asleep.
Additional features come in handy and add to a machine's versatility. These include a built-in MP3 port to play additional sounds and music, an optional nightlight for nighttime check-ins, diaper changes and feedings and a resume play function in case your child wakes in the night and you don't want to get out of bed to restart the sound machine for your baby.
Some baby sound machines include image projectors that display pictures around your baby's nursery. Others are housed within plush stuffed animals that attach to your child’s crib, and some even incorporate baby monitors. Because you will most likely use this machine on a daily basis, be sure to take wear and tear into account and purchase a sound machine that offers a warranty against material and workmanship defects.
Ease of Use
Whether you're adjusting the white noise machine during naptime or nighttime, you'll want a user-friendly sound machine. Softly lit buttons and easy-to-find switches help you limit interruptions while your baby sleeps. Check for volume control and an automatic shut-off option. To make travel easy, the majority of white noise machines can run on batteries and come with an AC adapter as well.
We've researched a wide variety of sound machines for babies to help you make the best choice for your situation. Some of the baby sound machines have a wide sound variety and numerous features. Some have limited sound and feature assortments. However, all the products in our lineup are user-friendly and most are travel-ready. Consider your needs and make the best choice for your baby. We're certain there's a white noise machine for everyone.