For some people, sleeping in complete silence is the best way to go, but for others, it’s nearly impossible to sleep without some sound. Generally, your baby will fall into the second category. They’re used to the sounds of your body while they sleep and transitioning from that to complete silence can be a bit of a problem. That’s why you may want to look for a white noise machine for a baby. It creates just the right amount of background noise to keep them more comfortable and happier through the night (or at least most of it).
Top Features for a White Noise Machine for a Baby
Style – You want something that’s going to be cute for your little one. Where standard white noise machines tend to look stark and utilitarian, baby ones tend to look like cute little animals.
Projection – Projections on the wall or ceiling can make a great effect for your little one, whether it’s simple lights or actual images, you can get something that will keep them watching until they fall asleep.
Setup – Just how does the machine sit? Does it hang somewhere near the crib? Does it sit on a counter or a dresser? You may want to look at different options to find one that fits in the bedroom space.
Sound – What type of sound does the machine give you? Is there an option to use it as a speaker or to play music or does it only provide a white noise option?
Hatch Baby Rest Night Light
This sound machine may not look as cute as some of the other options you’ll find for babies, but it definitely has some great features. It’s a night light, giving off a soft, gentle light that also helps moderate melatonin production and circadian rhythms. You get to choose the color and you get to choose the brightness too. When it comes to sound you can control the volume and different types of sounds too. What’s really unique here is that you’re actually going to have control over everything directly from your smartphone.
Being able to control directly from an app means you don’t have to go into your baby’s room to change anything or even to turn the device on or off. You can do it all right from your mobile device. Plus, you can set up different modes and programs to help your older child know when to get up for the day.
SoundBub White Noise Machine
A cute noise machine like this one can help your little one feel more comfortable because it looks just like their favorite stuffed animals. This one actually comes in three different shapes to choose a favorite animal your little one will enjoy. Not only that, but it has a convenient clip that you can attach directly to their crib, their stroller or even a play yard. It’s easily rechargeable and the small size makes it convenient to take with you on trips or even just out on errands. You also get plenty of options with the machine because it has a white noise option and 12 different sounds you can choose to download (free) as well.
Even better, you can use the machine as a speaker, connecting to your favorite music through a Bluetooth device. On top of that you get to choose between different timed options (like 30, 60 or 90 minutes) or you can set it up to play continuously until you decide to turn it off. That way even if your little one wakes up they can be lulled back to sleep.
Skip Hop Moonlight & Melodies Crib Soother
Looking for something super cute to put in your child’s room and help them get to sleep? You won’t have to look any further than this. This little owl is definitely fun and soothing for your child all on its own. But the features make it even better. It gives you the option for white noise, 4 different lullabies plus 4 different nature sounds and it even has a nightlight built right into its belly. When your little one goes to sleep you can set it to just the right brightness with the built-in dimmer too. All of this combines with the projection aspect that puts stars and the moon right on the ceiling.
With this machine you can set up one of 4 different modes for the automatic timer or you can set it to run all night. It’s small and easy to transport, even sitting right in your stroller so you can soothe your little one to sleep even when you’re on the go.
MyBaby SoundSpa On-the-Go
If you’re looking for a simple option that you can take with you anywhere this is definitely what you’re going to want. It’s super small and lightweight and even has a clip to help it connect anywhere, including a stroller, a car seat or even a diaper bag. You get to choose from 4 different sounds that include the ocean, a lullaby, white noise or even a heartbeat so you can get something that helps your baby best. It also has volume controls so you get to control just how it works for you. On top of that it’s made of plastic so you don’t have to worry about it getting damaged while you transport it, or even knocked off the dresser.
All you’re going to need are some batteries and you can use this anywhere you go. Plus, set it to turn off on its own in 15, 30, 45 or 60 minutes, whenever your little one falls asleep. That way, you don’t have to worry about wasting battery power and it’s going to be ready and waiting for you the next time your little one needs a nap.
LittleHippo Mella Ready to Rise
This is a great option for any parent who wants something that will grow with their child. It’s a sound machine that offers 3 different sounds and it’s also a night light with 5 different color options. That makes it work great for your smaller child, making sure they can easily drift off to sleep and stay that way. As your child gets older, however, this little white noise machine actually offers an alarm clock with 3 different sounds. When it’s time to wake up there’s a sound and even a change in color to let your little one know. For those who like to wake up a little earlier, there’s even a warning change to let them know it’s almost time to get up.
On top of all that you even get a silent countdown feature that you can set for different activities to make sure your child’s sticking to their tasks. Have fun with the facial expressions, the colors and a whole lot more, no matter how old (or young) your child is.
There are plenty of different ways you can make sure your little one is comfortable through the night and definitely more than enough white noise machines too. Each of these will give them different features to enjoy, from the sounds to lights, colors and a whole lot more. Before you know it, they’ll be sleeping better (and so will you).