Many parents quickly find out that their babies sleep better when there is ‘white noise’ in their room, often stumbling across this after some particular comforting use of a fan or noticing their baby drifting off in front of the dishwasher.
Baby tech to the rescue
Luckily the baby tech sector has been on to this for quite some time. There are lots of companies making ‘white noise machines’ which emit the sort of sounds that help babies settle down, startle less and generally sleep more soundly.
We’ve rounded up a bunch of the best, in case you want to try one of these devices in your baby’s nursery. They might also help YOU sleep better if you pop one in your room or even soothe jumpy pets who bark at every little sound during the night.
1. Marpac Hushh Portable White Noise Machine
This take-anywhere sound machine comes with bright white noise, deep white noise, or gentle surf sounds. It’s powered by USB (so you can charge it when your baby is awake and then clip to their cot or pram) and its makers offer a 101 trial for parents, so they can give it a test run. It has thousands of happy reviewers, too.
“I think over the last year I have bought most white noise products on the market for my baby. We have Ewan the Dream Sheep, My Hummy, Lulla Doll. None of these compare to this product!”
Find out more about the Marpac Hushh Portable White Noise Machine.
2. The Dreamegg D1 Sound Machine
The Dreamegg D1 Sound Machine comes loaded with 7 white noise sounds, 7 fan sounds and 7 relaxing natural sounds (forest, ocean, lullaby, stream, crickets, thunder and foetal tone). It costs $59 and has hundreds of positive reviews. It’s powered by a USB cable.
“I bought my first one of these for my babies room and found that this little machine is so soothing I ended up buying one for myself!”
Find out more about the Dreamegg D1 Sound Machine.
3. The Oricom OLS50 Portable Sound Soother
This cute device is part owl, part night light and part sound machine. It’s loaded with a variety of audio options, from lullabies to nature sounds to white noise and is designed to help lull your little one to sleep.
“Very happy with this, compact, convenient, affordable with all the functions you need to help soothe baby. I love how it can be used in the pram and can easily be taken on holidays too.”
It costs $35, runs on two AA batteries and has an optional inbuilt timer.
Find out more about the Oricom OLS50 Portable Sound Soother.
4. The Sleepytot S5 Sleep Therapy White Noise Machine
This machine is loaded with 20 different sounds including white noise, cracking fire, ocean, shush, womb sounds and lullabies. It comes with a battery that allows more than 10 hours playing time after 2 hours charging PLUS a USB plug for long term use.
“The best product in our babys room!! Continuous play white noise or the shush is our favourite. Volume and quality of the sound is perfect. Highly recommend!”
It retails for $64.
Find out more about the Sleepytot S5 Sleep Therapy White Noise Machine.
5. Marpac Whish White Noise Sound Machine
This machine comes with 16 sound options, including white noise and “the soothing ambient sounds of rushing air”. It’s light and portable and is powered via USB.
“We have been using this sound machine in my 2 1/2 year old’s room for about 3 weeks now and couldn’t be happier. I love all the different sound options. Right now we use the white noise sound option and run it all night while he sleeps. If he’s fussy, or needs calming down, he loves listening to the stream sound (he calls it ‘waterfall’).”
Find out more about the Marpac Whish White Noise Sound Machine.