Soothe your Baby with a White Noise Machine

Author Name: Heidi Holvoet, PhD

A white noise machine can be a good sleep aid, soothe baby colic, improve self soothing and keep baby asleep for longer stretches. Let's examine why that is and how to go about using background noise in the bedroom.

Graco Slumber Machine

Technically, white noise is actually a specific sound signal. Plain background noise really ...

These days we often use the term white noise for any non-disturbing background sounds. It is very good at blocking out disturbing noises from in or around the house. That's exactly why it is so good as a sleep aid .

Magic? Not really.

Different distracting or exciting noises can make it hard for baby to relax and go to sleep. And one rough noise can easily wake her up ... So you will want to block those out. A gentle constant white noise background can do exactly that.

Many babies are so distracted and soothed by the constant comforting noise that they simply stop crying. That's why it is also such a good baby colic soother . Of course, you wil want to try and relieve as much as possible with other specific colic soothing methods too.

As with any sleep accessory , the noise is something you need to try before you'll know if it works for your baby or not. Try it for a week or two at least. If no results, give it a break and come back to it later.

Choosing your white noise machine

Having a washing machine - a dryer, a hair dryer or a vacuum cleaner - on may be all your baby needs to be soothed.

Try it when she's cranky and fussy one night and you are at your wits' end of how to comfort her.

It's the simple fact of having the same noise , constantly, which makes it so comforting and relaxing.

To avoid running around with your vacuum cleaner all night ... ;) you can go for a dedicated white noise maker. These are truly practical and much more pleasant.

Be sure to get one with a timer - one that you can choose to switch of after some time. Also, you may want yours to do more than just play white noise. A good machine will have options and many different sounds that you can experiment with. Your baby may prefer a gentle swishing sound, a soft nature sound or even some gentle lullaby music, ...

My choice, the Graco Sweet Slumber Sound Machine has all of these requirements. At the same time it doubles as a soft night light and an mp3 player so you can also play your own music, or voice.

Finally, if you have an mp3 player or can burn CDs, you can also make your own white noise machine

Article Author: Heidi Holvoet, PhD - Founder, senior sleep consultant

Heidi Holvoet, PhD

Heidi Holvoet, PhD, is the founder of the Baby Sleep Advice website and movement, an award-winning author, baby & toddler sleep consultant with 15+ years experience as well as a certified lactation counselor.

Over the years, Heidi has received several awards inluding a Mom's Choice Award (MCA) and National Parenting Awards (NAPPA) for her Baby Sleep Advice website, programs and books. Also, Baby Sleep Advice was awarded "Most Trusted Infant's Sleep Solutions Company 2023" in the Benelux Enterprise Awards 2023.

Heidi continually conducts personal research and participates in continued education and in that way stays up to date with current scientific and pyschosocial infant care.

Association of Professional Sleep Consultants

She is also a member of the Association of Professional Sleep Consultants of which she was one of the earliest contributors. She obtained her PhD degree in physics at the University of Ghent in Belgium.

Heidi is passionate about helping babies and their parents sleep more and better, with her trademark approach that has been proven and praised time and again by parents worldwide to be effective and truly no-tears. Respect for you as a parent and your baby, is at the heart of Heidi's warm and kind support. Her approach always keeps in mind a baby's needs and abilities at any given age, is based on pediatric science and the most up to date knowledge in infant care and sleep science.

As well as the award-winning baby sleep programs, Heidi offers popular 1:1 consults and easy-access 30-minute SOS Sleep sessions.