Max is sleeping soundly here but what you can’t see is underneath the blankets there is an iPod playing white noise to help him sleep.
So why do I use it and why do I love it?
It’s cheap, super effective and easy!
It helps to calm and de-stress baby, even those that are especially fussy. Babies love white noise!
Look at it from a babes perspective. They’ve just spent their entire life in the womb and the womb is deafeningly loud. Loud is normal to a baby. Life outside the womb is quiet. White noise sounds like ‘home’ to a baby.
It has been proven to help your help go to sleep and stay asleep longer. It helps block distracting outside noise that could potentially wake your baby and it also helps them sleep through those sometimes frustrating sleep transitions. Babies have what are called ‘sleep arousals’ usually about every 20-45 minutes. Have you ever wondered why your baby only naps for 20 minutes at a time? Well it’s because when he hits his sleep arousal, he is unable to fall back into a deeper sleep and therefore his nap is over. White noise helps babies gently navigate these arousals to get longer, more restorative naps. It helps to block out the noise of life that can interfere with naps and night sleep.
If you are sleeping in the same room as your baby, you’ll probably sleep better too! Parents notoriously wake every time the baby grunts or gurgles (and babies are NOISY). White noise helps mask these small noises so you and your partner can sleep better. More importantly, if you stop waking to every little sleep sound, you’ll also stop trying to feed or comfort him with every little noise he makes which can lead him to wake more frequently than he needs to.
Did you know that shushing is a sound that people universally understand and make with babies? Shushing is simply white noise that you make yourself. The key to using white noise (shushing or from an app or other device) to calm a crying baby s that it needs to be LOUDER than the crying. Holding a screening baby while shushing like a gentle librarian is useless. Your baby can’t hear the shushing over his own crying. You need to shush LOUDLY (sounds a bit ridiculous I know) so that the calming noise can penetrate above the crying. You will also need to continue to shush for quite a while, which can be a challenge.
White noise is a great substitute fro when you are about to pass out from too much shushing during those fussy evening witching hours!