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“What I Love” Wednesday – White Noise

2011 August 10
by bvoboril

Ethan at 5 months…I love this sleeping picture

While I was pregnant, we heard lots of advice.

Not so much of the stranger-randomly-walking-up-to-you-in-Target type (to my great relief) but the good, solid stuff that was given by trusted friends and family.

One of the things we heard most, was that babies LOVE noise when they are little. The reason is because they hear nothing but noise when they are in the womb. Dr. Harvey Karp, author of Happiest Baby On the Block, says the noise they hear in utero is as loud or louder then a vacuum cleaner! And white noise goes right along with his ‘Fourth Trimester‘ theory.

So this weeks WILW feature: White Noise

I know, this seems general. But it’s because any white noise works.

White noise doesn’t have to come from a fancy machine. It just needs to be some sort of constant sound. White noise is proven to soothe fussy babies and help them get to asleep and stay asleep. Therefore, the noise can simply be a radio set between stations so just the static (white noise) plays continuously. But there are dozens of awesome ‘sleep machines’ and music tracks/CDs out there to choose from too.

Sleep is the main purpose, in our case, for white noise. In Ethan’s case especially, silence was not a good thing…he had just spent 7.5 weeks in a noisy NICU! The kid could sleep through anything. So we have used white noise since the day we came home from the hospital. Now, Ethan doesn’t HAVE to have white noise to sleep, but we think it helps and the bonus is we can make noises throughout the house (dog barking, food processor, music playing) without disturbing him—the white noise blocks everything out.

Now, the radio static was a little too Poltergeist for me, so we only did that for the first night. After that we set up an old iPod with our little portable speaker system so we could play sounds from custom playlists. That way we have white noise set to ‘repeat’ at night, and plenty of other fun music to play during the day.

We picked up this little iPod speaker contraption at Best Buy on sale.It gets stolen and replaced withStu’s iPad when we have BBQs…it’s a must for party music!

Our go-to white noise is from a gift, the Happiest Baby On The Block Super Soothing Sleep Sounds CD. It has only five tracks, each a different type of white noise including Heartbeat, Hairdryer, Rain, and a couple more. We think the Rain sound works best for Ethan.

BEWARE: By making the nursery very dark and playing rain sound, you are creating the most relaxing place on earth. You will probably fall asleep in this room while doing 2am feedings. Husbands are particularly susceptible to the relaxing powers of white noise.

You can purchase the Happiest Baby sounds and about a million other white noise options on iTunes. And the machines are available at any baby product store (Babies R Us, Target,

We’ve simply uploaded the CD to our iTunes library, along with all the other baby music we’d received as gifts. (That way we have the music CDs for the car…and on our laptops, iPhone, and iPods…we are never without some sort of baby music!)

White noise mixed with a dark room and a tight swaddle (usually for babies under four months), you have yourself a fool proof sleep environment for your baby!  That is, if you can just get them to sleep…that is a whole other post I’m not qualified to handle!

4 Responses
  1. August 11, 2011

    Todd and I also laugh that our kids are going to be taking white noise with them to college because its the only way they can sleep : )

  2. Amy Voboril Kohlhepp permalink
    August 14, 2011

    We are a BIG fan of the Sleep Sheep. Pretty much plays natural sounds, the ocean (our favorite…future surfer in training needs to fall asleep to waves! he he) streams, rain, white noise, etc… Paul’s sister got it for Annette and we are SO addicted to it. We brought it on our big Mainland trip in July…it goes everywhere! I think WE are more addicted to it now because we hear it over the monitor and it gets US to sleep now, not just Annette! he he!

  3. August 16, 2011

    Heck, we don’t even have a baby and I’m confident Steve would love that thing. :-)

  4. February 9, 2017

    Using your iPod to create non-Poltergeist white noise is a smart move. It’s nice that you are able to move about your house and make some noise without disturbing the infant because of your creativity.

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