Gadgets and Gizmos Aplenty: Our Readers’ Favorite Baby Sleep Devices

Our blog series featuring our readers’ favorite baby sleep products continues with your picks for the most helpful gadgets and devices. Read our first two posts, about swaddles/blankets and blackout shades, and don't forget to check back later for our grand finale about sleep spaces.

Readers’ Favorite Baby Sleep Devices

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we can never say enough how essential it is to keep it cool, dark and quiet in your baby’s sleep environment. While the first installment of this series covered the “cool” part and the second post took care of the “dark,” this post is all about the white noise machines and other gadgets that can help protect the “quiet” in your little one’s room during naps and nighttime.

 

Before we get started, a few disclaimers:

**Please make sure that you’re familiar with the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) safer sleep guidelines (found here) so you can make informed decisions about your little one’s sleep safety.

**Also, please note that, although the Baby Sleep Science team has reviewed the product information for everything listed below, we do not personally test or endorse each item. Use your knowledge of sleep basics and safety guidelines, as well as your family’s preferences, to decide whether a product would be a good choice for your baby or toddler.

 

Whether it’s creaky wood floors, a barking dog or a busy street outside, you don't want disruptive noises to wake your little one once you’ve finally gotten him or her to sleep! Your baby will be particularly sensitive to noise disruptions during the early morning hours and at nap time. At Baby Sleep Science we are big fans of white noise to help mask those sounds that could disturb your baby or toddler’s sleep. And speaking of fans, they are a simple option for creating that ambient sound, but be aware of where it is blowing. You probably don't want a constant gust of wind pointed at your sleeping baby! Another option is buying a white noise machine that can be placed in your baby’s room.

A few things to keep in mind...

Make sure that the white noise is continuous, that is, it should play uninterrupted from bedtime to wake time (nothing on a timer that will only last a short while). You also want the sound to be at a consistent level, so choose “static” white noise, rainfall or waterfall sounds, rather than breaching whales, crashing waves or similar options that can vary significantly in sound and volume. Set the white noise at a comfortable volume, not so loud that it feels stressful or intrusive. And finally, you want to place the white noise machine between your baby and the source of potential noise (window, door, etc.), and not within a few feet of your baby’s head.

Now, here they are: parents’ favorite white noise gadgets, as chosen by you, our readers!

Marpac Dohm Classic White Noise Sound Machine

This small machine is on the pricier side for something that is “just” a white noise machine, but some parents love it because the internal fan creates the actual sound of rushing air—without the breeze—instead of an electronic recording. It has two speed settings, and the “tone” of the sound can be adjusted manually to be higher or lower.

Homedics White Noise Sound Machine