Getting our babies to sleep through the night is priceless. Sometimes that’s all we want in the world! It’s too bad that it’s not always easy; babies are very fickle and the slightest thing can make the difference between them being able to sleep or not.
A sound machine can be incredibly soothing and a wonderful sleep aid for babies. Have you ever put a fan on at night and realized how nice the sound was to fall asleep to? It’s the same thing for babies, and sometimes it’s like a miracle machine to get them to sleep well!
Marpac DOHM-DS, Natural White Noise Sound Machine
The Marpac DOHM-DS (check price) is not specifically geared toward babies but works just as wonderfully for the purpose. Unlike a lot of other sound machines, this one doesn’t playback any recordings. It has an actual fan built into it and emits a nice “woosh” sound without any kind of rattling or other noises. It’s just a calm, white noise sound. This means there is no time limit or anything like that; it will make the sound as long as you have it turned on.
While it does have a fan inside, rest assured that it doesn’t actually blow air, so it’s not going to make them cold. The switch has both a “high” and “low” setting, and then more detailed settings so you can choose the exact speed and tone of the sound you want.
The machine covers up noises from outside the room, so you don’t have to worry quite as much about making noise and waking baby up, which is personally my favorite benefit of having one of these machines.
Now, it’s not the most attractive looking machine, but does that really matter? There are cuter ones that look nicer in nurseries, but this one works really well and gets the job done. Since it looks the way it does, you can also use it yourself once your baby no longer needs it; it’s incredibly soothing and a great sleep aid even for parents!
Cloud B Sleep Sheep Plush Sound Soother
Now these guys are cute! The Cloud B Sleep Sheep (check price) is a combination sound machine and plush stuffed animal, and they look super adorable in any nursery. There are several versions: a bunny, fox, giraffe, monkey and sheep. My favorite is personally the sheep, but the other ones are also really cute.
It plays a total of 8 different sounds, ranging from little songs to something that mimics mommy’s heartbeat. I don’t know what it is about this little guy, but babies love it, and they also seem to love it even just as a toy!
You can set it to play for either 23 or 45 minutes straight and then it turns off. I sometimes wish it could play longer than that, but 45 minutes is usually more than enough to have them sound asleep.
It takes 2 AA batteries (which are included) and they last a good while, but I’d recommend getting some rechargeable batteries to go along with it. You also might be wondering if it’s washable, and surprisingly the answer is yes! You can put it straight into the washing machine and it shouldn’t harm it at all. Bonus!
There’s a velcro loop on the back so you can attach it to the crib if you prefer, or even to a stroller or anywhere else that it fits. Since the toy is super cute, you’ll probably end up bringing it everywhere with you anyway!
Such an adorable sound machine is refreshing when you consider how big, bulky and ugly some of the other ones are. I love it!
Or… You Can Use a Fan
If you don’t feel like spending the extra money on a sound machine, you can always go the DIY route and use an old fan. They basically perform the same function and you might have one around the house that you no longer use. If it’s still in good working condition, why not give it a try? It could be just what you need!
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