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Experts Recommend White Noise for Baby Sleep

Posted by: Andrew on October 16, 2012 | 5 Comments

Of course all of us at Pediasleep love white noise.  We recommend it to our friends and family, and we use it ourselves with our own babies.  But we're not the only ones who like white noise and recommend it to others.  

The following experts fully endorse and recommend white noise as part of a comprehensive strategy to promote healthy baby sleep:


"`White noise,’ such as the continuous, monotonous sound of a vacuum cleaner or a recording of ocean waves, can often relax and lull your baby.... “

-Mayo Clinic, Complete Book of Pregnancy & Baby's First Year


"A baby who cannot relax can be helped to do so by a variety of constant rhythmical stimuli.... it will work if the trouble is some kind of general and diffuse irritability or tenseness which is preventing a tired baby relaxing into sleep. The burring sound of a fan or heater works excellently. So does the sound of a car engine."

-Penelope Leach, Your Baby & Child From Birth to Age Five


"Comforting the Crier. Many babies are calmed, for example, by the hum of a fan or vacuum cleaner, a tape recording of uterine gurglings, or a record that plays soothing nature sounds, such as waves breaking on the beach...."

-Eisenberg, Murkoff, and Hathaway, What to Expect the First Year


"Many Babies Cry because they were born 3 months too soon! As helpful as [womb simulation] is for calm babies, it is essential for fussy ones... Every traditional baby-calming technique around the world imitates the sensations of the womb."

-Dr. Harvey Karp, M.D., The Happiest Baby on the Block


“Sounds that involve all the frequencies audible to the human ear and are continuous and monotonous are very effective in settling the restless baby and keeping her asleep.... The lower, more monotonous, and rhythmical the tone, the more soothing.... Sound ridiculous? Not really. If you have ever had a fussy baby, you will try anything that works.”

-William Sears, Keys to Calming the Fussy Baby


Pediasleep produces white noise and other soothing sounds that are guaranteed to help even the fussiest of babies.  For less than the cost of a dinner out, you can start using an easy-to-use, proven sleep solution for your baby.

Experts recommend it.  We know it works from the testimonials we get from our customers.  Buy our white noise today, and sleep better tonight.  Your baby will thank you!

Andrew Dolbin-MacNab
Pediasleep


About the Author:

Andrew Dolbin-MacNab is a father, web developer, and one of the founding members of Pediasleep, a leader in the production of white noise and other soothing sounds to aid the healthy sleep of infants, cosleepers, and parents. Having successfully survived his daughter and son's early sleep problems with the help of white noise, he is also an expert on infant sleep problems and their solutions.

Pediasleep can be found online at http://www.Pediasleep.com.

beanbag11

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I absolutely LOVE Dr. Karp’s book and his Happiest Baby stuff.  He talks a lot about using white noise, and that’s how I found Pediasleep.  You have all helped my baby sleep better, and helped all of us be happier in the process.  Thank you!!

Sarah

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I am a big fan of The No Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley.  She also recommends that parents use white noise to help their babies sleep.  After reading her book, coming up with my sleep plan, I came to your site and bought a bunch of white noise to try.  I’m so glad I did… Thanks to the book and Pediasleep white noise, my baby is sleeping through the night!

Trish

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I never knew so many experts recommended white noise.  My grandmother always said to use a running vacuum cleaner or clothes dryer to help calm a fussy baby, but i had no idea so many other experts say the same thing.

Annie

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My 8 week old baby does not know how to self-settled.  I have to rock and cuddle him to sleep.  He often wakes up as soon as I put him down to the crip. Do you have any suggestions to train my baby to self-settled?

Andrew

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Hi Annie.  Welcome and thanks for your question!  I’m sorry to hear that your little one is having a hard time self-soothing.  My youngest is now turning 2, but I remember those early days and the feeling of desperately wanting your baby to be able to sleep without much assistance, but feeling helpless to do anything useful.

I think what I would say is first of all to hang in there - my youngest didn’t really sleep well until he was almost 1 year old, but now he sleeps like a champ.  So, everyone’s baby is different, but it DOES get better.  And, 8 weeks is pretty early for being able to self-soothe and fall asleep without problems.  So, I can almost guarantee that it will get easier as he grows and develops.

Secondly, I would encourage you to check out some of the books I mentioned above since how to help your baby sleep is a very personal thing…  Some parents feel most comfortable soothing their child on demand and just letting nature take it’s course knowing that eventually their baby will be able to fall asleep without much assistance.  Others want to make this happen sooner, and they take more of an approach where they use various sleep training techniques to try to teach their baby to sleep. 

Finally, I would encourage you to use white noise as part of whatever nighttime routine you develop.  It’s not a miracle sleep cure that will make your baby instantly fall asleep as soon as you push play, but it will help most babies recognize that it’s time for sleeping, feel more soothed and settled, fall asleep easier, and stay asleep longer - and when they wake in the middle of the night, they hear the familiar sound, feel safe, and fall back asleep easier without parent intervention.

So, hang in there!  It will get easier and I predict that you and your baby will figure out a sleep routine that works for both of you.

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