Finally your baby falls asleep for their much needed day time nap, you just turn on the kettle for a cuppa and some needed YOU time and the phone rings or a noisy truck drives – and just like that your baby is awake and is not very happy because they have not had enough sleep.
Environmental noises are a fact of life that you can’t do much about but there IS something you can do about your baby’s ability to sleep through the noise. White noise machines can be a lifesaver when it comes to helping babies fall asleep and stay asleep.
And although it might seem unnatural to create noise when you want your baby to go to sleep, remember: it wasn’t exactly soundproof in the womb!
Your child is actually quite used to noise by the time they are born because they have been listening to you talk, your stomach gurgling, and the sound of the family, the TV and the car radio while in utero.
Believe it or not, complete quiet can actually be more confusing to a newborn than background noise.
One of the biggest benefits of the white noise machine is that it helps babies fall back to sleep if they wake up. This means their nap times will last longer and they will be less likely to fully wake in the night.
The main concern parents have about trying this is usually about their child becoming addicted to white noise, and that’s a valid point.
My experience is that there is absolutely no need to worry about this. A white noise machine IS NOT being used as a sleep prop like a soother or being rocked and sung to. It is there to block out noises that you can’t control that might be waking your child.
When you are ready to wean your child off the machine, simply turn the volume down a little every night until you are not using the sound at all.