There are a few things I recommend that my clients pick up to promote and support baby’s sleep. One of the best items to have on hand is a white noise machine. There is a huge range in features price on these, and often an inexpensive one is all you need to get the job done and muffle some of those annoying household sounds.
Here are three favourites from my team member Lindsay.
1. Best value for money: HoMedics Sound Spa Relaxation Sound Machine
This one gets the job done for around $30 and is available at a number of different retailers. One of the things I like about this machine is the dual power option. Pop some batteries in it and if there’s a power outage, the machine will switch over to battery power and continue to generate noise. Battery power is also handy when you travel so you’re not fussing with outlet adapters or trying to find power where there isn’t any (think campsites).
2. Best free app: White Noise Lite
You can create your own mixes with this app. My favourite is the fan/beach combo but your precious sleeper may have a different favourite. If you’re using this on your iPad, make sure to close your cover or turn it face down. The app generates a fair bit of light. The ideal hotel room option as you don’t need to pack anything extra. Not great if you only travel with your phone and want to be watching Netflix while baby sleeps though!
3. Best new product: Hatch Baby Rest
This thing has rocked my world. It’s a combination of a white noise machine and the ubiquitous GroClock, but way easier to operate and sooooo much prettier. I could go on for paragraphs about why I love it so much, but you’re a busy parent with no time for that. So, to summarize: many soothing sound options, many coloured light options to help your toddler or child stay in bed longer in the mornings or comfort them at bedtime, customizable programs, manual or app operation, and a sleek, considered design are what drew me to fork out $80 for this one before it was even available in Canada. My two littlest have HoMedics in their rooms, and my five year-old has scored the Hatch because the gentle glow helps her stay in her bed instead of coming to mine. Enough said.
This is not a sponsored post and all opinions are our own.