For parents, sleep can seem like only a dream. Even if you’re past the waking up every few hours for feedings phase, your baby may still have trouble falling, or staying, asleep. A sound machine, sometimes called a white noise machine, can help muffle sound distractions, and soothe your little one into a deep and restful slumber. As a mom of two and former foster parent, I have tried (and researched) numerous sound machines to enrich my family’s sleep environment. I’ve compiled a list of the top ten sound machines that are sure to get your family resting well and waking refreshed.
|Best Sound Machines||Why It Is Best||Mom Rating|
|Hatch Baby Rest||Customizable. Programmable. Controlled from Your Smart Phone.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Cloud b Sleep Sheep||Cuddly Stuffed Animal. Removable Sound Machine. Battery Saving Technology. Durable. Machine Washable.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Bubzi Co Soothing Sleep Owl||Range of Sounds. Night Light. Projector.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Big Red Rooster Baby Sound Machine||High Quality Sounds. Powered by Electrical Outlet or Batteries. Optional Sleep Timer.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Pure Enrichment Premium Soothing Sound Machine||Powered by Electrical Outlet. USB Port. 5-Year Warranty.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Proaller White Noise Machine||Gradually Fading Sleep Timer Option. Night Light. USB Port.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Silverflye Sleep Therapy Sound Machine||Remote Control. Powered by USB or Batteries.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Palermo Baby White Noise Machine||Ten Sounds. Powered by Electrical Outlet or Batteries.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|myBaby White Noise Machine||Small. Portable. Powered by Electrical Outlet or Batteries.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|VTech Wyatt the Whale Baby Sleep Soother||Voice-Recording Feature. Variety of Sounds and Songs. Night Light.||♥♥♥♥♥|
Hatch Baby Rest
The Hatch Baby Rest reinvents bedtime to get your family a better night’s rest. Both a night light and a sound machine, it is designed using scientifically proven light colors that promote healthy circadian rhythms and melatonin production, along with white noise to aid sleep. This sound machine is fully customizable, programmable, and controlled from your smartphone through the easy-to-use Hatch Baby Rest app. As your child moves from the bassinet to a big kid bed, it grows with your needs. First providing soft light for middle of the night diaper changes and nursing sessions, then alerting your toddler when it is okay to get out of bed in the morning.
I love the ingenuity of this modern sleep machine. By combining all the functions of a night light, sound machine, and an ok-to-wake alert into one beautiful and simple design, this is the product so many parents have been asking, searching, and wishing for. Better yet, it is totally controllable from a smartphone.
Cloud b Sleep Sheep
You have heard of counting sheep to go to sleep, but here is an even easier idea – listen to one. The Cloud b Sleep Sheep is the ultimate sleep aid. A cute, snuggly, little lamb with a hidden sound machine plays white noise to soothe your child into a restful, relaxing sleep. Soft and cuddly, it will be your child’s favorite stuffed playmate during the day, and your favorite sleep solution at night. Big and little hands, alike, can effortlessly manage Sleep Sheep’s easy operation.
When bedtime beckons, it easily attaches to any crib with a velcro tab behind its head. With eight soothing sounds and melodies, your baby will be whisked off to dreamland with a push of a button. After choosing the 23 or 45 minute option, it shuts off to save battery power. When your sheep needs a bath, pop out the sound box and simply toss in the wash.
I can personally attests to the cuteness, durability, and quality of the Cloud b Sleep Sheep. I received this product almost a decade ago at a baby shower. It has gone through numerous kids, and still works perfectly. This is a great gift idea for any new parent.
Bubzi Co Soothing Sleep Owl
The Bubzi Co Soothing Sleep Owl can help you keep a consistent bedtime routine with gentle music and soft lights, helping babies fall asleep and stay asleep. Your baby will enjoy a range of gentle lullabies, as well as a heartbeat sound, to help soothe her to sleep. Simply press the light button to project a colorful galaxy of stars on the wall or ceiling in darkness. The light projection slowly fades into different colors to capture your baby’s attention.
One thing I love about this particular company is that they are devoted and passionate about helping new moms navigate parenthood for the first time. This includes looking after their mental health. Every purchase of a Bubzi Co product goes towards Postpartum Support International who help new moms with their perinatal mental health.
Big Red Rooster Baby Sound Machine
The Big Red Rooster Baby Sound Machine has six high quality lullabies and sounds, including a heartbeat, lullaby, ocean, and white noise. The soothing sounds mask background noises to create an ideal sleeping environment for your baby. Babies fall asleep easier, sleep better, and wake-up refreshed. There is an optional sleep timer that can be set for 15, 30 or 60 minutes. The sound machine is great for travel, and can be powered by either an electrical outlet or batteries.
I have owned a Big Red Rooster Sound Machine for two years, and it is one of my favorites. It can be left on all night, if needed. It is perfect for neutralizing the sounds of traffic, dogs barking, and household noises so that your little one can sleep and nap peacefully.
Pure Enrichment Premium Soothing Sound Machine
Add a sense of calm to your baby’s nursery with the stylish and innovative Pure Enrichment Premium Soothing Sound Machine. It helps to drown out household noises and promotes a more restful sleep. It features six soothing sounds (lullaby, heartbeat, white noise, fan, ocean, and rain) to help you create the ideal mood for naptime or bedtime. This sound machine is powered by an electrical outlet, and can be left on all night, if desired. There is also a shut-off timer if you’d prefer it to conserve energy once your baby is asleep.
There are two features that stand out to me, making it a must try. First, it has a USB port. You can charge your cell phone or tablet next to you while rocking your baby to sleep. Secondly, this product comes with a 5-Year Warranty, so your satisfaction is guaranteed.
Proaller White Noise Machine
The Proaller White Noise Machine provides three types of sounds (2 white noise, 4 nature tones, 2 lullabies), helping you block out distractions and create a perfect environment for sleep, relaxation, or concentration. Want it to play all night? The non-stop play mode provides you with a thoroughly relaxing night’s sleep. However, the timer can be set to conserve energy, gradually fading away without disturbing your little one.
Its soothing night light provides three levels of light for those especially young children who need a night light. The light is bright enough to allow you to move freely in the room with the main lights off. The light is also dim enough so it won’t disturb your child while they sleep peacefully. Your child will no longer worry about monsters under the bed. It also features a USB port to charge your cell phone or tablet.
Silverflye Sleep Therapy Sound Machine
The Silverflye Sleep Therapy Sound Machine features a one of a kind remote control, which is the first ever remote for a sleep noise machine. It works at an impressive 25 foot range. The cutting edge remote can easily be used to operate the sleep aid machine and all of its dynamic functions. You can effortlessly control the sound setting or shut off the sleeping sound machine once your baby has dozed off for the night without having to go into her room. This sound machine can be powered by USB or batteries.
I love that this sound machine is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Its small size makes it ideal for travel. This sound machine would be perfect for long car trips, as your little one can snooze effortlessly without being awakened by every unfamiliar noise.
Palermo Baby White Noise Machine
Fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer with the Palermo Baby White Noise Machine. Ten soothing, natural sounds block out noise distractions and will quickly lull your little one to sleep. Powered by both AC and batteries, it has two automatic shut off timers if you prefer it not to play all night. Parents rave about this sound machine!
One thing I appreciate about this sound machine is that it doesn’t have an on/off light that illuminates in the dark. Bright lights from electronic devices can be very distracting while trying to fall asleep, especially to little ones.
myBaby White Noise Machine
The myBaby White Noise Machine creates the perfect environment for your baby to sleep soundly. Choose from six soothing sounds – heartbeat, white noise, cradle, ocean, brook, and summer night. It features an adjustable volume setting, allowing you to mask background noises that may affect your baby’s sleep. This sound machine helps ensure that your baby gets a full night’s sleep, every night.
One of the many features is an auto-off timer, which can be set for 15, 30, or 60 minutes to conserve energy. This is a great option if you are putting your little one down for a nap. It is small, lightweight, and easily fits into a bag or suitcase – making it the perfect travel companion for moms and babies, alike! I am impressed with its small size and portability. It can be powered by either an electrical outlet or batteries.
VTech Wyatt the Whale Baby Sleep Soother
Soothe your baby into a sweet slumber with the Vtech Wyatt the Whale Baby Sleep Soother. This sound machine comes with 60 minutes of preloaded stories to help your babe drift off to dreamland. Or, choose from one of the ten gentle lullabies and ten soothing sounds, including white noise. You can download more stories or sounds on the free app. For extra fussy nights, the built-in night light on this noise machine fills the nursery with soft light from the whales’s belly to calm your baby.
What makes this sleep soother extra special is the voice-recording feature. Pick from one of the 18 free scripts and record yourself reading the story aloud. Your little one will feel like you’re right there even when you can’t be. You can even lull your little one to sleep with personal messages or special stories of your own.
Guide to Selecting a Sound Machine
According to Healthline, the most obvious benefit of white noise for babies is the fact that it could help them fall asleep. If you notice your baby tends to fall asleep at noisy times outside of regular nap time or bedtime, then they might respond positively to white noise. Your baby may be accustomed to being surrounded by noise, so a completely quiet environment could have the opposite affect when it comes time to sleep. White noise machines could also benefit families who have multiple children who are different ages. For instance, if you have a baby who needs a nap, but another child who no longer takes naps, white noise can help block out the noises of siblings so your baby can sleep better. Below are things to consider when purchasing a sound machine.
- Sound machines are either powered through a wall outlet, USB plug, or batteries. While batteries give the sound machine the added bonus of being portable, they can be costly to replace.
- Some sound machines come with a remote control, or can be controlled from your smartphone. This allows you to turn the sound machine off once your baby has fallen asleep without having to enter the room and wake him.
- Many battery-operated sound machines come with a sleep timer to preserve battery life. If you want your sound machine to play continuously throughout the night, make sure that your chosen sound machine doesn’t have an automatic timer.
- Sound machines play a wide variety of noises and melodies. Some common sounds include a heartbeat, lullabies, animal sounds, nature sounds, and white noise.
- With a wide array of designs on the market, you are sure to find a sound machine that suits your decorating style and nursery theme.
- According to healthychildren.org, powered by the American Academy of Pediatrics, infant sleep machines can be used to mask environmental noises in busy households or to provide ambient noise to soothe an infant during sleep, but they can also contribute to babies’ hearing loss. Parents are encouraged to move infant sleep machines farther away than 200 centimeters and to lower the volume to protect infants’ hearing.
FAQ’s about Baby Sound Machines
What is the difference between a sound machine and a white noise machine?
- It is not uncommon for people to get the two confused, as the terms are commonly used interchangeably. A white noise machine will usually only play a static sound, while a sound machine can play numerous melodies, natures sounds, and white noise.
How do sound machines improve sleep?
- The womb environment is surprisingly noisy. When you lay your baby down to sleep in a room that is much quieter, your baby’s immature reflex system makes him particularly jumpy. This jolts him awake at unusual sounds that are easy to hear in the dead of the night. Sound machines produce a constant noise that drowns out background noises, resulting in a more restful sleep for your baby.
What are the different types of sound machines?
- Plug-In Sound Machines
- These sound machines are powered by an electrical outlet. They will usually come with more options than portable ones because preserving battery power is not a concern. Many plug-in sound machines are also equipped with back up battery power in the event of a power outage.
- Portable Sound Machines
- This is a great option for frequent travelers. Most newer models contain rechargeable batteries, and can be charged through a USB cable.
- Combination Sound Machines
- A combination sound machine is a sound machine plus one or more extra features. This is a great product for eliminating the need to buy two separate items for your baby’s nursery. Common combinations include a night light, projector, alarm clock, baby mobile, baby monitor, or humidifier.
- Stuffed Animal Sound Machines
- A sound machine is tucked inside a lovable stuffed animal. It is removable, allowing you to wash the stuffed animal without damaging the sound machine.
- Plug-In Sound Machines
Sound machines are an excellent way to drown out background noises, and help your little one (and you) get the much needed rest you need. Any of the sound machines listed above are sure to improve your child’s sleeping environment. A well rested baby is a happy baby!