White Noise for Babies Sleep
You will find that nursery sleep sound machines are very popular and with good reason. They are used by many parents who firmly believe in their ability to help their little ones sleep. Naturally not all babies need them but if you do they are well worth a try (any doubts as your doctor).
So exactly what are they? They are machines that are creating white noise which is a mix of different pitched of sound. What it does is makes the baby drowsy by creating a Pavlovian reaction, i.e. that noise means sleep. Be careful to read the instruction about how far to place from the crib and how loud to have the machine. You do not want to solve one problem by creating another! Research we have done suggests a 50dB is a maximum (hospitals appear to use that as a maximum) – we do not quite know why some machines exceed that but some do). Having said that our research shows that the level of noise in the womb is 75-85 dB and normal conversation is often in the 60-65 range. The womb noise is made up of e.g. breathing, digestion, blood flow then noise from outside.
Never put the machine in the crib as that is dangerous at several levels, some machines will play music – keep with the white noise. Many have multiple options, experiment with them to see what works best with your baby. So if you use a sleep sound machine you can raise the noise levels that exist in a babies background it will cover those little background noises that could disrupt their sleep.
The great thing about using sound therapy when there is a newborn in the home is that not only is it beneficial for the baby but also for the parents. When a baby first comes home, no one gets much sleep. After all, the baby is transitioning into an unknown world whereas first time parents are learning the ropes of caring for a tiny baby. Although the tiredness and stress does eventually slow down, parents and babies often need immediate means of coping.
One way is by using a sound therapy machine. Realistic sounds produced help promote rest and relaxation, making it much easier to fall asleep. For the baby, this type of therapy creates a safe, comforting environment, which helps his or her mind and body relax. For the parents, the sound therapy machine works by blocking out thoughts and distracting noises. This does not mean a new parent would miss hearing the newborn cry, but other outside noises would be less annoying.
The way a sound therapy machine works is by producing certain sounds that evoke peace while absorbing various noises within the home and transforming them into a single sound that has a calming effect. As sound is played, the baby or parent begins to drift off to sleep. With each night of restful sleep comes a day of improved energy. The biggest challenge is trying to determine which machine will work best for both baby and mom or dad.
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