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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Sleep better with white noise

I couldn't possibly love Alex more, and he's an absolute delight (most of the time). But in all honesty, he was a difficult newborn. The fact that I had milk supply issues certainly didn't help. During those first few weeks, all of us slept terribly, and Marc and I grasped at any possible remedy for our plethora of problems.

We had read that white noise helps a baby sleep better because it mimics the sounds of blood flow that the baby heard while in the uterus. In fact, "shushing" is one of the five S's from The Happiest Baby on the Block. The S's were our miracle in those days, since they were the only thing that would calm little Alex.

Given that the S's were so successful, we decided to buy a white noise CD called Soothing Sounds for Sleep. I don't know if made much difference, but we still use it to this day. In fact, we use it in the boys' room every night and naptime, and we use it in our own room at night as well. It's particularly useful when it's rained, because there's something about the gutter outside our bedroom window that traps water, which then drips drop by loud drop into the rest of the gutter below. The white noise covers that loud plop-plop, which used to wake us in the middle of the night before we turned on the white noise.

The great thing is, now you don't have to buy your white noise. Thanks to Thingamababy,* I learned about Canton's Becker's free white noise mp3s. There are three versions, each 35 minutes long. All you have to do is download them, burn them onto a CD, decide which track you like best, and set it for single track repeat while the kids (or you) are sleeping.

Sweet dreams!

*If you don't know Thingamababy, you're missing out a lot of fun. AJ writes not just about his family's (mis?)adventures, but also about the latest in baby gear and products - some fabulous, some completely absurd. He has a wicked sense of humor but is also super nice. Thingamababy is probably the parenting blog that I've been reading longest, and when you check it out, you'll see why!



  • At 6/4/08, 2:01 PM, Blogger marci lambert said…

    ah, yes. white noise. we actually did buy a noise machine for our girls' room and it helped for a long time. now they don't want it, but if my husband or i want to take a nap in the middle of the day, sometimes we plug it in to block out the little girl noise.

  • At 6/4/08, 4:50 PM, Blogger Mercedes said…

    We sleep with an air filter on and I can't tell you how much it helps. Now we can't sleep without the white noise.

  • At 6/4/08, 5:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I've used air purifiers and fans with success, but in a pinch, the static from a regular radio tuned in between stations works well too. You can do this last one at a hotel, motel or relatives' houses--there are radios everywhere.


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