White Noise Machines to Help Kiddos Calm Down and Rest Well

Have a good night, no lullaby required.

Sleeping child
Silence is golden, and a white noise machine can help your little one get there.Pixabay/Daniela Dimitrova

Say goodnight permanently to sleepless nights—for you and your child!—with white noise, or steady ambient sound. In addition to masking other sounds (perfect if you live somewhere loud), white noise can make children dozy and promote healthy sleep hygiene. Here’s what you need to know.

Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine, Night Light and Time-to-Rise

Set Brightness, Volume and More

This multifunctional LED option grows with your little one: it features settings that work for newborns, toddlers or older children. Sleep experts helped design the preset noise-color combinations, so there’s no guesswork for the grownups.Hatch Baby

If you have a headstrong, sleep-averse little one who likes to change or override your settings, pick a machine with toddler lock. It’ll allow you to disable the functionality of the buttons on the device. Sorry, kid.

LittleHippo Mella Ready to Rise Children's Trainer, Alarm Clock, Night Light Sleep Sounds Machine (Arctic Blue), Standard

Six Different Face Colors

Colors and facial expressions on this child-safe ABS-and-silicone cutie aren’t just for show. They help babes learn wake-up time (green smiley face) and bedtime (red tired face), even if they can’t tell time.LittleHippo

There’s an ulterior motive to teaching your kids good sleep hygiene: 40 winks for you! If you want to use your white noise machine as a sleep trainer, be sure to pick a model with glowing lights, a digital clock and the ability to program sleep duration.

Marpac Hushh Portable White Noise Machine for Baby | 3 Soothing, Natural Sounds with Volume Control Baby-Safe Clip & Child Lock, Gray, 3.7 ounces

Easy to Attach to Carriers and Strollers

This on-the-go option is surprisingly feature-rich. Three calming auditory options—bright, deep and gentle surf—soft amber light, a USB port and a flexible hook mean your tot can grab some healthy Z’s absolutely anywhere.Marpac

The most important thing to note when choosing and programming your white noise machine is to abide by suggested volume limits for your child. For example, according to the American Association of Pediatrics, infants should not be exposed to sounds louder than 50 decibels. A model with volume control allows you to lull your babe to sleep without worry.

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