Sleep Week: Sound Machines / Sleep Soothers Review

It’s Sleep Week here at Little Brim Baby! Each day will cover a different topic for infant sleep gear.  I asked some mom Guessperts a few questions regarding their sound machines or sleep soothers for today’s post–let’s dig in and see what everyone replied. I will boldface every other entry for ease of readability and post links when available. Feel free to leave your own review in the comments.

Photo taken from the Cloud B website

___________________________________________________________________

Age of child: Used from 6 months old to 2.5 years old

Did/do you use a sound machine/sleep soother? Yes

What brand(s)? Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders

Functions: Volume? Sounds? Timer? Nightlight? Ocean sounds and two different projections/nightlight

Did it work (help baby sleep)? Yes!

Do you recommend it? Yes

Did it travel well if you traveled with it? Yes

Does it attach to the crib or is it a stand-alone? It stands alone.

___________________________________________________________________

Age of child: 8 months

Did/do you use a sound machine/sleep soother? Yes

What brand(s)? First Years

Functions: Volume? Sounds? Timer? Nightlight? Has all of the above-nature sounds, music, timer, and a nightlight

Did it work (help baby sleep)? Yes

Do you recommend it? Yes

Did it travel well if you traveled with it? Yes, it’s lightweight and small

Does it attach to the crib or is it a stand-alone? Stands alone, plugs in to wall and has a long cord.

___________________________________________________________________

Age of child: 8 months

Did/do you use a sound machine/sleep soother? Yes, for naps when we’re home and every night for sleep.

What brand(s)? The First Years Sounds for Silence and the Sleep Sheep travel sheep

Functions: Volume? Sounds? Timer? Nightlight? The volume can be turned up pretty loud on The First Years machine, which is sometimes needed. There are several white noise sounds (some are creepy), music options, an MP3 hookup, a timer, and a blue nightlight. The Sleep Sheep does not have a loud volume setting and has two timer settings (23 and 45 minutes).

Did it work (help baby sleep)? We used the Sleep Sheep when our son was in the Pack ‘n Play bassinet and it seemed to work–until the timer went off–he woke up every time. I bought The First Years one since it can be left on all night and that has worked much better for him. We only use one white noise function. I would love it if it had nature sounds included, but this one does not. We haven’t tried the Sleep Sheep again beyond his newborn days but will try on future travels.

Do you recommend it? Not The First Years one. It doesn’t stand out above others to me to justify the cost. The Sleep Sheep, yes. I think we would have better luck with that now but I’m scared to switch things up.

Did it travel well if you traveled with it? Yes! The machine has a long cord and is very light. The Sheep is travel-size.

Does it attach to the crib or is it a stand-alone? The machine stands alone. The Sheep is travel-sized with a Velcro loop for attaching it to a stroller, infant car seat handle, or a playpen/Pack ‘n Play.

Comments: We also use the crib base to our Tiny Love crib mobile as it plays a 20-minute loop of nice, non-annoying music and has been very helpful with our son falling back to sleep.

___________________________________________________________________

Age of child: 4 months

Did/do you use a sound machine/sleep soother? Tried, but so far it doesn’t work.

What brand(s)? Sleep Sheep and Fisher-Price Soothe and Glow Seahorse

Functions: Volume? Sounds? Timer? Nightlight? Sleep sheep has ocean sounds and womb sound? Seahorse has songs and a nightlight (belly lights up!).

Did it work (help baby sleep)? No

Do you recommend it? Both are worth a try!

Did it travel well if you traveled with it? Both would travel well.

Does it attach to the crib or is it a stand-alone? Sleep sheep has Velcro to attach to the crib/bassinet. Seahorse does not attach.

___________________________________________________________________

Age of child: 2.5 years

Did/do you use a sound machine/sleep soother? Yes

What brand(s)? I used to use a Fisher-Price aquarium sound machine when my daughter was a baby up until she was around 9 months old, it had dim lights with moving water/fish and played soft lullaby music.

Functions: Volume? Sounds? Timer? Nightlight? Small dim light, played for about 15 minutes, soft sound

Did it work (help baby sleep)? I believed that it helped at the time.

Do you recommend it? Yes, although I think they are overpriced, we got ours at a garage sale and just bought batteries.

Did it travel well if you traveled with it? Probably not because it’s meant to go around crib rails. It would probably tip over in a Pack ‘n Play.

Does it attach to the crib or is it a stand-alone? Attaches

___________________________________________________________________

Age of child: 8 months

Did/do you use a sound machine/sleep soother? Yes. My husband and I have used a Marpac white noise machine for years to drown out noisy neighbors and goings-on in the alley. We run this at night and also at baby’s naptimes. We also have a travel-sized Cloud b Sleep Sheep that I set to the Ocean noise at bedtime to use as a sleep association for the little guy – though I think it calms me more than it calms him!

What brand(s)? Marpac and Cloud b

Functions: Volume? Sounds? Timer? Nightlight? The Marpac has tone and volume settings, and is either on or off and plugs into the wall. The Sleep Sheep has volume controls and four different sounds, and runs on batteries for around 25 or 45 minutes. We’ve been using it since he was 6w old and haven’t had to replace the batteries yet.

Did it work (help baby sleep)? Definitely! The little guy is a light sleeper like his mama, so the Marpac works wonderfully. The Sleep Sheep has worked well as a bedtime association so that he knows that it’s sleepy time when it starts up.

Do you recommend it? I highly recommend both!

Did it travel well if you traveled with it? We have traveled with the Sleep Sheep and I believe it definitely helped at bed and nap times providing a familiar sound for him (and us) to fall asleep to.

Does it attach to the crib or is it a stand-alone? The Sleep Sheep has a velcro loop – making it possible to attach it to almost anything: crib, carseat, etc.

___________________________________________________________________

Age of child: 8 months

Did/do you use a sound machine/sleep soother? Absolutely.  For naps and all night.
What brand(s)? Homedics Spa

Functions: Volume? Sounds? Timer? Nightlight? Volume goes relatively loud and we leave it that way because of outside noise.  Sounds are ocean, rain, jungle, etc. but we use ocean mostly.  It also has a function to project onto the ceiling but we don’t use that unless we’re playing.  It is nice and has several different discs for projection of fish, zoo animals, etc.

Did it work (help baby sleep)? Absolutely it works and we’ve used it from day one.  The hubby and I are actually addicted to the sound now and listen through the baby monitor since he moved to his own room.  Used to have to have complete silence to sleep, now I can’t sleep without white noise.

Do you recommend it? Yes

Did it travel well if you traveled with it? It traveled great and can run on outlet power or batteries.  We’ve traveled many times since baby was born and we take it everywhere

Does it attach to the crib or is it a stand-alone? Stand alone

___________________________________________________________________

Age of child: 11 months

Did/do you use a sound machine/sleep soother? Yes.

What brand(s)? We used the ocean sound on the sleep sheep while in the bassinet.  Once in the crib we just use a mobile.  But when are out & about and she falls asleep (or if staying in a house with thin walls and noisy friends) I use a oscillating fan noise on white noise app on my phone and stick it either behind her in Beco or next to her on the stroller, just to block out the sudden noises that would otherwise wake her up.

Functions: Volume? Sounds? Timer? Nightlight? No

Did it work (help baby sleep)? I think the ocean sound definitely helped her to actually fall sleep on her own in the beginning, and the white noise app helps to keep her asleep now when we’re out.

Do you recommend it? Yes

Did it travel well if you traveled with it? Yes, I took the noise part out of the sleep sheep and just stuck it between the bassinet wall and mattress because she was too little to have a stuffed animal.  The iPhone obviously travels well.

Does it attach to the crib or is it a stand-alone? Stand alone, although for the sleep sheet you can Velcro it to the crib.

___________________________________________________________________

A few mom’s replied that they did not use a specific sound machine or sleep soother:

–Just a CD playing on the stereo.

–In my daughter’s room we used a box fan on high – cheaper version than buying one!  She loved the loud, consistent noise.  We used it when she was really little for a couple of months.  We did not travel with one so we rarely left the house!

–I did have a Fisher Price CD by David Bradstreet that was good – I played that for a long time, it calmed me down during the long & frustrating nights & often lulled me to sleep in the chair, not sure it helped my son though!!!!

Hope this can help wade through sleep machine purchasing decisions in some small way. If you have a soother that works for you, feel free to let us all know in the comments below!

Advertisements

10 thoughts on “Sleep Week: Sound Machines / Sleep Soothers Review

  1. I just want to say that after reading this post i decided to try using a sleep soother– and we’ve had great success! my little guy (5 months old) is now sleeping in his crib at night!!! i’m using the ocean sound on the mobile to help trigger his ‘bedtime’. the transition from Rock N Play to crib was the absolute worst, but i really think the sleep soother helped him finally figure it out. thank you!!!

    1. Glad it’s working out for you! The sound machine does help trigger those sleep cues. I’ve been reading a lot about making sleep routines consistent at home and daycare too. So having the same noises there or blanket, etc, can also help.

  2. All large purchases are always intimidating, especially if you are uninformed about the industry.
    One of the scariest purchases is buying cars. Many people fear they are getting ripped off and you surely don’t want that. Avoid buying a lemon by looking through these great tips and tricks regarding car purchases.

  3. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I believed this submit was
    once great. I do not recognize who you might be
    however certainly you’re going to a well-known blogger if you happen to aren’t already.

    Cheers!

  4. I love the stuff. Just when you get old and suddenly recalls back a memory when your kids are little. What a nice page you got in here. Thank you for sharing.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s