White noise… what is it and can it help your baby sleep?

White noise is a type of noise that is produced by combining
sounds of all different frequencies together. If you took all the tones that
humans can hear and put them together, you would have white noise.

White noise is similar to the sound of a tv, or the static
from a radio. Background noises like washing machines, vacuum cleaners or fans
can work in the same way.

The gentle, consistent sounds can help calm your baby. You
probably instinctively find yourself saying ‘sssh sssh,’ to your little one.
It’s a sound that mimics the sound of your heartbeat that your baby is used to
from being in the womb. After spending months in the safe environment of the
womb, babies can find all the strange sounds, smells and surroundings
overstimulating and stressful. The sounds that your baby will have been used to
were muffled by amniotic fluid. Playing white noise at bedtime can re-create
this.

Babies are also accustomed to the sound of blood whooshing through the placenta (this is said to be louder than a vacuum cleaner!) One particular study showed that white noise helped 80% of babies to fall asleep within 5 minutes!

When your baby hears a consistent (albeit quite boring)
sound, he or she can focus on it and relax… It is also fantastic for drowning
out creaky floorboards or sudden noises that may cause your baby to startle
awake. The postman knocking at the door during naptime, a household pet
disturbing baby…. the list goes on.

White noise should be fairly quiet – no louder than the sound of a running shower. If you are unsure, or concerned then always err on the side of caution with volume (neonatal intensive care units are limited to 50 decibels when placed near the crib)… 60 decibels is the equivalent to a conversation (so we feel comfortable recommending this volume!)

White noise should be on continuously through the night or nap.
If our babies to stir or wake up in the night, we want them to experience the
same conditions that they feel asleep in. This in theory can help them connect
their sleep cycles independently.

You can see our recommendations for white noise machines on the Just Chill Mama Amazon storefront.

Want more support with your child’s sleep?

 

 

If you would like to learn more about sleep and have guidance on how you can approach achieving a well-rested night’s sleep then check out our online courses.

Available from newborn to 4 years old, our courses are designed to help you learn how you can support your child to sleep better.

We share all the information you need to help you really understand your little one’s sleep and how to help them achieve more predictable naps and restful nights – all from your own computer, phone or tablet whenever it suits you.

Early Days & Foundations of Sleep: 0-5 Months

This course will teach you how you can work towards great sleep habits, without ‘sleep training.’ It provides gentle solutions for settling and works towards the end goal of a settled night’s sleep, whilst understanding and responding to your baby’s needs.

Sleep Success: 6-9 Months

This course covers a range of topics including the science of sleep, sleep associations, creating a great sleep environment, a suggested daily routine and a choice of settling methods including how to make gradual changes. The course will lead you through step by step how to create your own sleep plan to support your baby to sleep in their own sleep space.

Sleep Success: 10-18 Months

This course covers a range of topics including the science of sleep, sleep associations, creating a great sleep environment, a suggested daily routine, the transition from two naps to one and a choice of settling methods including how to make gradual changes. The course will lead you through step by step how to create your own sleep plan to support your baby to sleep in their own sleep space.

Sleep Success: 1.5 – 4 years

This course which covers a range of topics including the science of sleep, sleep associations, creating a great sleep environment, potential sleep disturbances in this age group, a suggested daily routine, the transition from cot to bed, dropping the daytime nap, early waking and a choice of settling methods including how to make gradual changes. The course will lead you through step by step how to create your own sleep plan.

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