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07th Jun 2021

My friend uses this nifty trick to get her baby to sleep – and swears it always works

Trine Jensen-Burke

sound machine baby sleep

In the middle of lockdown, my friend had a baby.

I can only imagine how hard that must have been in ways, being so isolated for so long, unable to have people visit, unable to visit people yourself – and most of all, unable to have her own mother come help her out when things were hard – which some days are when you are a new mum.

Trying to get her baby to sleep at all during the day was my friend’s biggest problem, and she had literally tried everything, from feeding him to sleep, taking him for walks in his pram, going for a spin in the car  – nothing worked, he just would not sleep for more than five-ten minutes during the day, and nothing they tried seemed to work.

Then her cousin from the US sent her a present – one that she had saved her sanity when her own baby was an infant – a sound machine.

Marpac Dohn White Noise Sound Machine£49.95

This machine, my friend’s cousin explained, was a God send – and low and behold, she was bang on.

My friend said the first time she switched the sound machine on, her little boy napped for an hour and a half – something which had never happened before, not once.

Suddenly, she said, it was like everything changed. Her son, who used the be so exhausted and cranky every afternoon and evening, obviously from not having napped during the day, was now like a different child, so happy and calm and content. And because she now found she had pockets of time to herself during the day, when her baby slept, my friend said it was like the fog lifted. She felt normal again, and could finally start to enjoy being a mum and taking care of her baby.

If you are considering trying a sound machine to get your own baby to sleep, here are a couple of pointers from my friend:

Volume: The idea is background noise, not trying to drown out your baby’s cries with white noise. The recommended volume for a sound machine is compared to the sound level of a soft shower.

Water sounds seem to work best: Some sound machines comes with a vast selection of noises and sounds to pick from, but there is no need to get the most expensive model with the most bells and whistles. My friend says her son really seems to love the sound of waves or swoshes of wind, which are both two very common sounds that’ll you’ll find on most sound machines.