Tip #2: Use a Sound Machine
Here’s a quick story about how we discovered how indispensable a sound machine is for establishing a positive sleep environment.
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The first night we brought our son home from the hospital was not one of my finest. Of course I was very excited to be home with him after our stay in the hospital, but I was also anxious about taking care of him and tending to his needs. Needless to say, our son barely slept a wink that first night, and therefore neither did we!
The next morning, my husband was determined to get it right (I was too groggy to think straight!). That day, he picked up a sound machine and by night number 2, we were able to get 3 hours of sleep in each stretch! Hallelujah!
How it helps
The advantage of using a sound machine is to mimic the sounds that babies hear in the womb, from the rushing of circulating blood, to the gas bubbles that you are passing (lovely, right?). They also help to drown out any environmental noises that might disturb the baby’s sleep (traffic, older siblings, television, etc.). My recommendations: This one is great, and we also use the ones pictured below. My boys, ages 4.5 and 1.5, still use their sounds machines each night.
What kind to buy
When it comes to sound machines, there is no need to get anything fancy (the one we have cost $20, but I’ve seen some up to $100). A basic sound machine, available anywhere from large baby stores, to Amazon.com, or Bed Bath and Beyond, will do. Just make sure it includes sounds like ocean waves and white noise. You may even want to register for a travel sound machine that can hook onto a stroller or Pack’n’play in case you head over to grandma’s house for a sleepover! I prefer the ones that don’t require a timer shut-off because the longer the machine stays on, the longer my boys will sleep!
Other things you should consider for your child’s room:
- blackout blinds or curtains (we use both!)
- an area rug to absorb sound
- toys that don’t make loud or blaring noises
Your child’s room should be his sleep sanctuary. Design accordingly.
Be on the look out for my next post which will focus on tips for soothing your baby!
How do you create a sleep-friendly environment? Let me know in the comments below!