You’ll believe it or not, but some moms make some noise to put the baby to sleep. But not just any noises: white noises. But what is it? We will explain everything to you!
Baby sleep is a subject that concerns all parents. What future mother did not ask herself when her baby was going to sleep? Some have the chance to see their little end join the arms of Morpheus effortlessly (or almost), following a ritual bedtime very fast. But how many young parents have accumulated hours and hours of sleep late, to ask how to make baby sleep? Some infants have a more challenging time getting to sleep or experiencing lighter sleep. And if you were told that some babies fall asleep with noises?
White noise, what is it?
White noise is a kind of background noise, like a background sound that will have some people hypnotic properties. This includes sounds of vacuum cleaners, fans, hairdryers, but also natural sounds like a waterfall, waves, or rain.
How can white noises help baby sleep?
The white noise you choose will allow you to rock your baby, as it was in your belly. Baby remembers those noises he has associated with warmth and security, which is why these monotonous and continuous white noises will soothe and relax him, and thus help him fall asleep.
A soothing effect for the child
Experts agree that white noises soothe babies and make them sleep better. They cover especially noises that might surprise them, such as a phone call or a falling object, for example. Also, they emit sound frequencies of the same intensity.
Babies feel reassured, safe, and able to fall asleep more easily. A 1990 study had already shown that 80% of newborns fell asleep within 5 minutes when they listened to white noise compared to 25% without these white noises.
A baby who falls asleep alone is better.
If white noise can have a positive effect on the baby’s sleep, it can not replace the right sleep conditions. Indeed, according to the opinion of pediatricians, a baby should fall asleep alone without too much artifice. Otherwise, every time he wakes up, he will need to find the same conditions to go back to sleep.
Some white-sounding blankies have a “smart sleep sensor” that reactivates as soon as a baby moves a little or cries. As a result, the child becomes very dependent on these white noises. The problem is that we do not know today the potentially unwanted effects of this dependence. We still lack the perspective to understand if these white noises affect the quality of sleep of newborns.
How to make white noises listen to my baby safely?
To test this method on your child, it is useless to vacuum for an hour! It is also far too dangerous to leave the hairdryer running, which can then overheat and hurt your baby. You can buy a blanket that emits white noises or records these famous noises yourself on a CD. You will also find many recordings of white noise on YouTube.
If you use a smartphone or tablet to broadcast sounds to your child, do not forget to put the airplane mode so as not to expose too much to the waves. You can first download sounds using YouTube Go, for example. And as a precaution, do not broadcast these sounds too long and make sure that the sound is not too loud.
How to implement the technique of white noise to fall asleep?
Reproduce these noises
To your hairdryers and other vacuums in the middle of the night to cradle Baby … The neighbors will be happy! A half-hour of wind tunnel should ensure you a good night’s sleep.
If you want to avoid problems with the neighborhood or tendinitis by holding the hairdryer in the lit position, you can bet on playlists already ready. Just type “white noise” on Youtube or Dailymotion to find your happiness.
Activate the sound device
It takes 3 AAA batteries to operate the sound device. Insert the batteries into the opening provided on the back of the device and close the compartment by tightening. Press the 1 to the 2-second button to turn on the sound device. It will turn off automatically after 1 hour of operation. If the sound quality deteriorates or if it suddenly goes out before the time of the process, please insert new batteries.
Warning: only turquoise sound devices have a sleep sensor. Make sure you have bought a sleep sensor mascot.
The sound device goes to sleep after 1 hour of operation. The sleep sensor recognizes when your baby starts to squirm heavily or cry. It thus reacts the last sound automatically to the previous volume stored. The sound will be reactivated for 1 hour again and then turn off. This occurs within 12 hours after activating the sleep sensor sound device. You can turn off the sleep sensor by manually turning off the sound device, i.,e by pressing the central button for 1 to 2 seconds.
The non-stop system (only available on sound devices with sleep sensor)
The non-stop system is activated by pressing the central button three times in a row. A small beep will indicate its activation. The sound will be emitted for 12 hours during a long and beautiful night of uninterrupted sleep. You can deactivate the non-stop system at any time by manually switching off the sound device. Once reactivated, the useful tool will automatically activate the sleep sensor mode.
To adjust the volume, press, and hold the main button until the desired volume is reached. If you release and press again, the work will decrease; here also, hold down until the desired volume is reached. The volume will be memorized so that it is reactivated at the same level as when stopped.
Change of sound
The white noise emits five different types of white noise. To change the sound, double-click the main button rather quickly. Repeat the action until the desired sound is heard.
Insert the sound device
You can insert the sound device in the pocket provided for this purpose in your mascot. Close the zipper. You can manipulate the useful tool without removing it from your pocket.
Opt for baby-friendly accessories
Given the success of this method, manufacturers have developed soft toys and other soft toys that emit white noises. The brands My Hummy, Daydream, and Whisper are mainly specialized in this type of toy.
White noises, does it work or not?
Like every technique, it is not universal. Children will be more or less sensitive. But the comments of completely conquered moms are numerous. The method does not cost anything, and you can try the experiment with your Loulou and see if the magic operates.
The marine specialist BOURGET she does not share the craze of moms around this method. “Indeed, the white noises are the noises that the baby hears in the belly of his mother during the nine months of pregnancy, so during the in-utero period and can help him fall asleep.” But, when the child is born, he has to move on to extrauterine life! He no longer needs to hear the heart sound of his mother as during the period of pregnancy since now he can listen to his mother, see her mom, touch his mother … as well as his daddy! “she explains, before continuing:” To propose to the child white noises to put him to sleep, it is to opt for conditioning to sleep as the feeding or rocking And if the parent forgets one night this famous white noise … the child will have trouble falling asleep alone! It is, therefore, important to remind parents that the child can fall asleep alone, without outside help, soon enough. You have to be patient and let him find his rhythm, without disturbing him in his sleep, “she summarizes.