Baby White Noise Solutions

12:52 pm |

sleeping baby with white noiseIf you’ve had a fussy or high need baby for more than say, 1 day, you’ve probably already heard about white noise and how it can help fussy babies with sleep.

In case you DID just give birth yesterday, let me give you the Coles Notes version:

When your baby was in the womb, he was in a constant state of movement. He was snug and warm, knees folded up to his chest, constantly swaying back and forth, up and down. And despite how we might imagine the womb, it was loud. VERY loud. Think vacuum cleaner loud.

Then baby is born, and we plop him in his crib in his dark, quiet room, and wonder why he won’t sleep!

Harvey Karp refers to white noise as an ‘auditory teddy bear’. Not only does white noise help with calming and relaxing, but it also can help your baby sleep *longer*. And who doesn’t want that? According to Karp, sometimes having white noise on in your child’s room (from birth right into childhood) is enough to soothe your child back to sleep before he or she fully awakens.

We found white noise was absolutely crucial with both our kids until around 1 year of age.  And looking back, I think both could have benefited from the continuing use of white noise, even after the age of 1.

Below I’ve compiled a list of some of the baby white noise options available to you: Free white noise, free white noise apps, white noise machines, and white noise CD’s.

Please let me know in the comments below if I’ve missed your favourite white noise solution!

Free White Noise

If you’re tight on money, you may want to start out by generating some white noise with products you already have at home:

  • Setting up the vacuum cleaner next to the crib
  • A loud fan (this is often not loud enough, but it doesn’t hurt to try)
  • Putting the bassinet next to the clothes dryer or dishwasher (not ON it!)
  • Setting a radio to static

Free White Noise Apps for IPad or IPhone

White Noise Lite

White Noise Ambiance Lite

Relax Melodies

Sleepy Pillow Sounds

White Noise Machines

Sleep Machine Lite

White Noise Machines

Graco Sweet Slumber Sound Machine 

  • 12 soothing sounds to choose from white noise, nature sounds and lullabies
  • Share your own sounds by using the MP3 player plug-in port
  • Soft glow night light
  • Compact size easy for travel
  • Easy to use auto-off timer


Dex Sound Sleeper

  • 24 different sound combinations
  • Calms baby to sleep with a wide variety of nature’s sounds
  • Headphone jack included (headphones not included)



Dohm-DS Dual Speed Sound Conditioner 

  • Formerly known as the Sleepmate/Sound Screen 980A
  • Creates the soothing sound of rushing air known as white noise – with two speed operation for a greater range of sound
  • Provides excellent noise-masking capabilities and a soft comfortable background sound where it might otherwise be too quiet


Prince Lionheart Back to Sleep Bear

  • Soothing womb sounds lull baby to sleep in minutes
  • Sound box has 5-minute auto shutoff timer
  • Sound box comes with four lullabies, plus white noise, ocean waves and womb sound
  • Recordable function allows parents to create their own soothing message or baby’s favorite sound
  • Sound box comes with Velcro strap to attach to anywhere at home or on the go
  • Motion activated so it comes back on when baby wakes in the night


White Noise CD’s

The Happiest Baby on the Block White Noise CD

Based on the bestselling book and video, The Happiest Baby on the Block, this “Super-Soother” CD blends the ancient rhythms of the womb with a newly desinged pulsation that can help your sweet baby…even during the “fussies”.

In this CD, Dr. Karp reveals a soothing sound that is particularly effective at turning on the “calming reflex”–the automatic “off-switch” for a baby’s crying. Tracks can be played individually or repeated for hours to keep your baby settled into a deep level of relaxation. 


Baby’s First White Noise CD

74 minutes of white noise formulated to calm and soothe baby to sleep. Designed especially for children birth to 5 years of age, this white noise sound is specially formulated for the little ones with colic. Helps babies relax and fall asleep safely, naturally, without medication.

New: Includes one long 74 minute continuous track.


White Noise Machine vs. CD vs. mp3

When you’re deciding what kind of white noise solution to use for your baby, there are a number of considerations to keep in mind:

  • Is it loud enough? (iPhone or IPad apps or mp3’s may not be loud enough to soothe fussy babies)
  • Is the track long enough, or at least repeatable? (It’s important to leave the white noise running all night long)
  • Can I bring it along when we travel?
  • Does it have an actual ‘white noise’ sound, as opposed to just nature sounds? (some don’t! Be sure to check before you buy)
  • Is it sustainable in the long-term? (for instance if you’re using a vacuum cleaner, be prepared to run it into the ground!)
  • Is it worth the cost?
  • Is it specifically designed for babies?

Do you use white noise? If so, what’s worked best for your little one? Leave a comment below!


Photo Credit

Holly Klaassen has been running The Fussy Baby Site since 2007. Inspired to start the site after giving birth to her second child, the site aims to provide support and information to parents of fussy, colicky, high need or 'spirited' babies and kids. The main message of this site? You are not alone! When Holly isn't writing for The Fussy Baby Site, she can be found writing for other businesses on topics related to digital marketing, social media, business, and of course, parenting.

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  1. Jolene says:

    Because we sleep in the same room as our son we had to do a lot of trial and error . I found many machines to be very mechanical sounding where you can hear the loops- which is REALLY annoying. It is wise to do your research. We have found a fan on a higher setting to be most helpful as it is continuous air. But I have read lots of good things about the Dohm and Marsona by Marpac so I plan to try those at some point. And on the rare occasion he needs to sleep while we are in a vehicle the air conditioning ( in hot weather) and the heater ( in cold weather) works great. Just turn them on full air but adjust the temperature. And at his grandparents house their dehumidifier is perfect.

    • Holly says:

      Thanks for the tips Jolene…these are helpful!

  2. Emet says:

    Currently using an older dohms but had the ac running all through summer. Dohms is nice for baby but I preferred our ac.

    • Holly says:

      Hi Emet! Have you been happy with your Dohm? It seemed to be the favorite, at least on Amazon…

  3. charity says:

    Its not very portable but the best thing ive found so far has been to turn on the hair dryer on high. I also downloaded “simply noise” app on my phone and it works pretty good. Not as well as the blow dryer but it is portable 🙂

  4. Eunice says:

    Hi all, how loud do we need these noises to be? I’ve got the Music for Dreaming cd running repeat on my mp3 player every night but my little one still wakes up often, sometimes 3 times within the first hour he goes to bed. I’m not sure if it’s not working or what

  5. jordan McLaughlin says:

    Omg we Had to have white noise for the first 4-6 months. Every night and at nap time. Loud. Intense. White noise.

  6. Antoinette says:

    We use the White Noise Lite App on the phone. We co slept with number one and just left the phone plugged up near the bassinet and turned all the way up. When she moved into her own room and one of us upgraded we kept the old phone just for the white noise. Now that we have baby number 2 in our room we use one of our cell phones or the iPad for the white noise in the bedroom. Whats great is that we always have one of our phones with us so we can turn it on when traveling or if out and about at nap time.

    • Antoinette says:

      BTW our oldest is 3 and still uses white noise at night. It allows her to stay asleep even when everyone else is up and about. It also masks the sound of the new baby if she starts crying at night. My husband jokes that the white noise puts him to sleep too after 3 years of having it on every night.

  7. WOW!!! Interesting stuff you have shared…. Especially “Prince Lionheart Back to Sleep Bear” is awesome….. I love it and going to place an order for it…..

  8. Janelle Abel says:

    My absolute favorite white noise app is White Noise HD:

    It's by far the best white noise app out there. We use it consistently during nap time on an old iphone hooked up to some speakers. It's so simple to use and does't have a million different settings or confusing options, unlike all the other one's I've tried. Plus, it's free! Hope you find it as useful as we have.