Will White Noise Help Your Child to Sleep Better?

Should you be using white noise in your child's bedroom? Will it help them sleep better?

I get this question a lot. I usually tell parents that it's a personal choice, and each family should do what feels right to them.

White noise can be great for a number of reasons, but it’s not always necessary. If you have a noisy house, many children will adapt to that and learn to sleep through the ruckus. 

However, if it gives you peace of mind to use it (or if you feel it’s helping your child sleep), then go for it! It’s not been shown to be habit-forming, and it can mimic the sound of the womb, which is soothing to babies. There are some key factors to keep in mind, though:

Keep the volume in check. Having the white noise turned up too high could potentially cause hearing loss, so keep it lower just to be safe. 55 to 60 decibels is perfectly adequate (and blocks out a surprising amount of noise from the house!). 

Use a steady sound, like brown or white noise. Avoid sounds like ocean waves or rainforest--those are stimulating and not conducive to restful sleep.

Avoid products that turn off after a certain amount of time. The sudden change will often wake a child up. 

A fan can do the trick! Turn it facing the wall so your baby/child doesn’t get too chilly. 

If you need help picking a white noise machine, contact me here. I have a few that I recommend.

Lindsay Wye-Palmer