What’s the big deal with white noise? If you have newborn in the house, sleep may just be a long lost dream for you as a parent. Sometimes babies stay up way past their due sleepy time and you have to stay up with them breaking rest, and also getting ready for another day ahead of you as the night comes to an end. Pediatricians often recommend various soothing activities that will help your baby sleep and white noise is one of these things. White noise may help your baby fall asleep, but there are also some possible long term consequences.
What is the connection between white noise and babies?
White noise refers to sounds that mask other sounds that might occur naturally in an environment. If you live in a city, for example, white noise could help block out noises associated with traffic. Now, specific sounds, can encourage the act of sleeping, even though there are environmental noises around. For example rainforest or beach sounds could count as white noise. In fact, there are machines now that have been designed for exclusive use with infants. Some of these have instrumental lullabies and heartbeat noises that mimic the heartbeat of the mommy. Interesting isn’t it?
What are the pros of using white noise?
- Babies may be able to fall asleep faster with white noise in the background.
- White noise can block out household noise such as older siblings and create a more serene setting.
- Some infant white noise machines have a heartbeat setting mimicking the mother, which may be comforting for newborns. They will therefore, not wake up and get disturbed as much.
The cons of white noise for babies
- White noise machines may exceed recommended noise limits for babies, which can affect their hearing.
- Babies can become dependent on white noise machines to be able to fall asleep. You need to gradually take them off the white noise or not use it every time that you want them to sleep.
- Not all babies respond well to white noise.