What is white noise and how can it help your baby sleep?

by Emily Thorpe |

Does your baby struggle to drift off? Commonly known as 'white noise', these relaxing sounds can help turn on a calming reflex and when played in the background, they might even help babies drift off for a few hours if they're struggling to settle down.

The sound of the sea or calming acoustic music tend to be the go-to sounds for adults when we want to relax, but when it comes to babies it’s actually white noise sounds that are more effective in creating a soothing environment, as it resembles the kind of sounds they heard in the womb.

What is white noise?

By definition, white noise is a sound that contains every frequency within the range of human hearing in equal amounts.

White noise sounds similar to TV or radio 'static', but constant background noises such as a washing machine, vacuum cleaner, fan or running water also help promote sleep in the same way.

Tips for using white noise

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1) Choose a noise you can tolerate

There are so many different options of white noise to try, from rain and nature noises to static or the sound of hairdryers, so get experimenting and see what works.

Search on YouTube to find what types of noises you find relaxing, and try these on your baby.

Once you’ve discovered what works, invest in an app or sleep toy with that type of sound.

You need to make sure it’s a noise that you’re happy to listen to as well as you’ll be hearing hours of it too!

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