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Many moms wonder if it is okay for them to use white noise. They of course are concerned over sleep props and don’t know if white noise is one, and if using noise will create sleep problems at some point.
We first started using white noise last year when Brayden was 3.5 and Kaitlyn was 1.5. It was purely accidental. We have dry winters and their skin was getting dry, so we put humidifiers in each bedroom. I realized it created some white noise for them, and I liked it! We have since started keeping a humidifier in each child’s bedroom all year round.
I really, really, really, really (etc) wish I had thought to use white noise when Brayden was a baby. We lived in a house that we were remodeling, and there were no finished bedrooms. We all slept in the formal living room. We were basically living in a studio apartment. A humidifier next to his bed would have made it so I could move around more without waking him up. At about 6 months old, we finally realized we could move him into the bathroom, which was big enough we could put a crib in it and still have plenty of room. This made things much better, but white noise still would have been helpful.
Having the humidifier in McKenna’s room has been really great. The other two children are able to be kids all day without me stressing out over them being noisy during nap time. I still teach them to be respectful of others while sleeping (something I wished some of my roommates in college would have learned!), and we have rules about inside and outside voices, but they can be kids in the house even while McKenna was asleep.
This wasn’t a problem when Kaitlyn was a baby because Brayden just isn’t a noisy person by nature. Plus, you get two kids together and you have a lot more noise than you do with just one child.
So how does McKenna sleep when there isn’t white noise? She still sleeps just as well. We have power outages often. We also have gone camping. When we visit grandparents, we don’t bring white noise with us usually (at Christmas, we took her humidifier to my parents because we were going to be eating right above the room she sleeps in…with a wood floor beneath our feet). When she doesn’t have the white noise, she still sleeps just as well. She can fall asleep without it. She can stay asleep without it.
You can use lots of different things for white noise. There are Humidifiers. There are white noise machines (I have heard moms like DEX Products Sound Sleeper SS-01). There are tracks on iTunes or other sites where you buy your mp3s. You can get free tracks here: http://cantonbecker.com/music/white-noise-sleep-sounds/index.html. There are box fans (Lasko 3733 20-Inch Box Fan or Holmes #HABF120W White Pers Box Fan). Maybe the room baby is in has a ceiling fan. These are just a few examples–if you have a favorite, please share!
This is ultimately the way I see it. Sleep is important. Using white noise allows the noise of family members to be drown out. Then the family can move around normally and the child can sleep. When you visit family–let’s face it, some of them are loud!–you can bring along white noise. Then you can relax and enjoy yourself rather than stress out about the noise going on.
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