Sweet Dreams: Discover the Best White Noise for Baby Sleep

white noise for baby sleep

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White noise can soothe your baby to sleep and help keep disturbing noises from waking your little one. Lull your baby to sleep with whole sleep sounds albums that incorporate the power of sound masking.

You’ve probably heard white noise can be a good sleep aide for babies. Science is here to back that claim. And technology is here to deliver the best white noise for baby sleep.

Sleep is especially vital for babies

The National Sleep Foundation gives us some key information about babies and sleep:

  • Sleep is the primary activity of the brain during early development.
  • Babies’ circadian rhythms, or sleep-wake cycle, begin to develop for at about six weeks old. By three to six months, most infants have a regular sleep-wake cycle.
  • By the time they turn two, most babies/toddlers have spent more time asleep than awake.
  • Sleep is especially vital for babies, toddlers, and children as it directly impacts mental and physical development.

Infant sleep cycles

There are two sleep cycles humans go through. The first is non-rapid eye movement (NREM), or quiet, restorative sleep. The second is rapid eye movement (REM) or active, dreaming sleep.

During deep NREM sleep, our body restores itself, and in the case of infants, grows, in very important ways. It’s in deep NREM sleep that our bodies increase blood supply to the muscles, grow and repair tissue, and secrete essential hormones for growth and development.

Newborns spend half their sleep time in each of these states with a total sleep cycle time of 50 minutes. As they mature, the amount of time infants spend in REM sleep decreases. By six months old, REM sleep takes up around 30 percent of babies’ sleep time. By age three or four, children’s the sleep cycle time is 90 minutes.

White noise for baby sleep

A groundbreaking study by the Royal Postgraduate Medical School at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital in London found that playing white noise for newborns made them 3.2 times more likely to fall asleep. One of the reasons white noise is effective in helping babies fall and stay asleep is that it blocks out other noises that might disturb their sleep. White noise isn’t only helpful for preventing noises waking your little one. It can also help ensure the deeper, NREM portion of their sleep cycle (so vital to growth and development) isn’t interrupted. Because even if a noise doesn’t wake your baby, it could affect their sleep cycle. Science reveals that our sleeping brain still hears and processes sounds, which can jostle us out of one part of our sleep cycle and into another. So white noise and other sound masking noises can help us stay asleep, and stay in the natural rhythm of our sleep cycle.

Full playlists of baby sleep sounds

Technological, scientific, and artistic advancements have converged to propel us way beyond the typical, old-fashioned white noise for baby sleep. Now, there are entire playlists combing natural sound masking noises (such as ocean waves, gentle breezes, and falling rain) with gentle pentatonic music notes to complement circadian rhythms and help soothe little ones sleep deeply and naturally. A new sound engine called Endel just released five sleep sounds playlists on Apple Music and Spotify, each an hour long. These albums are perfect to play when it’s time for your baby to go down for the night.

Click the “play” button below to preview Clear NightCloudy Night, and Rainy Night  playlists (then click “listen” if you wish to view the album on Apple Music or Spotify).

  1. Sleep Sounds: Clear Night Preview

2. Sleep Sounds: Cloudy Night Preview

3. Sleep Sounds: Rainy Night Playlist Preview

If you like the sounds of Sleep: Clear Night, Sleep: Cloudy Night, and Sleep: Rainy Night, and you think they’re right to soothe your little one, you can find all five Endel Sleep Sounds albums on Apple Music and Spotify. 

An app inspired by white noise for baby sleep

As you’ve discovered, the best white noise for baby sleep can be found in even more advanced and soothing sound masking technology packaged in easy-to-download playlists. These playlists take the power of ordinary white noise to an exponential new sound masking level. Help ensure a peaceful, quiet, and snug environment for your little one to drift into dreamland … download Endel’s new sleep playlists, and check out the app version of Endel.

The Endel app is algorithm-powered. Its algorithm runs based on circadian rhythms, sound masking, and pentatonic music: the trifecta of natural, deep, uninterrupted sleep. Furthermore, Endel’s app personalizes the sleep sounds it generates based on location, time zone, and weather. For example, if you open Endel as you lay your little one in the crib on a clear, starlit night, the app detects the time and weather at your location and plays sleep sounds specifically reminiscent and resonant of a clear night.

Try using sound to ensure your little one sleeps more soundly. Download the Endel app here, or via the button below: