Anyone claiming to have ‘slept like a baby’ must not have children at home. As every new parent learns quickly, babies keep some rather odd hours and are not at all sound sleepers. With parental sleep deprivation setting in, many mothers and fathers desperately search out different strategies to help their little ones sleep for longer and more peaceful periods. Some turn to purchasing a pricey white noise machine for baby to help resolve this common issue, but other options are now available thanks to recent advancements in technology. More on that below!
How Much Sleep do Infants and Toddlers Need?
Getting enough sleep is critical in a child’s physical and mental development. It is important to note that infants have a different sleep cycles than adults. Babies spend less time in the rapid eye movement (REM) sleep stage where dreaming takes place. In addition, babies’ sleep cycles are much shorter. The chart below reflects the National Sleep Foundation‘s recommendations on the ideal amount of sleep for each age group. As you can see, very young children require a lot of sleep each day.
0-3 months old: 14-17 hours per 24 hours
4-11 months old: 12-15 hours per 24 hours
1-2 years old: 11-14 hours per 24 hours
3-5 years old: 10-13 hours per 24 hours
6-13 years old: 9-11 hours per 24 hours
14-17 years old: 8-10 hours per 24 hours
18-25 years old: 7-9 hours per 24 hours
26-64 years old: 7-9 hours per 24 hours
65+ years old: 7-8 hours per 24 hours
Lack of sleep can result in the following issues if left unchecked: fussiness, behavioral fluctuations, and hyperness.
If you are concerned that your little one isn’t getting enough sleep, consider tracking your child’s sleep patterns by writing down their sleep habits for at least a week. This will help you keep on top of night wakings, how you tried soothing them back to sleep, etc. Looking back at your notes will help you figure out how much sleep your baby is really getting and what is or is not working.
White Noise and Babies Research
White noise is the combination of all frequencies audible to the human ear being played simultaneously and at equal intensities. This type of sound has the ability to mask other sounds that may disrupt you baby’s sleep such as older siblings in the house or the neighbor’s dog barking outside.
Multiple scientific studies have shown that white noise helps infants drift off to sleep faster and stay asleep longer. One groundbreaking study in particular put two groups of 20 newborns between 2 and 7 days old in a randomized trial to test the effect of white noise on promoting sleep. The difference in rates of falling asleep between the two groups of infants was impressive. In the group of 20 newborns subjected to white noise, sixteen (80 percent) fell asleep within five minutes. In the control group, only five (25 percent) of the babies fell asleep spontaneously.
An Alternative to the Standard White Noise Machine
Instead of spending time and money tracking down the top white noise machine for baby, turn to your smartphone instead. Unlike the average white noise machine, this gives you more usage choices, has a wider range of noise types, and is much more portable.
Specially curated playlists have become an accessible solution for people of all ages. Five sleep-promoting playlists were created by Endel, a sound technology that generates real-time personalized soundscapes to enhance sleep, relaxation, and focus. Endel’s core algorithm is based on circadian rhythms, pentatonic scale, and sound masking. The globally available iOS app was created by Berlin-based team of artists, developers, and scientists. These playlists feature scientifically proven and expertly crafted sleep sounds to help your little one (and you) get some much-needed rest.
Click the “play” button below to preview the Clear Night, Foggy Morning, and Cloudy Afternoon playlists! Choose “listen” in the top right corner if you wish to view the full album via Apple Music or Spotify.
Clear Night Preview
Foggy Morning Preview
Cloudy Afternoon Preview
Want to hear more? Preview the three additional sleep playlists here.
A Breakthrough White Noise Machine for Baby is Actually an App
Besides playlists, Endel has also developed an iOS mobile app which generates real-time personalized sound environments to enhance sleep, focus, and relaxation. This recently released tool is now available for iOS users worldwide and empowers its user to ease the mind, minimize distractions, and help create a more relaxed environment. The app’s sound engine incorporates specially tuned noises to make distracting sounds and harsh interruptions less audible through sound masking. After choosing one of four different sound modes: Sleep, Relax, Focus, and On-the-Go, Endel produces a soothing and physiologically natural soundscape, which adapts real-time to a number of personal inputs like location, time zone, weather, and heart rate.
In conclusion, the best white noise machine for baby may just be your smartphone loaded with the right app and playlists. Since every child is different, experiment with the different features and playlists available to find what works best for your infant. Download this useful sleep-promoting companion through the App Store here or via the button below.