T.C. asks from Des Moines, IA on June 27, 2009
Sound Machine for Baby - Need Recomendations!
I am looking for a sound machine to purchase for my daughter. I have been using one for my son for about a year and LOVE the way it soothes him. However, it sucks down batteries. We have rechargeables, but still have to swap and charge them every night. So I am looking for a different model the next time around and hoping someone out there can offer some suggestions. I am wanting a machine that can be used with batteries OR an AC adapter. Also, I really like the voice activated option that turns on when the baby cries. Also, would like it to play natural sounds like waves, rain, etc. Does anyone out there know of a sound machine with these features. Thanks so much!
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T.N. answers from Minneapolis on June 29, 2009
H.K. answers from Minneapolis on July 07, 2009
I know this is late, but we use a white noise cd. We bring it with us everywhere. As soon as I turn on her noise, she knows we're getting ready for bed. I found the sound that she likes the best and set it to repeat. There is a brief 1-2 second delay as it repeats, but doesn't seem to bother her. We have used this on children numbers 3, 4 and 5 and will use it with number 6 coming in October. I sell them at www.happymomonline.com/pages/whitenoisecd.htm for $6, but they are available all over the place. Just google it.
C.O. answers from Minneapolis on June 28, 2009
J.H. answers from Appleton on June 28, 2009
Hi T.-- if you're not stuck on a "sound machine" I highly recommend the Calming Electric Fan CD. It's a recording of a fan, without all the air blowing around (which my son didn't care for, although as an earlier poster said, it's been shown that an actual fan can reduce the risk of SIDS so that's obviously something important to consider). Anyway, the CD gradually fades out at the end of an hour, but fades back in and will go on all night if you set your player to Repeat. There is also a digital download option for your MP3 player for only $.99. We love it--we take our little CD player everywhere he'll be sleeping. Here's the link if you're interested: http://www.amazon.com/Calming-Electric-Fan-Sound-CD/dp/B0...
A.K. answers from Minneapolis on June 28, 2009
I don't know if you're interested in this option, but we've always just used a fan in our son's room. The white noise is perfect - just like a sound machine could create, without the waves crashing or crickets chirping. :) They're cheap, they plug in the wall, and they're very portable. They also drown out any noise coming from outside the room. To top it all off, studies have shown that the risk of SIDS is reduced for infants when a fan is placed in their room. Go figure!
M.W. answers from La Crosse on June 28, 2009
I think you might wanna try the PLAYSKOOL MADE FOR ME Digital Music Player. It comes pre programed with soothing sounds and songs, it has a timer and you can also get it to come on when baby makes a noise. I didn't use it for my 2 kids. My daughter got it when she was 3 just to have her own music because you can put your own songs on it. I think I will use it for our next baby for sure.
M.K. answers from Sheboygan on June 28, 2009
A slightly different thought...I used to have some CDs that were just environmental sounds like "babbling brook" (my favorite!), gentle rain, sounds from the woods (crickets, frogs, etc), seaside/beach sounds. Sometimes Target and Walmart have them in their sections of their own CDs. Then you could just use a CD player with a "repeat" feature. Only downfall would be no voice activated feature. But just a different option
A.L. answers from Omaha on June 28, 2009
We have used the CD "Hush Little Baby Soothing Sounds for Sleep" since my daughter was a couple months old. It has a whole bunch of white noise tracks such as rainstorm, vacuum, and our favorite the car ride. We all absolutely love it. We decided to keep it on repeat on the one track we love the most, but you could keep it running all night long on all the tracks if you want. It is much better than a sound machine, in my opinion. I think we found it on Amazon.com.
M.C. answers from Omaha on June 27, 2009
I moaned when my daughter received another stuffed animal for her baptism. And I have to admit, I kinda laughed thinking, "Wow, what am I ever going to do with this?" Her great aunt sent her a "sleep sheep" from red envelope. I hung it on her crib one night, and turned it on. It worked wonders! I know it this isn't voice activated... but it does hang on her crib for easy access and I can always find a large sheep in the middle of the night. It has four...? options - I think - whale noises, waves, rain, heartbeats. If anything, the rain static makes me go to bed easier when she's searching for a binkie in the middle of the night!
Good luck and congrats!