If there’s one thing every new parent is after, it’s sleep—both for baby and themselves. And if there’s one thing that can help get you there, it’s a sound machine. Many babies are soothed by white noise, likely because it reminds them of life back in the womb. Plus, it helps block out other household noises that could wake them up. The upshot: Babies can fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. (Can we get a praise hands emoji?)
But before you crank up the noise machine volume and call it a day, there are few more things you need to consider. Be careful to keep the volume low (under 50 decibels) to protect your child’s hearing, and place it across the room from the crib to make sure your kiddo can’t grab the cords as they grow. With those safety tips in mind, check out our top 10 best baby sound machine picks to help fast-track your babe to sleepy time.
Baby Susher Sleep Miracle Soother
Shushing is a tried-and-true trick for soothing fussy babies—but sometimes a parent can only shush so much. For when you run out of steam, try this doctor-tested (and approved) baby sound machine that makes a rhythmic shushing sound as good as Mom or Dad. Volume controls help you make sure those sushes will be heard even over baby’s loud cries.
Buy it: $35, Amazon.com
Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine
Talk about smart: Not only can you control this white noise maker from your phone, but you can even select sound themes that promote good circadian rhythms and melatonin production. Plus, it doubles as a nightlight!
Buy it: $60, Amazon.com
Project Nursery Smart Sound Soother
“Alexa, put baby down for a nap.” If only, right? This sound machine gets you halfway there by letting you toggle between white noise and lullabies just by asking Alexa. (It also has timer settings, so the noise will automatically turn off once baby is in dreamland.)
Buy it: $20, Amazon.com
Fisher-Price Smart Connect Deluxe Soother
Get ready to add one more thing to the bedtime routine: A custom light and sound program! As baby grows, they’ll start to associate it with bedtime and know it’s time to wind down and get cozy. Use the sound machine’s corresponding app to create your own combo of music and lights, or find one of the presets your little one likes.
Buy it: $50, Amazon.com
Cloud B Sleep Sheep
Don’t be fooled by the cute exterior—this plush toy means business! The hidden noise machine plays soothing sounds like ocean surf, whale songs and even mom’s heartbeat to help soothe newborns. Set the timer option for 23 or 45 minutes (unless you want to listen to the tunes through the monitor all night too).
Buy it: $32, Amazon.com
Vtech Wyatt The Whale Storytime Soother
From white noise to Winnie The Pooh songs, this baby sound machine has it all. Use the app to swap in the music and stories your child likes. The glowing whale also works as a nightlight, and as baby grows it can project story scenes onto the ceiling.
Buy it: $50, Amazon.com
Soundbub Ollie The Owl Bluetooth Speaker and Soother
Cute and functional? Sign us up! This baby sound machine has four lullabies and 12 white-noise sounds to choose from. And because you can’t always be there to sing your little sweetie to sleep, this owl soother lets you record your own message or song for it to repeat.
Buy it: $50, Amazon.com
Marpac Hushh White Noise Machine
One of the best white noise machine options for when you’re on the go is the Marpac Hushh. This compact, lightweight portable sound machine offers three different sound options (bright white noise, deep white noise or gentle surf) and features a baby-safe clip to attached to a stroller or car seat. It even boasts an LED nightlight so you don’t stumble around the dark nursery and risk waking up your slumbering babe. Proof that good things really do come in small packages.
Buy it: $30, Amazon.com
Updated January 2019
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Skip Hop Moonlight & Melodies Nightlight Soother
Skip Hop knows a thing or two about sweet, stylish nursery gear. This little elephant sound machine features a dimmable glowing belly, four lullabies and four nature sounds, and can even project stars and moons onto the nursery ceiling. Set him on a timer or leave him on all night long.
Buy it: $29, Amazon
Marpac Dohm Classic White Noise Sound Machine
This classic white noise machine is simple and oh-so-effective. Its unique asymmetrical fan creates a constant, smooth swooshing sound of rushing air without the disturbance of actual moving air. You can choose from two fan speeds for different noise options. It may not have tons of fancy features, but it does have the approval of more than 13,000 Amazon reviewers.
Buy it: $47, Amazon.com