You Don’t Need To Be Quiet For Your Sleeping Baby
Updated: Jul 28, 2021
If you’re a new parent, you may be constantly worrying about the noise level in the house while your baby is asleep. Tiptoeing around your home and turning the TV to the lowest possible volume may seem like the best thing to do to make sure your little one has an undisturbed rest, but it can also cause a lot of inconvenience. Lots of the everyday tasks that parents need to do while their kiddos are sleeping can be noisemakers - cooking and showering can definitely be challenging to try and accomplish without making any sound, and leisure activities like catching a movie or chatting with friends are near impossible to do silently.
Fortunately, there’s a better way to make sure your sleeping baby stays out without having to sacrifice everyday activities. Using white noise to soothe your baby to sleep is a great way to ensure that they’re not going to hear any parental footsteps or TV watching, as it drowns out the rest of the noises of the household and maintains a soothing, consistent sleep environment for your little one to rest in.
The change may seem frivolous, but being able to fully relax in your home when your baby is sleeping can make a huge difference in your ability to emotionally regulate yourself. Raising a young baby is a hugely emotionally and physically taxing endeavor, and taking the time to rest and recharge is critical to making the effort sustainable for your health long-term. Being able to relax with friends, make yourself some food, or watch your favorite movie is going to be massively important in taking care of yourself, and it isn’t nearly as relaxing when you have to be diligently monitoring your volume the whole time to ensure it never rises above a whisper.
However, the benefits of white noise extend far beyond parental comfort. White noise has also been shown to improve infant sleep and comfort, and improve the amount of relaxing hormones in an infant’s body. Newborns especially are soothed by white noise, and the shushing noise is reminiscent of the constant whooshing noises they experienced while in the womb, and the white noise reminds them of the comfort of being in utero, just like being swaddled and carried.
White noise can also help to cover the sounds that parents can’t control - a train driving by, a car’s horn, or a loud storm can also disrupt a sleeping baby, and that can’t be prevented by an especially cautious parent! A child who’s used to sleeping with white noise will also have the benefits of having these environmental sounds drowned out when the noise level is beyond their parents’ control.
If you’re looking for a variety of white noises to pick from to help your little one go sleep - and allow you to get a break! - check out our baby sleep sounds here, or view our full selection of spa, nature, and musical white noises.