Best Sleep Noise Machines for Babies iMore 2019

When you're a new parent, there's nothing you want more than for your baby to sleep peacefully at night. Getting your baby to fall asleep and stay asleep isn't always easy. A noise machine can be helpful. These machines can block out some household noise as well as give your baby's mind something restful to focus on. Noise machines might play lullabies, nature sounds, and white noise. Some also include a nightlight feature. Here are some of the best sleep noise machines for babies.

Soothing sounds for everyone: Dreamegg White Noise Sound Machine

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Not just for babies, this machine plays 24 different soothing sounds and emits a soft glow. Set the auto shut-off timer or simply let it run all night.

$35 at Amazon

Stars and sounds: SleepyMe Smart Sleep Soother

Fill your baby's room with colorful starts and 10 soothing melodies or nature sounds. It runs on AA batteries and shuts off automatically after 30 minutes.

$40 at Amazon

Not just for babies: PICTEK White Noise Machine

Let it play 24 different sounds and melodies all night or set it to stop after 30 or 60 minutes. Use AA batteries or purchase a power adapter.

$19 at Amazon

Portable cutie: Big Red Rooster Portable Noise Machine

This adorable AAA battery-powered monkey plays five different soothing sounds. Choose auto shut-off after 15 or 30 minutes or let it run.

$7 at Amazon

Feature rich: Hatch Baby Rest Nightlight

This bedside lamp/sound machine can be programmed with a variety of color, light, and sound "scenes" from your smartphone.

$60 at Amazon

Sleep trainer: LittleHippo Ready to Rise

At night, your child can fall asleep to its soothing sounds. In the morning, its facial expressions tell your child when it's time to get out of bed.

$50 at Amazon

Stars, sounds, and cuddles: Samxic White Noise Sound Machine

This AA battery-powered plushie projects stars onto the wall while playing 12 different soothing sounds. It shuts off after 30, 60, or 90 minutes.

$46 at Amazon

Shadow story: Fisher-Price Smart Connect Deluxe Soother

Delight your baby with this clever nightlight plus sound machine that projects adorable animals and other shapes onto the ceiling and walls.

$39 at Amazon

Which one should you choose?

There are so many noise machines for babies out there, choosing one is just a matter of selecting the features that matter most to you. If I had to choose one, I'd pick up a Dreamegg White Noise Sound Machine. As a mom whose children are long past the baby stage, I like that it's not just a baby product. Those years go so quickly, and buying products your babies can grow into makes a lot of sense. The Dreamegg offers 24 different soothing sounds, plus it emits a soft glow if you want. An auto shut-off timer can be set for 30, 60, or 90 minutes, or you can just let it run. The included USB charger and cable power this machine. It saves your timer, plus your light and sound scenes for repeated use, so you don't need to reset them each time. A headphone jack means that your older child can plug into the white noise when they need to concentrate on homework without disturbing others.

However, if you just want something cute and inexpensive, I'd go for the Big Red Rooster Portable Noise Machine (which is actually a monkey) for its low price and soothing sounds when you're on the go. Clip it right onto your stroller or baby carrier. Five sounds: heartbeat, lullaby, ocean, white noise, and rain help keep your little one calm. Let it run or set it to play for either 15 or 30 minutes. You'll need three AAA batteries which are not included.

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