One piece of advice I have heard my mother tell every new mom she meets is to make sure to put your baby down to sleep with noise in the house — run the vacuum, watch TV — just keep some noise in the house so the baby gets used to falling asleep to anything. It always seemed like sound advice (pun intended), and I took it to heart.
When K was born, I always made noise (not hard to do, silence is much harder) and somewhere along the line we purchased a sound machine for K. I really don’t remember the exact motivation for the purchase, but we chose the SoundSpa® Lullaby by HoMedics because it offered several (six) different sounds and acted as a soothing nightlight too. It turned out to be one of the most valuable purchases we made for our daughter.
K was already a good sleeper, but the sound machine helped her fall asleep on her own quickly and quietly. She would lay there transfixed by the lights, a revolving picture projection with three interchangeable scenes, and soon she was fast asleep. It worked, and we were hooked. I also love that it has a self timer that you can set for 15, 30, 45 or 60 minutes.
Fast-forward to today, and she still loves her “sounds.” God forbid my husband or I should forget to turn on her machine, my little creature of habit is quick to remind “Sounds!”
Because her “sounds” have become such a part of her sleep routine (we even travel with her machine), some times I wonder if I have created a problem for her becoming accustom to her sounds, but it really helps her sleep so how can I fault it. Much like “Pink Bear” (her beloved stuffed animal), I don’t think the sounds will last forever, but for now they are WONDERFUL!
The SoundSpa® Lullaby offers six soothing sounds — Heartbeat, Ocean, Rain, Cradle, Rock-a-bye and Twinkle. (K listens to Rainforest only – I was never into the heartbeat sound and I think the songs sound a little “tinny” — we did Ocean for a while, but she prefers the Rain.) The projection scene options are — cows jumping over the moon, little birds and ocean animals. (Nowadays K prefers the “lights” to be off… see we are already out growing part of the machine.)
With three plus years of use, I recommend this to all new moms. Try it, see it it works for you. I already have the new one set up in the nursery ready for baby #2.
The SoundSpa® Lullaby by HoMedics is available on Amazon for $22.99. (If you want to include it on your registry, it is also sold at Target.)
I am so excited that HoMedics is participating in The Suburban Mom’s Virtual Baby Shower. In addition to all of the other fabulous prizes, the winner will receive a SoundSpa® Lullaby machine.
Disclosure – I received a SoundSpa Lullaby to facilitate this review and one is being provided for the winner, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.