Is white noise actually good for your baby’s sleep? Let’s talk about what we actually know about white noise. From a baby’s perspective, they have just spent their entire life in the womb. According to WebMD, the womb is not quite the quiet place scientists once assumed, it is actually awash in sounds, particularly the whooshing of your blood and digestive system, the thumping of your heart and your voice, which sounds louder than it would transmitted through the air since it reverberates through the bones and fluids in your body.
So your baby is now out of the womb and life outside the womb can be a tad too quiet, uncomfortably quiet for your baby who are so used to loud sound in the womb. Some sleep experts argued that in order for baby to achieve calmness and sleep better, we need to provide them the same sleep environment they had in the womb which also explains why we swaddle our babies to sleep. Essentially, babies get stressed out being out of their womb-like environments, and simulating the womb with darkness and white noise chills them out.
Did you know that shushing is a sound that people universally understand and make with babies? Shushing is simply white noise that you make yourself. And if you shush your baby long enough and loud enough, you will eventually find your baby crying less or even falling asleep. As it turns out, constant, whirring, lovely white noise actually helps babies decrease their heart and respiratory rates, along with their crying and motor activity and when they are less distracted and less stressed out, it helps them go to sleep for a longer period of time.
If you are at your wit’s end on how to calm your baby and get him or her to fall asleep, maybe using the white noise may help. If you can’t imagine doing the shushing yourself, you can always outsource it. Nowadays you can just download white noise apps on your phone or even buy a white noise machine.
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