If you think about it, consistent loud sound is what a baby experiences in the womb, so it’s no surprise that babies love white noise. Now, a new app for MobiCam devices makes it possible to play white noise or lullabies from your smart phone through the MobiCam wifi baby monitor in your child’s room, allowing you to participate in the parenting process even when you can’t be there.
The womb must be deafeningly loud. When a baby emerges, the silence at first seems unnatural to them – and not at all like home. Adding white noise to a baby’s room can bring comfort, peacefulness and familiarity. Even adults routinely report that white noise makes it easier to relax and fall asleep.
When considering white noise for babies, there are two important points: Don’t overspend, and don’t under-deliver on volume. You don’t need a fancy device from the mall when a fan or app can provide the soothing white noise your baby craves. Just be sure the noise you provide is loud enough to drown out other distracting sounds.
But perhaps those two points aren’t all you need to know. Here are 5 favorable facts about white noise and babies:
White noise helps relieve stress. Babies have stress from getting too tired, from receiving more stimulation than their brains can handle and more. White noise blocks out some of the many stimuli in a baby’s life, helping them relax.
White noise makes it easier to sleep. Research proves that babies who go to sleep with white noise in their rooms fall asleep quicker and stay asleep for a longer period. Try out white noise in your baby’s room and you may notice longer naps and fewer interruptions to their sleep from things like the voices of people in the home, the doorbell, cars passing by and more.
White noise may decrease crying. You may already try to quiet a crying baby with white noise – by making a shushing or hissing sound, which often works. But for white noise to work effectively and consistently, it needs to be louder than the crying. The MobiCam BABY app can help you provide sustained white noise to your crying baby from anywhere in the world – perhaps quieting him or her even when you aren’t able to be there in person.
White noise could help keep your baby alive. While the reason isn’t known, research has indicated that babies with a fan in the room are at a significantly reduced risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS. It could be because of the movement of air that the fan generates, but many researchers believe its the white noise that makes the difference. We know for sure that white noise reduces the active sleep stage during which SIDS is most likely to happen.
White noise means better sleep for you. You may benefit from a white noise device in your room, but this much is certain: Having one in your baby’s room while you’re home or playing white noise through your wifi baby monitor can cover some of the small sounds that your baby makes so you don’t wake up when it really isn’t necessary. Babies, as you may be learning, can be very noisy.
Some babies sleep soundly no matter what you do. And some parents will never have a need for a white noise generator – whether it’s a fan, a device or an app. But many babies have difficulty making the adjustment from womb to world, and white noise can cover the bumps in the night and soothe the developing brain.
If your baby has sleep disturbances or shows signs of stress, white noise is a safe, easy and harmless thing to try that just might make a real difference in your family’s life.