Top 5 white noise and sleep soother toys
Our favourite white noise and sleep soother toys around now
Why buy one?
If you ever wondered why your baby drops off to the land of nod as soon as they travel in a car and are often soothed by a washing machine or even a vacuum cleaner, welcome to the magic of white noise! White noise sounds similar to TV or radio static, but any continual noise will have a similar effect. If you have a baby or toddler that struggles to fall asleep, investing in a white noise machine could help them to settle more quickly at bedtime and will soothe them back to sleep if they wake again.
What to spend
Thankfully, you don’t have to spend a fortune to give this a go. Prices range from £10-30 with the majority of models costing around the £25 mark - which is a small price to pay for a well-rested baby and parents who are less sleep-deprived and makes a fun baby shower gift.
What to look for
It’s not just white noise that you should be looking for, many sleep soothing gadgets often have other calming repetitive noises like rain, waves, heart beats or whale song so you can experiment to find out what works best for your baby.
Soothe and Go Giraffe, £9.99, Fisher Price
This cute giraffe-themed soother plays up to 20 minutes of music including nature sounds, white noise and nursery rhymes, and has the added bonus of being completely portable, so your baby can be soothed on-the-go. It can be easily attached to the buggy or car seat, or used as a purse-friendly soother at home.
Ewan the Dream Sheep, £29.99, Sweet Dreamers
This award-winning soother glows a comforting pink and makes a range of sounds to lull your baby to sleep. There are four different sound modes to choose from including heartbeats and womb noises which are ideal for very young babies. You’ll like the automatic shutoff mode that switches off the lights and sounds after 20 minutes so you don’t have to creep in again after your baby has settled to turn it off.
Sleepy white noise machine, £19.99, BabyMoov
This soother claims that 80% of children will drop off within five minutes if you play white noise at bedtime, an impressive stat that sleep-deprived parents will love! The egg-shaped device plays a rainbow of different colours and has seven different nature sounds as well as white noise. It can be tapped off and on too, ideal for when parents have their hands full.
Ollie the Owl, £25, Gro Company
This innovative model has a built-in Crysensor, that turns it on automatically when a baby cries. It also shuts off automatically after 20 minutes (which is hopefully once your baby has dropped off). It plays four sounds: heartbeat, rainfall, white noise and Brahms lullaby and has adjustable light levels with easy to operate buttons so toddlers can self-soothe.
Soundspa Portable, £29.99, My Baby
This compact and portable device has six soothing sounds to calm fractious babies including white noise, heartbeat, cradle, ocean, brook, and summer night. It also has automatic shut-off for ease for either 20, 30 or 60 minutes, and you can adjust the volume, too.