Before birth your baby was growing in a very noisy environment. Your baby is not used to a quiet place but rather having a lot of white noise in the background.
White noise will help with sleep after your baby is born because that dull background noise sounds familiar to your baby. White noise sends a calming and soothing message to the baby to promote sleep.
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While your baby is asleep, white noise is helpful to mask the sounds of family and life around them. Have you ever had a new clock in your house or new appliance and at first you hear every sound coming from them? In a little while you no longer hear those sounds, unless you focus on hearing them. For your baby every sound of your house is unfamiliar and new. The white noise can block those sounds to help your baby stay asleep instead of being startled awake with every noise in their environment.
I recommend having a non-stimulating white noise. The white noise should not have a variance of volume or tones because that can be stimulating to the baby. A non-oscillating fan is excellent white noise.
To protect your baby’s hearing the white noise should be located about 5.5 feet from your baby.
It is good to check the decibel level of your white noise machine. You can download a free decibel meter on your smartphone and test the machine from that 5.5 foot distance. The decibel level should not go higher than 60 decibels to protect your child’s hearing.
When does your baby outgrow white noise? Never!
White noise is helpful to protect the sleep of your child at any age and is also helpful to protect adult sleep.
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