Is Your Sound Machine Harming Your Baby?

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Getting your baby to sleep is an art. It’s about finding the balance of the correct temperature, the right swaddling and the perfect amount of rocking — as well being careful to step over the squeaky floorboard on your way out the door. For many parents, a sound machine has become a basic element of […]


Getting your baby to sleep is an art. It’s about finding the balance of the correct temperature, the right swaddling and the perfect amount of rocking — as well being careful to step over the squeaky floorboard on your way out the door. For many parents, a sound machine has become a basic element of their baby’s bedtime routine. However, a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics may have some rethinking their sound machine, or at least where they put it and how loud they set it.

For adults, occupational safety guidelines recommend that workers without ear protection be exposed to no more than 85 decibels of sound intensity in an eight-hour shift. In the study, sound machines that were placed near infants’ cribs registered above 85 decibels. If you consider that most babies are sleeping, or at least in their rooms with a sound machine, for more than eight hours, the sound intensity exceeds levels that are considered safe for an adult in the workplace.

Dr. Blake Papsin, the study’s senior author and chief otolaryngologist at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, says infants’ ear canals are wide and straighter than adults’, which amplifies higher-pitched sounds.

“I’m not saying that these devices will cause hearing loss. I’m just saying that they could,” Papsin told Live Science.

Before you take all sound machines out of your home, though, understand that the researchers are not sure what impact sound machines have on children’s hearing development because the study examined only the decibel levels of the machines, not their actual effects on hearing.

Still, one recommendation seems to remain consistent among a variety of professionals: Move the sound machine as far from the crib as possible. Moving the machine at least a foot away is great, but if you are able to move the machine to the other side of the room, that’s even better.

“Farther away is less dangerous, a lower volume is better, and shorter durations of time — all things that deliver less sound pressure to the baby, ” Dr. Papsin told the New York Times.

Professionals disagree on the impact of duration on a baby’s hearing. While some professionals think that it’s fine to run the sound machine throughout the night, others say it’s best to turn it off before you go to bed yourself. For now, until there are further studies on the impact of sound machines on sleeping babies, it is best to at least alter the location of the machine in your child’s room.

While the study declined to identify which 14 sound machines were tested, researchers noted that the machines are readily found throughout the United States and Canada.

Baby Sleep Tricks

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“Use lavendar soap and lotion head to toe.” –Halloween08 “We used to put our daughter in the swing, and turn the radio to static. We called it Sophie’s easy-listening station.” –Chris Risley, Columbus, OH “As odd as it sounds, when my daughter was an infant the sound of the vacuum cleaner running would put her […]

  • “Use lavendar soap and lotion head to toe.” –Halloween08
  • “We used to put our daughter in the swing, and turn the radio to static. We called it Sophie’s easy-listening station.” –Chris Risley, Columbus, OH
  • “As odd as it sounds, when my daughter was an infant the sound of the vacuum cleaner running would put her to sleep in a matter of minutes… She is 6 now and when she’s sick and trying to relax she still asks me to vacuum!” –autymsmommy
  • “When my daughter was born, the fish tank used to relax her to sleep. I know it’s pretty crazy, but it worked!” –JuneCleaver
  • “When nothing else works, we put our daughter in her swing and Daddy plays the guitar for her.” –Lara Blair, Martinsville, VA
  • “Try using a recorder of Mother’s heartbeat.” –Halloween08
  • “When our son wakes up at an ungodly hour, we click on the ceiling fan in his room, which almost always soothes him. We call it our snooze button.” –Kendra Yamamoto, Vancouver, WA
  • “I will never forget the nights my husband and I took turns driving around in the middle of the night because the sound of our truck lulled our son to sleep.”–Nicole Riggs, Nibley, UT
  • White noise. For a while Emilee wouldn’t sleep until either the TV or the stereo was put on static. For some reason it got her to sleep and kept her asleep as long as it was on. Didn’t do a darn thing for my husband and me, but it helped her sleep so that was all that mattered. Thankfully, we only had to do it for about two weeks.” –twiceblessed
  • “I was so tired one night and my girls wouldn’t go to sleep so I decided to put them in their carseats and ride around the block. I strapped them in the car seats and went in the bedroom to throw some clothes on. I Came back out and they were sound asleep! So for about a month, I would lay pillows around their carseats on the living room floor, give them blankets, abd sleep beside them. That was some of the best nights where they slept wonderfully!” — Littleape
  • White noise. For a while Emilee wouldn’t sleep until either the TV or the stereo was put on static. For some reason it got her to sleep and kept her asleep as long as it was on. Didn’t do a darn thing for my husband and me, but it helped her sleep so that was all that mattered. Thankfully, we only had to do it for about two weeks.” –twiceblessed
  • “I turn on my daughter’s musical mobile and dance with her in front of a color-changing nightlight she has in her room until the music shuts off. Then I lay her back down and turn on the mobile for one more cycle.” –Manige Blackburn, Arvada, CO
  • “When I had problems getting my daughter to fall asleep, I would quietly sing the ABC’s. No other song worked, but the ABC’s worked EVERY SINGLE TIME. I’m sure it was the cadence and the soft grumble in my chest. It worked day or night, nap or bedtime.” –ra11en
  • Study: Risk Factors for SIDS Varies by Age

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    New parents are often concerned about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) when they bring home their baby. To reduce the risk of SIDS, parents are often advised to avoid placing bumpers, soft bedding and loose blankets in their children’s sleep area and to place their babies on their backs when they sleep. A recent study […]


    New parents are often concerned about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) when they bring home their baby. To reduce the risk of SIDS, parents are often advised to avoid placing bumpers, soft bedding and loose blankets in their children’s sleep area and to place their babies on their backs when they sleep. A recent study has found that these precautions may be more effective at different stages. The study, which was published in the journal Pediatrics, found that sleep environment risks for 0- to 3-month-old infants are different compared to those for babies ages 4 months to 12 months.

    Researchers found the biggest risk for younger infants is sleeping in the same environment as adults, such as co-sleeping in a bed. Older infants are more likely to be suffocated by objects, such as blankets or stuffed animals, in the sleep area. Typically, babies begin to roll around 4 months old. If objects are in the crib, there is a risk that the baby can roll into something and not being able to roll back. The authors of the study reported that pillows are always dangerous to have in the sleep environment regardless of the baby’s age.

    Here’s what you need to know to keep your baby safe during sleeptime at any age:

    • Always place baby on his or her her back to sleep.
    • Make sure baby is sleeping on a firm crib mattress.
    • The only thing that should be in baby’s crib is a tight-fitting crib sheet.
    • Never use soft bedding, such as crib bumpers or blankets, or place any toys or stuffed animals in baby cribs.
    • Do not put baby to sleep wearing too many layers. As a rule of thumb, baby is comfortable in one more layer than you are, according to the AAP.

    If you choose to co-sleep, Dr. William Sears says co-sleeping is as safe as the conditions you practice. For obvious reasons, parents under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medications that interfere with normal sleep patterns should never have their baby in their bed. Other safeguards to employ:

    • Sleep in a king-size bed if possible, to give everybody enough room.
    • Be sure there are no wide crevices between the mattress and the guardrail or headboard that your baby’s head could sink into.
    • Never allow infants to sleep in the same bed with siblings or caregivers because they may not have the same awareness of a baby’s presence that parents do.
    • Don’t fall asleep with your baby on a surface that isn’t firm, such as a couch or a beanbag chair; she could suffocate by getting wedged between the cushions.

    5 Ways to Maintain Baby’s Sleep Schedule While Traveling

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    Traveling with your baby or young child can be challenging, especially when it comes to keeping his or her naptime and bedtime routines. Getting good rest is the key to keeping your little one in a good mood when you are away from home, so keep these five tips in mind if you are thinking […]


    Traveling with your baby or young child can be challenging, especially when it comes to keeping his or her naptime and bedtime routines. Getting good rest is the key to keeping your little one in a good mood when you are away from home, so keep these five tips in mind if you are thinking about traveling in the near future:

    Keep baby feeling safe and secure by following the same naptime and bedtime routine that you do at home. Bring along her favorite books, toys and blankets, especially those that she associates with napping and bedtime.
    When possible, try to include lots of outdoor activities during the day, but stay close to home (that is, where you are staying) in the evening to help your baby wind down and fall asleep for the night.
    Buy a good travel crib. Investing in a sturdy travel crib that offers good support and a comfortable mattress will pay off in better rest for baby—and for you.
    Bring along a source of soothing background noise for baby’s room: baby’s nighttime CDs, a sleep sounds app for your mobile device or sound machine.
    Plan your daily activities around your baby’s nap schedule. If possible, let him sleep at least once per day in the travel crib or bed where he will be sleeping at night.

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    Popular Lullaby Lyrics

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    Shutterstock “Brahms Lullaby” Performed by Jewel Source: Metro Lyrics Lullaby, and good night, in the skies stars are bright.May the moon’s silvery beams bring you sweet dreams.Close your eyes now and rest, may these hours be blessed.‘Til the sky’s bright with dawn, when you wake with a yawn. Lullaby, and good night, you are mother’s […]

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    “Brahms Lullaby”

    Performed by Jewel

    Source: Metro Lyrics

    Lullaby, and good night, in the skies stars are bright.
    May the moon’s silvery beams bring you sweet dreams.
    Close your eyes now and rest, may these hours be blessed.
    ‘Til the sky’s bright with dawn, when you wake with a yawn.

    Lullaby, and good night, you are mother’s delight.
    I’ll protect you from harm, and you’ll wake in my arms.

    Sleepyhead, close your eyes, for I’m right beside you.
    Guardian angels are near, so sleep without fear.
    Lullaby, and good night, with roses bedight.
    Lilies o’er head, lay thee down in thy bed.

    Lullaby, and good night, you are mother’s delight.
    I’ll protect you from harm, and you’ll wake in my arms.

    Lullaby, and sleep tight, my darling sleeping.
    On sheets white as cream, with a head full of dreams.
    Sleepyhead, close your eyes, I’m right beside you.
    Lay thee down now and rest, may your slumber be blessed.

    Go to sleep, little one, think of puppies and kittens.
    Go to sleep, little one, think of butterflies in spring.
    Go to sleep, little one, think of sunny bright mornings.
    Hush, darling one, sleep through the night,
    Sleep through the night,
    Sleep through the night.

    Listen to this lullaby!

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    “Hush, Little Baby”

    Performed by Kiboomu Kids Songs

    Source: Bus Songs

    Hush, little baby, don’t say a word,
    Papa’s/Mama’s gonna buy you a mockingbird.

    And if that mockingbird don’t sing,
    Papa’s/Mama’s gonna buy you a diamond ring.

    And if that diamond ring turns brass,
    Papa’s/Mama’s gonna buy you a looking glass.

    And if that looking glass gets broke,
    Papa’s/Mama’s gonna buy you a billy goat.

    And if that billy goat don’t pull,
    Papa’s/Mama’s gonna buy you a cart and bull.

    And if that cart and bull turn over,
    Papa’s/Mama’s gonna buy you a dog named Rover.

    And if that dog named Rover won’t bark.
    Papa’s/Mama’s gonna to buy you and horse and cart.

    And if that horse and cart fall down,
    Well, you’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town.

    Listen to this lullaby!

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    “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”

    Performed by TinyGrads

    Source: AZ lyrics

    Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
    How I wonder what you are.
    Up above the world so high,
    Like a diamond in the sky.
    Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
    How I wonder what you are!

    When the blazing sun is gone,
    When he nothing shines upon,
    Then you show your little light,
    Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.
    Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
    How I wonder what you are!

    Then the traveler in the dark,
    Thanks you for your tiny spark;
    He could not see which way to go,
    If you did not twinkle so.
    Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
    How I wonder what you are!

    In the dark blue sky you keep,
    While you thro’ my window peep,
    And you never shut your eye,
    Till the sun is in the sky,
    Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
    How I wonder what you are!

    Listen to this lullaby!

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    “Rock-a-Bye Baby”

    Performed by Super Sunshine Kids

    Source: YouTube

    Rock-a-bye, baby
    In the treetop.
    When the wind blows,
    The cradle will rock.
    When the bough breaks,
    The cradle will fall.
    And down will come baby,
    Cradle and all.

    Baby is drowsing,
    Cozy and fair.
    Mother sits near,
    In her rocking chair.
    Forward and back,
    The cradle she swings.
    And though baby sleeps,
    He hears what she sings.

    Rock-a-bye baby,
    Do not you fear.
    Never mind baby,
    Mother is near.
    Wee little fingers,
    Eyes are shut tight.
    Now sound asleep,
    Until morning light.

    Listen to this lullaby!

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    “Baby Mine”

    Performed by Bette Midler

    Source: AZ Lyrics

    Baby mine, don’t you cry.
    Baby mine, dry your eyes.
    Rest your head, close to my heart,
    Never to part, baby of mine.

    Little one, when you play,
    Pay no heed, what they say.
    Let your eyes sparkle and shine,
    Never a tear, baby of mine.

    If they knew all about you,
    They’d end up loving you too.
    All those same people who scold you,
    What they’d give just for the right to hold you.

    From your head down to your toes,
    You’re not much, goodness knows.
    But, you’re so precious to me,
    Sweet as can be, baby of mine.

    Listen to this lullaby!

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    “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”

    Performed by Judy Garland

    Source: AZ Lyrics

    Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high,
    There’s a land that I heard of once in a lullaby.
    Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue,
    And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.

    Someday I’ll wish upon a star,
    And wake up where the clouds are far,
    Behind me.
    Where troubles melt like lemon drops,
    Away above the chimney tops,
    That’s where you’ll find me.

    Somewhere over the rainbow, bluebirds fly,
    Birds fly over the rainbow. Why then, oh, why can’t I?

    If happy little bluebirds fly,
    Beyond the rainbow, why, oh, why can’t I?

    Listen to this lullaby!

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    “Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral”

    Performed by Bing Crosby

    Source: eMusicZone

    Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral,
    Too-ra-loo-ra-li,
    Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral,
    Hush now, don’t you cry.
    Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral,
    Too-ra-loo-ra-li,
    Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral,
    That’s an Irish lullaby.

    Over in Killarney, many years ago,
    My mother sang a song to me in tones so soft and low.
    Just a simple little ditty in her good old Irish way,
    And I’d give the world if I could hear that song of hers today.

    Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral,
    Too-ra-loo-ra-li,
    Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral,
    Hush now, don’t you cry.
    Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral,
    Too-ra-loo-ra-li,
    Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral,
    That’s an Irish lullaby.

    Listen to this lullaby!

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    “Amazing Grace”

    Performed by Dolly Parton

    Source: AZ Lyrics

    Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
    That saved a wretch like me.
    I once was lost, but now I’m found.
    Was blind, but now I see.
    ‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
    And grace my fears relieved.
    How precious did that grace appear,
    The hour I first believed.

    Through many dangers, toils and snares,
    I have already come.
    ‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
    And grace will lead me home.

    When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
    Bright shining as the sun.
    We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise,
    Than when we first begun.

    Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
    That saved a wretch like me.
    I once was lost, but now I’m found.
    Was blind, but now I see.

    Amazing grace, oh amazing grace,
    That saved a wretch like me.
    Oh amazing grace, amazing grace.

    Listen to this lullaby!

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    “Michael Row the Boat Ashore”

    Performed by Peter, Paul and Mary

    Source: Metro Lyrics

    Michael row the boat ashore, Hallelujah.
    Michael row the boat ashore, Hallelujah.

    Sister help to trim the sails, Hallelujah.
    Sister help to trim the sails, Hallelujah.

    Jordan’s river is deep and wide, Hallelujah.
    And I’ve got a home on the other side, Hallelujah.

    Michael row the boat ashore, Hallelujah.
    Michael row the boat ashore, Hallelujah.

    Michael’s boat is a music boat, Hallelujah.
    Michael’s boat is a music boat, Hallelujah.

    Michael row the boat ashore, Hallelujah.
    Michael row the boat ashore, Hallelujah.

    The trumpets sound the jubilee, Hallelujah.
    The trumpets sound for you and me, Hallelujah.

    Michael row the boat ashore, Hallelujah.
    Michael row the boat ashore, Hallelujah.

    Michael row the boat ashore, Hallelujah.
    Michael row the boat ashore, Hallelujah.

    Listen to this lullaby!

  • Baby Cribs Are Best Left Bare, But Some Parents Are Unaware

    Summary:

    A new study suggests many parents are unaware that baby cribs are best kept bare. Except for a tight-fitting crib sheet, less is more when it comes to an infant’s safety during sleep. The study, which was presented at a recent meeting of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, surveyed 500 parents who visited […]

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    A new study suggests many parents are unaware that baby cribs are best kept bare. Except for a tight-fitting crib sheet, less is more when it comes to an infant’s safety during sleep.

    The study, which was presented at a recent meeting of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, surveyed 500 parents who visited either an obstetric or pediatric clinic in Kansas about safe sleep practices for infants. Eighty percent of the participants knew that placing a baby on his or her back to sleep is recommended as a way to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). That means 20 percent of parents still need to be better educated that back is best.

    Researchers found that a startling 60 percent of parents think it’s OK to place items such as stuffed toys or blankets in cribs. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, this practice presents a suffocation hazard.

    In light of the results of this study, lead researcher Dr. Zachary Kuhlmann of the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita advises doctors to do a better job of delivering the message about safe sleep to patients.

    Here’s what you need to know to keep your baby safe during sleeptime:

    • Always place baby on his or her her back to sleep.
    • Make sure baby is sleeping on a firm crib mattress.
    • The only thing that should be in baby’s crib is a tight-fitting crib sheet.
    • Never use soft bedding such as crib bumpers or blankets, or place any toys or stuffed animals in baby cribs.
    • Do not put baby to sleep wearing too many layers. As a rule of thumb, baby is comfortable in one more layer than you are, according to the AAP.
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