White Noise and Infants

White Noise and Infants

Every new parent can tell you that infants are plagued by sleep issues. That is why so many parents are excited by the idea of one day having their infant sleep through the night. Most new parents are excited when their infant sleeps more than a couple hours at a time. The truth is, it is not the infant’s fault. When a baby is born, they are used to loud noises all around them. This is because there is always a constant noise within their mommy’s womb. They hear a heart beating, they hear belly and intestinal noises, they hear their mommy talking, and water moving around. When they are born, they have no real idea of what normal sleep habits are. They do not understand that day is for play and night is for sleep. The connection isn’t something they can put together for at least the first couple months of life.

Newborns also have a startle reflex that is triggered by sudden, loud noises or twitching nerves. This is because of their immature nervous system. It is not something they can control, but anyone who has ever had a baby in the house knows that startles are a frequent occurrence. That is why swaddling during naptime is great for some babies. It may not stop them from waking up, but it does stop them from involuntarily twitching. You may also try a white noise if you are having a hard time getting your infant to sleep soundly. Again, white noise may not stop them from waking up, but it could help to ensure that sudden noises do not wake them.

White noise has been recommended for infants and toddlers a lot in the past. Many pediatricians say that if you have a child who isn’t able to sleep well during daytime naps, you should turn on a static station on your television or turn on a vacuum cleaner. The noise blocks out other potential noises that you may make while your little one is sleeping so that they are not disturbed. A white noise machine does the same thing, but it is not as loud as a vacuum cleaner. Therefore, it can be used comfortably by adults and children both day and night, whenever a good rest is needed.

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