Best Baby Sound Machines

Best Baby Sound Machines of 2016

When your baby is uncomfortable you’re likely to be uncomfortable! It’s safe to say we all need sleep… but it’s undeniably important to make sure children get all the sleep they need until they’re (at least) three! Some of our babies will need soothing until they just fall asleep, which is why we’re going to discuss some of the best baby sound machines! They’re great for comforting children who can’t seem to get cozy!

Brand/Model Key Features Ratings Preview & Purchase
Marpac Dohm-DS White noise machine (dual speed fan)
Adjustable volume
Corded
4.9 out of 5

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Skip Hop Moonlight & Melodies Combination machine (light and sound)
Automatic shutoff timer
Corded
4.8 out of 5

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Marpac Hushh White noise machine (with nightlight)
Child lock feature
Rechargeable (USB cord included)
4.7 out of 5

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Baby Shusher Shushing/white noise machine
Automatic shutoff timer; adjustable volume
Battery operated (2 AA)
4.6 out of 5

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myBaby SoundSpa Combination machine (natural & white noise sounds)
Automatic shutoff timer
Corded OR battery powered (4 AA)
4.5 out of 5

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myBaby SoundSpa Lullaby Combination machine (sound and projector)
Automatic shutoff timer
Corded
4.4 out of 5

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HoMedics SS-2000G/F-AMZ White noise/nature sound machine
Automatic shutoff timer
Corded OR battery powered (4 AA)
4.3 out of 5

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Conair Sound Therapy Elemental therapy machine
Automatic shutoff timer; adjustable volume
Corded OR battery powered (4 AA)
4.2 out of 5

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Summer Infant Slumber Buddies Soother Combination machine (light and sound)
Automatic shutoff timer; adjustable volume
Battery powered (3 AA)
4.1 out of 5

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SwaddleMe Mommie's Melodies Soother Lullaby, nature, & womb soother (6 selections)
Cry activated; Automatic shutoff timer
Battery powered (3 AAA)
4.0 out of 5

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Some babies have a hard time sleeping throughout the night. Noises might startle them, the lack of light might, it’s all up for grabs! Whatever prevents our babies from sleeping should be stopped by creating some ambient noise. That’s what sound machines are best for! As long as you don’t have the device at the maximum volume, you and your kiddo both could both benefit from the relaxation a baby sound machine could bring!

Some baby sound machines feature the sound of a mother’s heartbeat and some feature a variety of sounds. If your baby loves music pick one that can play a CD! If your toddler only seems to sleep through storms, consider getting a sound machine that features the sound of rainfall. Don’t depend on a television to lull them; the flickering will often keep their closed eyes and minds stimulated, making it hard for them to get a good night’s rest.

 Things to Consider

When it comes to soothing our little ones we need to think about their hearing comfort. We don’t want to turn the volume up so loud they can’t drift off to sleep! We just want to fill their ears with soft sounds so they can get the rest they need. Don’t crank up the volume, try to keep it around (or under) 50 decibels if you’re concerned about your baby’s hearing. (That sounds pretty similar to a calm, gentle stream — quieter than most TVs are at a normal level).

If your little one is easily startled by sudden noises, a sound machine could bring them bliss by offering white noise, relaxing sounds, and/or music. Let’s look at some focus points before we purchase anything!

  • Will more than one child use or benefit from the sound machine?
    • That seems like a silly question, but it should be one of your first questions. If you’re sticking to a budget, it’ll be best to seek out something all the kids can enjoy. If you end up having to buy different ones for different kids, make sure the volume levels are adjustable. (That way one sibling doesn’t make it to where the other sibling can’t enjoy their white noise!)
  • Does your baby enjoy listening to music?
    • If so, what do they enjoy most? Keep their favorite melodies in mind when considering a machine.
    • If not, don’t spend extra time or money looking for a machine that has this feature!
  • What kinds of noises soothe your baby?
    • Does it calm your infant to hear waterfalls or crickets? The sound of a summer night could mask the intensity of traffic noise in a busy city!
    • Sometimes comforting sounds can help relax infants and toddlers without them having to sleep! If they’re extra fussy and you’re tired of shushing, you could purchase a sound machine that gently and rhythmically does that for you.
    • We should also keep in mind that some babies may not be soothed by any of the sound machines on the market. Even if something works for millions of babies, it might not work for one of our own. That’s okay, too. We just need to shop around in these situations!
  • Do you want the baby sound machine to have special features?
    • Some baby sound machines feature light shows, clocks, fans, a stuffed animal exterior, timers, portability, MP3 compatibility, or even a combination of things! Just remember your budget and stick to something affordable while seeking these extras.
      • Can you take it with you if you travel? Does it come with any remote controls, monitors, or other safety (and energy saving) features? Can you control it by touch or voice activation? Can you adjust the volume levels?
  • Do you like the way it looks?
    • Unfortunately, it matters. If you don’t like the way something looks you probably won’t use it often (if at all). Maybe you don’t want to carry around a cute stuffed animal that functions as a sound machine. If none of that matters to you, great! Let’s move on!
  • How much it costs.
    • Some of us have to plan ahead for purchases. Determine if the baby sound machine is worth your hard-earned money or not. Don’t take just anybody’s word for anything!
  • How durable it is.
    • Here at Consumer’s Choice Reviews, we tend to expect most modern products to have a lifespan of a year or so. If the actual material matters to you, look into that. Absorb as much information about a product as you can before you commit to it!

Now that we’ve considered all of these important factors, let’s start discussing some of our favorites and how they made it to our list! Let’s also remember that not all babies need to be soothed before sleeping. Sometimes our babies just need peaceful noise in the middle of the day, which is totally okay (and understandable — it’s loud out here)! We can give that to them easily now!

Our Top 10 Baby Sound Machine Choices

Marpac Dohm-DS
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  • The Marpac Dohm-DS is a high-octane sound machine suitable for babies and adults alike!
    • There’s no questioning the efficiency of this sound machine: it’s been named the Official Sound Conditioner of the National Sleep Foundation! 
    • The Foundation is dedicated to learning and sharing information about sleep and sleep improvement with us. The Foundation has a website with a list of their official mattress, sound conditioner, curtains, mattress & pillow protectors, and official bed pillow, mattress topper, and travel pillows for us to read about.
  • This is a white noise machine. Most white noise sound machines remind the listener of waves, a windy day, or the comfort of a mother’s womb.
    • This baby sound machine works with a dual-speed, asymmetrical fan (that’s what the “DS” means in the product name). You can adjust the intensity of the tones by twisting the sides or top of the Dohm-DS to your liking. It can sound like a dull breeze, harsh wind, or something in between!
    • Not only can it help your baby sleep peacefully, it can also drown out environmental factors. If you work or live in a busy area, your sanity and sleep schedule should thank you for investing in something like this. (We don’t suggest taking business calls near the active Dohm, though!)
  • In the event that you should wish to travel with your Marpac, ensure a proper plug will be available as this sound machine does not accept batteries.
    • The power cord can reach 8 feet in length.
    • It weighs less than two pounds.
  • The Marpac Dohm-DS is durable, simplistic, and affordable all at once. You should be able to enjoy this sound machine for several years! A one-year warranty covers your purchase, in case you were looking for a sweet deal!

Skip Hop Moonlight & Melodies
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  • This Skip Hop owl can play eight different sounds from its wings and emits light from its head and belly!
    • Fascinate your little one with a cute moon-and-stars projection. The projection can be angled onto the walls or the ceiling. If the lights are too bright you can dim them as well.
    • The sound options are split into four melodies and four nature sounds. (The melodies are “Brahms’ Lullaby,” “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,” “Rock-a-Bye Baby,” and “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” The other sounds we have to choose from are crickets, rainforest, waves, and white noise).
    • If you don’t want the music to play, just press the button for whichever sound is currently playing and it should stop.
  • You can choose to let the Skip Hop play continuously or you have the option to set the timer to 15, 30, or 60 minutes.
  • The Moonlight & Melodies owl plugs into an outlet and does not offer battery operation.
    • The cord is around 5 or 6 feet in length.
    • The owl weighs less than three pounds.
  • The melodies and sounds aren’t quite as soothing as we expected. Other than that, we absolutely love this little guy!

Marpac Hushh
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  • The Marpac Hushh might be more appealing to some because it’s portable and rechargeable!
    • It charges by USB and a cable should be included with your purchase. This almost made it to number one on our list for that reason alone! (The cord is about three feet long).
    • It also comes with a baby-safe clip so you can clip the Hushh to things easily. You should be able to operate this baby sound machine one-handed, too.
  • Unlike the Marpac Dohm-DS, this Marpac is designed specifically to soothe babies and make our lives easier at the same time!
    • If you worry your kid might fiddle with it during the night, lock it with Child Lock once you’ve adjusted the volume. You’ll press and hold the power button with this precaution.
    • The volume can be adjusted both lower and higher than the Dohm’s volume can.
  • The Hushh offers 3 sounds: gentle surf, deep white noise, and bright white noise.
    • A gentle, amber-colored LED nightlight helps you and your little one see without disturbing sleep.
  • This is a pretty affordable product, but you’ll also be protected by a one-year warranty if you request it upon your purchase.
  • Unlike some of our other options, there isn’t a timer for the sound. It’s up to you (or an insufficient charge) to turn the machine off.
  • This baby sound machine should weigh less than one pound.

Baby Shusher
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  • If you’re a fan of the baby-calming method mentioned in “The Happiest Baby on the Block,” the “5 S’s,” the Baby Shusher does one of those steps for you!
    • To follow the method properly, read the book or visit the website… but you can use it while, or after, you’ve already swaddled them, swung them, put them on their side/stomach, and let them suck on a pacifier).
    • The main thing we should point out is the fact that shushing tends to work best on newborns; older babies and children don’t always like shushing and may get more agitated.
  • The Baby Shusher has a built-in sound sensor to notice the level of your baby’s crying and tries to surpass that. If it doesn’t do that successfully, you can increase the loudness yourself.
    • You may set the timer for fifteen or thirty minutes.
  • Included with your purchase should be a strap for portability and functionality — you could hook it on a few types of cribs and carriers.
    • The Baby Shusher needs to be on its side (preferably) on a flat surface) in order to be heard as intended.
    • It weighs less than two pounds and may roll off of uneven, slick surfaces.
  • Speaking of portability, this baby sound machine requires (and should include) two AA batteries. The battery life is pretty impressive on this product.

myBaby SoundSpa Portable
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  • The myBaby SoundSpa is compact, portable, and offers six sound selections.
    • This baby sound machine can be powered by four AA batteries (which are not included with your purchase but adds to its portability) or the included adapter.
    • The six sounds you can choose from include water streaming, ocean sounds, summer evening sounds, white noise, and a heartbeat.
    • It weighs less than two pounds.
  • If you want it to stay on all night, it can. You can also set the timer to go off in 15, 30 minutes or for an hour.
  • If you don’t like the idea of lights being on in your baby’s room while they sleep, no worries with this model. The only light that comes on is the light letting you know the power is on and it’s faint.

myBaby SoundSpa Lullaby
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  • The myBaby SoundSpa Lullaby can project images and also play six sounds.
    • Nature sounds include rain, ocean, and heartbeat. If you want your baby to hear a lullaby, the ones installed are “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” “Rock-a-Bye Baby,” and “Brahms’ Lullaby.”
    • The projection disks contain pictures of birds, farm animals, and aquatic life. The images do rotate.
    • When you use the projection and the sound timer together, the projector will turn off when the timer does. The timer can be set to 15, 30, 45 minutes, or an hour.
  • The SoundSpa Lullaby isn’t battery powered. That may cause issues with portability. It isn’t as compact as some of the other baby sound machines on our list so we weren’t expecting to travel with it a lot anyway.
    • Surprisingly enough, despite the lack of space efficiency, this is an affordable machine!
  • This baby sound machine weighs less than two pounds.

HoMedics SS-2000G (F-AMZ)
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  • The HoMedics SS-2000G is now one of our favorites.
  • It features six sound settings:
    • Brook, ocean, rain, summer night, thunder, and white noise.
    • The timer can be set to 15, 30 minutes, or an hour. (It can stay on all night if you’d prefer that).
    • The sounds don’t get annoying, so long as you have the volume at a reasonably low level.
  • The volume is adjustable.
  • The SS-2000G is pretty portable, being able to run off of four AA batteries or an AC adaptor!
  • Before we tried one of these out for ourselves, a friend suggested this model of sound machine to us because they’d enjoyed an older model for many years. We haven’t had our own for very long but we’re hoping to appreciate it for years to come!

Conair Sound Therapy
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  • The Conair Sound Therapy Sound Machine features 10 sounds!
    • Among these sounds are birdsong, heartbeat, ocean waves, rainfall, running stream, thunderstorm, tropical forest, waterfall, and white noise.
    • The volume can be adjusted.
    • A timer may be set or you can let it run all night. The timer will usually go off after an hour.
  • You can plug it into the wall or use batteries if you want to travel with it.
    • The battery life is pretty impressive, lasting just shy of a week if left on all night each night.
    • It isn’t bulky, weighing less than two pounds, making it even easier to take on-the-go.
  • A one-year warranty should be included with your purchase.

Summer Infant Slumber Buddies Soother
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  • This cute little elephant can work as a cuddle buddy, projector, and baby sound machine!
    • There are five sounds programmed into the Slumber Buddies Soother: Babbling Brook, Heart Beats, Frolic Rhodes, Hush Little Baby, and Brahms’ Lullaby.
    • The lights that can display include amber, blue, green, and a (rotating) light show! The lights don’t have to display while the music plays, either.
    • If you don’t want your baby to play with it (possibly adjusting the songs and lights) just let them see its cuteness outside of the crib while being soothed.
  • This sound machine weighs less than two pounds.
    • It also requires three AA batteries. The included batteries should last ten hours or more fairly easily.

SwaddleMe Mommie’s Melodies Soother
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  • One of the best features on the SwaddleMe Mommie’s Melodies Soother is its cry-activation.
    • When this feature is activated, it will play music for approximately twenty minutes before turning itself off. (How awesome is that?)
    • The sounds the lamb plays will be random and they include Babbling Brook, Slow Heartbeat, White Noise, “Brahms’ Lullaby,” “Hush, Little Baby,” and “Rock-a-Bye Baby.”
  • This lamb baby sound machine soother is incredibly affordable as well as cuddly!
    • Sometimes our babies just need a little extra love and comfort; a soft, stuffed animal can make them feel much more at ease.
  • Since it’s a cuddle buddy first and foremost, it includes and requires three AAA batteries in order to function properly.
    • Don’t worry about it weighing your baby down, as it weighs much less than two pounds!

If We Have to Choose… (Our Top 3)

When it comes down to it, we need to realize each baby and child is different. If you yourself have trouble sleeping due to random (or excessive) noise keep that in mind, too. We want to make our babies happy, first and foremost, but if our sleep can improve, we should allow it to. That causes us to narrow our top three down to a parent-friendly and baby-friendly choices!

  1. The Marpac Dohm-DS is our favorite choice for both baby and parents. The fact that it’s super easy to use makes us happy. The lack of extra noises, lights, and such mean there’s less to fiddle with before bed. There’s just enough customization to intrigue us and its efficiency is truly notable. The Dohm-DS is manufactured by a company well-known for producing durable machines and this particular model is recognized by the National Sleep Foundation!
  2. The myBaby SoundSpa Portable is our second favorite parent and baby-friendly sound machine. It features extra sound selections, which might make it easier to relax than white noise alone would, and lacks a light show. Sometimes lights disturb sleep in adults and children and this machine offers a nice variety of sounds without impacting vision. We like the genderfluid color and (obvious) portability as well!
  3. If we’re catering only to our baby’s needs, the Marpac Hushh is awesome! Maybe it should’ve been our second choice in our final three… nonetheless, it’s great because you can recharge its power via micro USB. The USB cord is included with your purchase as well as a clip to ensure convenient placement near your baby, whether it’s in their crib or carrier. The volume is much broader in range than that of the Dohm. There are also different white noise sounds that may be more likely to comfort your baby than just a shushing sound. Did we mention the child lock safety feature yet? If not, that’s definitely one of the main selling points! You can adjust the volume to the perfect, peaceful level for your precious one and place it in their crib without worrying about them blasting the volume in their ears accidentally. It also has a dim nightlight for comfortable, visually-undisturbed sleep.

We hope you’ve found at least a tiny portion of this information to be helpful and we’re thankful for those of you that took the time to learn about baby sound machines with us! We wish you and your babies many nights of peaceful sleep now that you’re equipped with more knowledge on this subject! Happy shopping!

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