How to get your baby to sleep, using an iPhone app

October 6, 2012

White noise iPhone appWe are teething at the moment – I say ‘we’ as only one of us is cutting teeth but the other two are up with her, of course – and I was reminded of how good this app is at 5am last night.

Sleepy Sounds is a free iPhone app that plays continuous white noise sounds; white noise is fantastic for soothing and settling babies to sleep, as it mimics the muffled sounds they hear in the womb (so it’s particularly brilliant during the ‘fourth trimester’ when they’re newly hatched and the world is a startling and alien place). It’s the same premise as putting the hoover or washing machine on.

Alex found this during one night of newborn no-sleep desperation, and I lost count of the amount of times we played it to Eliza at night, on the bus, in the car or when were walking round and round the park to calm her down when she was really little.

It stops working so much as they get older, but the app also has wildlife sounds and lullabies on a loop. We play these as part of our nap / bedtime routine and they work a treat (this is what I was playing to her last night to get her back to sleep).

I’m not saying it works every time, but it definitely helps. And as every parent who’s been awake at 5am – and 2am, 3am, 4am, 6am – knows, you can’t ask for more than that, can you?


  • Happygojules

    October 7, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    We are also going through the dreaded teething stage, I’m going to get hubby to download this asap!

    Happy sleeping!

    1. gillian

      October 9, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      I’m sending sympathy waves in your direction! It’s awful isn’t it – horrible teeth, poor old babies (and mums and dads!) x

  • Happygojules

    October 7, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    we are also going through the dreaded teething stage, I’ll get hubby to download this asap!

    Happy sleeping!chair oriesla

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  • josie

    October 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    We are addicted to white noise in our house. Amelie’s 6 months and we still use it. I don’t even know if it works anymore but I’m too scared to turn it off and find out!

    1. gillian

      October 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      Don’t turn it off! 🙂 It is funny how reliant you get on things – but finding something that works is such a holy grail (especially where naptime or sleep is concerned!)

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  • Guy

    August 24, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Hope you don’t mind me posting this, but I created my own app for this very same reason! It features a few different “white noise” type sounds, some lullabies and some peaceful, animated scenes. It’s called Slumber Tot

    1. gillian

      August 26, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      Not at all! Thanks for the tip, looks great. Looks like it’ll come in handy for future baby #2 🙂

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