A Brown Noise Sleep Solution
What the heck is brown noise?Well, it is white noise but better.
Playing brown noise in a CD player makes a good low cost background noise for bedtime.
What is Brown Noise?
Here is a good explanation at soundofsleep.com
“White noise, probably the most familiar of these, sounds like a radio tuned to an unused frequency.”
“Pink Noise is white noise, but with reduced higher frequencies. It resembles the sounds of steady rainfall or wind and is often considered to be more soothing than white noise, which some people find unpleasant.”
“Brown noise lowers the higher frequencies even more. It’s a bit “rougher” than pink noise and resembles the roar of the river current or strong current.”
Why Did We Need It?
When the foster children came to stay with us, we needed a way to block out the background noise of the house so we wouldn’t have to go around tip toeing. We bought a quality sound machine, and it was nice.
But our home was a loony bin at bed time. There is one bathroom with a shower, and it is off the master bedroom, which is the room in which Little Dumpling slept. Also at bedtime, the children tend to lose their mind, shouting and crying or shouting and cheering or suddenly remembering homework assignments. We needed something LOUDER. We needed something to tune out the sounds of the 4 other children in the house getting ready for bed. We also needed something to tune out the sound of having end of quiet conversations, brushing teeth, or getting up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.
Sound machine vs CD player in our home
During the bedtime chaotic time, we’d play it at a loud volume to tune out the other sounds of the house. As the children get tucked in and the TV’s are turned off and the doors stop banging and machines stop running, the volume is turned down to a reasonable level just loud enough to tune out little noises here and there. Mostly our conversations as we go to bed like, “Did you feed the dog?” or “Don’t forget you’re taking the kids to school because of my doctor’s appointment.” It worked for us.
Brown Noise for the win!
Brown noise is a funny name, but it’s awesome for blocking out household sounds. I highly recommend the sound machine, but if your zoo, I mean, home is especially loud during a baby’s bedtime, you have another louder solution in a basic CD player.