Sleep. Isn’t sleep just the most amazingly blissful, enjoyable experience? Unless you’re a child of course, then you hate it and choose to deny your poor parents of as much of it as possible. If you’re a new parent struggling to settle your baby and haven’t considered the wonders of white noise then what I’m about to tell you will be life changing, or at least sleep-enhancing!
Babies bloody love white noise.
I completely forgot this majorly important fact from the newborn days with Nora and it wasn’t until Woody was a few weeks old that we remembered our complete reliance on an hour long Youtube womb sound video. I think that video has over ten million hits – go figure. Anyway, I always felt a bit funny about leaving my iPhone in such close proximity to my tiny baby and you could always guarantee that someone would light up a group chat just as I’d finally settled him off to sleep and we’d have to start the whole process again. Not to mention the fact I had to replay the video every 60 minutes. I thought surely, there must be an actual invention for this very purpose? That’s when I discovered MyHummy – an adorable range of soft toys which house their very own white noise sound boxes, designed to help babies (and parents) sleep safely and soundly.
Firstly, lets think a little more about white noise and why babies love it and how it can help us over tired mamas. Babies aren’t used to silence. They’ve spent a whole nine months swooshing around in the dark in a lovely warm bath of amniotic fluid, surrounded by the sounds of their mama’s heartbeat and the distant sounds of the outside world. All they know is constant noise. Studies have shown that a baby is three times more likely to fall asleep when white noise is played. To pop them into a crib on their own in a super quiet room is far from soothing for them, in fact it can be quite stressful. Using white noise can help babies feel safer, help them drift off to sleep and help them sleep for longer. Think about when you’re trying to shush a crying baby. That shushing sound is actually the human equivalent to white noise and is so soothing and comforting to our babies and is something that the MyHummy recreates perfectly.
So, we were totally delighted when MyHummy approached us and asked if we wanted to adopt a teddy to keep Woody company at bedtime. Oh, and I was really pleased to have my phone back! We selected the rather dapper, bow tie wearing Filbert the bear. Filbert sleeps alongside Woody each and every night and has made a remarkable difference to his sleeping habits. He plays Woody’s white noise of choice (womb sounds) for 60 minutes before gently fading out into standby mode. Should Woody start to stir at all, the sensor kicks back in and the white noise helps settle him back off to sleep again. If we are having a particularly rough night, we can active the continuous mode which means Filbert hums away for twelve hours and reduces the likelihood of him waking.
Apart from looking adorable and being a certain new born essential, using the MyHummy could not be simpler as the whole thing is controlled by a single button. Here’s how to use it:
- Turn on your new best pal by holding the button for 2 seconds
- Select your favourite white noise sound by pressing the button twice in quick succession – there are five sounds to choose from each with a slightly different frequency. Womb sounds is a big hit in our house but you can choose from a hair dryer, vacuum cleaner, ocean waves, falling rain and amniotic fluid with a heartbeat (aka wombsounds). NB don’t do any of this double clicking next to your sleeping baby’s head – the clicking is not soothing nor quiet, I found this out the hard way.
- Volume is controlled by pressing and holding the button until you reach your desired level.
- The MyHummy bears have an awesome sound/movement sensor built in but you can also select an uninterrupted 12 hour non-stop mode by triple clicking the button.
- To switch off your MyHummy, hold the button for one second.
I would certainly add Filbert or any of his MyHummy pals to my list of newborn essentials. There are three ranges of MyHummy available, the sleepyheads at £39, the snoozes at £49 and the teddy bears at £59. A range suitable for every budget and lets face it, you really can’t put a price on a good nights sleep and a happy, well rested baby. Even at fifteen months old, Woody is so soothed by white noise and the MyHummy really is a beautifully made product that will last the test of time. I’m not going to lie, I enjoy the soothing sounds of Filbert myself, I’m not sure if I could manage without him now.
Fancy winning a MyHummy of your very own? Head over to my Instagram for a lovely little competition that I am delighted to be running alongside the lovely folks at MyHummy. Competition closes on 20th July 2017 when a winner will be selected at random. Good luck!