Hi, friends. Allow me introduce you to my BFF, the Munchkin Nursery sound machine for babies.
The further away that I get from the baby stage with my kids, the more I realize how much I actually really don’t like it. The kids are cute, but goodness do they cry all the time.
My children also had this insane ability to stay awake FOREVER. When my second was born, I kept meticulous track one day of how much she slept. Do you know how long she slept in 24 hours?
9 hours. In the whole day and night combined.
Which means I had 9 hours a day in which to get a full night’s rest (funny joke), manage a home, spend quality time with my older daughter, and feed, bath, and clothe myself.
Actually it wasn’t even that long, because she spent some of those 9 hours sleeping in my arms.
The rest of the time, she was crying. I pretty much lost my mind for a good three months there until she grew out of the all-crying-no-sleeping stage.
It was the same way with my older daughter as well.
The one thing that helped? White noise.
White noise is my secret weapon as a mother. It shuts those babies up and puts them right to sleep. White noise, along with these other baby soothing techniques, reminds babies of being snuggly and cozy in the womb, which helps them feel better and stop crying.
When we had our first baby, we just used an old radio tuned to static for white noise. We were poor. But now that my husband finished school and has a big boy job, we decided to spring for a sound machine for baby #2.
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After considering all of our (many) options, we decided to go with the Munchkin Nursery Projector and Sound Machine.
(Actually, it was the only machine in stock at Walmart when I ran there in sleep-deprived desperation, but whatever.)
This sound machine has some features that I love, others that I’m not crazy about. But it’s served us pretty well all things considered.
Munchkin Nursery Projector Features
So many sounds to choose from! You can go with White Noise, Heartbeat, Ocean, Rain, Lullabies, or Mozart! We usually do White Noise, because it does the best job of blocking out sound from the rest of the house.
I LOVE the projection feature. This wasn’t even something that I was looking for in a sound machine, but now that I have it I don’t think I would ever go back. Sometimes babies cry because they’re just BORED. This solves that problem by giving them something to look at while they put themselves to sleep, and saves you from the trouble of having to deal with a crib mobile! The machine comes with three super cute project options: Soothing Sea, Calming Rainforest, or Sleepy Sky. So you can change it up and keep the kiddo interested.
Auto-Shut Off Timer
You can set the machine to silence automatically after 15, 30 or 60 minutes. This is a cool feature that I imagine will help keep your baby from getting addicted to the noise. They use it to fall asleep, and then it turns off by itself after a bit!
This is my favorite feature! If you set the Munchkin Nursery Sound Machine to turn off after your baby goes to sleep, it will turn on again automatically if they wake up and start crying.
I was a little concerned about this feature at first since we had the baby in our room and I was worried it would hear us sneaking into bed at night and wake her up when it turned on. But it turns out that the baby crying actually has to be fairly loud before the music or noise turns on again, and it hasn’t been an issue. You can turn this feature on or off, depending on what you prefer.
There were a few things I didn’t like about this white noise machine:
- There is a blue light that is on ALL the time that I haven’t found a way to turn off. So if you want total darkness in the room, this might not work for you.
- Doesn’t feel the best quality, but it’s not terrible for the price point.
- Sound quality is not the greatest. There is a slight pulsing sound in the background of the music/noise. It’s not enough to bother a baby who doesn’t know any different, but it irritated me and my husband for awhile until we finally got used to it.
Is this the best white noise machine out there? No, there are lots of choices that might serve you better, but they also come with higher price tags. If you’re looking for something that will do the job at a more reasonable price, the Munchkin Nursery Projector might be the right choice for you!
UPDATE: We’ve had our machine for over a year now, and it’s still functioning just as well as it did the day we bought it. It’s seen some HEAVY usage, basically running nonstop for the past year. So this machine does stand the test of time!As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.