We live in a small house. On purpose. We chose a smaller home because we wanted it to be efficient and cost-effective, and it is. But there were a few things we didn’t really consider when we committed to a more eco-conscious way of living. Like, how to get both kids to sleep at night while my husband and I are both awake and watching TV or talking. Or, how to get our baby girl to nap during the day while her brother is still racing about the house. All of our rooms are close together, so it’s a constant frustration that can leave us all lacking sleep at times.
Sometimes, when we tiptoe just perfectly and the night goes smoothly, they wake up BFFs.
Other times, not so much. We need sleep help.
Someone must have heard our cries! As a member of the Mom It Forward network, I was asked to try out the Dohmie Serious Sleep Baby Bundle from Marpac and let them know if it helped with our sleep troubles.
In addition to a fun bedtime storybook and a Sleep 101 guide from the National Sleep Foundation, the bundle came with one of these little guys:
It’s the Dohm-NSF Sound Conditioner. The Official Sound Conditioner of the National Sleep Foundation, in fact. All you do is find a spot in your child’s room, plug it in, and let it whirrrrrr your baby into a peaceful sleep with continuous natural white noise.
Sounds pretty simple, right? It is! You can even adjust the cap and collar of the Dohm to adjust the air flow, creating different tones and volumes. The sound technology is “electromechanical”, which means that it doesn’t run on a loop or shut off, so it’s seamless.
Quite simply, baby sleeps more soundly…and stays asleep.
Music to my ears! (Or should I say “White noise to my ears”?) Either way, it’s a pretty great solution. I know from the early days (and Dr. Karp’s 5 S’s) that the “Shhhhh” sound provides so much comfort to new babies. It always worked like a charm then, so why not now? Little E may be 9 months old, but that’s still pretty tiny.
Plus, I’ve always liked falling asleep to the sound of rain, wind, a fan, or even those nature sounds CDs. With the Dohm, you get all the soothing white noise without the annoying humpback whale. (Hey, maybe we need a Dohm for our room, too…)
So, how’s it working for us?
We do use the machine at night, although we usually run a humidifier, so the sound helps but doesn’t make a huge difference. What we ARE noticing is a big improvement in naptime. The afternoon hours are full in our house, and the racket is our biggest obstacle. The Dohm helps to buffer everyday sounds like the dishwasher, telephone, washing machine, endless delivery men ringing the doorbell, so our baby girl sleeps more soundly and we can get things done. I mean, really…naptime is when you have to get things done, right? And I love not having to shush my boy constantly. That was definitely a source of stress for him, and it’s nice to eliminate it.
I can’t help but think of all the other people who might benefit from the Dohm’s white noise and easy portability. Night shift workers. Students in college (noisy dorms!) Doctors and others who sleep in their work environment. And I could have used one for sure in my cubicle at my last job.
How could YOU benefit from a Dohm?