Small house? Light Sleepers? Get #SeriousSleep Help with Dohmie


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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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?

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 Disclosure: I received compensation for writing this post as a member of the Mom It Forward Network. As always, all opinions are my own and honest based on my personal experience with the product. Your experience may differ.


  1. Seriously! I feel like I could have written this myself! We have a 1 year old, a 3 year old and a baby due in April. And we live in a 650 sq. ft. 2 bedroom house. It’s tiny!!! Sleep is very hard and I’m really nervous about a newborn. This would be soooo helpful. It’s definitely going on my Christmas list!

  2. I remember when my daughter was little and we lived in a small apartment. Our white noise machine was my best friend. It made SUCH a difference in her ability to nap and sleep at night.

    I’ve been having trouble sleeping lately. This is a great reminder of the white noise machine – I might just have to get one for myself!
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  3. I love this idea, I so need to look into getting one of these for my son’s room – he wakes up so easily – maybe this will drown out the slightest noise!
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  4. We love or dohm. In fact we have 2 of them now! Although I would love for them to be a little louder.
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  5. We have one of these sound machines in each our rooms and they are GREAT! I buy one as a baby gift for all moms to be as well! Not only does it drowned out sound, but studies have shown that babies sleep better with the calming sound. Love these!
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  6. We were gifted with a turtle that makes water noises for the nursery, this sounds like a great alternative
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  7. The Dohm sounds like a very useful gift for new parents. I think it would also be useful to anyone who prefers to sleep to white noise. I love my alarm clock, it has the beach noises. I am going to forward this to my friends with new babies.

  8. This looks like a wonderful invention to help baby sleep better! I love white noise myself and always use a fan at night.
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  9. This is perfect for my son too! His room is pretty connected to ours so any help is great!
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  10. This would be perfect for my little daughter. I’m sure it would help her to sleep better.
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  11. These white noise machines are awesome for our kids! We’ve used them and they work amazing for helping baby sleep. It’s been long enough that I didn’t keep any of our old ones, so if we have any more kids; I will have to keep this one in mind, cause I have to have a machine like this for babies.
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  12. I NEED this! My daughter is always waking up! And we have the creakiest stairs ever!
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  13. When my daughter was a baby she never slept. I could have really used one of these!

  14. My boys still sleep to a sound machine. It helps so much!
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  15. This sounds cool. My parents have a small house so I always worry about waking up my youngest when we visit there.
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  16. This sounds like a must have item for parents, love it! And … oh my that pic is absolutely adorable!
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  17. Hmmm does it work on adults too? Both of my kids needed music as babies and toddlers!
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  18. Love it! My son had so many issues sleeping and I tried so many things. I would have loved this! I’ll have to pass this on.
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  19. I can see how that would help muffle all the daytime sounds of a house and make naptime go a little smoother. Any help is nice, right?
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  20. I sleep with a sound machine (rain) and love it! I think this is a great idea for babies and young kids!
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  21. i think i’m getting this for my hubby for christmas. we wore our old one out after 8 years of heavy heavy use!
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  22. Is it wrong that I would buy this for myself? Seriously what a great product and I plan on telling all my mommy friends.
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  23. When our children were young we trained them to go to sleep under any noise conditions, but I have lots of friends who trained their children to sleep in a quiet house who would love this product! It sounds like a good thing to have.
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  24. OMGosh your kiddos are ADORABLE!! I could really use another sleep machine, ours died.

  25. What a great idea! I used classical music and would jump a foot when a commercial would come on – there’s a good reason their dj’s sound half asleep.
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  26. I have seen these but I never knew what it was. Thanks so much for a great post I figured it was an air purifier.
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  27. We sleep with a lot of white noise in our room. It’s the only way my husband can sleep!

  28. I could have used this when my kids were little!

  29. I remember when my kids were little they loved to sleep with a sound maker.. soo soothing for the little ones; thanks for a great review, this sure sounds like a great product.
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