White noise has been our saviour when it comes to baby sleep. We’ve used it in one form or another since pretty much day one. Graduating from an app on our phones to that sleep inducing sheep, it’s allowed us to nail both bed and nap time. But we’re a year in and we’re still dealing with at least one wake up a night that I’d love to conquer. So when my cousin mentioned how their myHummy was helping them overcome night wake ups, I was keen to give it a go. Luckily, myHummy agreed to send us Ash, one of their teddy bear range, to test out, so here we go…
Who are myHummy?
myHummy are the brand behind some of the cutest and cleverest sleep aids to hit the market in recent years. Created by a mum desperate to help her little one sleep, the myHummy range combines the science of white noise with ridiculously appealing cuteness that’s guaranteed to appeal to both parents and little ones alike. With three ranges; the sleepyheads, the snoozys and the teddy bears, priced from £39 up to £59, there’s something to suit every pocket. Whilst the sleepyheads and snoozys are both fabulous, I have to admit it’s the teddy bear range that steal my heart. But before we get on to that, let’s talk white noise…
How does white noise help?
As myHummy remind us, babies really aren’t used to silence. From the moment they’re first able to hear, babies are exposed to constant noise within the womb. Think back to when you heard your child’s heartbeat… it was pretty noisy in there wasn’t it?! They associate this continual low level noise with comfort and safety, so when we place them in near silence expecting them to sleep, it can often be confusing for them.
Studies have shown that white noise reminds babies of their environment in the womb and as such provides comfort and a greater chance for them to relax. In fact, your baby is three times more likely to fall asleep when white noise is played. Let’s face it, that’s a statistic that really can’t be ignored. Getting them to sleep is half the battle.
It’s not just babies that white noise has this effect on, it’s been shown that white noise can also help toddlers, children and even adults to get a better night’s sleep. Not only that but white noise can also cancel out other noises and stimulation making it easier to keep your baby asleep. Not convinced? Our son will sleep through builders outside his window if we have white noise playing… coincidence? I think not.
Ash is our myHummy teddy bear. He’s a handsome chap and an award winner no less; he’s the proud owner of a Made For Mums Silver Award 2017. Ash came in two parts; the stuffed teddy bear body and the white noise device. This device is easy to install, just fit the batteries, read the instruction guide and insert into the lined, zipper pocket for use. Once it’s in there, you don’t need to remove it to use, although I find it a little easier to do so.
The white noise device is capable of emitting five different white noise sounds (amniotic fluid with heartbeat, rainfall, sea waves, hairdryer and vacuum cleaner in case you were wondering!) and has different volume levels. You can change sounds, change the volume and change between functions (on, continual or off) by pressing the button in different ways. To start with I found the functionality a little difficult to come to grips with, if I wanted to do something, I’d have to refer to the instruction sheet to double check. However, a couple of days in and we were at pro level as it’s pretty intuitive. If I can manage it in a permanently sleep deprived state, then there’s hope for everyone.
The Sleep Sensor
My favourite feature on the myHummy products is the sleep sensor. White noise is played for 60 minutes before fading gently away, far longer than other white noise products on the market and definitely long enough to ensure sleep is occurring. However, if your child starts to stir, it’s automatically activated again for another 60 minute period. What this means in reality is that your little one is never knowingly without the comfort of white noise, helping encourage them to re-settle at night, something that really has worked well for us. And if you want to guarantee that, you can easily activate a non-stop mode that lasts twelve hours.
Is it worth the money?
When we first started using white noise as a sleep aid, we used a free app on our phones. This worked for us for a while but quickly became an issue; we didn’t want to place our phones next to our newborn’s head for hours on end. That and we wanted to use them ourselves! Our next venture was with a different sleep aid which worked well but lacked a lot of the functionality myHummy has.
At £59, it’s not a cheap investment and myHummy have countered that by using the same technology in their other products. In reality you’re looking at £39 minimum spend which is more than other products on the market. However, there are three major points which make myHummy worth the additional investment;
- The 60 minute play time
- The sleep sensor with sound and movement activation
- It’s machine washable at 40 degrees (just remove the white noise device)
It sounds silly to list washability alongside high technology but in my experienced opinion, it’s an important factor. Trust me, there’s nothing worse than trying to sponge baby sick out of an essential sleep item, getting it wet enough to remove the offending mess but not too wet so as to damage the electrics.
Aside from the fact that it’s helping us get more sleep at night, we’ve fallen more than a little in love with our myHummy bear. It’s beautifully well made and thought out, even down to the presentation of a small certificate introducing your bear to your family. It’s more than a white noise device, it’s a comforter that your little one will be able to snuggle for years to come, so pretty priceless.
Not sure which myHummy takes your fancy? You can check out the full range here!