Make Some Noise

Duration: any

Age: baby

Skill for Bub: Mind builder


Many parents and pediatricians believe white noise can calm a crying baby and help lull them to sleep. Even if it doesn’t, creating white noise is a fun activity that may entertain your baby.

CAUTION: Adult supervision is always recommended when creating these crafts. Please note that there may be small parts for some of the crafts that could be a choking hazard for children under three years of age and/or tools needing close adult supervision. Created crafts may not be intended for use as toys, and these should only be used with adult supervision by children under three years of age.

Through crying, babies express what they need or feel. Hunger, discomfort, over-stimulation, over-tiredness, illness and even boredom are common reasons why babies cry. Pediatricians often recommend white noise to parents of fussy or colicky babies. Some parents use white noise to soothe fussy babies and help them drift off to sleep while others use it as a diversion and just plain fun.

White noise is a mixture of sound waves extending over a wide frequency range. For example, the sound an “off air” TV station makes. Try adding white noise to your baby’s nightly routine. These days, there are many items you can purchase that make white noise: CDs, alarm clocks, sound machines and more. To make your own white noise, try these fun activities:

  • Shake a rain stick – these are from the Native American culture and make a pleasing sound when you gently move them. You can make your own rain stick: 1) Take an empty paper towel roll and seal one end with duct or masking tape. 2) Fill it 1/3 full with dried beans. 3) Seal the other end. 4) Gently shake it back and forth.
  • Hum – the sound of gentle humming in a monotone can soothe or divert a baby’s attention.
  • Turn on the vacuum cleaner – the noise can be loud, so be sure Baby is in the next room so he doesn’t get scared.
  • Record a rainstorm or the ocean waves – the gentle sound of rain hitting the roof or waves crashing on the beach can be music to a baby’s ears. If you can’t record the sounds yourself, sound machines are available for purchase. Or, look for pre-recorded soothing sounds on CD.
  • Add a tabletop fountain in the nursery – these fountains often come with lights as well, so it makes a soothing nightlight.