Kai is currently going through the 4 month sleep regression. I think my husband and I both took his sleeping habits prior to now for granted- he was sleeping almost all night and only waking up around 1 or 2 am. This past week he’s s been up almost every 2 hours. It’s exhausting! I had heard other moms talking about the Dohm sound machine and the success they had with it, so I thought we would give it a shot.
What’s different about this machine is that it actually has a fan inside of it, creating a fan sound, without the “disturbance” or breeze of an actual fan. The makers of the Dohm call this “natural white noise”. The noise level is adjustable by both switch for high and low settings as well as by twisting the top piece of the unit. The twisting makes the holes the sound comes out of either larger or smaller, thus letting more or less noise come through. It’s an interesting concept and I like that you can customize the sound for your needs and preferences.
They make a regular “Dohm” and a “Dohm for Baby” (which is what I purchased). The regular Dohm comes in white, black, and tan, so it can blend in with just about any color scheme. The Dohm Baby comes in white only. There doesn’t seem to be any difference between two, other than the packaging. They’re both a little more expensive than other options- but a good night’s sleep is priceless, right?
I was surprised the Dohm doesn’t have an option for batteries. You may want to take this into consideration if the location you need for the machine isn’t near a wall outlet. Another concern is the hazard of cords around babies and small children, so you’ll need to make sure it’s not within their reach.
I found it’s a great little noise buffer that has helped Kai sleep, especially during the day when there are a lot of household noises. I’ve had a really hard time getting him to nap during the day for more than 15-20 minutes. The first time he napped with it running, he not only fell asleep on his own (which never happens), he also STAYED ASLEEP…for TWO WHOLE HOURS. I seriously cannot even remember the last time I had two hours to myself during the day! Let this be known as the day I finally started my blog. Thanks Dohm. 🙂
I like that it’s small enough to be portable. My husband and I usually turn on the room fan and bathroom vent in hotel rooms when we travel. I can see us taking this little noise machine with us to help block out those annoying hotel noises; ice anyone? It’s also helpful for baby to have a familiar sound to sleep to, whether we’re traveling or he’s sleeping at the babysitter’s house.
I think all sleep deprived parents will try just about anything and we’re all kind of hoping for some miracle product that will finally give us and our babies some shut eye. This isn’t a miracle product…I don’t think they exist! Getting your baby to sleep is a skill that will require lots of patience, training, and prayer. Investing in a good sound machine like the Dohm can help make those early days a little more bearable… even if that means you use it to nap while your husband watches the baby 😉