Olympia Newborn Photographer – How to Sooth Your Newborn Using White Noise

True story…Many years ago I had a mom and dad bring in their brand new baby for a photo session. The baby was not a happy camper, the poor little thing just couldn’t calm down and fought sleep like a champion boxer. Her eyelids would slowly cover her eyes and then they would pop right back up again if she heard the littlest noise or if we tried to put her down for a picture! We knew she was exhausted and wanted to sleep but she just wasn’t able to fall asleep and stay asleep. Then the dad, who was very sweaty by this point, got a huge smile on his face said “can we use your vacuum?” (If we were in a cartoon, a huge light bulb would have popped up over his head!) I jumped up, got my vacuum and brought it into the studio. I plugged it in and turned it on. It was so loud, but the baby stopped crying. Not only did she stop crying, she feel asleep and stayed asleep! It worked! We left the vacuum on for the whole session and it was a win win – baby was asleep for the whole session and I had a very clean spot on the floor! When you have a little one that can’t be comforted and won’t settle down you will try just about anything to sooth them, including turning on a very loud vacuum. Ever since that session, I have used white noise as one of the comforting tools for my newborn photography sessions. Of course lugging my vacuum into a newborn session on a daily basis was not going to work for me, so I found a small portable white noise machine and now I just use a white noise app on my phone. During my newborn sessions, the moms and dads will hear my phone with the white noise coming from it and see how their baby really likes it, so naturally they ask me questions about it and what app I am using, so here are some white noise tips that you can try at home!

  • The app I use is “White Noise by TMSOFT”
  • Make sure the white noise is louder than the baby to start off with (you can turn it down once they fall asleep). If your baby can’t hear it, your baby won’t listen to it.
  • Move the white noise machine (or your phone) close to baby so that they can hear it better. I have the volume for my white noise at about 80%.
  • If you are using an app on your phone, make sure the ringer is turned off when you put your phone near your baby :) You don’t want all your hard work to quickly vanish with a phone call LOL!
  • Set the timer on the white noise machine or app if you like or make sure your phone is plugged in if you want it to stay on indefinitely.
  • Tip: if you have an old phone laying around, this a great way to put it to use!
  • You can carry the white noise with you. Put the phone in your back pocket or any pocket while you are walking around with your baby. It can also be tucked next to baby in a swing, stroller or car seat.
  • The app that I have has all different kinds of ambient sounds. It even has several kinds of “white noise” options like red noise, blue noise, yellow noise, etc. I have found the best luck with pink noise.

In 95% of my newborn sessions, babies that are days old will calm down, become very content and will fall asleep when I turn on the white noise.

We are currently booking newborn photography sessions for Spring and Summer! If your due date is anytime in the next 4 to 5 months now is the time to contact us and get on our schedule! We only do a limited amount of newborn sessions per month, so reserving your spot early is highly recommended. 360.438.0432


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