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Posted: 9/30/2011 5:17:23 PM EST
Hey guys, I just brought my first baby home from the hospital and he has trouble falling asleep some nights. Running water really seems to help. Running a tap all night would kill us when it came time to pay up. We are running some sounds on the computer and he likes them. I cant find a site that I can loop the sound or download a sound into windows media player and play it on repeat.

Surely someone has done this before!

Mike
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 5:19:03 PM EST
Tune a radio to dead air?
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 5:19:24 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 5:19:48 PM EST
Go to wal mart and buy a white noise machine. They can be had for less than $20.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 5:19:53 PM EST
there are all kinds of music/sounds gadgets that attach to baby cribs. Just check out the baby section at the local chinese retailer. (Walmart)
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 5:20:12 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/30/2011 5:23:54 PM EST by raysheen]
Not really for a newborn, but our kids have loved this:
http://www.rockabyebabymusic.com/


oh and
Originally Posted By Socomike:
Hey guys, I just brought my first baby home from the hospital and he has trouble falling asleep some nights.






Seriously though, good luck and congrats....it will get better....give it a few months.


ETA: rockabye baby can be purchased/downloaded on amazon....while I'm at it be sure to check out amazon prime and amazon mom...they are a godsend in the early days...anything you need to your door in a day or two.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 5:20:12 PM EST
Get two water pitchers, one full of water. Pour the full one into the empty one, repeat, all night..... sleep is highly over rated.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 5:21:08 PM EST
Move to Seattle

Link Posted: 9/30/2011 5:21:24 PM EST
Get a small cheap fountain at Walmart.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 5:22:25 PM EST
We got a cheap CD player for both of my kids. My daughter listened to Enya all night and son listened to Nora Jones. Guess they found it soothing. They both gave it up by about 4 or 5 y/o.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 5:23:26 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/30/2011 5:23:34 PM EST by JakeThePimp]
It's just white noise, very typical for babies. Most daycares have them.

http://www.sleepwellbaby.com/
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 5:23:46 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/30/2011 5:24:41 PM EST by jmftexas]
Originally Posted By substandard:
Get two water pitchers, one full of water. Pour the full one into the empty one, repeat, all night..... sleep is highly over rated.


This is what a good father would do


We just used fan noise, but not a ceiling fan so we could point it away from them.

ETA: congrats by the way!
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 5:24:00 PM EST
Don't do anything. No extra sounds, nothing. The kid will go to sleep.

If anything you want to mix in louder sounds like the TV, doorbell, etc so they will sleep through that.

Don't placate them, it will come back to bite you.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 5:25:12 PM EST
Originally Posted By raysheen:
Not really for a newborn, but our kids have loved this:
http://www.rockabyebabymusic.com/


oh and
Originally Posted By Socomike:
Hey guys, I just brought my first baby home from the hospital and he has trouble falling asleep some nights.






Seriously though, good luck and congrats....it will get better....give it a few months.


I can still remember how good it felt the first full night sleep after we brought our first home. It only took 3 months.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 5:25:49 PM EST
Did you run out of Benadryl?
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 5:28:06 PM EST
Wow - I guess I shouldn't complain.

Our 2 week old goes to sleep at 11pm, and then sleeps till ~3:30am. My wife feeds her, and then the baby wakes up around 7:30.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 5:28:26 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/30/2011 5:29:36 PM EST by LoBrau]
Box fan pointed at the wall.

ETA: Wait til the four month wakeful/teething time. That's where we are right now. Plus she has an ear infection. Yeehaw!
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 5:31:00 PM EST
Whiskey in the baby bottle.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 5:32:13 PM EST
I put a wind up clock near my daughter's bed when she was a baby. Helped her to sleep.


One night I accidentally set the alarm. am and baby was not amused.

Matbe that's why she doesn't like loud noises now.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 5:32:43 PM EST
A mechanical clock will sound like moms heartbeat. Whatever you do, do not take the baby in bed with you.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 5:32:55 PM EST
I raised 5 kids and always found bourbon or a bit of tequila helped a whole bunch with crying babies


just drink enough untill you cant hear the little monster any longer and you'll be OK
CHEF
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 5:33:50 PM EST
Oscillating fan makes nice white noise, moves air, and drowns out the little noises that wake me up.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 5:34:03 PM EST
Originally Posted By jmftexas:
Originally Posted By substandard:
Get two water pitchers, one full of water. Pour the full one into the empty one, repeat, all night..... sleep is highly over rated.


This is what a good father would do


We just used fan noise, but not a ceiling fan so we could point it away from them.

ETA: congrats by the way!


Fan, or air purifier.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 5:34:16 PM EST
Let me just say Drill Sgt, it is time to grow a little back bone. Let the kid cry. Check if they are wet, or hungry. Then put them down.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 5:35:03 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/30/2011 5:44:08 PM EST by Hokie]
Try breastfeeding...

Seriously - toss that kid to your lady's boob and let mother nature work it's magic....meaning, the dad sleeps!

The famous 5 S's work wonders:

Swaddling
Shushing
Side Positioning
Swinging
Sucking

ETA: My 7 week year old son is swaddled on his side right now after sucking down 4 ounces of powdered mojo. His mom is crashed out right now, but she'll be up in an hour or two ... when he wakes up.

Newborns are on a 3 - 4 hour rotation, on average. Extremes on either end of course. Get used to the chaos my man....life will NEVER be the same for you.

Congrats too!
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 5:35:49 PM EST
My daughter loves this.

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3819672&CAWELAID=427070784
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 5:36:45 PM EST
Just play some Led Zepplein or Black Sabbath records backwards...my parents did that when I was young worked out great.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 5:36:49 PM EST
I made a 70 minute loop of rain and wave noises and burned it to a CD....it was basically white noise with a little "texture"

Played it every night on CD player until the CD player died.

We got a noisemaker from Brookstone when the 2nd kid came along:

http://www.brookstone.com/tranquil-moments-sleep-sound-machines-for-baby?bkiid=SearchResults|CategoryProductList|467019p

(but I still think my CD sounded better)
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 5:36:57 PM EST
Originally Posted By DontShootMyDog:
Did you run out of Benadryl?


Link Posted: 9/30/2011 5:37:06 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/30/2011 5:37:34 PM EST by MFP_4073]
Another vote for a fan. The humming sound it a great noise to sleep to and it drowns out doors being shut, silverware being dropped on the floor, dogs barking, etc.

Just direct it away from the child.

Good luck-

4073

Link Posted: 9/30/2011 7:13:34 PM EST
dude, don't worry in a few weeks you will be so sleep deprived you will have forgotten all about it.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 7:17:18 PM EST

Originally Posted By Hokie:
Try breastfeeding...

Seriously - toss that kid to your lady's boob and let mother nature work it's magic....meaning, the dad sleeps!



I have a 2 week old currently and this is the approach I use! Works great!

The doc told us today that we should start getting the baby used to taking a bottle though, I had to give her the stink eye for interfering with my plan of maximum sleep.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 7:24:46 PM EST
download a screensaver, their free almost anywhere.

I have one that the veiw is of the outside of a tent with crackeling fire, during a thunderstorm(or adjustable flow).

but the sounds seems to come from inside the tent as the rain hits.

Bet that would do it.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 7:27:17 PM EST
Take him for regular walks or for a drive every night just before sleep time. Twenty or thirty minutes, you will quickly grow to enjoy it, If he wakes in the middle of the night and won't go back to sleep... yep take a quik walk. Both of mine loved this and the baby as well as myself slept very soundly after.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 7:27:59 PM EST
Originally Posted By Arlis:
A mechanical clock will sound like moms heartbeat. Whatever you do, do not take the baby in bed with you.


Word.

Link Posted: 9/30/2011 7:32:07 PM EST
i managed to get by sleeping through the whole thing and putting it off on the wife. ymmv. however, i do know if you start doing special stuff to get the kid to sleep you will be doing it for years. for god's sake don't let the kid in your bed or you won't ever get it out.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 7:34:08 PM EST
Small aquarium with a hang on back filter will make that same water noise.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 7:35:02 PM EST
An old clock ( tic toc tic toc ) mimics a heart beat worked for me good luck Dad
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 7:37:51 PM EST
We used a sound machine. They're cheap.

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Link Posted: 9/30/2011 7:38:14 PM EST
Originally Posted By ecgRN:
Originally Posted By DontShootMyDog:
Did you run out of Benadryl?




You laugh.

My neighbor's trailer trash granddaughter told me once, straight-faced, that she had her new infant, just back from the hospital from the premie ward, on rice cereal and benadryl to keep him asleep.

This is a kid who was almost 2 months premature because mom wanted to chain-smoke and drink a ton of Coors Light during pregnany.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 7:38:16 PM EST
CD of rain and thunder storms did wonders in the OiRogers household during the period of "No Sleep for ANYONE"... As an added benefit, the mini-Oi sleeps lie a corpse during thunder storms now.
Also... Check out the Playskool rain-forest music box... Has a rain setting (and music, and bird noises and motion and lights as well...) It was also a well invested bit of cash.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 7:43:53 PM EST
All three of my kids loved the weather channel. They play sleepy type music and they know what the weather will be for the rest of the week.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 7:45:38 PM EST
swaddle. swaddle. swaddle. swaddle.

that and a fan on low oscillation. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

works on me too
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 7:47:24 PM EST
Originally Posted By soncorn:
Don't do anything. No extra sounds, nothing. The kid will go to sleep.

If anything you want to mix in louder sounds like the TV, doorbell, etc so they will sleep through that.

Don't placate them, it will come back to bite you.


1. Put baby in crib
2. Close door
3. Allow baby to cry until asleep
4. Repeat the next night until crying stops

Link Posted: 9/30/2011 7:48:05 PM EST
Just let him suck the moob mom's boob
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 7:49:27 PM EST
Have fun not sleeping.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 7:49:29 PM EST
you can always download a mp3 from amazon only cost .99 cents for and mp3 with natures sounds like running water or rain or whatever you want.,
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 7:53:37 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 7:55:24 PM EST
Most bathrooms have this thing called a "closet." People usually store stacks of bath towels, washclothes, and hand towels in them. Almost like a small, padded room. These "closets" also have doors, on hinges that allow them to be closed.

Just thought you'd like to know.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 7:56:01 PM EST
Jungle noises are great..

Just make sure you do not get one with the Tarzan yell in the middle of it or you will not get any sleep yourself.

Every time you hear it you will wake up instantly looking to see what direction the elephants are coming from.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 7:57:10 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/30/2011 8:00:57 PM EST by LuckyDucky]
Originally Posted By raysheen:
Not really for a newborn, but our kids have loved this:
http://www.rockabyebabymusic.com/


Haha those are awesome!

OP you can use endlessyoutube to replay a youtube video forever.

Example: http://endlessvideo.com/watch?v=AYw7eJYadco

You might try it with a white noise vid or something. A free alternative to buying a noise machine like others suggest.
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