We’ve found a baby sleep aid that has us shaking our heads in wonder and asking, “What will they think of next?”
The idea of using a reproduction or simulation of the sounds from inside a mother’s womb is nothing new, of course. That idea caught fire in the 1970s, and has been used ever since. Even before the 1970s, moms all over the world had figured out that white noise helps babies relax and nod off to sleep.
We’ve come a long way from simply making shushing sounds ourselves to placing baby near the washer and dryer or vacuum. The past two decades have seen the market flooded with products designed to offer womb sounds or other soothing noises to help comfort babies. Womb sounds have been recorded on phonographs, cassette tapes, CDs, and more recently, downloaded in mp3 format.
But the latest development is likely to excite a lot of young parents (and maybe a few older ones who had a baby later in life). Best of all, it costs less than three bucks.
For $2.99, you can download the Baby Sleep Shop application to your iPod, iPad, or iPhone. The application allows you to choose from a wide variety of soothing sounds to help your little prince or princess relax. In that sense, it isn’t much different from other products on the market.
What sets it apart, as we see it, is that the Baby Sleep Shop can be uploaded to a device that you are carrying with you anyway. Not only is this a whole lot more cost effective, but it means that you’ll never be without this invaluable sleep aid. Whether you are at home, in the car, or virtually anywhere, if you are an iPhone or iPad user, you probably have the device with you.
One thing that we’ve found is that having the Baby Sleep Shop means we don’t have to decide whether to try putting baby to sleep in the crib with womb sounds playing on the CD player or taking her for a ride in the car to put her to sleep. We can do both (and trust us, it really works).
We look forward to other applications like this coming out for other electronics devices and phones as the competition latches onto the idea. Hopefully smart phone users of every stripe will soon have this kind of an application available to them.