I have no idea where the saying “sleeping like a baby” came from because neither of mine ever slept like babies! Miss E wasn’t so bad but Mr. Z would wake after every little noise or interruption or simply just because. We didn’t even have newborn photos done because all you would have seen were his tonsils as he wailed!
I was one of those moms-to-be who wanted to create the perfect sleeper. I read all the sites, did all the reading and was convinced I knew what I was doing. Well when the time came to put my research into practice, I learned one of the my most valuable parenting lessons – in that first year of life throw out the text books and do whatever you need to do keep baby happy and more importantly SURVIVE.
Of course based on my research a sound machine is considered a crutch, yet another tool/comfort object that you need to ween baby off of later. Well it is well worth the weening process because our sound machine didn’t only create the environment that my hyper-sensitive little boy needed to sleep but having one in my daughter’s room also allowed her to have the quality sleep she needed without listening to all the inevitable crying coming for Mr. Z’s room. Even with the Munchkin sound machine they never slept like babies but it was as close as we were going to get!
So if I do the math right:
Mr. Z is sleeping better
+ Miss E has had a full nights sleep
= a much better rested and happy momma!
Being the type-A mommy that I am, of course I did too a lot of research before deciding on this one but am glad to say it was worth it and I am very happy. The Munchkin Nursery Projector & Sound System balanced both value and features quite well.
Munchkin Nursery Projector & Sound System: Pros
- Acts as a nightlight and if you have the timer set you can be assured that your child will be sleeping in the peaceful dark for the majority of the night
- Love that there are 3 different scenes (Soothing Sea, Calming Rainforest and Sleepy Sky) to choose from and lets your child pick their favourite
- Lens pivots so you and your child can choose where to point the images
- This sound machine is durable! I’m not saying drop it off the second floor but over the past 2+ years we have traveled everywhere with it and have also dropped it off the dresser a number of times too. One of the two is still in perfect working order and the other’s projector no longer rotates. In my opinion that’s pretty good with how much use they have survived.
- 10 different sounds and songs to choose from: 4 soothing sounds, 3 lullabies and 3 Mozart songs
- There is a voice activation switch on the back that will turn on the sound machine if your child stirs. I have not used this setting but I could see how some parents would get good use out of it.
Munchkin Nursery Projector & Sound System: Cons
- Only comes with an AC adaptor, no batteries. Although we did a lot of travelling with them, having a battery option would have made it a lot more flexible.
- The noises are not the best of quality, especially when played at a high volume but are adequate for regular use.
- The blue light given off from the night light setting has been proven to wake up and stimulate the brain. Read more about blue light’s affects by reading Is Light Keeping Your Children Awake? by Kim West, the Sleep Lady. I am not sure why manufacturers haven’t changed this since this is not new research and many nightlights emit blue light, including the Gro-Clock.
- The projector, although very useful as a nightlight, spins way too quickly to be relaxing in my opinion. I actually get a little stressed out watching it on the ceiling with my eyes darting around to focus on the scenes as they spin.
- Research came out last year about the potential damage to young ears due to the volume of sound machines, not just the Munchkin sound machine. In an article from CNN titled “Sound machines for babies: Too loud? Too close?” reads “a new study in the journal Pediatrics suggests that some noise machines have the ability to produce sounds so loud that they exceed safe levels for adults, let alone infants, and therefore could potentially damage infants’ hearing and hinder auditory development.”
- I did my own test using the Sound Meter app for android to measure noise volume. The Munchkin sound machine at top volume was 80 dB which is under the maximum workplace limit of 85 dB for 8 hours. This is good news but they dont really understand the affects on small developing ears. I would recommend nothing over half volume and use common sense.
According to Amanda… the verdict is:
Although some will still want to debate the use of sound machines as an unnecessary aid to assist children to sleep, I firmly believe it is one of the reasons I have survived the past 2 years! I am not alone! At the time this article was written it was rated on amazon 4.5/5 stars by 2500 people.
The Munchkin Nursery Projector & Sound System marries a wide range of useful options, such as the projector, variety of sounds and the nightlight, all for a very reasonable cost. I definitely recommend it! I would score this sound machine higher if they changed the nightlight colour from blue, slowed down the projector spin and also added a battery back up option.