When I first became a father, quite a few people suggested white noise, wave sounds, etc. to me as a means of settling our baby, prompting me to do a fair bit of research. I was amazed I could hardly find any free resources and those I could find were terrible (or short).
I set out to make some MP3s I could use, they were VERY effective so I’ve uploaded for others to use, click here to jump to the downloads.
I decided to use the sound of crashing waves as the basis for the white noise but found that the volume undulated too much. I then took the wave sound, split it on to two stereo channels and offset the waves so that as one wave was decreasing in volume (e.g. on the left channel) the other was increasing in volume (e.g. on the right channel).
I also wanted to the MP3s to be long so I could set it going and not worry about it – I made two MP3s which are both 2.5 hours long. One MP3 stays at full volume for the entire 2.5 hours (and so can be set to repeat for continuous noise if you wish) and the other fades out over the 2.5 hours, giving your infant time to settle but removing the noise from the environment.
The setup we used which worked great for us was to use to portable passive speakers (speakers that don’t require batteries), the ones we used were Sony SRS-M50 Portable Speakers(SRSM50/WHI). We then plugged these in to a SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 2 (Black) which gave us house of play time and only one device to charge – brilliant!
If we were out and about and the baby needed a nap, we’d put the speakers on the canopy of her pushchair and she’d nod straight off.
If your browser starts playing the white noise MP3 when you click the links below, right-click them instead and select Save Link As (or Save Target As depending on your browser). These are by no means a guaranteed fix – they worked wonderfully for our first born but had no affect whatsoever on our second child! As with any downloads here, these MP3s are provided ‘as is’ with no claims, warranty or testing other than my own experiences outlined above.