Color noises: How white, pink, and brown sounds soothe babies and aid sleep


One of the features of our Bibino baby monitoring app is the ability to play lullabies and color noises for your little one. While many people may be familiar with lullabies, color noises may be a new concept for some. Color noises are specific sounds that are believed to promote relaxation and aid in sleep. They are created by combining different frequencies of sound and are often associated with different colors, hence the name "color noises."

Color noise, also known as "white noise", "pink noise", or "brown noise", is a type of noise that is often used to help soothe babies and promote sleep. This type of noise is characterized by a balanced distribution of energy across all frequencies, making it sound similar to a gentle rainfall or a soothing stream.

Babies are particularly drawn to color noise because it mimics the sounds they hear in the womb. The constant, soothing background noise can help calm a fussy baby and promote a sense of security and comfort.

Why noises?

When a baby is in the womb, they are surrounded by the constant background noise of their mother's heartbeat and blood flow. This noise is known as "uterine noise", and it is believed to play a role in the development of the baby's auditory system. After birth, a baby's auditory system is still developing, and they may find comfort in the familiar sounds of color noise.

Another benefit of using color noise for babies is its ability to block out other noises that may disrupt their sleep. A baby's hearing is much more sensitive than an adult's, and even small noises can wake them up or prevent them from falling asleep. By providing consistent background noise, color noise can help to mask these other sounds and create a more peaceful sleep environment for the baby.

Types of noise

There are several types of color noise that can be used to soothe babies.

  1. White noise has a flat frequency response, meaning that all frequencies are present at equal intensity. This creates a sound that is similar to static or the hum of a fan.
  2. Pink noise is a type of noise that is characterized by a slightly higher energy level in the lower frequencies, making it sound similar to a soft rainfall.
  3. Brown noise has a higher energy level in the higher frequencies, giving it a deeper, more rumbling sound. It is similar to the sound of thunder and has a more intense sound than pink noise.


Household appliances for creating color noises

It's important to note that while household appliances can serve as a source of white noise, they should not be used in place of a white noise machine. Many household appliances can be loud, and the noise level can vary depending on the type of appliance and how old it is. White noise machines are specifically designed to produce consistent and soothing noise, which is much more suitable for a baby's sleep environment.

While color noise can be a helpful tool for soothing babies, it should not be used as a replacement for other forms of care and attention. It should be used in conjunction with other sleep-promoting techniques, such as providing a consistent bedtime routine, creating a comfortable sleep environment, and responding to the baby's needs in a timely manner.

Where to find noises in the Bibino app?

Open the Bibino baby monitor app - start monitoring - on the Parent Station click on the Menu - Lullabies and there you can choose from the default sounds or add a different one.

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Frequently asked questions

1. What are the different color noises?
The different color noises are white noise, pink noise, and brown noise. Each of these noises has a unique sound and frequency distribution that can help soothe babies.

2. What do different color noises do?
Different color noises can help soothe babies, promote relaxation, aid sleep, and mask other potentially disturbing sounds. White noise creates a sound similar to static or a fan, pink noise is akin to soft rainfall, and brown noise gives off a deeper, rumbling sound similar to thunder.

3. How many color noises are there?
There are primarily three types of color noises used for kids - white, pink, and brown noise. However, other color noises also exist outside these, each with its unique frequency and energy distribution.

4. What is the difference between the color noises? The primary difference between color noises is the energy distribution across different frequencies. White noise has equal intensity across all frequencies, pink noise has slightly higher energy at lower frequencies, and brown noise has higher energy at higher frequencies.


Color noises are an integral part of the Bibino baby monitoring app. Their ability to mimic uterine noise that a baby hears in the womb makes them effective in promoting relaxation, aiding sleep, and providing a sense of comfort and security to babies. There are primarily three types of color noises - White, Pink, and Brown. Each has a unique sound that can help soothe babies and create a peaceful sleep environment by masking potentially disturbing sounds. However, these noises should complement, not replace, other forms of baby care and attention. They should be used alongside a consistent bedtime routine, a comfortable sleep environment, and prompt responses to the baby's needs.

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