What are color noises, and what are they used for

January 19, 2023


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 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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