My son, who is now just over two years old, has always been what we call a "special needs sleeper." Even when he was a baby he had to have a perfectly dark and quiet room to get any quality sleep. Now let me tell you, as a parent who has an older (and LOUD) child, two unpredictable dogs, and wood floors all in a one-story home (and not to mention we have to walk past the kids' room to get to our bedroom) and you this was formula for disaster. Even as a tiny baby he only napped once a day and didn't make it through the night without waking to nurse or be cuddled for a year. It was CRAZY.
Over the years we've done many things to help our boy sleep better. We moved his crib into his sister's room so he would be trained to not wake with every single noise he heard at night. We added a large fan in the warmer months of the year and that really, really helped mask noise. The problem is, now that it's winter, we exchanged the fan for a space heater that only runs intermittently. My son is cutting his two-year molars and going through his 25-27 month sleep regression. To say that we've gotten little sleep the last few weeks would be an understatement. Even his sister - who is usually a very deep sleeper - has been a hot mess during the day. She dropped her nap long ago and she has been crawling into her bed when we put him down for nap and falling asleep (which pushes her bedtime until almost 10 o'clock some nights. NO BUENO).
So when the lovely Sara wrote about how much she loved her new white noise machine, I had to give it a shot. I was a little hesitant about the price (and my husband was - and is - A LOT hesitant about the price), but I was so tired. TOO TIRED TO CARE. And I had a 20% off coupon at Bed, Bath & Beyond, so there. Friends? Meet The Dohm-DS Dual Speed Sound Conditioner by Marpac.