7 Best Soothers & Sound Machines for Baby and Toddlers

7 Best Soothers and Sound Machines for Baby and Toddlers

Reviews and Buyers Guide

Oh, remember those days of getting sleep or going to the store without someone screaming in your face?  Sleep and a peaceful trip to the store may be in your grasp if you look into getting a baby soother/sound machine.  Soothing sounds are scientifically proven to help calm fussy babies and help babies and small children relax and fall asleep faster.  Some have many features that will not only help your baby relax but will keep baby entertained as well.  We at kidsplayandcreate.com did research, read hundreds of reviews and spoke with parents to find the best baby soothers/sound machines on the market today.  Now, we can’t promise a miracle and what works for one baby may not work for another, but we can say that our list has the highest rated soothers/sound machines available.  Check it out below.

Cloud b Sleep Sheep Baby Soother

Cloud B Sleep Sheep
This adorable stuffed soother by Cloud b comes in six animals to choose from including Natural Owl, Bubbly Bunny, Frankie the Fox, Gentle Giraffe, Marvin the Monkey or Sleep Sheep. This soother in whichever animal you choose was a real hit among parents and caregivers. It was the winner of many industry awards, including the National Parenting Council’s Seal of Approval and the iParenting Media Award. It plays 8 soothing sounds and melodies including a classical lullaby, heartbeat(womb sounds), water and jungle sounds, crickets chirping and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Rock-a-Bye Baby (songs may differ between animals). It has two timer options of 23 or 45 minutes and volume control. It is machine washable.  Just remove the inside box that holds the batteries and plays music, then throw it in the washing machine on the gentle cycle. This soother easily attaches to most cribs using the Velcro tab.  Because it is cute and cuddly and playing such soothing music it makes our list as a must-have in baby soothers.


        • Six different animals to choose from: Frankie the Fox, Natural Owl, Bubbly Bunny, Gentle Giraffe, Marvin the Monkey or Sleep Sheep
        • Plays 8 soothing melodies or lullabies (songs may differ between animals)
        • Music timer and volume control
        • Machine Washable
        • BPA, Phthalate, Latex, and Lead-Free
        • Item weight 1 pound
        • Dimensions 9.6 x 8.2 x 7.1 inches
        • Requires 2 AA batteries (included)



Cloud b On The Go Travel Sound Machine Soother, Sleep Sheep

Cloud b On The Go Travel Sound Machine Soother, Sleep Sheep
This on the go soother from Cloud b is the on the go version of the one above. You can choose between Sleep Sheep or Gentle Giraffe.  It’s cuddly and compact which allows you to take it anywhere, at 8” it can easily fit in a diaper bag or tote, which is great for those fussy babies.  This on the go soother has a Velcro strap that allows you to attach it easily to strollers, infant carriers or car seats.  It’s easy to use; just push a button to hear one of the four soothing sounds including gentle stream, spring showers, ocean waves or harmonious whales.  The sounds automatically stop after 23 or 45 minutes you can also control the volume.


  • Compact Size only 8” inches
  • Great for on the go and road trips
  • Soft and cuddly
  • Choose from Sleep Sheep or Gentle Giraffe
  • Plays fours soothing sounds including Sleep Sheep: Harmonious Whales, Ocean Waves, Spring Showers and Gentle Stream; Gentle Giraffe Safari Groove, Victoria Falls, Jungle Trails and Babbling Brook
  • Velcro strap behind its head to easily attach it to stroller, car seat, infant carriers, diaper bags
  • Requires 2 AA batteries that are included

Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother

Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother
This Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother is a simply must have. It’s a soother and fun toy in one.  It plays a variety of soothing sounds, has an underwater light effect and moving characters, which will keep baby entertained yet relaxed.  It has fours modes of play to choose from which allows you to select combinations of sounds, lights and motion to soother your baby.  One of the great features on this soother is the drift off feature.  The drift off feature gradually softens music and dims lights every 10 minutes to help baby drift off to sleep.  It even comes with a remote control, so you can control it without fully entering baby’s room, the remote works up to 15 ft away.  This soother comes with an adjustable strap that makes it easy to attach to most cribs. As your baby grows you can keep this soother as a bedside toddler nightlight and soother.


  • Soothing lights, sound, and motion
  • 4 modes of operation to choose from; melodies, lights, motion; melodies only; ocean sounds, lights, and motion or just ocean sounds
  • 25 minutes of continuous play
  • Drift off feature: sounds will soften and lights will dim every 10 minutes to help baby drift off to sleep
  • Adjustable to make it easy to attach to most cribs
  • Bedside soother and nightlight for toddlers
  • 2.2 pounds
  • Dimensions 10.2x 3.2x 11.4 inches
  • Requires 4 C batteries

Fisher-Price Soothe and Glow Giraffe

Fisher-Price Soothe and Glow Giraffe
This cuddly giraffe is a great soother for baby. This cute giraffe needs a hug from baby to turn on and play one of the 8 different melodies and soft light.  After 15 minutes of play, the music and soft light that glows from the giraffe’s chest fades.  Another hug from baby and the giraffe turns back on.  This is a great way to introduce baby to cause and effect.  If you want the music to turn off earlier, simply press and hold the giraffe’s tummy until the music stops.


  • Plays 8 different lullabies
  • Has a soft light that glows from the giraffe’s chest
  • Plays 15 minutes of continues music and glowing light
  • Activated by a soft hug from baby
  • Introduces cause and effect
  • Helps baby learn to self-soothe
  • Requires 2 AA batteries (included)
  • Dimensions 5 x 4.7 x 11inches

Summer Infant Slumber Buddies Projection and Melodies Soother Eddie Elephant

These slumber Buddies are our pick for the best toddler soother, however, they can be great for children of all ages. There are five characters to choose from Bella the Butterfly, Betty the Bee, Dozing Hippo, Laura the Lamb and Eddie the Elephant.  These soft plush toys project a calming starry sky on the walls and ceiling in blue, green or amber, which is a great way to keep baby entertained and is also great for that small child who is afraid of the dark.  They also play 5 soothing sounds including Hush Little Baby, Braham’s Lullaby, Frolic Rhodes, Babbling Brook or Heartbeat sounds to help your baby, toddler or small child relax and fall asleep.  You can set the time to play music for 15, 30 or 45 minutes and choose from 3 levels of volume.


  • Choose from 5 different characters including Bella Butterfly, Betty the Bee, Dozing Hippo, Laura the Lamb and Eddie the Elephant
  • Projects lights onto the wall and ceiling in blue, green or amber
  • Plays 5 soothing songs including Braham’s Lullaby, Hush Little aby, Frolic Rhodes, Babbling Brook, and heartbeat
  • Has a timer, you can set it for 15, 30 or 45 minutes
  • Great for baby, toddlers or small children
  • Helps sooth children that are afraid of the dark
  • Requires 3 AA batteries
  • Weight 1 pound
  • Dimensions 12.9 x 8.3 x 7.8 inches

VTech Baby Lil’ Critters Soothe and Surprise Light

VTech Baby Lil’ Critters Soothe and Surprise Light (Frustration Free Packaging)

With so many great features, this VTech baby soother is a great choice when it comes to deciding on which crib soother to purchase. It has a colorful design and displays cute forest friends.  It can easily attach to most cribs. This baby soother plays over 65 lullabies, songs, melodies or nature sounds.  You can set the music to play for 10, 20 or 30 minutes.  Another great feature is the built-in sensor that activates the soother and plays music when your baby starts to cry.  So when baby starts to cry, you won’t have to rush in to turn it on again, simply wait for the music to play on its own.  It also has a projector that shines calming images onto the ceiling to engage and help soothe baby.  This soother also has a built-in crib light that creates 10 glowing patterns.


  • Cute and colorful design
  • Plays over 5 lullabies, melodies and nature sounds
  • Has a crib light that displays 10 glowing patterns
  • Timer
  • Built-in sensor that activates by playing music if baby starts to cry
  • It has a projector that displays calming images onto the ceiling
  • Weight 1.7 pounds
  • Dimensions 2.8×10.4×7.7 inches
  • Recommended ages birth-2
  • Requires 4 AA batteries that are included

Baby Shusher- The Soothing Sleep Miracle for Babies

Baby Shusher – The Soothing Sleep Miracle for Babies
This is a must have product for parents or caregivers of fussy babies. It got excellent reviews on-line and by the parents, we spoke to.  This baby shusher was designed to soothe the baby and make him or her fall asleep faster. It uses a technique from the book the Happiest Baby on the Block.  The baby shusher incorporates loud, rhythmic shushing noises that were used in ancient practices.  The rhythmic shush reminds baby about being inside the womb where they hear loud sounds of blood flow and other in utero noises. Made to be used at home or on the go, you can take it anywhere to help with a fussy baby.  You can put the shusher on a time for 15 or 30 minutes.  To work properly the shusher sound must be louder than the sound of your baby’s cry.  The volume control allows you to adjust the volume according to the baby’s cry.


  • Loud rhythmic shushing noises that calm baby and remind him/her of being in the womb
  • Built in timer for 15 or 30 minutes
  • Volume control so you can adjust it to the sound of baby’s cry
  • Recommended for ages birth and up
  • Small and compact, great for at home or on the go
  • Includes strap so you can easily attach it to a stroller, diaper bag or infant carrier
  • BPA free
  • Requires 2AA batteries, not included
  • Weight 3.2 ounces
  • Dimensions 2.3 x 2.3 x 5 inches

What are the benefits of using a baby soother/sound machine?

A baby soother/sound machine may help relax your baby and help them fall asleep faster and easier.  The music/sounds they play can help block out some of the household noise that may cause the baby to fuss such as other kids playing, outside noise such as traffic or people on the street.  They can help block out noise from people talking and doing household chores.

Many soothers/sound machines play heartbeat or in utero sounds that remind baby of being in the womb.  This may also help relax and calm baby.

Many baby soothers/sound machines have other features besides music and natural sounds.  Some of the have projection lights, which display colors or images on ceilings and walls.  Others have colorful displays and some even have moving characters.  These features may help entertain baby and keep him/her from crying.

Remember that every baby is different and what may work for one will not work for all.  If you are having a hard time getting baby to relax and fall asleep make sure you speak to your baby’s pediatrician and try a soother or sound machine.

What is the best baby soother/sound machine for a very fussy baby?

Again, each baby is different and what may work for one may not work for another.  And if you feel your baby is extra fussy, you should contact your pediatrician.  That being said, after reading hundreds of reviews and speaking to parents the Baby Shusher- The Soothing Sleep Miracle for Babies was hands down the highest recommended soother for fussy babies.  It was noted that to get the best results the baby shusher must play at a volume louder than your baby’s cry.  Parents were really calling it the miracle device.

Besides from babies, who else can benefit from a baby soother/sound machine?

Let’s face it, as your baby grows into a toddler they may still struggling with relaxing and falling asleep.  I know mine did.  Baby soothers/sound machines are great for toddlers.  Some like the Summer Infant Slumber Buddies Project and Melodies Soother, which plays music and projects lights on the ceiling and walls and the Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother which can turn into a beside nightlight are perfect for toddlers.  Not only do they play soothing music but they also project light, which is great for toddlers or small children who are afraid of the dark.  Giving a toddler a cuddly soother such as the Fisher-Price Soothe and Glow Giraffe to sleep with may give them the extra comfort they need to self sooth and fall asleep.

Believe it or not many people we spoke to use soothers and sound machines for young puppies or older dogs with anxiety.  Sometimes puppies or older dogs get anxious or nervous.  Many believe that letting them listen to a mother’s heartbeat for womb sounds calmed them down and make them feel more relaxed and comfortable.  Try using Cloud b Sleep Sheep Baby Soother or the Baby Shusher- The Soothing Sleep Miracle for Babies.

Do baby soothers/sounds machines make good baby shower gifts?

Yes, often times baby soothers and sound machines are left off baby registries however, they are great to have and make excellent gifts. Most people think of pacifiers as a way to soothe baby and don’t think about baby soothers or sound machines until it’s 2:00AM and you can’t calm your screaming baby.  I myself did not use pacifiers with my little one, I didn’t want to go through the process of dealing with them screaming and crying when it was time to take it away.  I found that music was a great way to calm her down.  I didn’t have a baby soother/sound machine on my registry however, I was lucky enough to receive one at my baby shower.  So yes, I think it is a great gift.

We hope that you enjoyed out the list of the best baby soothers/sound machines.  We hope that you find one that best suits your babies needs.  If you use a baby soother/sound machine that is not on our list but your think it should be, please tell us about it at kidsplayandcreate@gmail.com