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New Blog Series: Ask Ami

At DayOne Baby we work with trusted professionals to share information with new parents and our community. We have launched a new series, “Ask Ami” where parents can ask their questions, big and small. To submit a question, email info@dayonebaby with “Ask Ami” in the subject line.


Ami Burnham RN, CNM, IBCLC

Ami Burnham is a Licensed Midwife, Registered Nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant as well as a mother and partner. She has dedicated the last 17 years to supporting families throughout the childbearing years. She has been invited to speak at midwifery and obstetric conferences as well as university classrooms. From 2009-2013, Ami volunteered annually to train midwives and traditional birth attendants in Haiti and Sierra Leone. You can find more about her and contact her at


Q. Does white noise really work?

White noise can work as a soothing tool to help some babies get to sleep (again nothing works for every baby) and possibly stay asleep a bit longer. It can be especially helpful in a noisy household with multiple children or a noisy area of the city. But as with all things there are some downsides to white noise.

In 2014 The American Academy of Pediatrics tested fourteen different white noise machines, all designed for infants, and found that ALL of them exceeded the recommended noise level of 50 decibels. As a result of this study to AAP recommends that you place the machines 7 feet or more away from your baby and don’t turn them up to their loudest setting. This research also found that regular, nightly exposure to white noise could effect hearing, language and speech development. 

So if you have a baby who enjoys white noise, it may be best to set it on a timer so that it is not running all night. A timer will also help to reduce the likelihood that your baby will only sleep when the white noise is on.

It is not ideal to use a cell phone for your white noise but if you must then please turn it to airplane mode, while this doesn’t eliminate all microwave radiation exposure, which is more dangerous for fetuses, infant and children then adults, it does reduce their exposure.


To reserve a lactation consultation with Ami call 415-813-1931 or sign up for one of her classes, view our schedule here.

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