If you have an infant, getting him or her to sleep can be a tough task. Any little bit of help along the way is greatly appreciated. Anna and I have found that the use of a sound machine is that little bit of help that we need.
There is something about the white noise that blocks out all the other random noises from the house or outside and calms our children down (most of the time).
myBaby SoundSpa Portable Machine by Homedics (MYB-S200) Review
Anna and I bought a used sound machine when we were pregnant with our first child, Jude. It was a myBaby Soundspa Lullaby Sound Machine and Projector (MYB-S300). It worked for a few months before shorting out on us one night when we were at my in-laws. The next day we bought a myBaby SoundSpa White Noise Machine (MYB-S205). After the first week, we boxed it back up and returned it. There was a static noise that could be heard on every channel.
Finally, we purchased myBaby SoundSpa Portable Machine (MYB-S200). Unlike the first model we bought used, this model did not come with ceiling projector. To us, the ceiling projector was a feature that we never used so could easily do without.
I will share the pros and cons that we came across with this machine.
One thing that Anna and I looked at was the price when deciding to purchase another sound machine. Wanting to keep the cost under $30 helped narrow our focus. Here is what we like about the MYB-S200 sound machine:
- Under $30
- Six noise options (heartbeat, white noise, ocean, summer night, thunderstorm and brook)
- Large volume span; ability to control volume easily based on the size of room it is in
- Timer option
- Flat with wide base, no risk of tipping over
- Clicks on and off, reassures that it is on or off
- Battery option
Here is what we did not care for about the MYB-S200 sound machine:
- The cord is fragile. I would recommend plugging it in and leaving it. We have plugged and unplugged our machine many times and over the course of four years. The cord began to lose power intermittently and eventually stopped working altogether.
- Might only last around 2 years
- The sound began to crackle towards the end of its life span. This was probably due to the poor cord connection.
Overall, we are happy with this sound machine for the price we paid. Having said that, we are now on our second myBaby SoundSpa Portable Machine (MYB-S200). While our first MYB-S200 sound machine took a lot of abuse from our son plugging it in and out of the machine multiple times a week, the cord did end up failing. We now use that machine as our backup since the cord is broken and only works with batteries.
We were pleased with the sound quality, cost, and ease of packing (it lays flat and is lightweight). The only major downfall is the cord. It doesn’t seem durable enough to stand up to a lot of plugging in and out. If you don’t mind spending around $25 knowing that it will probably break within a year or 2, then I would recommend it. However, if you looking for something more durable and longer lasting, then this is not the sound machine for you.
Do you use a sound machine? If so, what do you like about it? Thanks!