Yesterday on “The Parenting Show,” we had Tracey Ruiz, a sleep doula, as our guest. She brought a wonderful gift basket as a giveaway which included a white noise machine. Infants spend months sleeping in the womb, which is very loud, and then once they are born we mistakenly feel compelled to tiptoe about and whisper, fearing we’ll wake the baby. Tracey recommends you aim for 80 decibels of background white noise, which is about the loudness of running a vacuum cleaner. White noise is not only a soothing sound, but it also mutes any sudden sounds that might startle your baby awake. I love to listen to the hum of my bedroom humidifier as I drift off to sleep. True white noise could only be better! Yup – white noise, not just for babies anymore! Give it a go with anyone in the house who could use some help nodding off.