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You all know that besides beauty products, I love to share some other products I’ve tried and loved (we all have more than one interest, right?). One such product I’ve recently received, tested and loved is the AuCutee Portable Sound Machine. Yes, as the disclaimer states, I’ve received it for free and this is a sponsored post, but I wouldn’t share something I didn’t love myself (which is why I don’t do too many sponsored posts). So, what exactly is a sound machine?
A sound machine is simply a portable device that has pre-recorded sounds. They became popular as white noise/sound machines, because some people claim that white noise helps babies (and adults) calm down and sleep better. And if you have a fussy baby, or can’t get enough sleep yourself, you’d try anything, right? I know I would – sleep is so important. Any time I didn’t get enough sleep I could feel it physically and mentally, and it would just ruin my whole day. So I actually had a sound machine on my baby registry, because you can always expect sleep issues, when I was contacted to try this one. What a lucky coincidence 🙂
AuCuTee Sound Machine has 20 pre-recorded sound, including 4 types of noise and 3 lullabies:
- Lullaby 1
- White Noise
- Pink Noise
- Gray Noise
- Brown Noise
- Cracking fire
- Clock ticking
- Womb Sound (heartbeat)
- Lullaby 2
- Lullaby 3
We actually started using it during the day to relax even before the baby is here. My favorite sound is the birds chirping. The only sound that needs some work is the cracking fire, but this is not a real issue for me, since there are so many other available sounds.
The device arrived in a sturdy and smooth box that can be re-used for storing small items (or the device itself). The box included the device, a user manual (that I didn’t even need), a charging cable and a power adapter. You can charge the device via USB or a power outlet. I’d say this is a bit bigger than an “old-school” portable CD player, and not much thicker, either.
The controls are very intuitive and I didn’t even need to read the short manual. You can move between the available sounds using the forward/back buttons, adjust the volume to 7 levels, play/pause and use the timer (optional).
If you don’t press the timer button the chosen sound will play continuously. However, I love the timer option (30, 60, 90 minutes), because it allows me to forget about the device and it will turn off on its own. The timer selection lights up, so I recommend turning it away from your bed if using the timer, since it can be annoying in an otherwise dark room.
Another great little function I didn’t think I’d need, but I now love is the memory – when you turn on the device, it will automatically play the last sound you selected. It sounds simple, but it’s nice if you have a particular sound you like and want to keep playing it, so this way you don’t have to go through the sounds from the first one to reach the one you like every single time.
The back of the device features an on/off toggle, an two ports – one for headphones and one for charging.
My unit came pre-charged, and the battery lasts for a while. The device uses a Li-Ion 1800mAh rechargeable battery that takes about 2h to fully charge, with a play-back time of 10h. From my experience, I never play the sounds for more than 30-60 minutes, so one charge can last for a long time.
The unit is lightweight and it is very portable – I can see myself carrying this in my diaper bag for crying outbursts when I’m out and about. Since it can be used with headphones, it’s great for use when traveling, or even at work to block out all the background noise (I wish I had this at my last work place).
AuCutee Portable Sound Machine is available on Amazon.ca and Amazon.com and retails for $35.99 CAD/ $31.99 USD. The device is available in two colors: charcoal gray and silver/white. I didn’t make a comparison to other similar devices, but this one fulfills our needs completely. In case you need help falling asleep or focusing during the day, this may help you (there are no guarantees of course, everyone is different).
Do you have issues with sleep? Have you ever considered a sound machine? What other remedies/tricks can you recommend for others who have trouble falling asleep?