WAAAAAAAAH! WAAAAAAAAH! WAAAAAAAAH!
The sound that every parent fears, particularly when in public. Usually the crying can be made to stop by a boob, a change, a cuddle or a burp, but sometimes the little blighter prefers to be a wailing pain. On our parenting journey, we’ve found a few things help to soothe Baby L, including swaddling, a dummy, white noise and a combination of the three.
We were therefore delighted to try the Gro-hush baby calmer which is a new product to the ever growing range of great sleep items created by The Gro Company. This is a hand-held device which uses white noise to help calm the little one if they are distressed. We know the little one is comforted by white noise, particularly when going to sleep, so we were keen to try this innovative device.
Below is my review of the product.
The product is described as:
The Gro-hush is a unique portable white noise baby calmer. It transmits soothing ‘white noise’ directly to your baby which allows your baby to be soothed and calmed without disturbing others around you so only your baby will hear the calming tones and not others, keeping them relaxed and happy. Fantastic for use at home as part of your calming routine, or when out and about or travelling. A choice of three soothing white noise sounds to choose from, heart-beat, ocean waves or rain falling on a tin roof, which are all set at a safe volume. Features include:
- Requires 3 AAA batteries
- Includes a high quality protective travel case
- Automatically switches off after 10 minutes
- Volume is preset to save sound levels and cannot be changed
- Cushion is covered in soft 100% jersey cotton
- Cushion cover is washable
- Weighs 107 grams (with batteries)
- Suitable for use from birth
The Gro-Hush arrived in a pretty small box which was nicely illustrated with images of the product in action. As such, I feel this would be a nice looking and practical gift if you were looking for something different to buy a newborn. On opening the box, I was greeted with the Gro-Hush in the protective travel case and the instructions.
Assembly of the device was pretty non-existent as all it required was batteries – this was definitely my kind of baby product! It takes 3 x AAA batteries (the small ones) which are easily slotted in after unscrewing the back panel and taking off the soft washable cover. After putting the panel and cover back on, it was ready to go.
The Gro-Hush is really easy to use. It simply slips onto your hand and is secured via an elasticated band on the washable cover. You then hold one of the buttons down for a few seconds which turns it on, then choose from one of the three sounds available – a heartbeat, rain on a tin roof and ocean waves. The soft pad is then placed against the baby’s ear using your hand as you comfort them via a hug, swaying etc. It turns off automatically after 10 minutes, or you can hold down one of the buttons to deactivate it.
White noise has become a regular sound in our house since Baby L popped into the world, be it trying (unsuccessfully) Ewan The Dream Sheep when she was first born through to our most recent method of playing it out of our phones. Life just doesn’t feel quite right now a days if there isn’t a muffled heartbeat or a hair-dryer sound playing in the background! I was therefore pretty confident that the Gro-Hush would work on Baby L as she seems to be comforted by the noise. I was ready and armed with the Gro-Hush and sprang into action the next time she cried, however this was at her manic hour at around 7pm when not a lot can really calm her down. We tried the Gro-Hush (with a dummy) a few times during this period and got a successful result after a few attempts. The below is a video of a pretty distressed Baby L being soothed by the Gro-Hush:
The Gro-Hush became our go-to device when Baby L was a bit distressed or we wanted her to relax. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. However, no-one is saying that this device is a miracle worker, so even working 70% of the time is much better than having a distressed baby. On continued use of the Gro-Hush, we found it to be simple to use and the travel case was handy so that the cover didn’t get dirty and grubby. We are also still on the first set of batteries, so the device obviously doesn’t eat batteries – this was something we found with Ewan The Dream Sheep.
The below is another video of Baby L with the Gro-Hush. This time she was on the verge of sleep but a little bit agitated. Using the Gro-Hush (along with the missus’ multi-tasking skills of popping in a dummy with her thumb!) helped the little one to drift off to sleep.
The Gro-Hush is priced at £34.99 and is available from a number of retailers including John Lewis, Mothercare and Amazon. I personally think the price is pretty reasonable for a portable white noise device which has helped Baby L settle down.
There are obviously alternatives. The other thing on the market similar to this is Ewan The Dream Sheep which is available for slightly cheaper at £30. We have one of these but Baby L has never really got on with it, plus it drains batteries very quickly, however we know some people who swear by Ewan. Then there is the option of using a mobile phone to play white noise through an app – this cost us nothing and has been pretty successful to date, but it means you have to listen to the noise and there is no safety limit on the sound.
Ultimately though, sleep-deprived parents will do anything to help calm down their little one and I think it is about finding the option that works best for you and your sprog. Although more expensive than an app or Ewan, £35 isn’t much of a cost if it helps your baby settle down and has the added benefits of being quiet and portable.
In our experience, the Gro-Hush is a great little hand-held device which helps to soothe the little one. It is very compact, is very soft and can be used when out and about. We’ve used white noise ever since Baby L was born, so we know that it works for her, but the Gro-Hush had two additional benefits we found. The first being that it didn’t use one of our mobile phones and drain the battery, and the second being that the white noise could only be heard by the baby – I was personally pretty sick of having to watch TV and sleep with white noise on in the background before we got the Gro-Hush!
It shouldn’t need to be stated, but I will do so anyway, but the Gro-Hush (or any other device for that matter, such as Ewan The Dream Sheep) is not a miracle worker that will automatically make your baby sleep. If you buy it expecting that it will send your baby to sleep every single time, then your expectations are wrong. What it is though is a device which, when utilised with other methods, can help your little one to calm down and chill. In our experience, using the Gro-Hush along with a dummy and swaddle got best results as we’ve found that all three of these have a comforting effect on the little one. Just like any baby calming product, sometimes it will work and sometimes it won’t, as it depends on the baby’s mood. However, the Gro-Hush did work more often than not when were trying to soothe the little one.
DADventurer Star Rating
4 out of 5
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N.B. This review was written by me (Dave) and represents my honest opinion of the product. The Gro-Hush was sent to me by The Gro Company with the purpose of writing an honest product review in exchange for the product.