A white noise machine, even a cheap one, is a MUST have for newborns. Our little guy sleeps so much better through the night when the white noise machine is on. It also helps that we can make as much noise as we want during the day, knowing our baby will sleep through it. Those people out there that tiptoe around their babies nap time must be so frustrated! I love that the doorbell can ring, and the dog can bark and he keeps on snoozing!