On this episode of “Does My Baby Really Need This?” new dad Evan Kaufman shows us the Baby Shusher. This product is marketed as a sleep miracle cure that will naturally help soothe your crying baby to sleep. The Shusher uses a real human recording of someone shushing. It’s designed to give you a break from shushing your baby for long periods of time. Built in are 15- and 30-minute timers that promote long shushing sessions while getting difficult children to sleep.
Some good features of the Baby Shusher: an adjustable volume, which helps keep your baby calm during the night without keeping everyone awake; it also comes with a handy strap that allows you to hang it off of your wrist or hang it close to your baby. As you can hear, the Shusher can actually get quite loud. It goes up to 85 decibels in volume, which is designed to replicate the 90-decibel volume level that occurs within the womb. Needless to say, do not put the Baby Shusher close to your baby’s ear.
The Baby Shusher retails at $34.99, a bit costly for something that you can do with your own lips. The Shusher also has an app that only costs $4.99 and does the exact same thing. There’s a design flaw that prevents the Shusher from being very audible when it’s placed flat down on a surface.
Overall, if you’ve got an exceptionally difficult child that just won’t get to sleep without extended shushing, then the Baby Shusher might be great for you. Otherwise, it’s probably best to spend some quality time with your baby and get them to sleep yourself.