Pros / It costs less than $20.
Cons / It doesn’t have a nightlight or image projector.
Verdict / The Big Red Rooster is a good baby sound machine to take on your travels because of its compact design and low price. It also has most of the important sounds and features.
We think the best things about the Big Red Rooster baby sound machine are its compact design and slim price tag. It is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, and all the buttons are located on the top panel. The compact, durable design makes this sound machine a good fit if you want to travel with your baby and bring a familiar, soothing sound to help them sleep in an unfamiliar environment. And if for some reason it gets lost or broken in your travels, you’ll have spent less than $20 to help your baby get to sleep and stay asleep longer.
It’s important for a baby sound machine to have a variety of soothing sounds, and the Big Red Rooster has six: heartbeat, white noise, ocean sounds and three lullabies. The heartbeat tone is a good option for young infants because it mimics the sounds your baby heard in the womb.
Pediatric specialists suggest keeping the sound machine at least 6 feet away from your baby, if possible, and limiting the maximum volume to around 60 dB, which is about as loud as a normal speaking voice. You can adjust this model’s volume so you don’t damage your baby’s hearing by playing the sounds too loud.
You can set the Big Red Rooster to play continuously, or you can set a timer to automatically turn it off after 15, 30 or 60 minutes. The timer feature is important because it helps wean your baby off needing repetitive noise to fall asleep and allows them to become accustomed to sleeping with environmental noise.
Unlike our favorite sound machine, the Munchkin Nursery Projector, the Big Red Rooster doesn’t have a nightlight or image projector. These can be helpful distractions and good accompaniments to the calming sounds, and they illuminate the room enough that you can check on your baby in the night without turning on the overhead lights.
You can power the Big Red Rooster with the included AC adapter or three AA batteries. The option to power this sound machine with batteries adds to its value as a travel device because you can use it on long car rides or in places that don’t have a wall socket.
The Big Red Rooster baby sound machine is one of the most portable products we reviewed. Its compact and durable design is easy to stow away in luggage or a daypack along with other travel essentials for babies. In addition, the variety of tones it has makes it easy to find the right sound to help your baby fall asleep and stay asleep, even in unfamiliar locations.