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 durable design makes this sound machine a good fit for traveling with your baby as it creates familiar, soothing sounds to help them sleep in an unfamiliar environment. And if for some reason it gets lost or broken in your travels, it’s easy to replace for only $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 six feet away from your baby, if possible, and limiting the maximum volume to around 65 dB, which is about as loud as a normal speaking voice. You can adjust the volume so you don’t damage your baby’s hearing by playing the sounds too loud. We tested the sound masking capabilities of this sound machine by playing the white noise profile at 65 dB while a reviewer ran a vacuum and played music through a speaker in an adjacent room. The Big Red Rooster performed above average in that test.
You can set the Big Red Rooster to play continuously, or 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 are 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. The variety of tones makes it easy to find the right sound to help your baby fall asleep and stay asleep, even in unfamiliar locations.