Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine Review

A sound machine, night light, and time-to-rise device—all in one

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4.8

Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine

Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine

Verywell Family / Kaity Velez

What We Like
  • Can be controlled via phone

  • Sleek design

  • Grows with your child

  • Customizable night light

What We Don't Like
  • Issues with touch feature

  • Pre-recording can be jarring when it loops

Bottom Line

The Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine is a techy parent's dream. The device offers multiple functions, including soothing white noise, a customizable night light, and a time-to-rise feature—all of which can be controlled from your phone.

4.8

Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine

Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine

Verywell Family / Kaity Velez

For many parents, white noise is essential in creating a sound sleeping environment, but the Hatch Baby Rest goes beyond the normal sound machine. It’s multi-functional, so not only does it offer several sound and volume settings, but it also has a time-to-rise feature and a night light. On top of that, everything can be programmed through an easy-to-use app, which means you never run the risk of walking in the room and disturbing the baby if you want to change the settings.

My husband and I decided to test out the sound machine hybrid with our 18-month-old, who is approaching the toddler bed phase. Read on to see how well the white noise lulled our son to sleep—and if the time-to-rise feature actually worked. 

Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine
Verywell Family / Kaity Velez

Design: Sleek Hi-Tech Design

This is as sleek as sound machines get. The slightly tapered cylindrical device boasts a smooth white matte exterior, with a speaker on the top and buttons (for power, brightness, volume, skipping, and pause/play) hidden on the bottom. At 6 inches high and 4 inches wide, it can be tucked into a corner without impeding on your overall nursery design. 

On the other hand, fashionable “coverlets” are available (three for $11.99) if you decide to use it as a centerpiece in your nursery decor. As minimalist parents ourselves, we kept it simple with no cover.

This sound machine is truly so intuitive, even our 7-year-old now knows how to navigate it.

We thought the app was well-designed and easy-to-use as well, with volume and brightness controls as well as tabs along the bottom for light (select from a spectrum of shades), sound (choose from a variety of white noises and lullabies), timer (set the number of minutes or hours you want it to run), and programs (save settings for naptime or bedtime, as well as “time to rise”). It’s truly so intuitive, even our 7-year-old now knows how to navigate it.

You can also control the device using the buttons on the bottom and by tapping the chrome ring that surrounds the speaker to cycle through pre-set sounds and lights. I found that the tap function was a little delayed at times, though, and I had to tap it more than once on several occasions to go to the next setting. 

Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine
Verywell Family / Kaity Velez

Setup Process: Longer than others

Because the Hatch Baby Rest is accessible from your phone, the setup process is longer than a regular sound machine. I started by plugging in the included cord, a barrel style, into the back of the unit. Then, I set up the app on my phone and connected it to the Hatch Baby Rest. Like most other parenting apps, this one asked me for some personal information including my child’s name and age.

Once the app syncs to the device, it ran me through a quick tutorial, and I worked my way through the different settings. When it was time to test, my husband and I placed the Hatch Baby Rest on the windowsill near our younger son’s crib. 

Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine
Verywell Family / Kaity Velez 

Sound Quality: Great for what it is

There are several sound options, such as a forest, TV static, and even tumbling laundry, but we usually opted for a traditional wind sound, as my kids are accustomed to the Marpac Dohm Classic Sound Machine, which uses a real fan.

The only issue we have is that the sounds are synthetic. Once the pre-recording has looped through to the end, you can hear where it stops and begins.

We quickly learned that the Hatch Baby Rest is a quality speaker. While you won’t be rocking out to the sounds it provides, we found that the quality is crisp. And after a few nights of figuring out the right settings for us, my kids were in sleep mode pretty quickly. The only issue we have is that the sounds are synthetic, so once the pre-recording has looped through to the end, you can hear where it stops and begins. The looping did not seem to bother either of my kids, but it did bother me when I caught it happening. 

Range: Optimum volume

The speaker on this baby can get super loud! My kids sleep in a New York City apartment bedroom, so most sound machines are sufficient, but this one’s volume range is far superior to even our favorite, the Marpac Dohm. Despite some extra noisy nights, they still slept soundly, which I believe is due to the range the Hatch Baby Rest was able to deliver. 

Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine
Verywell Family / Kaity Velez

Light Quality: Broad spectrum of shades, but could be distracting for some kids

My boys got a kick out of having me go through every color option on the app, ultimately landing on a traditional blue. (According to Hatch Baby’s research, though, red-yellow hues are apparently the most calming for sleep.) 

The matte exterior makes for a more muted light. My toddler had never used any sort of night light or time-to-rise feature before, so starting while he was still in his crib was an interesting exercise because it’s helping us create those time-to-rise sleep signals before making the big switch. While the light was distracting for both my 7- and 1.5-year-old at first, we did eventually land on the dimmest light setting, which helped the novelty of the light in the room wear off after a few days.  

Features: Plenty of settings that grow with your child

We figured out quickly that we should have owned this sound machine from the beginning of our parenting since it grows through every stage of a child’s sleep phase; the night light would have come in very handy during those late-night diaper changing sessions during the newborn stage, the sound and light combo is perfect for creating sleep habits, and the time-to-rise feature is going to be essential for the late toddler stage. 

We should have owned this sound machine from the beginning of our parenting since it grows through every stage of a child’s sleep phase.

Price: More expensive than most

At about $60, the Hatch Baby Rest is certainly more expensive than other sound machines on the market, but with all of the other functions it packs, this should not come as a surprise. Considering that you might at some point invest in a separate night light or time-to-rise, we think this is a fair price. 

Competition: In a league of its own

The Hatch Baby Rest is basically in its own category. Compared to our go-to, the Marpac Dohm Classic, the Hatch Baby provides a wide variety of sounds. However, we personally prefer the real fan sound of the Dohm.

Still, the Hatchy Baby is so much more than a white noise machine. If you like having the option to choose from several sounds, as well as the addition of a night light and time-to-rise function, this sound machine might be for you. 

It’s worth noting that the company has launched a new Hatch Baby Rest+ ($89.99); it comes with the same features as the first model, plus Wi-Fi, Alexa controls, a clock, backup battery, and audio monitor

Final Verdict

Get this multifunctional sleep solution.

The Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine is a great investment that will grow with your child. With all the multi-functional features it offers and the high-quality sound it delivers, this is money well spent.

Specs

  • Product Name Rest Sound Machine, Night Light, & Time to Rise
  • Product Brand Hatch Baby
  • UPC 852852007009
  • Price $59.99
  • Weight 1 lbs.
  • Product Dimensions 4 x 4 x 6.2 in.
  • Inputs/Outputs Barrel Style
  • Warranty 1 year
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