Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine and Night Light

Last updated: June 1, 2023

Getting your newborn to sleep will be easier with this baby registry gift. It's a combination sound machine and night light that also serves as a wakeup alarm. Its multifunctionality means your child will still be able to use it throughout childhood. It links to a smartphone app, letting you control it with an iOS or Android device. In our testing, we found the colors and sounds to be very soothing.

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Product Details

Key Takeaway: This device uses sound and light to help your baby fall asleep and stay asleep.

In our analysis of 70 expert reviews, the Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine and Night Light placed 2nd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Both night light and sound machine, Rest is designed using scientifically proven light colors that promote healthy circadian rhythms and melatonin production with white noise to aid sleep. Rest is fully customizable, programmable, and controlled from your smartphone. As your child moves from bassinet to big kid bed, Rest grows with your needs – first providing soft light for middle of the night diaper changes and nursing sessions, then alerting your toddler when it is ok to get out of bed in the morning. Reinventing bedtime to get your family a better night’s rest.

Our Expert Consultant

Kate Desmond 
Parenting Pro and Safe-Sleep Expert

Kate Desmond is a writer and infant safe-sleep expert. She has spent the last eight years working as the marketing director for Charlie’s Kids Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to educate families about SIDS and safe sleep. In that role, she travels around the country learning and educating caregivers and providers on the latest and greatest safe-sleep information to prevent infant death.

As mom to two elementary-aged daughters, she spends hours researching the best and safest products for her own kids. She is quick to get in the weeds with other mamas, and uses humor to cope with parenting woes from potty-training to teaching kids to read.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

The clock is also a fantastic addition, in my opinion, especially for those with toddlers who can read numbers.
The sound quality and light options for the Hatch Baby Rest are excellent and I actually love using the app to control it.
Your toddler can even get used out of the Hatch Baby Rest eventually, giving you years of use out of the sound and light machine.
It connects to your smartphone (iPhone or Android) and allows you to coordinate your entire family’s sleep schedule, combining a night light, soothing sound machine, and time-to-rise phone alert in one system.
The speaker on the Rest is crisp and clear, and the digitized audio sounds realistic, but more importantly, free from annoying clipping caused by short sound clips looping constantly.
One really neat feature that the Hatch Baby night light has is that you can program it to give your child an “OK to wake time” signal. You can set the lamp to change colors at a certain time.
The color, brightness, sound, volume — all of it can be adjusted from anywhere you have your device. That means no waking sleeping children if you want to make adjustments.
You can control it all from your phone – you don’t have to crawl on your stomach like a marine in training to turn the light down
The Hatch Baby Rest runs on Bluetooth and does not require a WiFi connection. It is unobtrusive and has a sleek modern design. It is easy to use with a downloadable app that works on both Android and iOS.

What reviewers didn't like

I really wish you could charge it and go cordless. This would be especially helpful for parents of newborns who need to walk around with some light at night.
The machine itself is sensitive to touches. Even if you accidentally lightly touch it, there’s a chance it could shut off. The Bluetooth technology used to connect the machine to your phone only reaches so far, so you won’t be able to control it from your room if your bedroom is far from your baby’s.
Bluetooth functionality was hit-or-miss on our Android test phone; bottom-mounted physical controls not very convenient.
The Hatch Baby night light is pricey
Even though it has a great selection of music and sounds, I wish I could play my music through it like an actual speaker sometimes.
If you use the programmable options, you can’t start it on demand. Only one Phone can control the device at a time.
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