Hatch Review ; The Right Way to Use the Hatch Baby

What do three certified sleep consultants have to say about the Hatch Baby? Read on to find out!


Through the years of working with families, I can say there is no product more commonly used than the Hatch Baby Rest - Sound Machine, Night Light & Time-to- Rise ! It is found in the nurseries of the smallest sleepers and the rooms of “big kids” as well. I can understand why – The Hatch’s many functions and easy-to-use interface is super appealing! 


The Hatch is Multi-Functional

The Hatch is sound machine, a nightlight, and an OK-to wake clock all in one!  This limits the need to register for and stock up on too many gadgets. Hey, it makes baby proofing pretty easy too – one cord instead of 3!

 The Hatch is Easy to Use

The Hatch is easy to use and with it’s own app access to it’s multi-functions couldn’t be easier.  What I love best about this feature is that if you are using the Hatch as an ok-to-wake clock, you are able to delay the timing, should your little one decide to sleep in! 

The Hatch is Affordable

With all the jobs the Hatch can tackle, the price is phenomenal, saving you money (and what parent doesn’t love to save money?!) 


The Hatch Baby in all it’s multi-function glory can hinder, rather than support healthy sleep…the same sleep it promises to promote. 


The Hatch offers an array of lighting options.  In fact, you can personalize your light setting thanks to the app.  The problem here is that cool-light options (white/blues/greens) are read by the brain as natural light.  This can interfere with sleep!


Sound machines are an important component to a sleep environment that is conducive to sleep!  However, sounds other than plain white noise (or brown noise or pink noise or who knew there were so many colors of noise) can limit the restorative power of sleep as your little one’s brain is busy processing the variance in sound of other sound settings (rain, waves, lullabies).

Do I recommend, the Hatch? Absolutely! As I said, the Hatch is multi-functional, easy to use, and is available at a great price, but I only recommend the Hatch when it is used in way that promotes sleep

What is the right way to use the Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine, Night Light & Time-to- Rise in order to promote sleep?


At Well Rested Baby we recommend a dark room to promote sleep.  However, the Hatch’s nightlight function can come in handy when needing to change a diaper or offer a feeding to your littlest of sleepers!  If an older kiddo insists on a nightlight – that’s ok too! The Hatch is small and can easily fit behind a piece of furniture to limit it’s illumination. 

However, the light must be set to a warm tone (red/orange) in order to not interfere with melatonin production and sleep overall. 


White noise is a great tool to set your baby up for sleep success! The Hatch can be used as a sound machine, but should be set to white noise only.  White noise does not interfere with sleep as varying sounds do.

Ok-to-Wake Clock

If you have successfully introduced an ok-to-wake clock, that’s great! If you’re looking to introduce an ok-to-wake clock, the Hatch is a great option.  

However, before introducing an ok-to-wake clock, I would encourage you to set and enforce sleep rules with your toddler or preschooler.  Consistently enforced sleep rules have the same effect of an ok-to-wake clock, but leaves the start of your day in your hands, rather than a device’s. 



As a parent I see the appeal of the Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine, Night Light & Time-to- Rise. Fun colors and fun sounds make this appealing for all ages! 

As a Certified Sleep Consultant I have a love/hate relationship with the Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine, Night Light & Time-to- Rise. I love its convenience and that’s about it! 

Clients always come to us at Well Rested Baby who use the Hatch as a night light. Using a night light in general isn’t the problem, the problem is the color light they are using. Hatch provides a wide array of colors. (There’s even a custom color wheel so you can choose whatever shade of color you are wanting.) Colors such as blue, green, and violet are known as “cool colors”. Cool colors are colors your body and mind treat as natural light and this keeps your body and mind stimulated. The Hatch also provides “warm colors” which are red, orange and yellow which are relaxing and won’t stimulate the body or mind. Parents who use this product are often surprised that blue light they are projecting brightly in their kids rooms is actually keeping them awake. For a company who is marketing this light as a “night light” in some situations, it’s frustrating they don’t add a warning about using warm or cool lights. 

Then comes the sounds! When you’re at a spa it’s nice and relaxing to hear a stream or some waves crashing. But when you try to sleep to it you aren’t falling into that deep sleep you would like. This goes for the kiddos as well. Their minds will always be on high alert with sounds other than plain white noise. 

Do I own the Hatch? You bet, but I also know the correct way to use it thanks to my background as a certified Sleep Consultant. Don’t think this is a product you have to steer clear of - I just want everyone to know how to use it and get the best sleep possible for everyone in your family! 



The popular nursery “must have”, the Hatch, can be a very useful item… if used in certain ways. 

The Hatch has many settings for both the sound machine and the light options. Since we know a few things about the ideal sleep environment, we can use the Hatch to our benefit by only using the white noise setting during sleep times and if any light setting is needed, we must choose a warm red/orange glow as opposed to the white or blue light. 

The Hatch Baby Rest can also be used as an “okay to wake” clock for older toddlers who are learning to stay in their bed until an appropriate time in the mornings! Having the light change to a certain color can signal to the child that it is okay to get out of bed now! 

 As with many products geared for sleep, we need to ensure that we use them in line with what a healthy sleep environment looks like (dark, quiet, and cool)! 


Well Rested Baby is a team of Family Sleep Institute certified sleep consultants that helps families like yours identify, address, and correct their children’s sleep issues (such as crib climbing and transitioning to a toddler bed) WRB works with moms and dads to create customized sleep plans that reflect a family’s comfort level and philosophies. When paired with WRB’s 360-approach, the entire family is set up for sleep success. WRB offers a variety of support packagesContact WRB today to schedule a consultation or learn more about how we can help you and yours get the sleep you need and deserve.