Portable Vibrating Products to Calm Newborns

Products Nannies Love

I love Dr. Harvey Karp’s concepts of how to comfort newborns in his book The Happiest Baby on the Block. Through his work with newborns, pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp found that most fussy babies are soothed by harnessing the calming reflex through “shushing” and constant motion reminiscent of the womb.

Click here to see our review of Dr. Karp’s Happiest Baby on the Block.

Swings and white noise machines are most helpful in calming newborns. The products reviewed today are portable options that nannies can use both at home and while out and about and on the go.


Early in her career as a maternity nurse, Melissa (inventor of Tranquilo Mat) became a certified Happiest Baby Educator as part of the famous soothing 5 S’s outlined in The Happiest Baby on the Block.   After learning these methods, Melissa brought these techniques back to the hospital nursery and earned herself the nickname “The Baby Whisperer” amongst her fellow nurses. Teaching the techniques to thousands of first time parents, Melissa saw how difficult it was for parents to execute them consistently while also adjusting to life with a new baby.

One night while caring for a group of infants, Melissa was unable to pick up all of the babies to soothe them. Instead, she used each hand and foot to manually rock multiple bassinets and incubators all while “Shhh-ing” at full volume. That’s when the idea struck and Tranquilo Mat was born.

The Tranquilo Mat combines the comfort of vibrations with white noise. The mat is easy to use during naps or bedtime, as well as mid-day meltdowns, and is especially good for colicky babies.

The large mat provides hands-free soothing when placed under a baby on top of a mattress, hard surface, or activity gym. The small mat is the most portable and easy to transfer place to place and can be used with a car seat, placed over the baby’s lap after the baby has been properly buckled in, or in a carrier.

There are three levels of vibrations that can be customized to baby’s needs. Two heartbeat modes provide waves of sounds and motion similar to what baby experienced in the womb. Battery operated and cord-free, up to 60 hours of soothing vibrations depending on size and setting.

Lulla-Vibe Vibrating Mattress Pad

The Lulla-Vibe is a portable, battery operated, cord-free, mattress vibrator that provides 24+ hours of soothing vibrations. The pad easily slips under a crib mattress or bassinet and creates gentle, soothing vibrations to help lull baby to sleep. The convenient portable design even allows you to soothe on the go.

Summer Infant Soothe and Vibe

The Summer Infant Soothe and Vibe Portable Soother is a portable soothing unit that helps relax baby anywhere. The vibration gives the baby the comfort of movement even when standing still. Includes 5 white noise, lullaby, and heart beat sounds for additional soothing. This portable soother has two attachment options: hook and loops or retractable clips attach to most infant items including cribs, bassinets, play yards, strollers, and carriers. It also has an automatic 20-minute shutoff with adjustable volume and vibration speeds.

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