How To Use Your iPhone As A Noise Machine

Every time we take a family trip we inevitably leave one thing behind. Often it's something easily replaceable like a sippy cup, but this Christmas we forgot the iPod dock/speakers we use as a noise machine for our son. I began to panic - travel throws off sleep routines enough as it is. Then I realized we could just use our iPhone - it was definitely a "duh, why didn't we think of this before" moment.

I've always advised friends not to buy a dedicated noise machine and instead load up an MP3 player (in our case a first generation Nano that no longer held a charge) with music as well as white noise tracks to use with a speaker dock. Juke box by day. Noise machine by night. At the time we set this up neither my husband nor I had iPhones so until the recent packing mishap it hadn't occurred to us to simply use an iPhone in the same way.

All you need is:
• an iPhone (or a Touch or any other phone/MP3 with built-in speakers)
• a USB cable
• a USB power adaptor
• white noise track(s) (I purchased two tracks by Mute Button) or a noise machine app (Unplggd links to some here)

Simply plug your phone into a wall outlet with your cable and adapter so it is powered to run all night and play your white noise tracks on repeat (or your app). If you haven't used repeat before, simply tap on the album cover once the track has begun to play and tap once on the repeat icon - it will turn blue to indicate you've chosen repeat.

Also - turn off your ringer so your child isn't disturbed by incoming calls or texts.

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I know, this isn't rocket science and many of you are probably already doing this (am I the last one?), but I'm thrilled to have one less thing to pack when we travel.

(Images: Carrie McBride)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.