Crying Baby? There’s an App for that

If you are a Mom or Dad with a newborn or you are expecting one soon and you have an iPhone, please keep reading because this is just for you.

My wife and I are very fortunate to have quite a few things going for us.  A great community we live in, wonderful family and friends, and a brand new baby boy that is healthy and I must say as a Daddy, the best behaved little baby I’ve ever seen.  I’m not being partial, honestly! But even being such a good boy, Grady will sometimes just have his fussy moods.

There is a genius pediatrician, Dr. Harvey Karp, who has a DVD out there that has become quite popular which my wife and I learned about right before Grady was born.  When we watched the video before becoming parents, I must admit, it was all downright creepy.  It’s hard to get into this frame of mind you must put yourself in before you become a Mom or Dad I think.  After becoming parents, this DVD took on a whole new meaning to say the least.  The DVD is called, The Happiest Baby on the Block.  Let me tell you, just when I thought the fine art of “swaddling” was the best thing ever and all I would ever need to know, this DVD taught us that’s just one of a few techniques to use in order to calm your baby.

But enough about the DVD, I’m not here to sell it or anything.  What I am here to tell you about is how to calm your baby when he or she is being fussy, instantly, anywhere you are and anytime so long as you have an iPhone nearby.

Yes, that’s right.  If you have an iPhone around, I can tell you by experience that so long as the baby isn’t hungry, sick, soiled, etc and is just being plain fussy, this trick will calm your baby in seconds.

One of the “Five S’s” that Dr. Karp talks about is “shushing” your baby.  He does this by swaddling the baby, turning them on their side, and then shushing them right next to their ear.  This sound, which is very similar to white noise mimics the environment that your baby heard in the womb from the sounds of the heart beating, blood flow, and other bodily noises.  This sound instantly calms your baby which up to around 8 weeks or so is really less like a baby and more like a fetus in it’s 4th trimester.

As a technology geek Dad, those of you that know me are probably already grinning.  Leave it to me to use an iPhone as a device to help in parenting. :)

Well, guilty as charged.  But let me be clear again.  This method is NOT an end-all be-all to calming your crying baby.  For heaven’s sake, if he’s hungry or needs a diaper change and you can’t figure out why he’s crying don’t whip the iPhone out.  This is a last resort, and a last resort only.

How to Calm Your Baby with an iPhone

You will need:

1. A Baby.  Preferably, an infant that is 1 to 8 weeks old.
2. An iPhone or iPod.
3. Ambiance. A Free downloadable App on the iTunes App Store.

Here are the steps:

1. Make sure you have an internet connection and download the app, Ambiance, on your iPhone or iPod.  You may do this by going to the search feature of the App Store and typing “Ambiance”
2. Once Ambiance is installed, open Ambiance.
3. Go to the search feature of Ambiance and type “White Noise”
4. You should find a sound for “White Noise” and then click download.
5. Watch my video demonstration (above) on how to open Ambiance and play the sound.
6. Adjust the volume of the sound to your preference based on the fussiness of your baby
7. Place the iPhone/iPod near his/her ear at first, this gets their attention and usually seals the deal right there.
8. Place the iPhone/iPod around 12 inches away in a safe place so your baby cannot reach it.
9. There is an option to set a timer so the sound shuts off after a certain period of time.  I typically set the timer for 30 minutes.
10. Sit there in amazement at how your little baby goes into what almost seems like a trance and get some sleep for yourself. :)

Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, and I don’t claim to be.  Do this at your own risk, or consult your doctor if you have any questions.

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Crying Baby? There’s an App for that

4 Responses

  1. This really works! Using the iPhone is convenient, and best of all its portable and you don’t have to buy an expensive white noise machine!

    Crystal September 9, 2009 at 10:21 pm #
  2. there are three versions of Ambiance:

    Ambiance: Currently $0.99
    Ambiance Lite: (Free)
    Ambiance Classic: $0.99

    Ambiance and Ambiance Lite both can download any of the hundreds of sounds and have access to all the features — Ambiance Lite is limited in that you can only have 5 sounds downloaded at a time.

    Ambiance Classic is s stripped down model, with about 50 sounds built in and no future sound downloads.

    It is always amazing to see the different uses people find for Ambiance. Thanks for posting!

    -Matt Coneybeare
    Urban Apps

    Urban Apps September 9, 2009 at 10:55 pm #
  3. Thanks for the clarification, Matt! Back when I downloaded the full Ambiance app, it was Free I guess. Didn’t know there were other versions. Very cool to get a comment from the maker of the app, indeed.

    Jason September 9, 2009 at 11:00 pm #
  4. Great video, thanks!
    I think this works because white noise sounds exactly like the blood running through the mothers veins when the baby is unborn. That was a place of absolute security.
    Please excuse my bad english, i’m from germany…
    And I am not a doctor too.

    Punkadiddle September 12, 2009 at 3:51 pm #

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