How does the weaning feature work?

SNOO's Weaning feature prepares your baby for an easy transition to the crib.

During the first months, babies sleep better with the calming rhythms of the womb…for all naps/all nights. But by 5-6 months, most babies are developmentally ready to give up having their arms swaddled and gentle all-night rocking.

The SNOO App’s special Weaning option eases your child’s transition to a still crib when the time comes. When Weaning is on, your baby will still get sleep-boosting sound all night—but no motion.

There really is no rush to wean. Even if your baby’s toes touch the bottom of the bed, it’s still advised that you wait until your baby is 5 to 6 months old to start weaning.

It’s best to first wean your baby’s arms from the swaddle by letting them through the SNOO sack armholes —and wait until your baby is sleeping well with the arms free—before you wean motion. (Click here to read Dr. Karp's detailed advice on weaning here.

To turn on Weaning, go to the App’s Main Menu, then Settings and My Baby. Toggle the Weaning feature on (the toggle will turn green). When the Weaning is on, a “W” icon will show in the screen's upper right corner. Any previous baseline settings will be reset back to the blue baseline level.

Usually, within 1-2 weeks, babies get used to sleeping in a still bed and are ready to say “good-bye” to SNOO and transfer into a crib. And, if your baby fusses while the Weaning feature is on, SNOO will respond with the usual boost in sound + motion. The rocking will continue for several minutes after the baby is calmed, then the motion will stop, but the sound wil continue at baseline…alll night long.

Dr. Karp advises using white noise for all naps and nights for at least 1-2 years…or longer. White noise becomes like a teddy bear of calming sound that can help toddlers and older children sleep better, even during transiitons (like travel, illness, etc.). You can purchase our Happiest Baby sounds here.

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