What if the baby doesn't calm in the SNOO?

When newborns start in SNOO, it usually takes just 1-2 days to begin to see the benefits (less fussing and more sleep). Babies older than 6 weeks take a little longer…usually 3-7 days. (Use SNOO for naps and nights…right from the start. The more your baby uses it, the faster she’ll learn...and the better results will be!)

Babies over 1 month of age may need 3-7 days to adjust to SNOO. However, if your baby isn’t sleeping better by the 5th day, please call us at 1.855.424.6323! We’ve helped thousands of babies to sleep great in SNOO.

Some Top Tips

Pick your baby up if she’s not soothing. Most babies calm as SNOO increases through its levels. Babies who cry for more than 60 seconds are usually hungry or uncomfortable (even if they fed within the hour!) Your SNOO automatically shuts off after a couple of minutes of crying, but most parents pick up and comfort their babies if the fussing continues despite the bed reaching its top level.

Swaddle the arms snuggly…down. Some babies seem to hate swaddling…but babies who are wrapped with their arms up tend to startle and wake up more often. If your baby can sneak her arms free, please follow these helpful tips.

Check if your infant is hot, cold or needs help. When SNOO doesn’t calm your baby within a minute or so, that’s a sign your baby needs you! She may be hungry (even if you just did a feeding within the hour), need a clean diaper…or just want a cuddle! You’ll want to take care of these needs before putting your baby back in SNOO.

Make sure your infant is well fed. A full tummy is key to great sleep! Offer a bit more breast milk or formula. Also, make sure you’re alternating breasts every 5-7 minutes when feeding to maximize your baby’s intake. (Some experts recommend keeping a baby on one breast for 20 minutes, but we believe that leaves the other breast full…and doesn’t give a full feeding—even though babies get so tired they fall asleep.)

Lull her to sleep in your arms…until she adjusts. Some babies benefit from being placed in SNOO already asleep, after having been swaddled and rocked in your arms (with strong white noise playing). After 2-6 weeks, most babies become ready to be put in SNOO drowsy but awake.

Bump up the motion. For some babies, SNOO’s lowest level, blue, is a bit too slow and boring. These babies do best with more sound + motion. Think of it like driving your car all night on a bumpy road to soothe your baby, but without ever having to leave your cozy bed.

It’s easy to up SNOO’s motion with our App. You can choose to change the baseline or lock SNOO on a higher level. The first will still allow the bed to react to crying with more vigorous levels of rhythmic sensation, whereas locking it will keep it on the level you choose…sort of like cruise control in your car. (If your baby was sleeping well, and suddenly is not, click here for advice.)

Make it noisier at bedtime. It may seem counterintuitive, but many babies need pretty loud sound to chill out and fall asleep. (Babies are great at falling asleep at noisy parties!) You can download our Happiest Baby hair dryer sounds (some babies actually do best with an actual hair dryer!). Keep the hair dryer on the cool setting and hold it at least a foot away from your SNOO with the air directed away from the baby.

Try a paci at sleep time. Many infants soothe by sucking. (If you’re nursing, wait a week or two to make sure the breastfeeding is well established before trying a paci.) If your baby keeps dropping the pacifier, try Dr. Karp’s reverse psychology trick to teach her how to keep it in longer.

 

 

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