One of the top questions parents ask about SNOO is, “How hard is it to transition babies to a crib from SNOO?” I LOVE that question because the answer is so simple: It’s pretty much a snap!
Every baby is unique and some take a bit longer to wean motion than others. But, a 5- or 6-month-old infant’s brain is much more mature than a newborn’s and can sustain long, continuous periods of sleep without the need for rocking or swaddling (although they still sleep better with white noise).
Let me explain:
During the first months of life—the 4th trimester—the world is too still for babies. They miss the constant rumbling sound, rhythmic motion and snug embrace that soothed them to sleep in the womb.
In utero, babies are rocked with every breath the mom takes. So, babies aren’t made dependent on motion after birth in a bed like SNOO, they’re born dependent on it. That’s why spending the night in a still silent room is so strange for babies…and actually can cause them to wake more often.
And, it’s equally key to understand that once babies reach 5-6 months, they have naturally outgrown their dependency on motion (and swaddling). So, have no fear, your baby simply cannot get addicted to SNOO’s motion!
Your baby has come a long way…and is finally mature enough to transition to the crib.
Transitioning to a Crib—Recommended Steps
There’s no rush to do the weaning. And, parents who try it at 3-4 months often find their baby may do well initially, only to have his/her sleep disrupted from a sleep regression or growth spurt. I definitely recommend you wait to start weaning until 5 or 6 months. (Note: Even if your baby’s toes touch the bottom of the bed, it’s still advised not to start weaning until 5-6 months.)
Step 1: Free the Arms. Let one of your child’s arms out of the SNOO Sack (sizes medium* and large have snap openings at the shoulders). Release one arm and see how your baby sleeps. If she is startling herself awake just go back to both arms swaddled and try again in a week.
After a few nights of good sleep with one arm out, you can free the other arm.
Step 2: Turn on the Weaning feature. About a week before you want to move your baby out of SNOO and into a crib, go into the App settings and toggle on the Weaning option.
In Weaning mode, SNOO will not give your baby any motion on the blue baseline level, but will still play white noise. However, if your child cries, SNOO responds as usual—with motion + sound—until your baby is soothed, and then gradually returns to some sound, but no motion.
Always secure your child in SNOO by sliding the SNOO Sack’s wing loops on to the bed’s safety clips to ensure that your baby won’t push up and fall out of the bassinet (the main concern for babies over 4-5 months).
When your child transitions to the crib—usually in 1 or 2 weeks—continue the white noise for all naps/nights. Most parents find that white noise is very useful for maintaining good sleep throughout the toddler years, and beyond.
Note: When you’re ready, white noise is easy to wean; just turn the volume down a bit each night over 1-2 weeks …and you’re done!
Here, a few parents share first-hand accounts of weaning from SNOO:
FYI, the same white noise used in SNOO comes in both MP3 and CD formats, available now in our store. You may also be interested in The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep: Birth to 5 Years by Dr. Karp—practical, effective sleep advice for the months and years ahead!*We added arm holes to the medium SNOO Sack as a response to customer feedback. (Thanks to all who wrote in with this great idea!) Please note that some medium sacks that arrive in the box with SNOO do not have the arm holes as they were packed before we made this design change. All medium SNOO Sacks sold in our store have arms holes.