How to help your baby graduate from using Cradlewise’s bounce
By Cradlewise Staff
It may be hard to imagine this now that you’re pregnant or holding a squishy newborn, but your baby will grow into a little person right before your eyes, and by the time you blink, it’ll be time to help them “graduate” from Cradlewise.
You can do this whenever you feel that you and your baby are ready and go at your own pace, but here are our recommendations.
Does Cradlewise have a weaning mode?
Weaning is built into every feature of our product’s design.
The crib is minimalist in its approach to soothing the baby. When the baby starts stirring, the crib starts bouncing at low intensity. If the wakeup progresses further, the intensity of the bounce increases. Once the baby transitions from active awake to light sleep, the bounce intensity reduces. The crib stops bouncing completely when the baby falls asleep. It mimics a parent and bounces only when needed. The auto mode is designed to be responsive and intervene only when required.
What is the ‘Sensitivity Setting’ in the crib/bassinet?
Crib Sensitivity determines how quickly and how often your Cradlewise bounces. It controls the point at which the crib auto soothes based on the baby’s activity level.
Reducing sensitivity is like taking the training wheels off a bike. By dialing it down gradually, you are teaching your child to self-soothe.
- Keep it on higher sensitivity during those first few months.
Higher crib sensitivity means that even when your baby stirs a little, the crib will start bouncing to prevent them from waking up. You can keep the crib sensitivity at a higher level when your baby is less than 6 months old, because when they are little, if they are stirring or moving a lot, it means that they are about to wake up.
- Lower the sensitivity setting as they grow.
Lower sensitivity of the crib means that the crib will not start bouncing at the slightest movement of your baby.
- Increase sensitivity during rough nights.
However, many things can disrupt your baby’s sleep routines, like sleep regressions, teething, vaccination, illness, etc. You can choose to increase the sensitivity of the crib to give your baby some extra TLC during these tough moments.
To adjust the crib sensitivity:
- Tap on the Settings icon at the bottom right of the home screen.
- Tap on Crib > Bounce.
- Make sure the Auto Mode is on. Crib Sensitivity is the second option under Auto Mode Settings.
- Adjust the crib sensitivity by sliding the scale from low to high, as per your preference.
Does Cradlewise bounce the baby all night?
No, the smart soothing features are only activated when the built-in monitor notices your baby begins to stir. The crib’s gentle bouncing is capped to 30 minutes at a time. Once your baby falls asleep again, the crib stops bouncing.
How does Cradlewise’s bounce work?
Cradlewise’s approach to soothing babies is minimalist and mimics what you would have done as a parent.
The built-in monitor senses early wake-up signs and starts automatically bouncing at a low intensity to soothe your baby back to sleep. When the crib bounces and the baby goes to a deeper state of sleep, it keeps bouncing with reduced intensity all the way till the baby slips into a deep sleep. On the other hand, if the baby continues to cry or stays awake, then the crib times out as per the duration set in the app settings.
Plus, you can turn off the bounce when you want. And if your baby doesn’t go to sleep after half an hour of soothing, the crib will stop bouncing and you’ll be notified on your smartphone.
By addressing movements rather than cries like other smart cribs, the whole family gets longer stretches of sleep. Cradlewise learns and adapts to your little one’s schedule, forecasting sleep and wake-up times.
How will my baby learn to self-soothe?
As your child grows and starts demonstrating self-soothing cues (falling asleep on their own at night, moving their head back and forth, playing with feet/sucking on hands, sucking with or without a pacifier, re-positioning/rolling around, or soft crying with pauses or lulls as they are entering sleep). As your little one starts displaying these signs, you can gradually begin to reduce the crib sensitivity, so it takes longer for the bouncing motion to kick in. As for the timing of when to make this transition, you and your little ones are the best judges.
By gradually reducing the crib sensitivity, you are teaching your child to self-soothe. Gradually, they will learn to self-soothe without the need for motion at all.
It can take up to a month to complete this process. Once your little one is ready, toggle on the “disable bounce completely” option within App Settings.
Since babies are utilizing this crib for longer than most other smart bassinets, do they have trouble transitioning from this crib to a normal bed?
The crib/bassinet doesn’t bounce constantly and only starts when your baby needs soothing. Since the bounce stops once the baby goes back to sleep, they don’t get used to constant bouncing compared to other smart baby beds.
What other features of the crib can help my baby sleep after they stop using the bounce?
Even after your little one stops using the smart sensing motion features of the crib, they can still use the built-in sound machine and custom sleep tracks as a tool in their toolkit arsenal to help them get better sleep for up to the first two years of their life (until they are ready to fully graduate to a toddler bed.)