** Featured in App Store New and Noteworthy section (AUS/NZ) May 2010 **
Ciao Baby helps you track the time you spend using the "Cry It (all) Out" or "Controlled Crying" methods to sleep-train your infant.
1) THIS METHOD IS ONLY RECOMMENDED FOR INFANTS WHO ARE AT LEAST 4 MONTHS OLD, PREFERABLY 6 MONTHS OLD.
2) MAKE SURE THAT YOU RESEARCH CONTROLLED CRYING PROPERLY BEFORE DECIDING TO USE THE METHOD. IT IS A CONTROVERSIAL ISSUE AND YOU SHOULD BE 100% HAPPY ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE DOING BEFORE USING THIS APP!
"Grateful! Best anxiety control! - Ciao baby has been, and from time to time continues to be so useful. The first sleep training we did I get so anxious; with ciao baby I had an impartial timer, and could see the time was coming where I would go and settle my son."
"Brilliant app - Is a brilliant app and gives any parent doing controlled crying a real structure so you are not constantly looking at your watch. You can see from the history how baby is sleeping longer through the night, it's a god send and our daughter is now sleeping through the night because we had the app to keep the controlled crying structure."
The aim of Controlled Crying is to teach an infant how to go to sleep by themselves, without the need of parental assistance (e.g. Rocking, pacing, or late night drives listening to "The Boss" play on the radio).
In addition to removing stress at bedtime, it can also help the infant to re-settle themselves if they wake up during the night - which means lots more sleep for everyone in the house!
The method is often thought of as just leaving the infant to cry for as long as it takes to go to sleep, but it's not that mean! Here's an example of how it works:
1) Prepare the baby (We'll call him Murray, because every third person here in New Zealand is called Murray) for bedtime.This can be a bath, massage, stories, cuddles, and generally calming down before it's time to go to sleep.
2) Put Murray in his crib awake (This is the important part, as it helps Murray get used to going to sleep unaided) and leave the room.
3) If Murray keeps crying, then return to the room after a short period of time (say 2 minutes), to gently pat and re-assure him (Without getting him back up) and then leave the room again.
4) Repeat this process with ever increasing periods of time between your visits to settle Murray. A simple method is to double the "Wait" period each time (e.g. 2 minutes, then 4 minutes, then 8 minutes etc).
NOTE: WE USED THIS METHOD, AND VERY RARELY COMPLETED A 16 MINUTE WAIT!
The app controls which "Wait" period you are on, and displays an alert after it has completed, so that you know when it's time to go and re-settle your baby without having to watch the clock! It works by doubling the "Wait" time after each settle, but you can also set your own "Wait" time if you wish.
- You must complete a checklist before you start. This forces you to think about whether there could be another reason why your baby is crying (Note: This can be switched off in the settings).
- App records a history of all the times you use the method. This allows you to determine whether or not it's working! You can also edit your history, or add new entries that you may have recorded on paper if you didn't have the app handy.
- You can personalize the app by entering the baby's name and sex.
Fixes the following bugs:
1. Stops app crashing when alarm sounds and device is muted
2. Now asks whether it can send a notification when settle time finishes.
Ratings and Reviews
Am I missing something?
This app cost $3.99 and is basically little more than a stopwatch -- like the free built in on my phone. It does keep a log but are you really forgetting that your baby cried for an hour? Near as I can tell it just let's you choose a few intervals and you don't have to think about what wait time comes next-- um. Not for $4. You can only set a predetermined number of wait times and the questionnaire is useless--yes I have thought about whether or not she's hungry. Thankfully you can hide that option. Useless and not at all worth $3.99! Needs massive improvements & additions to warrant that price-- matter of fact, I would erase this version even if it were free.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for the feedback - I'm sorry you don't see the value in the app - the idea was to make it easier than having to schedule the different timers manually and the log is there so you can tell whether the sleep training is working. The questionnaire is just a reminder to check for other reasons why baby may be crying - I know not everyone needs it (hence why you can disable it) but bedtimes are a chaotic and stressful time, so some people might find it useful.
Works for me!
I was a little worried at first because of all the negative reviews - but either they fixed some of the bugs or i just had more realistic expectations. Yes, it's essentially a glorified timer - but that's all i needed/wanted. Was able to set the intervals to whatever i wanted. Can browse other apps until the window pops up on my phone reminding me to check on the LO. And can look at the history to see if he's taking more or less time to get to sleep nightly. Pretty much just what i needed and expected.
This app has so much potential, but really disappoints. Needs some additional customizable settings and a different choice for the annoying alarm voice.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.