This study is looking at sleeping and digestion in babies to characterize normal development, so that parents have better (scientifically-informed) advice about how to manage their baby’s sleep and eating. We also hope to discover early signs of developmental disorders that could help other babies in the future. So far, there are over 850 babies enrolled with 1.2 million sleep events, 2.1 million feedings, and 1.3 million diaper changes logged.
Parents, after signing up and consenting to the study on the project website, record their baby's sleeping and eating activity plus other observations through the phone app, Baby Connect. Parents can contribute their baby's data for any length of time, although more data are better; several weeks or two years, it's helpful either way.
The goal is to create an extensive data base to learn about sleep and neurological development. When data come from a very large number of participants, in some cases, scientists can find patterns that would otherwise be undetectable. Every parent's data contribution will be valuable, when combined.