Babies spend more than half their day sleeping and eating. Sleep and eating are also among the most common topics parents have questions about. Although there's a lot of advice for parents, it’s hard to know which advice to listen to. We have two main goals. First we will create a large database on normal infant development. We're convinced that this will help doctors offer better, scientifically-based advice that parents can use to manage infant's sleep and eating. Second, we aim to discover markers or early red flags for developmental disorders. We know that some children diagnosed with autism and other developmental disorders have trouble with sleep and digestion. But we don't know how early in life these issues are noticeable.
1. Your infant or baby.
2. Your child of any age, if you used the Baby Connect app when they were infants. We are particularly interested in enrolling your child if they have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or other developmental disorders, and you used the Baby Connect app when they were a baby.
3. We are also particularly interested in enrolling younger (baby) siblings of children who have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or other developmental disorders.
No. There is no compensation to participants. We are relying on parents as citizen scientists to volunteer their time to contribute data for the study.
We are unable to provide a discount, discount code, or rebate for the cost of the app. The study and the researchers have no financial connection to Baby Connect. To get this study off the ground as quickly as possible, we're asking participants to purchase the app.
No. There is no financial support from Baby Connect for NYU, the researchers, or the study. Neither NYU nor any of the researchers at NYU involved in this project have any financial interest in Baby Connect. Baby Connect is providing the research team access to data from parents like you who provide consent to participate.
The NYU Baby Sleep Study team is relying on parents as citizen scientists. Citizen Scientists are members of the public who volunteer their time to contribute data or analyze data for a scientific study. This results in a study, much more powerful than the scientists could ever achieve on their own.
Parents will not receive medical advice based on their child’s Baby Connect data. NYU and the research team will not provide participants with actionable information linked to their child’s data. But once we have enough data, we will post and update summaries of the results. In addition, our baby sleep newsletter is a valuable source of scientifically and medically-supported information regarding infant development, sleep, eating habits, and other parenting issues.
While there are no direct benefits of participation for you or your child, many people find it rewarding to contribute to a scientific study that may help us gain understanding of human development, neurology, sleep, and other issues.
Yes. This research will contribute to understanding normal human development of sleep and digestion as well as possible links to developmental disorders. We will distribute findings from this research to assist parents, doctors, specialists, and teachers in their future care of young children. 
You have the right to skip or not answer any questions you prefer not to answer. 
You may refuse to participate or withdraw at anytime. To withdraw from the study, simply remove [email protected] as a caretaker on Baby Connect. Instructions for how to Add/Remove Caretaker. You are free to withdraw your child from the study at any time and for any reason. We will keep the information that has already been obtained about your baby’s sleep and digestion, but we will stop collecting any additional information. Withdrawing from the study will not remove you from our email lists. To be removed from the email lists, you will need to use the opt-out instructions in emails.
Each of our studies is reviewed and approved by NYU’s University Committee for Activities Involving Human Subjects before we begin collecting data. This process helps ensure that our procedures are safe for our participants.
Yes. All data collected are kept confidential, and the identity of our subjects is never revealed in publications or presentations.
Yes. The researchers are required by law to report to the appropriate authorities, suspicion of harm to yourself, to children, or to others.
Yes. We will share the data that we gather about your baby with other researchers, but only after removing information that could be used to identify you or your baby. In particular, your name and email address, your baby’s name, and the names of your family members will always remain confidential.
Your baby's data will be used to examine sleep, eating and digestion across the first two years of life. We are interested in normal development and developmental disorders. We also hope to gather scientifically-valid information about the efficacy of sleep training methods, and we share some advice from pediatric sleep specialists about sleep training. But we will not be using your baby’s data to advocate for or against any particular sleep training philosophy.
No. There are no known risks associated with your participation in this research beyond those of everyday life.
We are a collaborative team of faculty, postdoctoral research scientists, graduate students, and undergraduate students. We do interdisciplinary research on developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and data science. Click on the About Us tab at the top of the page for more information.