Everything is sweeter when it comes from a baby, even the noises they make while they're sleeping. But do babies snore, and should you be concerned if you notice a little extra noise coming from the bassinet than normal? Experts say there are certain situations to be concerned and others that are totally normal.
According to a Parenting piece from Dr. Sears, more often than not, newborn snoring is nothing to be concerned about. Your baby's airways are still small and can easily get a little plugged with mucus and saliva that your baby is still learning to swallow.
Although it's usually nothing to worry about, if you notice your newborn breathing more heavily than you think is normal, there are lots of ways you can help, according to Mother and Baby. First, a nasal aspirator is a great way to suck out excess mucus or blockage. Another way you can clear their airways is with a humidifier or the steam from a warm shower. Lastly, be sure to "allergy proof" your baby's room, since pets and certain fragrances or detergents can be irritating.
As your baby grows, so do their nasal passages, and their breathing should clear up. But if you still notice the snoring once your little one is out of the newborn phase, you may need to keep an eye on it. In rare cases, babies' airways don't form properly, which can cause them to become more easily obstructed, Parenting noted. Similarly, according to Healthline, snoring can be a symptom of sleep apnea, enlarged tonsils or adenoids, poor quality of sleep, and more.
If it's an issue that worsens or persists as your baby gets older, schedule a check up. Your pediatrician can run sleep and breathing tests to determine if there is a more serious issue at hand. Like all things, it's important to use your best judgement and listen to your intuition. Keep a sleep journal for your baby if necessary, making note of when their breathing is labored.