Parents of newborn babies are often overjoyed at their little bundle of an angel, but on the other hand, they would also experience sleepless nights more than they would like. This could be due to the constant feeding of the baby at regular intervals, leaving parents in a zombie-like state the next morning, where all that they would like to do is to get some shuteye and disconnect from the rest of the world. As babies grow older, they are easier to manage (thank God!), although parents can still remain awake as their little one bawls his or her eyes out. Rather than prodding your other half to go see what the commotion is all about and rock your progeny back to dreamland, why not settle for a baby crib that does the rocking?
Designer Yves Behar has come up with a solution that is not only easy on the eyes, but also practical in such a situation. With the Snoo robotic baby crib, parents can remain in bed to sleep away their exhaustion, while the Snoo bassinet will do all the hard work of rocking baby right back to sleep, relying on a motion that makes your little one feel as though he or she is in the womb. I know, right? Here we are trying to wean them off the comforts of the actual womb in the real world, and yet using a technique that lets them retain the familiarity of their “home” in the first nine months of their existence.
The Snoo crib has been touted to be the first smart sleeper in the world, where it comes armed with its fair share of microphones, speakers and sensors that have been cleverly and strategically embedded into its structure. Whenever noise and agitated movement are detected, the Snoo crib will begin its gentle rocking movement, speeding up in due time until its occupant returns to sleep. This crucial “interception” would ensure that parents of the child will be able to get more snooze time.
Behar is no stranger when it comes to designing Internet-connected products in the past, including a smart thermostat and robotic furniture, shared, "Snoo is often able to calm even the worst crying jags and help babies fall asleep." Now this is definitely a claim that is worth checking out, especially if some of us have a certain kind of baby who will only go to sleep on his or her own terms, and nothing else that you have tried so far worked. Behar continued, "As a father of four children, I am intimately familiar with sleep deprivation. It is more than a burden – it can quickly become a health problem for both parents and the baby."
The Snoo will be accompanied by an app that allows parents to monitor and review their child's sleep patterns. All of the collected data can be viewed on a smartphone or tablet via Wi-Fi, and the lozenge-shaped crib sports white textile mesh sides which improve airflow. As for the mattress, it will be placed within a wood surround, which will be supported by thin, hairpin-like legs along the way. Parents can adjust the Snoo crib's height in order to view the baby from their bed. There will also be a metal Wi-Fi shield located in the bed’s platform as a form of safeguard from any potential radiation exposure, and if you so desire, you can turn off Wi-Fi completely with the touch of a button.
You will have to fork out a whopping $1,160 for the Snoo crib though, which is a price point that might make you lose sleep in the process.