This Robotic Crib Will Put Your Baby To Sleep For You—Seriously.
Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano
Photography by Photos Courtesy of SNOO
A crib that rocks your baby to sleep for you? Sounds almost too good to be true, eh? But that’s exactly what revered pediatrician/baby whisperer Dr. Harvey Karp (author of The Happiest Baby On The Block) and storied designer Yves Béhar have looked to create with their SNOO robotic crib, which they dub “the world’s first smart/responsive infant sleeper.”
Turns out SNOO’s design has been 4 1/2 years in the making, with Béhar and Karp collaborating with MIT engineers to come up with their invention, which senses (and rates) a baby’s level of crying in order to respond with just the right amount of sound and movement—from slow swings to fast jiggles. The crib also includes a patented swaddle sleep sack that keeps babies in the safest position (on their back, see pic below) all night long, meanwhile there’s specially engineered white noise within the crib that automatically increases when a baby cries and reduces once he/she calms down.
These robot-enabled soothing capabilities are inspired by some of Karp’s storied “5 S’s” techniques—swaddle, side/stomach position, shush, swing, suck—to lull babies to sleep. Take a look at the video below to get an idea of what all of this looks like in action. Bonus points: Industrial designer Béhar, a father of four, made the sleeper super sleek, with the intention to seamlessly fit into any aesthetically conscious parent’s home. He describes his creation as “transparent, ultra-safe, pure, and iconic.”
Naturally, the SNOO—which fits babies up to 6 months old—also comes with an app that allows parents to see exactly which one of the 5 levels of the smart sleeper have been activated (sans Wi-Fi radiation harming your babe).
Interested? You can buy the SNOO for $1160 over at HappiestBaby.com starting today!
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