SNOO: A Smart Bassinet That Soothes Your Baby for You

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Willing to try just about anything to encourage your baby to sleep longer, or maybe, even straight through the night? Here’s a new-to-market innovation that aims to do just that: the SNOO Smart Sleeper, invented by Dr. Harvey Karp, author of Happiest Baby on the Block and creator of the 5 S’s approach to calm crying. Give this bassinet a try and you may just reap the benefit of more shut eye – and a happier, well-rested baby – tonight. Read on to discover what it does.


A Bassinet That Soothes Baby

Dubbed, “the world’s first smart sleeper,” SNOO is a tricked out bassinet designed to help your baby sleep better by responding to your baby’s cries by mimicking the rhythmic motions your baby experienced in the womb. It emplors three of Dr. Karp’s five S’s: swaddling, shushing and swinging. The other two are sucking (you can give Baby a pacifier at bedtime) and side/stomach position, which is a good way to rock your newborn that’s best reserved for when he’s in your arms.

So how does it mimic the womb? The infant bed quietly moves or rocks from a slow swinging motion to tiny jiggles based on the intensity of your baby’s cries. Also responding to your baby’s cries, it’ll play white noise (or shushing) at different volumes. You can change the soothing options yourself using a button or an app. Once a baby gets used to the SNOO (within a few days) typically, the bassinet’s rocking and shushing can calm a baby in under a minute. But if SNOO can’t calm your baby within three minutes, it stops. Sometimes, a parent (or a feeding) is what your newborn really needs.


A Safe Sleeping Environment

The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that babies sleep in their parents rooms for the first 6 months to one year to help prevent SIDS. The SNOO was designed in collaboration with designer Yves Behar, who not only gave the bassinet an aesthic worthy of a spot in a well decorated master bedroom, but also helped to design it safely.

The sides are made of a mesh material that help you keep an eye on Baby and ensure proper air flow and ventilation. The bassinet also works with a special SNOO Sack swaddle that helps to keep your baby sleeping safely on his back.

How to Get SNOO

We admit that the SNOO isn’t cheap, but if you’re in the market for a bassinet anyway, the promise of more rest may be worth the splurge.

Available at, $1,160.00.

What do you think of this high-tech smart sleeper? Tell us in a comment.

–Julie Seguss