This New Smart Bassinet Helps Sleep Deprived Parents

Posted: Oct 19 2016, 9:33am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 19 2016, 9:34am CDT , in Latest Science News


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This New Smart Bassinet Helps Sleep Deprived Parents
  • SNOO Smart Crib is a Blessing for Sleep Deprived Parents

SNOO, the new smart sleeper, can rock babies to sleep while their parents catch up on their own sleep.

We live in an era where technology is incorporated into almost everything. It may come as a surprise to many but even baby cribs will not have a technological edge.

SNOO is one such new smart crib which is making waves for its ingenuity. The new crib SNOO is basically a blessing for parents with babies who tend to wake up in the middle of the night.

The smart crib has the ability to automatically rock crying babies to sleep. SNOO which is worth $1,150 is being labeled as a smart sleeper for babies. The smart sleeper is capable of mimicking the sounds in the womb.

The smart crib also comes with a swaddle blanket which prevents the baby from rolling over. Thus preventing dangerous positions for the baby from which more than 3,500 babies die every year in their sleep. So not only does this crib allow parents to catch up on their sleep it protects the baby at the same time.

The crib was developed by a team of MIT engineers led by Dr. Harvey Karp. The crib was designed by the Yves Behar and created in collaboration with the author of the book ‘The Happiest Baby’.

SNOO was developed with three built-in microphones which tell when the baby is crying and subsequently start rocking so the baby goes back to sleep.

The microphones in SNOO are especially designed to distinguish between soft and high pitched baby crying. If the baby is simply irritated then SNOO can be very effective in putting it back to sleep.

Otherwise if only the reason for the crying is a hungry baby with a dirty diaper, then and only then is SNOO helpless to placate the baby.

"Today's new parents are stressed and exhausted. Many have no experience caring for babies and most have less family support than any generation in history," said Dr. Karp.

"My greatest hope is that SNOO will give babies healthier sleep and give parents the confidence and rest they need and deserve. SNOO is the first of a series of science-based, smart products Happiest Baby is designing to help families thrive."

In addition to its elegant design, SNOO also offers:

  • Gentle, broad movements and comforting shushing designed to promote sleep.
  • A responsive, robotic system that 'knows' when babies are upset and automatically reacts to soothe them.
  • An easy, 5-second swaddle that is hip-safe and can't unravel and get around a baby's face.
  • A unique drivetrain and high performance custom motor that can quietly rock for millions of cycles (enough to soothe a baby 14+ hours/day).
  • Specially engineered white noise that changes volume and pitch according to a baby's needs (soft, rumbly sounds to promote sleep; louder, high-pitched sounds to soothe upsets).
  • A mobile app that allows parents to control SNOO from a distance and to choose when to wean the all-night rocking for an easier transition to the crib.
  • Breathable mesh that allows full visibility of the baby from all angles.
  • Three SNOO Sacks (small, medium, large) and a fitted sheet all made with organic cotton.

"New parent exhaustion is a national emergency," declared Karp. "It triggers marital stress, postpartum depression, abuse and even infant sleep deaths. Furthermore, it causes the same mental impairment as being drunk! Furthermore, sleep deprivation undercuts the economy by reducing a new parent's productivity and increasing absenteeism, on-the-job accidents and health care costs. That's why I felt so compelled to dedicate the past five years to developing this new way to help babies – and tired parents – sleep better."

"SNOO is as elegantly simple and organically natural as Dr. Karp's 5 S's," says Yves Behar, founder and Principal Designer at fuseproject. "It had to be easy to use, provide a sense of trust and comfort and fit beautifully into the context of any home. During the multiyear collaborative process, we worked to merge the industrial design with the functional requirements and aspirational nature of the Happiest Baby mission: transparent, pure and iconic. SNOO unlocks the potential that robotic technology has in our lives – packaged inside a beautiful, ultra-safe, comfortable sleeper."

SNOO's public debut will be held Oct. 21-24 at the American Academy of Pediatrics conference in San Francisco. SNOO can be purchased at

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