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BABY: IS THE SNOO BASSINET WORTH IT? THE REVIEW
I never understood the full value of sleep until I became a mother. I’ve always slept well, unlike my insomniac husband, and because I typically logged 8 hours of sleep a night, I could handle the occasional late night or all nighter if needed. But a perpetual state of late nights, intermittent sleep, or all nighters in that new normal that is motherhood, BST (before sleep training or before SNOO training)? Oh no.
My first kiddo, Theo, was a dream babe in all ways except one – sleep. He would literally wake up every 2-3 hours on the nose, every night, for what seemed like eternity. I went from feeling focused and full of energy to hazy and depleted. We started sleep training around 6 months, and even with our expert guide, the “Happiest Baby on the Block“, T struggled initially with self soothing (aka calming himself down to sleep). Which made sense to me – up until sleep training, T had no experience self soothing, since he was rocked or nursed to sleep his whole infant life. Learning how to self soothe was singlehandedly his biggest hurdle to sleeping through the night and it took him a while to master it, leaving me in a perpetual state of sleep deprivation. Apparently I wasn’t alone – 50% of new parents report sleeping less than 6 hours a night, and studies show this causes the same mental impairment as driving drunk.
As a mother who has done one tour of sleep training, I wasn’t looking forward to this second tour. Self soothing can be a major obstacle for babies, and how can we teach them this if we typically rock or nurse them to sleep until this point? Enter the smart SNOO bassinet by Dr. Harvey Karp, Yves Behar, and MIT engineers, the first and only smart sleeper that helps babies sleep (and go back to sleep) on their own by imitating the rhythmic sensations babies enjoy while in the womb. We decided to try the SNOO with Olive, and after 4 months of use, we want to share the reasons why the SNOO bassinet is worth it for new parents.
5 REASONS WHY THE SNOO BASSINET IS WORTH IT
SAFETY, FIRST: The SNOO bassinet is the “safest baby bed ever made” with a swaddle that securely attaches to the sleeper to prevent rolling over, ensuring Olive stays on her back. The swaddle is one of my favorites to use because it’s so easy, super soft, and keeps her snug and in place.
BEST PRACTICE: Built by Dr. Harvey Karp, renowned pediatrician and creator of the 5 S’s and the renowned sleep training book, “Happiest Baby on the Block,” MIT engineers, and famous Swiss designer Yves Behar. The SNOO smart bassinet works by turning on the baby’s calming reflex, as described in his book. The combination of motion (swinging) and sound (white noise) is engineered to respond the way a parent would; increasing as the baby cries. The movement starts of very slow, at the lowest “Soothe” level, and moves to a much quicker pace when Olive continued to fuss until she fell asleep, and then the movements would slow down until it was back to the slowest level, and at that point we would turn off the SNOO. If she kept crying, the SNOO smart bassinet will eventually stop (there is a set time limit at the highest level), and we are instructed to remove her from the SNOO to tend to her needs – hunger, teething, etc.
SELF SOOTHE BOOTCAMP: The SNOO smart bassinet helps infants develop healthier sleep habits by giving them earlier exposure to self soothing. Olive goes down into the SNOO sleepy but awake, which shows her how to soothe herself to sleep without the aid of nursing or rocking in my or my husband’s arms. THIS is the biggest benefit for me as we continue sleep training in Olive’s crib, as she is now able to go down for naps during the day, unassisted, in her own crib. It’s a miracle.
THE NIGHT NANNY WE NEVER HAD: The SNOO smart bassinet fills the gap of all the help we needed so we can be at our best, physically and mentally, for Olive. We started by using the SNOO for daytime naps, and instead of us walking around, rocking her, shushing in a dark room with white noise, we could put her down in the SNOO and eat lunch together, prep dinner, fold laundry, or just lay down and rest together, too. At night, we can put Olive in the SNOO for bedtime while Theo, my husband, and I have dinner together.
DESIGN GOALS: The SNOO smart bassinet isn’t just a brilliant invention for all new parents and babies, it’s also the most gorgeous bassinet I’ve ever seen. I’m a major fan of mid century modern inspired furniture, and world famous Swiss Industrial designer Yves Behar, and father of four, created a mid century modern inspired bassinet with a soft, breathable fabric and sleek details. It’s a bassinet that any design enthusiast would love to have in any room in their home.
All in all, the SNOO smart bassinet can be worth the investment (retails at $1,160 on HappiestBaby.com, but keep your eye out for special seasonal promotions), but we know that every baby is different, and in the rare case that the SNOO bassinet isn’t the best option for your babe, the Happiest Baby team offers a 30 day free trial, which is a very awesome opportunity for new parents to test drive this ultimate bassinet before making the permanent purchase.
I’m going to be so so sad to part with our SNOO bassinet (it typically fits babies up to 6 months), but have been recommending it to all my new mama friends to try. Olive has grown into a pretty great self soother because of the SNOO, and we’re a more rested and happier family as a whole.
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