Choosing a safe, comfortable place for your infant to sleep is one of the most stressful decisions a new parent makes. Will your baby sleep in their own crib? A co-sleeper? A bassinet? Your bed? As a mother of three, I've used every combination of the above. However, after a few months of using the Snoo Smart Sleeper with a new baby girl, I honestly wonder how I raised two children without one. The Snoo gently rocks your baby for better sleep, and connects to an app on your phone that lets you customize settings and receive alerts when your little one needs attention. It's very expensive at $1,160, but if you can afford it, you can look forward to a better night's sleep for both you and your baby.
The Snoo is designed to be "the safest baby bed ever made," according to developer Dr. Harvey Karp. Karp is the author ofThe Happiest Baby on the Block,the book that introduced the idea of the fourth trimester into mainstream thought. In case you're not familiar, the fourth trimester is the postnatal period when babies need physical reminders of their time in the womb in order to feel calm and secure. These reminders come in the form of 5 S's: swaddling, side/stomach position, shh sounds, swinging, and sucking. These methods were startlingly effective with my first two children, so I was excited to see that the Snoo is designed to address some of these categories.
Before we get into how it works, it should be noted that the Snoo will not function without a special included swaddle clipped into place on either side of the sleeping surface, which keeps your baby safely in bed. TheAAP recommendsthat babies not be swaddled once they start to roll, since "the swaddle restricts their movement, and it is difficult for them to get out of the stomach position when they are swaddled." The Snoo's swaddle is designed to hold the baby's arms firmly to her sides while simultaneously keeping her from rolling over, so there's no risk of getting stuck on her tummy.