Snoo Smart Sleeper is a self-rocking crib that detects when a baby is crying and automatically begins gently rocking and playing soothing white noise to put them back to sleep.
The device was created by Dr Harvey Karp, paediatrician and author of The Happiest Baby, MIT Media Lab engineers and designer Yves Behar. The bassinet comes with an organic cotton fitted sheet and three ‘Snoo Sacks’ – swaddle blankets that prevent babies from rolling into dangerous positions.
When it’s time for bed, parents simply strap their babies into the onesie swaddles and secure them with straps that attach to the sides of the bed. Snoo’s three built-in microphones can detect if the baby begins crying, and respond with a rocking motion and pitch-sensitive white noises that mimic the turbulent environment of the womb. If the crying continues, the sounds will get louder and the rocking will grow stronger through four levels, the last of which lasts for three minutes.
“If you look at the design of baby beds, they haven’t changed in probably 3,000 years. They’re really just boxes you put babies in to keep the rats away,” Karp told Wired magazine. “This takes babies’ sleep into the 21st century.”
Snoo is available for pre-order now and costs $1,160.
For more on how parenthood is becoming a digital affair as consumers turn to apps, devices and networks to aid and chart conception, pregnancy, birth and beyond, see Decoding Digital Parents.