There is nothing more beautiful than new life coming into this world. It’s the most wondrous, moving, and humbling thing I have ever experienced. Oh, and it’s exhausting. Can’t forget exhausting. Like, not remembering your own name, kind of exhausting. I may be the happiest I have ever been, but sleep deprivation is a real thing. So believe me, when I hear about any new baby gear which claims to help, especially with sleep, I want to know all about it. Enter my new bff, the SNOO from Happiest Baby guru, Dr. Harvey Karp.
Our baby is now 6 weeks old, and although he’s been very good (thank you God!), it’s still hard to get him back to sleep after his mid-night feedings. I cannot stress how much of a game changer the SNOO is here. It’s a bassinet that helps soothe my baby to sleep. But not only that, it keeps him asleep. This thing is intuitive, reactive, and works like a charm. Every new parent has been there, you finally get your baby back to sleep in your arms only to have them snap awake when you try to set them in their bassinet. But with the SNOO the moment you get your little one in the bed, it takes over the soothing. Thank you Dr. Harvey Karp.
It seems the folks at Happiest Baby really embraced a form meets functionality approach in their design. A Yves Behar designed bed, this thing is not only a baby sleep life saver, it’s a beautiful piece of furniture. I love the clean modern look with its hairpin legs, wood base, and the white mesh bassinet. It also comes nearly ready to use straight out of the box, my husband set it up in less than five minutes, no joke. Included are 3 different size swaddles for the baby to grow with – simple velcro straps go across your baby to help keep his arms down at his side, then a zipper closes the swaddle and wraps your little one up tight.
The kicker is a pair of wings on either side of the swaddle which stretch out and slide over two latches on the edges of the crib, keeping your little one positioned in the center of the mattress, but it also helps them stay put when the swaying begins. The swaying, you ask? Ah, the swaying. Where the SNOO earns its $1,160 price tag is not only in how it moves but in how much it moves. SNOO will respond to your baby’s movements and cries, matching the motion and white noise volume to match. So if your baby is just a little fussy SNOO will gently sway him back to sleep under the sounds of light white noise. But if he’s wailing, SNOO will amp everything up, then slowly come back down as your baby calms. Amazing.
There’s also a really helpful app. Just like the SNOO itself, it’s simple to use, intuitive and great for a sleep deprived brain to easily navigate. You can turn your SNOO on, or raise the intensity of the motion or sound, all from your phone. So that means when you’re half asleep you can just reach to the night stand, press a button, and your SNOO does the rest.
To be perfectly honest, at first I was thrown by the idea of having a crib soothe my baby. I’m a huge advocate of attachment parenting and getting as much skin-to-skin time as possible and I wanted to be the one to help our son Jackson get back to sleep when he was tired. But let me tell you, this thing impressed me from moment one. I still hold and rock Jackson to sleep but now when I put him to bed, he may still stir, but with the gentle rocking of the SNOO, he stays asleep. On top of that if he has gas or simply gets a little fussy at 3am, the SNOO responds so I can stay in bed and get some extra sleep which, let’s be real, every mom could use.
There are a few cool additional factors at play with the SNOO as well, like a weaning process where the crib will help to soothe baby back to sleep, but once asleep the motion and sounds stop. This helps baby prepare for the transition to the still life of a bigger crib. SNOO also has an interesting side benefit, it helps parents learn and distinguish their baby’s hungry/wet/uncomfortable cries versus when they’re just tired and fussy.
There are really only two drawbacks with the SNOO. A good friend of mine had a baby who really struggled with reflux, something not that uncommon for newborns. Their doctor told them to elevate the head-end of their bassinet to help keep the baby’s stomach acid down. Apparently, this was miracle advice and completely cured their little one’s sleepy time spit ups. Unfortunately, with the SNOO you can’t elevate either end. So if your baby really struggles with reflux, this may not be the bed for you. The second thing is simply the price. It’s not a cheap piece of equipment and I can see it not being an option for many parents. However, I do know of some parents who opted to go without, citing the price as the reason, only to then sprint out and buy one after their first sleepless week. I mean after a few nights in a row of not sleeping that price tag doesn’t seem so high anymore.
Conclusion: The SNOO changed the game for us. Our baby went from sleeping only 2-3 hours in a stretch to now going 6. And so are we.