It’s no secret that one of the biggest challenges of parenting a newborn is the lack of sleep—for everyone in the house. Harvey Karp, M.D., Parents advisor and author of The Happiest Baby on the Block, is famous for his trusted (and truly effective) solutions to that problem. His “5 S” method of newborn soothing recreates sensations babies feel in the womb—swaddling, side/stomach positioning, shushing, swinging, and sucking—to help babies relax.
Now he’s taking his methods to the next level with his first consumer product: an infant sleep space that also serves as a night nurse. It’s called the SNOO, and Dr. Karp says it has the potential to add hours—yes, hours—of undisturbed sleep to you and your newborn’s nights. Here are five things you need to know about it:
It’s Something All Parents Understand
But now science is stepping in to help your newborn snooze like a pro. In fact, the item is called the Snoo and it is nothing short than a high tech miracle. As one of the scientists behind the object confesses, putting a infant flat on its back, alone in a room, in the quiet of a silent house, is just not conducive to rest for a the wee one. They are used to the womb, and there is nothing like that in the current nursery set-up.
But Science Wants To Change All That
Snoo wants to change all that. It’s a $1500 tricked out crib that mimics mom while helping the baby to adjust to its new life. Among the many features are a white noise option which mimics the sounds inside a human mother. It also rocks or rotates the baby to simulate the same set-up. Doctors recognize that motion does help people fall asleep. That’s why you see so many commuters catching an additional 40 winks on the train ride or car pool to work.
Say Hello To The High Tech Baby Bed – The Snoo
Best of all, there’s a feature which allows you to ween Junior or Jane off the Snoo and into a traditional crib. Sure, it sounds like a very complicated version of a traditional baby bed, but there is some real thought behind it. In fact, both pediatricians and MIT researchers were involved in its design. Again, the price is pretty steep, but if it works, the rest you parents will get is well worth the cost.