If parents have a fussy baby at home that is having a hard time going to sleep, there’s a good chance that they have heard of the Snoo. Why? According to many people who have used it, it’s a smart sleeper that apparently helps kids go to sleep with very little parental intervention. And if there is one thing that many moms and dads want to avoid, it’s yet another sleepless night with a crying baby that just won’t let anyone in the house get some shut-eye. That’s why the inventors of the Snoo have done everything they can to make parenting a little less stressful. After all, we’ve got so many other things to worry about, especially as our kids grow.
Simply put, the Snoo is a responsive bassinet that soothes fussy newborns and infants. It was created By Dr. Harvey Karp, and he believes that it is the smartest, safest baby bed ever made. But does it really work and is it worth the high price tag? That’s what parents want to know. Luckily, we’ve got 10 reasons why mom should invest in one and 10 reasons why she shouldn’t. Check out our list and be prepared to learn a lot!
Let's start with the 10 reasons it's a good investment...
20 More Sleep For Mom And Dad
If there is one thing that is on the top of every parent’s wish list, it’s definitely more sleep. As a matter of fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if many moms and dads out there had only one wish every holiday season and that’s to get a full eight hours of shut-eye at night. Sounds like a wonderful dream, doesn’t it? Well, for those parents who have been lucky enough to purchase a Snoo, they say that it’s helped everyone feel much more rested in the morning. Not only does the baby get more sleep, but so does each family member at home.
19 Happy Baby, Happy Parents
Let’s face it, when you’ve got a happy baby at home, you most definitely have two very happy, content, and well-rested parents at home. Because if there is one thing that can definitely alter everyone’s moods, it’s lack of sleep, with the youngest member of the family included. The Snoo might seem like it comes with a very steep price tag, but some people truly see it as an investment. It’s not only an investment that you make on your baby but one for yourself, your health and your sanity. And that’s something you can’t put a price tag on.
18 Great Online Reviews
Another reason why so many people are talking about the Snoo these days it’s because there are so many incredible reviews online. One happy parent wrote, “We went from not being able to get him to sleep long stretches without being held the whole time to him being an excellent sleeper! We literally took shifts holding him the first couple months of his life. I think he likes the motion and the swaddle! This bed has made all the difference, well worth it! Only wish this bed had wheels so I could easily transfer the bed to our living room for baby’s naps!”
17 Mom Can Rent One
Just recently, reports indicated that you can rent a Snoo for your baby. This sounds like a great alternative, especially for those families who can’t fork up over $1,000 for a bassinet (and that includes the majority of us). As a matter of fact, you can rent one for just $149, which is a fraction of the cost, at about $5 per day. So that gives you a choice, moms and dads: would you rather spend $5 a day on a cup of coffee to keep you up, or on a bassinet that will help your baby go to sleep? You decide.
16 It Improves Sleep Quality
Many agree that the Snoo helps improve sleep quality. It’s without a doubt that many parents would agree that sleep quality is just as important as sleep quantity, or the number of hours you put in each night. You can’t function without rest. This happy mother says, “I can’t express how much the SNOO saved us. My baby would not sleep in anything or anywhere other than right on top of me. I tried every supposed “magic” product with no luck. Finally, a friend told me about the SNOO. After 3 months of severe sleep deprivation, I purchased it out of desperation.”
15 It’s Safe For Baby
The founder of the Snoo claims that the bassinet is safe for your baby, which means you can have a worry-free night with your child by your bedside. Dr. Harvey Karpp writes on his site, “Moms and dads have it harder today than any time in history! You may not have to wash your clothes down at the river, but more than any other generation, modern parents have less family support with more outside responsibilities. No wonder exhaustion is the number one new parent struggle. That’s why I created SNOO, the smartest - and safest - baby bed ever made.”
14 It Comes With White Noise And Motion
Yes, the Snoo does all of the work for you so you don’t have to! It comes with white noise and motion, which are two things that help rock a baby to sleep (especially when the going gets rough). Sometimes all you need is the soothing sound of the calm ocean waves to put everyone – including the baby – to sleep. The company says that it has, “Three distinct white-noise sounds specially engineered to calm crying or enhance sleep” along with “custom BLDC motor optimized for low speed and high torque with multiple feedback mechanisms for precise motor control.” Too bad there aren’t adult-sized Snoos!
13 The Beautiful Design
Let’s face it, a lot of people love the Snoo simply because of its beautiful, simplistic yet very modern design. It looks good no matter what room you put it in. And yes, it will be an instant talking piece whenever your friends and family members come over to spend time with your newborn baby. You will be beaming with pride for several reasons – your child (of course) and the bed that he or she sleeps in. You can’t deny it. The Snoo is something that every parent would love to have at home, especially since it looks good and works so well.
12 Mom's Friends Will Be Jealous
Ok, no one wants to say this out loud, so we will go ahead and do it for you: the Snoo will make all of your mom friends jealous. That’s a guarantee, especially when they see how well-rested you look before breakfast every morning. This person wrote in the review section, “I recommend this to all of my mommy-to-be friends. Don't let the price scare you off; after a few weeks of virtually no sleep, I was ready to pay any amount of money to feel rested. Great product, aesthetically pleasing, easy to bring on travels (we took our on a road trip along the CA coast).”
11 It Teaches Baby To Be A Pro Sleeper
Forget teaching your kids how to be pro athletes or pro chess player. Every mom out there wants a baby that is a pro sleeper. This mom boasted on Amazon, “one night at 3 am I started getting worried about what life would be like when I had to go back to work at 11 weeks. I have a one hour commute each way and I work in patient care and got more and more nervous about the potential of getting in an accident or making a mistake at work because of sleep deprivation. The internet led me to the SNOO. I couldn’t say no to the possibility of 1-2 extra hours of sleep a night, plus it was on sale and they have the 30-day guarantee.”
And here are the 10 reasons it's not such a good idea...
10 It’s Expensive
If someone dares to tell you that parenthood is like an easy walk in the park, they are flat out lying to you. Because there is no other job in this world that is as demanding, challenging, restless, yet incredibly loving, rewarding and incredible like being a mother or a father. With that being said, babies are expensive and they will make a huge hole in your wallet. That is one of the reasons why a lot of parents simply say ‘no way’ to a bassinet that comes with a price tag that probably costs as much as two or three monthly car payments.
9 Only Suitable For Babies Up To Six Months
Making an investment is one thing, but what are you supposed to do with the Snoo once your baby grows out of it? That’s what a lot of parents can’t help but wonder as the Snoo is only suitable for babies up to six months. After that, you can either be a very generous friend or family member and hand it down to another set of sleep-deprived parents. That, or you can try to sell one at much less than market value. Either way, don’t expect to hold on to this for very long unless, of course, you are planning more children down the road.
8 It’s Difficult To Move
With the Snoo, there is a low chance that you will be able to move it from one room to another inside your home. That’s because a lot of online comments suggest that it’s difficult to move. So if you are looking to buy one, you can only expect to keep it in one room and one room only. In other words, your baby will have to get used to sleeping in the master bedroom, his or her nursery, or even the family living room, should you decide to have your baby nap in there. But according to many parents, it does feel like you are moving mountains each time you try to move it an inch.
7 It’s Useless After Baby Gets Too Big
As mentioned above, a Snoo is great if you have a petite baby who can easily fit inside the bassinet during the first six months of his or her life. But one of the reasons why you might not want to get one before the birth of your little bundle of joy is because you have no idea what size he or she will turn out to be. As a matter of fact, `there are a lot of babies out there that go from newborn onesie sizes to wearing 3 to 6-month infant sizes in a matter of weeks.
6 A Baby Rocker Is Just As Efficient
A lot of people who have actually spent the money on a Snoo – or rented one for that matter – will agree that a baby rocker is just as efficient. In other words, it gets the job done one way or another. Because no, babies are not robots. We just can’t turn them off like we would turn off a light switch before leaving a room. If a baby wants to cry, he or she will cry like there’s no tomorrow. If the baby wants to sleep, they will sleep and no amount of money in the world will change that, with an overpriced and maybe overhyped bassinet included.
5 It Leads To Too Much ‘Automated Parenting’
A lot of critics think that the Snoo leads to something that is called automated parenting. In other words, it’s when parents rely on too much technology or outside resources to get the job done for them. Instead of actually holding, rocking and soothing a baby to sleep themselves, they rely on pricey gadgets, monitors, and automatic bassinets to get them to go to sleep with little or no effort on their parts. And for a lot of people, that just defeats the purpose of parenting altogether. Children are not robots. They need love and they need to feel their parents close to them.
4 No Bonding Between Mother And Child
As mentioned about, another problem with the Snoo is that there is very little interaction between a mother and child, which is something that is most definitely needed during those first crucial months of a child’s life. Because yes, the unbreakable bond that a mother and a child form together during the infant and toddler years tend to last a lifetime. Sure, you might want to sleep as much as possible during those difficult baby years, but this is the only opportunity moms will get to hold their baby in their arms. As many people will agree, our tots grow up faster than you realize.
3 Does It Lead To Lazy Parenting?
Other critics of the Snoo also say that the automated bassinet – which sounds like it’s heaven sent for many people – might lead to lazy parenting. If you don’t want to put the effort in to rock your baby to sleep now, chances are that you might end up cutting corners in other parts of your child’s life. But if you want to be a successful parent, you have to be front and center at all times. You have to be willing to be hands-on and ready to face any challenge that comes your way. Plus, sleep is something that you can catch up on after the kids go to college.
2 More Information Needed On Use
Another reason why a lot of parents hesitate before getting a Snoo is simply because they don’t know much about it. That, and they believe that it’s something that will benefit more well-to-do or upper-class families. In other words, there is more information that is needed about the product. We know that there are parents who love it, but others want to know more about the product, its dimensions, how it works on different babies, if it helps with colic, and so forth. Also, what’s considered normal “wear and tear” and can you return it if you are unsatisfied with your purchase.
1 Lack Of Portability
Last but not least, a lot of parents opt for a traditional bassinet simply because of the lack of portability with the Snoo. For a lot of parents, the last thing they want to do is sit home all the time, especially with a newborn baby. Some travel, others simply want to have sleepovers at the grandparents’ house. That, or they prefer to take their bassinets on road trips with them. If you are always on the go, a Snoo might not be for you. That’s because if you are not home enough during those first six months, you might find yourself not using it at all.
source: The Snoo