The Snoo Smart Sleeper Review by Yazmin Rangel- If you have or you are expecting a baby and you love being a parent, you recognize that sometimes trying to put your baby to sleep while crying can get you to despair; perhaps you have tried everything and as usual, the only thing that calms them down is holding them in your arms and swinging them just to wake up crying again when you lay them down on the crib.
The fact that you are here shows that you are looking for a solution to those problems and one of them is the SNOO SMAR SLEEPER which was designed by professionals of the company “Happiest Baby” precisely to help parents catch a break and help the newborn dream peacefully by imitating some of the womb’s movements and sounds and here we are going to review it.
The Snoo Smart Sleeper has the shape of the traditional bassinet, featuring sensors, microphones, speakers and motors that respond automatically to the cry of a baby, producing smooth movements and emitting soothing sounds. The invention has the endorsement of many American paediatricians and here we will review its features, give you the pros and cons and then show and review some cheaper alternatives that will interest you, such as the HALO BASSINEST, SNOOZYPOD, BABYBJORN CRADLE OR THE MAMAROO.
Before getting into the article I found another alternative for the SNOO SMART SLEEPER, which is the Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper, which is actually inexpensive and versatile but I prefered to write a different post, for that one which you can find here.
HOW DOES THE SNOO SMART SLEEPER WORK?
The SNOO SMART SLEEPER functions in a manner that is safe and consistent with putting a baby to sleep quickly, efficiently and in a healthy fashion. It is meant to promote self-soothing and sleeping later through the sleep training process. It is a bit pricey, but some people swear by it and said that they could not live without it. It makes white noises, and has vibrations settings, it can be set to activate by your phone, or when the baby moves or cries. It has a swaddle clothe which is easily attachable to the bassinet so that baby is not wiggling all over from the vibration of the crib. Some children love it, while it seems that others cannot stand it. Some parents like it while others think it is a cheap way to keep your baby to sleep without actually interacting with your child. Every product has it pros and cons, and the SNOO is no exception.
Baby wrapping is a well-known technique that mimics the pressure and lack of space felt in the womb, which goes relatively well for babies who have a very pronounced Moorish reflex and who with almost any involuntary movement are exalted and wake up. The repetitive movements of the parents are also a technique that resembles the shaking that a baby experiences inside the womb and that is why they calm down and fall asleep.
REVIEWING THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SNOO SMART SLEEPER.
The Snoo Smart Sleeper’s mechanisms provide the following characteristics:
- Three different sounds to calm the baby’s crying.
- Multiple microphones with audio processing to detect the source of the sound when your baby cries.
- 4 GHz wireless, 802.11 b / g / n WiFi with independent control switch.
- Safety clips that adjust the sheets to the crib.
- If the baby wakes up and cries, the movement intensifies.
- An app for parental control.
SNOO SMART SLEEPER REVIEW OF PROS AND CONS.
- The SNOO boosts the baby’s sleep making sounds equivalent to the womb.
- SMART technology is meant to sooth the baby upon the beginning of a fit.
- Swaddle sack and clips are designed to keep the baby safe and snug when the bassinet is rocking them to sleep.
- Designed to gently sleep train and teach babies to self-soothe.
- Provides a safe swinging environment as flat swings have been noted to be safer than inclined ones.
- Bassinet hooks up to a telephone application and can be controlled in this fashion.
- Comes with 3 different SNOO sacks meant to accommodate different sized children.
- Everything is made with organic cotton.
- The sounds that the SNOO makes are either way too low or too high, there seems to be the lack of a happy medium.
- Sometimes the SNOO does not function properly and does not react to the child fussing.
- Swaddle sack and clips may not be used for every baby, their size may matter.
- Application and link to bassinet have been known to be faulty and have the occasional issue working.
- The whole system is very expensive rounding out at over $1,000.
- The company has a replacement policy, however, pay very close attention to it. If you take you bassinet out of the country in which you purchased it your warranty is null and void.
With all of these exceptional features, Snoo is clearly the perfect solution for busy parents who are tired of sleepless nights. I have to say though, that this cradle if used to often, could lead to bad sleep habits. It should be noted that Snoo Smart Sleeper is intended only for infants under 6 months … A problem that also gives it a fairly limited life, for a price still quite high.
Now, if you want your child to sleep peacefully in an environment that he/she already will feel familiar while you get some rest and this cradle fits your baby’s needs, check out the price first before buying, which you may see clicking here.
ARE THERE ANY ALTERNATIVES TO THE SNOO SMART SLEEPER?
There are a few alternatives to the SNOO that will not cost you an arm and a leg. They may work for you, they may not, but you will not have to pay $1,000 to find out. Let’s list them and then we will review each one of them:
- The SNOOYPOD. Which is the cheapest alternative and does not come with all the bells and whistles of the SNOO, it is not a crib, it is a device that you arrach to a mattress or a crib.
- The HALO BASSINEST SWIVEL SLEEPER
- The BABYBJORN CRADLE.
- The MAMAROO BOUNCER.
SNOO ALTERNATIVE 1: THE HALO SNOOZYPOD VIBRATING BEDTIME SOOTHER REVIEW
The Snoozypod Bedtime Soother is a great alternative to the Snoo Smart Sleeper, it consists of a mattress vibrator that you slip underneath your baby in order to help them be soothed to sleep. This mechanism comes equipped with an amber night light and sounds. You can set the lights, sounds and vibrations for thirty minutes, or you can always leave them on all night. This mechanism also features a plug to plug into the wall and a battery input for a battery backup system. It has the ability to hook up to your phone through Bluetooth, so you may control the machine from the comfort of your bed or living room. The SNOOZYPOD is way cheaper than SNOO, and it serves pretty much the same helpful function. The SNOOZYPOD comes in at a whopping $49.99.
PROS AND CONS:
- Is portable and slips very gently under one side of the mattress.
- It has a sound setting that you can lower and raise.
- It can hook up to Bluetooth.
- It has a backup battery pack.
- You can set timers for 30 minutes to all night.
- You can set the intensity of the vibration.
- The system is easily portable.
- When you are not using it with a battery it plugs into the wall posing a safety hazard for a sleeping baby that is active.
- The light is a little bit dim for some infants.
- Some infants hate it very much.
- It adds a visible incline to the baby’s mattress.
- The vibration was hard to control.
- The blue tooth application had the same exact issues as the SNOO and its issues.
If you are looking for an inexpensive alternative to the SNOO that will provide similar functions, then the SNOOZYPOD is a great option and you will be able to check the price and get it here:
SNOO ALTERNATIVE 2: HALO BASSINEST SWIVEL SLEEPER REVIEW.
A second alternative to the SNOO SMART SLEEPER is the HALO BASSINEST. As I mentioned before, I have a complete article about that bassinet here, but we will make a resume anyway.
This bassinet will help you co-sleep with your little one without actually being in the bed with you, the similarities with the SNOO is that it includes a vibrator and makes white noises that sooth your little one, it comes with a nursing timer that helps you remember when to feed your infant and includes a nightlight.
SNOO VS HALO BASSINEST, PROS AND CONS.
- Includes a 360-degree swivel feature, unlike the SNOO
- It is designed to facilitate breastfeeding, that is why the walls are collapsible.
- Includes a nursing timer which is very useful.
- It is cheaper
- It does not detect when your little one cries and therefore you are the one who has to activate all the functions.
- Since it is not a crib, it is just a bassinet, it won’t last as long.
SNOO ALTERNATIVE 3: THE BABYBJORN CRADLE REVIEW.
This mini-cradle is similar to the SNOO SMART SLEEPER and is one of the star designs of Babybjörn: it has a smooth swinging movement similar to that of a stroller, but it can be easily rocked with the hands or feet responding to the child’s own movements as well. It is ideal for the first months when babies sleep frequently and at short intervals. As it is light and compact, so it can be moved easily from one room to another. Of course, it is not as sophisticated as the SNOO SMART SLEEPER that we have just reviewed, for example, this one does not make any sounds, but if your baby sleeps well only with your movements, then, this one is a good option.
PROS AND CONS:
- The sides are made of a soft and translucent net fabric, allowing the baby to breathe perfectly through the tissue.
- The cradle has no part in which the baby’s hands and feet can get hooked.
- It is lightweight and easy to carry.
- Easy to wash.
- It is so lightweight that when the baby moves the cradle bounces a bit, which is not an issue if your newborn sleeps like a rock.
- The “gentle rocking” is not an electric system, it is due to the design of the suspension legs.
- The height is to low for tall people, who will struggle to take the baby in and out of the cradle.
Here I leave the link where you may purchase the BABYBJORN CRADLE.
SNOO ALTERNATIVE 4: THE MAMA ROO BOUNCER REVIEW.
Another alternative to the SNOO SMART SLEEPER is the MamaRoo bouncer by 4moms which works using a similar logic, but instead of a crib, this is a swing that mimics the movement of mom, of a car ride (some kids fall immediately asleep inside the automobile), a kangaroo, a tree swing or ocean waves.
The Mama Roo bouncer as specifically designed with actual human motion in mind. Unlike the SNOO SMART SLEEPER which vibrates and the fact that it is a crib, as we just reviewed, the MAMAROO bounces up and down and gently sways from side to side. It goes from full reclining and flat position to full sitting position. Like the others, it too has Bluetooth control that you can use to control the sounds and vibration on your own. Comes in a large variety of colors and designs, plus comes with three different play balls for baby. Is meant to help baby learn how to self-soothe without having to cry it out. Gently soothes baby with a gentle rocking/ light bouncing motion and gentle noises. It is a free-standing seat that sits up on its own. It is more expensive than the SNOOZY but still way less expensive than the SNOO. It comes in at a whopping $219.99. The cushion that it comes with is removable and washable, on gentle or hand wash and then air dry. Instead of paying thousands to find out whether your child is going to respond to a machine like these, spend a few hundred.
PROS AND CONS:
- Freestanding seat with a removable and easy to clean cover either made of smooth, nylon fabric or soft, velvety fabric and is machine washable.
- This seat has 5 unique bounce and sways motions and speeds.
- Has 4 built-in sounds and an MP3 plugin.
- Has interactive (rattle, crinkle, & mirror) and reversible toy balls
- Has an AC adapter which means no batteries required and you will not be spending crazy amounts of money.
- Can be used from birth until child reaches 25lbs or can sit up unassisted, whichever comes first.
- Has issues staying hooked up to Bluetooth.
- The cord can get into the way and be tripped over.
- It costs almost $120.
- Some babies do not care for the swivel motion with the bouncing.
- The bouncing has been noted to be too hard according to some customers.
Here I leave the links in case you want to see the price and the features of the MAMAROO.
In this review we reviewed two alternatives to the SNOO SMART SLEEPER; Ultimately, it is up to you which one you choose to buy. If you are not sure your baby is going to care for a device like this than you may want to test out one of the cheapest options. If it turns out that your child does end up liking it, then you may want to opt for one of the longer lasting alternatives. $1,000 is a lot of money to spend on an item if you are not even sure that your child is going to respond well to it, and essentially all of these items are the same thing.
As a parent, it is up to you to determine what you think it’s the safe option for your child and which one they will like the most. You also need to decide how portable you are going to need this contraption to be, and how long you are wanting to use it as well. It this is not an item you can see yourself using continuously then you really may want to still with the cheaper option, especially since all of the items do pretty much the same thing.