I can’t remember the first time that I laid eyes on the beautiful SNOO, but I remember being mesmerized by it’s appearance and by what it claimed to do. Like many, I was skeptical… very, very, skeptical. I searched the internet high and low for reviews from real people who had used this product for their newborns– only to find that literally everybody had the same thing to say– “it’s amazing.” I am here to add one more of “those reviews” to the internet by repeating what I kind of secretly thought would be true (but was too skeptical to believe that some magical “baby bed” would help my transition from one kid to two) IT’S AMAZING.
I didn’t personally know anybody who owned one prior to Leni being born so I had to trust what I read and trust what others said. I am so glad that I did. I will go ahead and tell you this, because we are like basically best friends after I poured my heart out on my Dear Mama, post– I was planning to move out of our bedroom upon brining Lennon home from the hospital. Before you get all worried, let me explain: Lennon was born during literally the hardest time of football season. The first 5 weeks of the season are always fun and exciting and amazing and the excitement of a new season kind of distracts you from the reality of what football season is… and then you get to weeks 6-12 and it gets HARD.. well, Lennon was born week 10, after a four game losing streak, and needless to say, it was rough. Rico needed all the sleep that he could get given that he can’t be tired, or even remotely drowsy at work, so we had devised a plan prior to Lennon being born and that plan was that I would move down the hallway to the upstairs guest bedroom so that he wouldn’t be thrown off by having a newborn during the hardest stretch of the season. That may seem crazy to some of you, but to those of you that are in this football world, I am 10000% sure that you 1000000% understand where I am coming from. Life revolves around football. It isn’t a bad thing, it’s just what it is. Life doesn’t stop during football season– not even for the birth of a child. I am now here to happily tell you that I never moved out of our bedroom. Not. For. One. Single. Night.
From the day that we brought Leni home she was sleeping in 3 hour stretches during the night, and I was thrilled. I think that I was up about every hour and a half when Luca was a newborn until he was like 5 months old. I didn’t realize how exhausted I was with him until I realized how well rested I am this time around. Lennon’s nighttime schedule looked something like: 11pm feeding, 2am feeding, 430 feeding, 7am feeding and then up for the day around 9am. This was what the first month looked like, and then around 6 weeks she was waking only twice a night… TWICE, guys. Luca was waking twice a night to eat until he was like 1. This was major. So, her schedule looked something like 9pm feeding, 2am feeding, 5am feeding and then up for the day around 9am. This lasted until about 10 weeks, and over the last two weeks she has been waking once a night, and last night, she slept from 8pm-6:45am when she woke to feed and then went back to sleep until 9:45am.
Not only is this bed amazing for nighttime sleep, it’s amazing for when you just really need a shower, or to feed yourself, or to switch the laundry. It’s literally like having an extra set of hands in your home at all times. I learned while talking to Dr. Karp (the founder of The Happiest Baby and the creator of the SNOO) that Beyonce owns six of these… she has twins, and i’m guessing a three story home, which means she has two on every floor. If I were on Beyonce’s level of life, i’d have six too. It’s that amazing. I also learned while talking to Dr. Karp that he has received emails from people who were affected by the recent hurricanes in TX and the wildfires in CA that upon evacuating their homes, the SNOO was one of the things that they couldn’t leave behind. I get it. We are going to move down to South Florida for about six weeks just for a change of scenery and for R to train and literally we are planning to drive JUST so that we can bring the SNOO along.
How It Works
So. It isn’t magic, it actually is pure logic why and how this thing works so well. From the time we conceive, our baby is used to motion, to sound and to being in a tight space– which is exactly what the SNOO does. The SNOO has a swaddle that is built into the base, it actually won’t turn on without the swaddle being properly attached– which keeps your baby on their back. The SNOO has four levels of motion and white noise sound that respond to your baby. If your baby is calm and not fussing, the SNOO will slowly swivel back and forth and the white noise sound will be quiet. When your baby starts to get fussy, the SNOO will respond by swiveling faster back and forth as well as increasing the volume of the white noise– similar to if you were holding and rocking your baby while making a “shhh” sound to comfort them. The SNOO has an app that will show you at all times which level it is functioning at so that you can monitor your baby from a different room. The app will always alert you if/when the SNOO has been operating at the highest level for three minutes and the baby isn’t soothed. The SNOO will then turn off and alert you by saying “The SNOO has disabled, Lennon (your baby’s name) needs your care.” At this point, you obviously intervene. I love that the SNOO connects to my phone because I can control the level/speed and I also don’t have to question if she is calm or upset– because the app lets you know.
One of the questions that I had for Dr. Karp was “will she be dependent on motion once she outgrows the SNOO and if so, what do I do to make the transition to her crib easier?” This was when he pointed out that babies are already dependent on motion before they’re born and far before they get used to the SNOO. Which, as soon as he said it seemed like common sense.. and it made sense why babies don’t want to be laid flat on their back in their crib in a dark, silent room. Why didn’t I think of this? The SNOO has a “weaning” setting that you can turn on through the app. When you activate the weaning mode the SNOO will only respond to your baby with motion when they are upset, instead of having constant motion the entire time the baby is asleep. He recommended that I use the SNOO for six months, and that I don’t worry too much about weaning until we get past the dreaded “four month sleep regression.” He also recommended that I “lock” the SNOO into a higher level for the weeks surrounding the sleep regression, which is something that I didn’t know was possible. He said that a higher level may help to keep her in a deeper sleep for more of the night. I am 1000% going to give this a try when we get closer to the four month mark. If you have a SNOO and you were like me and didn’t know this “locking” feature was possible, all that you do is open your app, set the SNOO to either level one or two (you can’t lock it into level 3 or 4) and hold your finger on the pause button until it turns to a lock.
My conversation with Dr. Karp seriously made me love this product even more. If it were my way, and his, every family in America would have access to a SNOO for the first six months of their baby’s life. Dr. Karp has research being done at a few major universities looking at how the SNOO decreases PPD in mothers and how it helps with aiding in losing the baby weight. He is working with major corporations in America so that when an employee (or their wife) has a new baby, the company is able to provide a SNOO for use during the newborn days. Research has shown that businesses lose billions of dollars a year due to employees not functioning at their highest levels (whether that is due to exhaustion, PPD, etc), and he believes that the SNOO can help with this.
I asked him if he is finding that people aren’t purchasing due to the expensive price tag. He told me that he has sold these in all states, communities and to people of all income levels. When people approach him about “the expensive baby bed” he takes pride in mentioning that the SNOO is “far more than an expensive baby bed– the SNOO is your older sister, mother, mother in law, and nanny that has moved in to help you.” I freaking love that. Currently, SNOO provides a financing option for people who don’t wish to pay off the entire cost upfront, and that financing offer costs $3/day. He is also working to make renting an option over the next year as well. I asked him if he minded if I shared all of this information and he assured me that it was okay. Long story short, the SNOO provides comfort (and safety) to our children, just as a family member, or an extra set of hands would. Obviously, there have been times when Lennon cannot be calmed by the SNOO and she just needs me, or R. But, there have also been times when R and myself cannot calm Leni, and the SNOO did. I truly have no complaints.
I wanted to wait to write this review until I felt that I was truly comfortable with the SNOO and that I had used it through multiple stages of Leni’s development. I am seriously so impressed and I would 100% recommend this to anybody who is pregnant. If you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to either comment on this post, or to message me on Instagram.
Answers to IG Questions
As the natural flow of conversation went, I was able to get a few questions answered from my post on IG. Dr. Karp is a pediatrician and is well educated when it comes to children of all ages, not just babies. I didn’t know, but he has written a book and has a DVD series titled The Happiest Toddler. I am so excited to get my hands on this information. He taught me that toddler behavior starts a lot earlier than a lot of parents (including myself) realize– 8 months. He told me that there are certain things that we can begin doing around this period of time to make the toddler transition easier– all of which can be found in his book/dvd. I’ll be sure to share what I learn with you once I read it!
I asked “how do I manage to ease my child into a later bedtime?”– what he told me was to push back the bedtime in 15 minute increments over a two day span. For example, if your child is currently going to bed at 6:30, but you want to somehow get them on more of a 7:30pm bedtime routine, you would start putting them down at 6:45pm for two nights, then 7pm for two nights, then 7:15pm for two nights, until you reach your desired time. This gradual change helps the child adjust!
I asked “how do I make the SNOO work better for a baby who suffers from reflux?”– I learned that SNOO sells little lifters that can be placed underneath the legs to help keep baby on an incline and more comfortable while sleeping.
I asked “how do I help my child to merge from two shorter naps to one long nap each day?”– to which the answer was similar to the bedtime answer– small increments and stretching the morning playtime longer in the day. I just did this with Luca in the weeks prior to Lennon being born because I knew I would need that solid 2 hour or 3 hour nap time each day. Luca used to be up at 7 and ready for a nap by 9:30, but what I slowly started doing was pushing back the time that I laid him down a little later each day, until it was close to 11:30/12pm. Now, Luca wakes around 7:30am most days and is down for one (roughly 2-2.5 hour) nap each day. I try to get him down by 12:30, I have found that if I miss the window and allow him to get too tired that a nap won’t happen and he will be psychotic for the entire day. Allowing our babies to get overtired never works the way we hope it will (make them sleep longer/later in the morning) and it actually backfires by causing them to not enter as deep of REM sleep at night– waking more often, and earlier in the morning. Honestly, it’s all trial and error until you find what works for you and your baby!
I learned that SNOO can only be purchased in the USA as of right now– so, if you’re international and wishing to purchase, you’ll have to buy it here and have it shipped to your home.
I asked “what is a good way to get my newborn to sleep longer at night?”– I am not sure if you have ever heard of the “dream feed”, but pretty much it’s this theory that states that waking your baby around 11pm for a feeding (to “top off the tank” as Dr. Karp stated) will help to keep their bellies full longer– which, in turn, will cause them to sleep longer and wake less at night. I have tried this for Lennon, but personally I have found that letting her sleep when she sleeps and feeding her upon waking has been a better option for us. I am sure that this would have made a difference if I would’ve implemented it in the earlier weeks, before she established her current nighttime sleep schedule, which as I mentioned before– Luca didn’t sleep through the night until roughly 10 months, so I don’t plan on changing anything about Lennon’s current sleeping habits, praise Jesus!
The SNOO has really been a game changer for us this time around and I am not even kidding when I tell you that it makes me consider a third baby a whole heck of a lot sooner than I anticipated feeling ready. As always, if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out!
because a well rested mama, is a happy (& patient) mama. xo, G