Pros of the SNOO
There are many! Here are a few of the top advantages of a SNOO…
More Sleep for the Baby
Early on, we were getting four plus hours straight of Elle sleeping. In fact, I would have to wake her up to eat early on, as she was so small she needed those feedings. Once she grew a little, we quickly were getting six straight hours of sleep with the SNOO, which I never expected to happen so quickly.
Plus, she slept so soundly. Never a peep or a movement; just high quality rest. She enjoyed the gentle swaying and womb-like sounds of the SNOO.
More Sleep for the Parents
This one was the biggest one for me! Having a child at 40, I was very nervous about all the sleep I was going to lose. After all, I had 40 years of sleeping as much as I wanted. And I’m one of those people who needs her sleep.
Thankfully, because of the SNOO, my sleep loss was less pronounced than I expected or than others have experienced.
The vast majority of the time, Elle was easily soothed by the SNOO and went to sleep soundly and quickly. In fact, at bed time, I would secure her in the SNOO, turn it on, then go into the bathroom to wash my face and brush my teeth. By the time, I was finished with that, she would already be asleep! No crying at all involved.
Then, in the night after a feeding, the SNOO allowed me to place Elle back in the bassinet without all the time and pressure of having to get her to go back to sleep. The SNOO did that for me!
This cannot be stressed enough. Sleeping safety is such an issue with new babies.
Exhausted parents sometimes make poor decisions regarding sleeping arrangements. Whether that’s allowing your child to fall asleep in your bed or something else altogether, exhaustion can get the best of all of us.
The built in swaddle ensures that your baby stays safely on his or her back all night – something that all medical doctors and child experts recommend. This greatly reduces the risk of SIDS as well as other issues.
Function and Form
The SNOO could not be any simpler to set up or to operate.
Well, I should say, so I’m told on the set up! Truth be told, when Elle came many weeks early, my friend Maritere (yes, Mari who is our photographer and art director here) rushed over to the house to set it up while we were in the hospital! She tells me it is simple.
As far as the look of the SNOO, it fits right in with a modern, clean aesthetic. And you can’t say that about many baby gadgets! Why are so many children’s accessories eye sores in your home? Ugh. Anyway, this device is certainly not one of those eye sores. It’s a beautiful thing.
Other considerations for the SNOO
Now, on the other hand, there are a few things I just want to be sure to share, in the interest of full disclosure and transparency.
No doubt about it, this is a pricey item. At over $1,000, it might be the most pricey “gadget” or piece of equipment you buy for your newborn. For that reason, I encourage you to do your research. If you decide to move forward with the SNOO (which I recommend!), try to take advantage of any discounts available. In fact, right now, they are offering 40 percent off on the SNOO website.
The Timeframe of Use
This plays into the consideration above… Not only is it pricey, but it has a short life. The SNOO authorities recommend that you wean the baby off of this and move him or her to a crib by six months.
In our situation, though, we used it for even less time for several reasons. First, as I mentioned above, Elle quickly became a great sleeper. Maybe the SNOO even influenced that! Also, we traveled with her at a very young age, so she had to learn to sleep wherever. Secondly, once she learned the skill of moving her head (a prerequisite for sleeping safely on the belly), she quickly let it be known that she preferred that. She simply prefers to sleep on her stomach, which the SNOO doesn’t allow with its swaddle system (for understandable safety reasons, emphasized above).
In fact, she started sleeping through the night at only eight weeks old. So, when that happened, we transferred her to the crib – and have never looked back.
Idea for These Considerations
I understand that this might not be in everyone’s price range, particularly given how quickly the babies grow out of this. But I have an idea for you…
Why not pair up with a friend who is having a baby six months before or after you? You can share the costs and the benefits of the SNOO!
In fact, that’s what we’ve done. We were such a fan of the SNOO in many ways. It felt like a shame to let it sit idle. So, I’ve now passed it along to a dear friend who just had a baby herself this week. I can’t wait to hear more about her experience with the SNOO!