5 Amazing High-Tech Bassinets That Will Put Your Baby To Sleep

Clocking in a solid stretch of sleep as a new parent isn't just a dream.

November 14, 2017
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Here’s the least surprising thing you’ll read today: Babies—and their parents—need sleep. But getting a baby to actually sleep like one can be tough. Off-key lullabies and late-night pacing don’t always do the trick, and it’s hard to function as a snooze operator when you’re short a few Zzz’s yourself.

Related: Which Is Really Better For Your Baby: A Strict Schedule Or A More Relaxed Routine?

To help ease the never-getting-any-sleep struggle of new parents, brands have created teched-out baby bassinets that do much more than manually rock and awkwardly vibrate. The updated robo-models—some designed by sleep experts and MIT engineers (because yes, that’s the type of brainpower required to get an infant back to bed)—arm parents with a new range of go-to-sleep tricks, including rocking movements that cue up based on the volume of crying and motions that replicate a moving car.

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“It’s nice to have something in your back pocket for those specific difficult nights,” says Monica Simmons, R.N., a pediatric nurse and founder of Premier Baby Planners in Phoenix, AZ, especially for excessively fussy babies, such as those with colic. After all, sleep is not a luxury—it’s critical for everyone’s physical and mental wellbeing. Just make sure to avoid any sleeper that says it can reduce the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), doesn’t meet safe sleep requirements, or lacks automatic shutoffs, Simmons adds. “However, these items aren’t cheap—some of them cost upwards of $1,900—have a short lifespan and can potentially create a false sense of security, so trust your instincts about what you really need.”

Curious? Here are a few of the newest products that rock—and a whole lot more.

Related: Why We Decided To Let Our Baby Sleep In Our Bed

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Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Luxe

This cozy little cocoon can be positioned right next to your bed so you can reach in and soothe your night owl back to sleep without actually having to get up. If that doesn’t work, the bed does include some fancy features: It vibrates and has a playlist of slumber-inducing sounds and lullabies which can be timed to click off after 30 minutes.

Buy it: $299, Amazon.com

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Ford Max Motor Dreams

You know how babies always seem to tucker out in the car? Well a car manufacturer decided to replicate that technology—in a crib. This bed has LEDs that simulate the hazy glow of streetlights, soft movements, and even the gentle hum of the car, ahem crib’s, engine. And get this: You can record your typical driving routes with an app and the crib will replicate them. The catch? It was introduced by Ford Spain and is still a prototype, but the company says if the demand is high enough, they’ll produce it.

Check it out: Price currently unavailable, Youtube.com

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Fisher-Price Soothing Motion Bassinet

This tried-and-true parenting fave is great for convincing your baby that sleep is indeed a good idea when it’s 2 a.m. It softly sways, has an easy-on-the-eyes night light, calming vibrations and serene sounds. Watch his eyelids close in 3, 2…

Buy it: $92, Amazon.com

Related: 10 Mistakes You're Making Every Time You Go To Bed

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SNOO Smart Sleeper

This beautifully designed bed was created by pediatrician Harvey Karp (a.k.a. the baby sleep whisperer) and touts that exhaustion is optional. It adjusts white noise (from soft rain to womb sound) and level of motion (slow swing to faster jiggle) based on how intensely your baby is crying. If she doesn’t quiet down and doze off after three minutes, it stops so you know additional attention is needed. Now that’s a smart crib. Sure, it's more costly than some of the other options here, but what price a good night's sleep?

Buy it: $1,160, Happiestbaby.com

Related: How Your Weekend Sleep Routine Affects Your Health

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Renault The Dream Cradle

In a smooth move, auto manufacturer Renault, and baby gear company Chicco, partnered up to create this snooze-worthy piece of gear. Via an app, parents can change the intensity, direction, and even the slope of the bassinet’s rocking. But before you click buy, it isn’t available until spring of 2018.

Check it out: Price currently unavailable, Youtube.com