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.
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.