For those of you thinking about purchasing (or renting) the SNOO, I wanted to provide an honest review and share my experience.
When my husband showed me a $1,300 bassinet for our first baby, I told him he was crazy! From what I had been told, babies don’t stay in a bassinet long, so it’s not worth it to spend a ton of money on one, much less $1,300. Boy was I wrong!
The more research I started doing on bassinets and the SNOO, in particular, the more convinced I was that we needed it. With their 30-day flexible return policy, you are able to test out the bassinet, and if you are not satisfied, they offer a full refund. I figured we had nothing to lose, so we placed an order in early August for a November delivery.
We have now been using the SNOO for three months, and I can confidently say, the SNOO is by far the best baby purchase we have made. Elliott is exclusively breastfed and has been sleeping in the SNOO since he came home from the hospital. The first few weeks, he woke up every 2-3 hours to nurse (night and day), but by 6 weeks he was sleeping 5-6 hours at night and 9 hours by 8 weeks. Elliott is now 3 months old and sleeps an average of 10-12 hours at night. He also takes all of his naps in the SNOO. Sometimes I have to wake him in the morning, or during the day to nurse. Even our pediatrician is impressed with how well he sleeps!
We put Elliott in the SNOO alert but tired, and he falls asleep by himself. One of the cool things about this bassinet is that it listens to the baby. If the baby starts crying it will soothe him by increasing both the rocking and white noise. It has four levels after the base level. Once the baby is soothed, the SNOO will go back to the baseline level. If the baby cannot be comforted, the SNOO will shut off at level 4. Honestly, some of the levels were a bit intense for my liking. We capped the SNOO’s motion to level 2 movement, and it works just fine for us. An added benefit is that the SNOO comes with an iPhone/Android compatible app which allows you to track sleep and monitor/adjust levels remotely.
If these features haven’t sold you yet, the safety factor will. I’m a crazy, paranoid mom and I feel calm knowing Elliott is sleeping in the SNOO, as it is the safest bassinet on the market. On top of this, it’s super easy to use! It comes with three different sized swaddle sacks (small, medium and large). The sack has “wings” that then slide into the actual bassinet and has a 2-step close process. You place the baby inside and velcro the strap across their body with their arms at the side. Once the velcro is in place, you zip up the sack and viola: the baby is settled and safe. Keeping him comfortable and providing a safe utero like environment. Once it’s turned on, the SNOO starts at a baseline, slightly rocking the baby to sleep. It also plays white noise, which again mimics the uterus experience.
On top of all of these features, the SNOO is gorgeous! It has a mid-century, modern feel to it and is very minimalistic. I like to think of it as the Tesla of bassinets!
The SNOO is recommended for up to 6 months, where most other bassinets are limited to 3 months. I feel like we are getting our money’s worth! Once the baby is ready to transition to the crib, there is a weening mode that is available and recommended.
I can already see that the SNOO is creating better sleeping habits for Elliott. Helping him sleep longer and better, which in turn is helping us sleep.
If you are interested in pulling the trigger, but the price is holding you back, sign up for emails on their website, or follow them on social media. The company runs promos from time to time and will announce them on both platforms. Recently, they have rolled out a rental program, which could be more budget friendly for some!
Whether you are looking to purchase or rent, I’d be happy to answer any questions! Feel free to reach out!
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