Let’s start at the beginning.
Baby girl was great as we came out the hospital, she slept for two hour stretches, ate and went right back to sleep. I would think to myself “wow, I have such an amazing baby!”. Everything was going so well for about a week an a half when out of no where she no longer would sleep at night. She would do these crazy all nighters, from around 10 pm to 6 am. She was fussy, crying and sleepless but nothing we did would sooth her. Our poor baby would eventually knock out at 6 am of exhaustion along with my husband and I. I swore my baby was broken lol I had never heard of anyone going through what we were especially since it was not colic or anything we would pin point aside from the fact that Salomé just didn’t want to sleep.
One sleep deprived night, I was rocking baby girl and scrolling through my Instagram feed trying to stay up when I came across an ad for the SNOO. I clicked on the link desperate for anything that would help Salomé sleep, but mostly what would give Eduardo and I even an ounce of rest at night. As I read more into what the SNOO does and the reviews of other struggling parents, I was convinced we needed this bassinet in our lives ASAP.
What Does the SNOO Do?
The SNOO basically is a robot in the form of a really cute modern bassinet. The SNOO detects when the baby is fussing and adjusts its self to one of four levels of soothing. The soothing consists of white noise and a rocking/swaying motion. The white noise and swaying are consistently going for as long as the SNOO is on. The SNOO does have the option to stop the white noise and or the motion, however the beauty of the two are how well they work together to sooth your baby. Along with the white noise and swaying motion, the SNOO is used with a specific swaddle that is designed to keep your baby snug and safe. The swaddle is designed to keep your baby on its back at all times as well as maintain your baby stabilized as the swaying motion increases during soothing. The white noise, swaying motion and swaddle all work together like magic!
How Much Does the SNOO Cost?
The SNOO is definitely an investment, or at least that’s how my husband and I saw it. An investment in our sleep, better sleep equals better parenting or at least that’s what we told ourselves. The SNOO is a whooping $1,300.00 for the package which includes.
- SNOO Bed
- 4 Legs
- Power Adapter
- Power Cable Holder
- 3 SNOO Sacks (S, M, L)
- Mattress with Fitted Sheet
Of course, coughing up $1,300.00 for a bassinet that your not even sure will work for your fussy baby is not easy. Which is why SNOO offers a rental program, a great way to try out the SNOO for a month at a time and give it a shot at a reasonable price.
Although my husband and I were willing to try ANYTHING for some rest, we did our research and quickly realized that renting wasn’t the best option for us. On the SNOO websites it advertise the rental option as $100 a month, which sounds great! However, what they don’t mention up front is the $300 deposit as well as taxes. With the deposit, taxes and rental fee the total was close to $600.00, which is half the price to purchase the SNOO. My husband had the brillant idea to look on Offer Up and luckily in my area several people were selling their SNOO for around $600-$700, which would be the price of the rental. So we obviously went with purchasing the SNOO from a lovely couple whose 3 month old had transitioned to his crib and had nothing but amazing things to say about their experience.
Is the SNOO Worth it?
If you ask my husband whether the SNOO is worth it or not, you will get an immediate “Hell Yeah!”.
I will never forget the first time she slept in her SNOO and I witnessed the magic. My husband set up the SNOO, which was very easy and hassle free, and we got Salomé ready for her nap. We put her to sleep, placed her into the swaddle and pushed the button to turn the SNOO on. About 30 minutes into her nap she started to fuss, wiggle and cry (Her usual routine) but without skipping a beat the SNOO went to work. The SNOO increased the white noise and swayed a little faster as it entered the next level and that’s when it happened. Salomé started to calm down, she stopped crying, her wiggling settled and she slowly closed her eyes again… she was back asleep in less than a minute. At that exact moment I knew without a doubt that the SNOO was worth every penny.
It took my daughter a few days to adjust to the movement and the swaddling of the SNOO but we immediately saw the results we had only dreamed of. Salomé went from waking up every 30 mins crying to 2 hour stretches waking only to feed. It was beautiful, you never truly appreciate sleep until you have a newborn, but with the SNOO getting some rest and sleep is actually possible.
The SNOO is still pretty expensive in my opinion regardless if you do what we did and look for one second hand, rent or buy it. However, my only regret is not using the SNOO the moment we came home from the hospital. Salomé is 2 months and is sleeping in 4-5 hour stretches at night, so for my husband and I the SNOO is more than worth it.
I was once a desperate, delusional, sleep deprived mother just like many of you. If you need any more info or have any questions I’d love to help simply comment below!