*this product was gifted by Happiest Baby for an honest review
Being sleep deprived and having two other boys at home was my biggest worry with bringing Grizz, my third baby, home. I knew it was going to be a challenge to find the time to rest with two other kids running around the house while trying to keep my baby asleep. I was lucky enough to have family close by so that when I did need that extra sleep and help I could get it, but when I was home with the boys it was nice to know that I had the SNOO by Happiest Baby as my trusty helper.
If you don’t know what the SNOO is you can find more information about it here. It’s basically a magic bassinet-not even lying; It uses motions and white noise to help your baby stay SNOO-zin. The white noise was so necessary with my two older boys.
I once saw a negative comment about the SNOOreplacing a parent-I honestly has to laugh at this comment because the SNOO does not take away any valuable baby time. I still got my fair-okay probably overly share of cuddles, and I still rocked my baby to sleep on the nights he needed me too! The SNOO doesn’t replace it assisted. It allowed me to be the rest I needed so that I could be a better mom to all of my children. It allowed me to quickly take a shower (with the door open) while knowing that he would be safe inside. It allowed me to rest easy knowing that it was the safest possible bed option for Grizz to be in. It was the best possible assistant I could have asked for 6 months of Grizz’s life.
The swaddle of the SNOO is my very favorite part! If I couldn’t afford the SNOO I would find a way to invest in the swaddles. They are easy to use and they are 100% amazing. They use Velcro, and zip/unzip from both directions making late night bum changes a breeze! I think my favorite part about them was the way they attached to the sides of the SNOO preventing Grizz from rolling over in his sleep, and it kept his face away from the sides (which are breathable and washable). Since the swaddle hooks to the side anytime they may slip off the motion would turn off helping to keep baby safe!
After 6 months I transitioned Grizz to his crib and it was the easiest transition I have ever had with any of my children. I believe that the SNOO really helped get Grizz into a routine of being able to self-soothe and distinguish bedtime from daytime. I would nurse him change his bum, talk/sing to him, cuddle him, rock him etc. then when it was time to actually go to sleep I would put him in his SNOO and turn on the rocker part and give him his pacifier, and he learned how to put himself to sleep on the gentle mode. I believe that since he learned at such a young age how to put himself to sleep without nursing, a bottle, or myself that it made the crib switch really a breeze. They do have options for helping to transition your baby from SNOO to crib but I honestly haven’t even read them! When I noticed Grizz getting to big for the SNOO around 5 months I started weaning him off the motion of the SNOO by turning it off once he fell asleep. Once he coped with (that about 3 nights) I stopped using the motion on the SNOO completely and just used the swaddle/attach part. After he got use to that I moved him to his crib and he began self soothing and sleeping through the night like a champ, I used the swaddle in the crib for about a week, but he began rolling over so I stopped.
I took to my Instagram page and decided to open up the questions to my followers because I felt there questions are would be the best help here are some of them..
My sister @lishellet asked: Does it rock all the time or just when the baby starts crying?
It has a continuous rocking motion that is very gentle that doesn’t turn off unless you turn the SNOO off. It does have the ability to recognize the babies cries and the rocking will get stronger for an upset baby, either jiggling the baby back to sleep or just to a calm state. If the baby is still upset you will be alerted through the app the baby is in need, and the SNOO will turn off. The app also has a feature if you choose to go this route to choose the weaning feature available on the app; This features turns off SNOOs constant motion but allows SNOO to respond if this baby starts to cry.
@lishellet also has a funny story. Her SNOO was rocking her baby on a more medium speed but her baby was fast asleep. She sent me a video asking if it was normal? While listening to the video she sent I heard her dogs crying in their crates, we figured out that her crying dog (in the same room) was causing the SNOO to jiggle faster-haha! It really does adjust to cries :)
Do you feel like it made the transition harder?
I honestly thing the SNOO helped make transitions easier because it allowed Grizz to learn how to self soothe.
@northcountrylittles Also asked: do you feel like it shook the head too much? One video I watched looked a little aggressive.
I will admit the first time it got to the point of Grizz getting so upset that it went through all its settings I was a bit concerned about the speed of the jiggling. I sat and watched and noticed that the time of each jiggling motion may have got stronger but the amount of time it lasted got less and less until the SNOO turned off. Another thing to note when this did happen those few times Grizz was so angry and stiff as a board that the SNOO was barely making his head move.
@elizabethblairollis asked two questions the first being: Did you let it sush baby back to sleep? And if so, how did you decide when to comfort baby yourself or to let the SNOO comfort?
When he was a tiny 2 week newborn I used it more like a bassinet rather than using the rocker at night. I have found with my own babies that they will often choose sleeping over eating-I didn’t want anything to interrupt his natural drive to eat by being rocked back to sleep-I personally know with my own kids they prefer sleeping rather than waking up.
Which is why I chose to forego the rocking motion all night until after two weeks. I used the rocking mode to get him to sleep but as soon as he would fall asleep I would actually turn the rocker off because like I stated above I didn’t want to miss his feeding ques. Once we finally got a feeding schedule down (around 1 month) , I started using the rocker all night because he and I both knew his cues.
The second question by @elizabethblairollis:
Also, did you let it use all soothing settings?
I think there was only a few times when the SNOO rocked to the point of shutting off, it can sense your babies types of cries and will actually turn off and you will get an alert on your phone saying “Baby needs you”; this only happened about three times-all during the day and usually on days when I had tried everything to comfort him so I didn’t mind letting the SNOO go through all its settings because I already felt like I had tried everything-sometimes it worked sometimes it didn’t.
Here’s something so FUN @elizabethblairollis actually owns a SNOO and gave us her very own opinion on it!
“We love the SNOO - our little one sleeps better in it than anything else we’ve tried (though still not through the night). We’ve gotten a few four hour stretches which are amazing compared to the 15-30 minutes I was getting- I unfortunately was not blessed with great sleepers, but otherwise my little ones are so happy so I’ll pick my battles.”
My most asked question was
Is it worth the money?
In my experience it is definitely worth the money! It helped Grizz develop the BEST sleep habits and ability to self-soothe. As mommas we always hear that the 3rd baby is the hardest...well I think I owe it to Happiest baby for making Grizz the happiest baby and me the happiest momma to three because of all the SNOO-zin we all got!