When I became pregnant with our second baby, my husband's new job as a first responder required him to work up to 16 hours at a time, with some shifts taking place overnight. Having already survived one newborn tour of duty just three years earlier, the memory of my former self struggling through those early weeks of sleep deprivation and the baby blues was still fresh. My husband had a different job back then and had been by my side for all of those night feedings and diaper changes. If it was difficult then, I couldn't imagine how much harder it would be on my own now with my toddler added to the mix.
My quest for better sleep lead me to a product called the Snoo Smart Sleeper. The Snoo was created by pediatrician and child development expert Dr. Harvey Karp. It's a smart bassinet that is designed to soothe a baby in less than a minute by recreating womb-like sounds and motions, which adjust in response to your baby. Unlike most other newborn bassinets, it can also be used for babies up to 6 months old (or when the baby gets up on his hands and knees). After studying thousands of infants who slept in a Snoo, Dr. Harvey Karp and his team at Happiest Baby discovered that most of those babies slept an extra hour, if not more. By 3 months old, they were also regularly sleeping over nine hours each night.