Video of robot cot rocking baby to sleep causes a stir

Sarah Carty
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

A video showing a baby being rocked to sleep in a robot cot has sparked a fierce debate online.

Parents all over the web are conflicted over the now world-famous Snoo Smart Sleeper, which was created by Dr. Harvey Karp, the man behind The Happiest Baby on the Block book.

In the video, which was posted to the Facebook page ‘In The Know Innovation’, the baby can be seen wrapped in a swaddle, being rocked to sleep by the cot.

However, while some people think the cot is a genius invention, others don’t agree.

“How incredibly sad. Mothers need to spend their time bonding,” one woman wrote on the Facebook comments.

“This is vile and disgusting! Why would you want to literally pin your baby down and shake them to sleep!? Not only that…it’s your child! Don’t be so lazy, cuddle your child when they cry and get them off to sleep yourself no matter how long it takes. It’s your job as a parent,” another woman wrote.

A commenter wrote: “These parents don’t even want to “parent” anymore…just another thing so they can sit on their phones and not have to interact with their child. I feel so sorry for the next generation.”

But not everyone agreed, with some people thinking the invention could be a lifesaver.

According to the Happiest Baby website, the bed ‘boosts sleep 1-2+ hours by soothing babies with the constant rumbly sound and gentle rocking they loved in the womb.’

It also claims to ‘hear’ your baby cry and ‘automatically responds with 5 levels of gradually stronger white noise and motion to find the best level to soothe fussing’.

As far as the swaddling goes, the website claims it prevents the risk of rolling and the rhythmic motion helps the baby learn how to self soothe.

Celebrities have long been fans of the $1,160 cot, with Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher raving over it.

“For kid number two we got one of those Snoos,” Kutcher said on an episode of the ‘Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard’ podcast.

“It’s an oscillating bed…it has a sensor in it so the louder the kid cries, the faster it goes and puts the kid back to sleep, it’s incredible.”

He went on to say that the robotic crib actually helped their adorable son, Dimitri sleep for six hours on the third day of life.

“I’m eternally grateful to the Snoo for that,” he said.

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