Since having my 4th (and probably last) baby, the most talked about thing hasn’t been my baby’s adorable cheeks or sweet baby coos. Even though his cheeks and coos rock! The thing I’m asked about most is what my experience with The Happiest Baby SNOO is like.
If you’re new here, I’m a 4th time mom and three time terrible sleeping baby survivor. Meaning, all three of my children prior to Jude were lousy sleepers. Hindsight, there are many things I did wrong and vowed to never do again. I was never really strict on schedules or routines. Do not judge, and allow me to explain.
There was a lot of things going on during Eden’s newborn days. I was a morning news anchor which means I went into work at 2 AM. I was in bed most evenings by 5 or 6 PM. Now, please explain to me how a baby can get on a normal schedule with that mess of a work life. Not to mention, my husband was living in Savannah while we were in Lexington, Kentucky.
With Adam I started off with a good routine, but then at 6 weeks old we almost lost him to RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus). When he was released from the hospital, everything changed and he started co-sleeping with us and I held him at every nap. Honestly, I rarely put him down. I don’t regret it because that was a really tough thing to experience.
During my pregnancy with Jude, I decided I would make some drastic changes with sleeping so I started my research early. I heard about the Happiest Baby SNOO from an Instagram Ad. I remember looking at the video, thinking it was cool and moving on. Later that month one of my good friends told me she had bought a second-hand SNOO for her son. She raved about it and said that her baby slept amazing around the two month mark. Her son was in the SNOO consistently until he was about 8 months old.
After hearing her testimony I was intrigued. I did my research and came to the conclusion it was a “must have”. I decided to go with the rental program, because Jude is (likely) my last baby. The website was super easy to navigate and provided a wealth of knowledge. I scheduled our SNOO to arrive on the date I was supposed to be induced. It arrived in one giant box promptly when I needed it!
The SNOO was incredibly easy to assemble. Even for a sleep deprived, postpartum mom…the baby bed was a synch to put together. The SNOO came with three “5-Second” swaddles, organic Cotton fitted sheet and a waterproof mattress. All of these items you get to keep after you’re finished with the SNOO and ready to return it.
For anyone nervous about the rental program, The SNOO is sanitized in a 5-step process:
Vacuum: A high-powered vacuum is used to remove any fine dust or small particles.
Sanitize: Baby-safe, hospital-approved products (chosen for nurseries and newborn intensive care units) are used to clean each SNOO thoroughly.
Steam: Ultra-hot steam—with a plant-based, hypo-allergenic, eco-friendly formula—is used to deep clean the inner and outer mesh.
Replace: Each SNOO comes with 3 brand new, organic cotton sleep sacks (1 small + 1 medium + 1 large), plus a new mattress, waterproof mattress cover and organic cotton fitted sheet.
Certify Safety: the company finishes their work by fully testing, tuning and certifying your SNOO, including all levels of motion and sound, safety clip sensors, etc.
With the SNOO comes a free app. Honestly, the app is my favorite. From your phone, you can control the settings on the bed. The app lets you customize SNOO to your baby’s preferences…for less crying and more sleep! You can control SNOO (and take a peek at how your baby is sleeping) from anywhere. I’ve even controlled the settings from my next door neighbor’s house (he was supervised, of course!). When your baby’s sleep hits a rough patch, you can boost the motion/sound to quickly get your baby back on track.
The app also keeps a sleep log of your baby, which let me tell you… when you are sleep deprived, it’s hard to keep anything straight. By having the sleep log I am able to not only see how much Jude is sleeping, but how much I am sleeping. Basically, if he’s up… I’m up.
To control the SNOO, it’s really simple. There is a button on the front that starts the bed’s motion and white noise. I lay Jude down on the swaddle, velcro his arms into place and zip up the sack and turn the bed on. (Note: you can swaddle their legs with an additional swaddle under the sack if you think they will get cold).
Jude has been sleeping in the baby bed for a month now. Some nights are better than others, but I don’t think that has anything to do with the bed, I think it has more to do with the fact that he’s only 4 weeks old.
Last night was our best night! He slept for 4 hours and 48 minutes uninterrupted. I actually had to wake him up to feed him. He was up for 20 minutes to nurse and then back to sleep for 3 hours. IT WAS GAME CHANGING! I felt human today, woohoo!
So here is a breakdown of my pros and cons of the Happiest Baby SNOO Baby Bed:
- The App
- Adds 1-2 hours of sleep, but I think it will add more than that!
- Naturally sleep trains, no need to cry-it-out
- If Jude wakes, SNOO waits about 8 seconds before increasing to the next level.
- The white noise increases with each level.
- SNOO touts gradually helping babies by 2-3 months sleeping 7-10 hours straight.
- SNOO soothes baby while you fix a meal or catch some sleep.
- Customer support is amazing! Every story I’ve posted on IG about the SNOO, they have commented or messaged me instantly about my post. They have a 24/7.
Customer service line that is one of the best in the business! Not to mention, I am always getting notifications on the SNOO app with tips and tricks for baby’s
- So, the SNOO is expensive! The rental program does help, it’s about $112 a month: Click here to rent!
- The SNOO is not a quick fix, it takes time to get baby acclimated, but don’t give up!
- Transitioning baby out. I can’t really speak to this yet as Jude is only a month old, but I am a little nervous about transitioning him out of the SNOO. However, the SNOO has simple steps on the transition which includes slowing the motion, halting the motion sensor and keeping the white noise on.
I hope my honest review is helpful. I wish this would have been around when Luke was born. I would have 100% invested in it and purchased one new. It is worth the money if you plan to have a large family. If it’s your last child, I highly recommend the rental program.
After all, there is no price on the luxury of sleep!
*This post contains affiliate links, but is 100% my opinion based on my actual experience with the product.*