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If your entire home can be “smart,” then why not your baby gear, too? Technology is an amazing thing, and it has brought us tons of advancements that make raising babies easier and safer. (Yay STEM!) All the rage lately are smart bassinets — the next generation of bassinets that go beyond the standard version we grew up with. These smart bassinets have amazing features like the ability to sense when your baby is crying, and all sorts of other bells and whistles that can help parents of newborns finally get some extra shut-eye. And whether you’re a techy gadget-lover or not, that’s something we can all appreciate.
Among the most well-known smart bassinets is the SNOO, which is fabulous and well-reviewed — but also, pricey. At around $1,600, it’s not exactly a purchase that most of us can just run out and make, especially since the majority have a ton of other expensive baby gear to buy. (NB: You can rent the SNOO for $159/month for a slightly more affordable option.)
Never fear, though! There are a ton of other smart bassinets on the market that are comparable to the SNOO, with features like swaying movements and vibrations, soft ambient nightlights, and sounds and melodies that will soothe even the fussiest of babies, not to mention keep them nearby so they’re always within arm’s reach. We have compiled a list of the best SNOO alternatives, so that you can buy your baby the smartest smart bassinet possible … while still keeping your budget intact. Your wallet, and your iced coffee addiction, will thank you.