On the latest episode of “Armchair Expert,” a podcast created and hosted by Dax Shephard, actor and father Ashton Kutcher spoke about his love for a “robot crib” that finally got his son Dmitri to sleep. According to the former Punk‘d host, the amazing futuristic bed was created by the doc behind The Happiest Baby on the Block book, and had his son sleeping an astonishing six straight hours on only his third night home from the hospital. Talk about an incredible feat, not to mention a perfect product plug.
“We got one of those Snoos,” Kutcher told Shepard. “Have you heard of this thing?”
It may sound like Kutcher is misremembering the name or the crib or just making a name up, but the Snoo Smart Sleeper is actually a real device. The $1,200 oscillating “smart” crib was designed by Dr. Harvey Karp, the some-might-say genius behind the ‘5s’ method of getting crying babies to sleep: Swaddle, Side or Stomach, Shush, Swing, and Suck. The Snoo essentially puts the 5s into action and does the shushing and shaking for you. And while they haven’t become the go-to crib for most parents, largely due to the high price tag, they have developed a growing and devoted fanbase. Of which Kutcher is obviously a part, as he raved to Shepard about all the amazing things the Snoo can do to get a baby to sleep.
“It’s got a sensor in it, so the louder the kid cries, the faster it goes,” Kutcher explained. “And it puts the kid back to sleep!”
While Kutcher may be all-in on the Snoo, podcast listeners had a mixed reaction to the futuristic crib. Some agreed with and sang the Snoo’s praises, but many others felt that it was either overpriced or less effective than people have tried to claim.