Can a Bassinet or Swing Really Tell If Your Baby Is Crying?
Can a Bassinet or Swing Really Tell If Your Baby Is Crying?
March 31, 2020

Can a Bassinet or Swing Really Tell If Your Baby Is Crying?

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Can a Bassinet or Swing Really Tell If Your Baby Is Crying?.
Can a Bassinet or Swing Really Tell If Your Baby Is Crying?

If you’re a new (or soon-to-be-new) parent, you may have noticed that baby-related technology is… everywhere. There are monitors that tell you how much your baby sleeps. Wireless breast pumps. And bottles that digitally track how much your baby eats. While it can be incredible to have so much support at the touch of a button, it can also be overwhelming. How will technology play into your parenting style?

It’s especially tricky because most of us haven’t had a chance to try all this new gear (the downside of it being new). So we partnered with Graco to test two of their newest soothing technologies, the Sense2Snooze Bassinet and the Sense2Soothe Swing, to get the inside scoop on what to expect from smart baby gear.

How Cry Detection Works

The Sense2Snooze Bassinet and Sense2Soothe Swing both utilize Graco’s unique Cry Detection Technology, which works by listening for your baby’s cries using a special microphone. When it hears your baby, it activates a series of calming techniques (movement, vibration and soothing sounds) until it finds the right combination to soothe your baby. But how does that work in practice?

The first thing you’ll want to know is that yes, this bassinet actually can hear your baby’s cries. When your baby fusses, the Cry Detection light turns green to let you know that it’s doing its thing. If you watch the video here, you’ll see that the Sense2Snooze essentially replicates what you might do if you were to pick up your baby and try to rock them back to sleep, adjusting the speed, vibration and sound until it finds just the right combination to soothe your baby back to sleep. If your baby is still fussy after a few minutes, the light will turn red indicating it’s time to come get them.

The Sense2Soothe Swing works almost identically to the Sense2Snooze Bassinet, but with even more motion options (eight to be exact) that you can see in action here. It can also be used manually when Cry Detection mode is turned off and as a portable rocker when you detach it from the base.

Both the Sense2Snooze Bassinet and Sense2Soothe Swing feature Parent Mode, which lets you save your baby’s favorite settings and personalize the soothing pattern to their preferences (if only they made these for adults, right?).

Why You Might Like a Smart Swing Or Bassinet

If you’re considering a smart bassinet or swing like one of these, you may be asking yourself—couldn’t I just do that myself? Surely I could press a button to soothe my child? Or, you know, pick them up? And yes, you’re right. Parents have been rocking their babies to sleep with nothing but biceps and willpower for hundreds of thousands of years (and nobody’s Cry Detection will ever be as powerful as your own). But that’s not really what this technology ended up being about for us.

During our test of Graco’s Cry Detection technology, we were surprised to find that it alleviated one of the core challenges of having a newborn: the baby fusses and you either drop everything immediately to respond, or you spend a few fretful minutes trying to figure out if it’s a serious cry or one they’ll work out on their own.

Graco Sense 2 Soothe Swing

While there’s no way to turn off the part of your brain that lights up when your baby cries, with the addition of this gear, we felt like we had permission to pause before jumping into action. The Cry Detection technology would do its part first, and if that didn’t work then we could intervene (and it worked a lot). That permission to pause is one that’s rarely afforded to new parents, and can be really valuable during those early days when every whimper feels like an emergency.

So if you’re considering smart gear like the Sense2Snooze Bassinet and Sense2Soothe Swing, you may find that the extra helping hand of this new technology has an unexpected (and pleasant) impact on finding your equilibrium as a new parent. You might even be able to finish the dishes without interruption.

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