Parenting

Let this bed be your babysitter

The time has come for baby cots to step into the cyberage. The Intellicot promises to relieve both restless babies and sleepless parents.

The time has come for baby cots to step into the cyberage. The Intellicot promises to relieve both restless babies and sleepless parents.

The cot, which is set to go on sale this year, is an aquarium-like creation, with classic wooden bars swapped for a breakout-proof polycarbonate glass wall through which parents can observe their tykes.

In fact, worried moms and dads don't even need to be in the same room to watch over their little treasures--the Intellicot features a built-in video camera, connected to a portable monitor, that can be carried around the house.

A warning to neighbors and friends though: The camera can also be hooked up with the living room TV, enabling parents to share their happiness through live pictures. This might make family holiday videos seem like a blast in comparison.

The bed was created by four men whose final industrial product design project at Britain's Coventry University turned into "a labour of love."

Parents with dark circles under their eyes are already signing up for the cot, since it claims to put an end to late-hour carrying, comforting and singing. The baby is rocked to sleep by a mechanism that "simulates the natural rocking motion of a baby in a mother's arms."

Once babies are sleeping, they don't need to wake up sweating--an air circulation system takes care of hot summer nightmares.

Even parental back pain will be taken care of, since the bottom of the bed rises at the pressing of a button, high enough for the parent to pick the baby up without bending.

My only question remaining is: When will the cot start breast feeding?

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