When I first started reviewing smart baby tech, the last word I would have used to describe most of it was essential.
App connected chairs or monitors seemed to me as a new parent like helpful luxuries.
But I got my hand son the Fisher-Price Smart Connect Sweeper, and I'm having a hard time imagining going back to life without it.
Sleepers like this can basically be used as beds for the first year or so of your baby's life.
They're comfortable, keep kids on their backs to avoid SIDS, and include these rockers on the bottom to let parents Soothe their children.
Just from a design stand point, Fisher Price's sleeper is one of the best on the market, and for $100 it's really competitive with other co-sleepers and basinets, and that's before you even factor in all of it's smarts.
Here's the cool part, the sleeper includes this control panel so you can play your baby music and ambient sounds Set the bed to vibrate in different patterns and intensities and set the sleeper to rock at different speeds.
Plus you can control all of that through the app and set a timer to stop the movement and music after your kid's fallen asleep.
I can think of a few features that I'd like to see on a product like this such as being able to play my own music on the speakers via bluetooth.
But really because of the modest price point of the sleeper.
Those are pretty minor concerns.
Bottom like the question is.
How well does this thing occupy your baby?
And keep him or her comfortably asleep?
In my case my son has been using the sleeper at least six hours per day for the last week.
And he's been loving it.
After my experience with this device not to mention it's solid design and features, I'm excited to tell all of my friends regardless of whether they're interested in smart tech or not that this is a must buy.
And that's why I've awarded the Fisher Price smart connect sleeper an editors choice award.