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Cradlewise vs SNOO: Which Smart Bassinet Is Best? [2022]

In Parenting by Tim Brennan

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The stage is set for another battle of bassinets, and this time it’s the Cradlewise vs SNOO Smart Sleeper! There are some key differences between these two brands that make them unique.

Here is a breakdown of the major differences between the two:

The Cradlewise convertible smart crib mimics bouncing a baby in one’s arms, and it has a built-in baby monitor with night vision. The SNOO smart sleeper’s bouncing emulates life inside a mother’s womb, and it includes a patented safety swaddle called an SNOO Sack to prevent rolling.  While SNOO is designed for infants up to six months, Cradlewise converts from a bassinet to a crib and can be used up until 24 months.

Whether you are a first-time parent or a seasoned vet, my goal is to help you figure out which of these two smart cribs is the better option to help your family sleep better.


Cradlewise Convertible Smart Crib

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The Cradlewise Convertible Smart Crib is an intelligent all in one smart crib that includes a baby monitor, built-in sound machine, and room temperature sensor. The crib was designed from the ground up to help babies get a more restful night’s sleep. Key features include a built-in baby monitor that monitors sleep and automatically soothes your child with natural bouncing motion when it detects signs of waking up.

If you are a new mom or dad, the fact that the Cradlewise monitors movements—and you can track your baby via the mobile application—should give you added peace of mind.

The Cradlewise Crib is GREENGUARD Gold Certified. This means that the crib is proven to have low levels of chemical emissions, making it a safe healthy choice for your family.

Cradlewise reached out to me with some corrections for this review. They also invited me to some impressive demos of the cradle that included testimonals from parents who are raving fans of this product. The CEO and founder of the company, Radhika Patil, and her husband Bharath care deeply about helping families achieve better sleep. In fact, everyone I have interacted with at this company has been super responsive and helpful in putting together this review.

 Pros

  • 100 night risk-free trial (with free shipping) compared to 30 nights for SNOO.
  • Dual-purpose bassinent and crib from infant to 24 months compared to SNOO which is just a bassinet for up to six months only.
  •  Built-in baby monitor with night vision and audio monitoring.
  • Made from Green Gold Certified non-toxic materials with breathable mesh sides.
  •  Adjustable bassinet height.
  •  Smart sensors that know when your baby is about to wake up.
  • Comprehesive sleep tracking data available in the mobile app.

 Cons

  • It’s pricey, but it costs about the same as SNOO; however, you can use it four times longer.
  • Does not come with a swaddle or a harness like SNOO (or other cribs) to keep your baby from rolling over.

Video Reviews

Here are some video testimonials that Cradlewise shared with me from parents who own the Cradlewise Smart Crib.

Video Credit: Cradlewise

Video Credit: Cradlewise

Where To Get It

The Cradlewise Crib is available now at Cradlewise.com.


SNOO Baby Bassinet

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Invented by child sleep expert and author of The Happiest Baby on the Block, Dr. Harvey Karp, the SNOO Smart Sleeper is a baby bassinet that can rock and play white noise to lull your infant to sleep, but that’s not all it does. It also responds to a baby’s cries with gentle rocking and sound stimulation. The motions was designed to “emulate life inside a mother’s womb” to lull fussing babies back to sleep.

A standout feature of the SNOO Smart Sleeper is an adjustable safety swaddle callled the SNOO Sack that securely fastens your baby to the crib in a postion to prevent risky rolling. While the SNOO Sack makes some parents I spoke with uneasy, others said it gives them peace of mind to know that their baby can sleep through the night without fear of rolling over.

In weighing options between Cradlewise vs SNOO, it is worth mentioning that SNOO has a rental option for parents who want to save money. The considerable cost savings may be worth it for some families.

Pros

  • SNOO can detect a baby fussing and the self-rocking cradle responds with gradually stronger motion to soothe your baby.
  • The crib’s breathable mesh walls and overall design give it a premium feel.
  • SNOO includes adjustable swaddle fasteners and three SNOO sacks to keep your baby on her or his back while asleep.
  • Smart app logs sleep and lets you adjust the bassinet’s rocking motion and sound.
  • There is a preemie mode and also a weaning option for when it comes time to transition to a crib.

Cons

  • The SNOO is a bassinet designed for infants up to 6 months only; you will need to buy a crib after your baby outgrows the SNOO.
  • There is no separate built baby monitor, tracking is done via the SNOO app.
  • There are no gesture controls to change the motion of the bassinet like those with Cradlewise.

Video Review

Here is a nice video overview of the SNOO that I found out on the SNOO YouTube channel followed by an interesting review from a Pediatric Sleep Consultant.

Video Credit: Happiest Baby

Video Credit: Little Z’s Sleep

Where To Buy It

You can pick up the SNOO either from the Happiest Baby website or right over at Amazon.  I’ll include a button to Amazon below.


Feature Comparison: Cradlewise vs SNOO

Comparing Cradlewise vs SNOO Smart bassinets, the things that stands out to me most is that Cradlewise can be used for a much longer duration that SNOO.

Baby Monitor

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Cradlewise has pioneered the baby monitoring functionality by adding a video monitor with night vision, audio monitoring, and syncing all this to their nifty app.

The night vision camera allows you to watch your baby via your smartphone without turning on the lights. It has a zoom-in and out option for when you want to peek at the baby up close. There’s one way to tell if your baby needs a diaper change!

The SNOO Smart sleeper does not have a baby monitor (video or audio). You’ll need to install a separate video monitor in your room for this. The functionality of the SNOO is limited to tracking the sleeping pattern of your infant based on sensors installed in the crib itself.

Bouncing/Pacifying Action

Both bassinets are designed with rocking motions for soothing purposes but have different methods.

SNOO imitates the motion a baby experiences inside its mother’s womb. Dr. Karp refers to the motion to calm fussing as the “Jell-O head jiggle” because babies require a very short, jiggling motion to help them relax. When you rock your baby to sleep, you’re moving him or her into a state of deep relaxation. This causes a reflex that activates the “balance” center of the brain and turns it on. The SNOO swings back and forth for a quarter of an inch on each side.

Also with the SNOO, your baby’s is always positioned on their back using SNOO’s patented safety swaddle designed to prevent risky rolling.

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One of the best Snoo alternatives, the Cradlewise Smart Crib works in three phases. This includes a Quiet Phase, an Active Phase, and a Cry Phase.

The Quiet Phase is when the baby is awake, but quietly observing its environment. The Active Phase is when the baby is full of energy and responding to sights and sounds. Finally, the Cry Phase is when the baby is crying and does not respond to other external stimuli like sound and motion.

Cradlewise spots the baby’s Quiet Phase wake-up signs. It then helps the baby sleep by bouncing softly before they reach the Active Phase. This is their Quiet Sight Technology.

This prevents the baby from waking up and reaching the Cry Phase. The Cradlewise mimics the natural and soothing movement of a mom bouncing the baby in her arms. The crib’s movements are extremely smooth and absolutely quiet in operation.

Duration of Use

The SNOO is designed as a pure bassinet and can be used until your baby turns around six months old.  Cradlewise on the other hand can function as both a bassinet as well as a crib. It has a height-adjustable bed that can be pulled up to convert the bassinet into a crib and vice versa.

As a result, the Cradlewise can be utilized as both a bassinet and a crib and will support your child up until 24 months.

Operating Noise

Both the bassinets are designed to be as natural and soothing as possible. The SNOO has a sound machine that creates white noise, that is an effective way of calming your baby down by recreating the sounds heard in utero. If you want more control over the type and level of sound, then this may not work for you as the noise cannot be turned off. SNOO does not have background music or nature sounds.

The Cradlewise on the other hand, supports both music and white noise, which can both be turned off at the parents’ will.

Auto Stop

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The SNOO constantly rocks your baby with varying frequencies throughout the night. Some parents have expressed concern over this constant motion.

Cradlewise, in contrast, has an auto-stop feature that detects when your baby is asleep. The bassinet automatically stops rocking at that right point to avoid disrupting your baby’s while they are in REM sleep. It basically prevents a startle reflex when your baby is in a deep sleep.

Mattress Material

The Cradlewise uses organic coconut coir and natural latex for its mattress.

Whereas the SNOO uses inorganic materials like PU, nylon, and polyester. However, SNOO’s swaddles and sheets are made out of organic cotton.

Gesture Control

With only a few gestures, you may control Cradlewise. You can press the Push button on the crib to start bouncing and Hold to halt it.

The SNOO relies on the app for control.

Sleep Insights

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The Cradlewise app collects your baby’s sleep data and provides a sleep fitness tracker to help parents understand their baby’s sleep patterns. The app can let you know when the big moment comes when your baby sleeps through the night! The app also lets you know if your baby has been awake for more than 30 minutes and then nudges you to tend to baby. It will send you regular notifications like,’ Mom, I fell asleep 12 minutes after you placed me in the crib!’ Or ‘Mom! I woke up after sleeping for 2 hrs 15 mins!’ Very cool.

The SNOO’s app also provides daily sleep insights as well as advice from the founder Dr.Karp.

Application Interface and Ease of Use

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Both of the mobile applications are easy to use and well-designed.

They both provide an interface through which parents can control their baby’s bassinet remotely.

Both apps are available for iPhone and Android.


Specification Comparison: Cradlewise vs SNOO

In the tables below, I compare Cradlewise vs SNOO on pretty much every feature these cribs contain.

Design, Dimensions, and Weight

Infant to 24 Months
BABYBJORN Cradle - White, 31x23x26 Inch (Pack of 1)10
Infant to 6 months
SNOO Smart Sleeper Baby Bassinet - Bedside Crib with Automatic Rocking Motions and Soothing White Noise - Ideal for Newborn Babies to 6 Months - Natural Sleep Training10
Cradlewise
SNOO
Breathable Mesh Walls
Crib
Premium molded ply with veneer cladding
Synthetic Materials
Mattress
Organic coconut coir mattress. Free of PU foam.
Polyurethane blend
Swaddle Baby Harness
Baby Sacks to Prevent Rolling
Yes, 3
Age/Weight Limit
24 Months/ 33lbs
6 Months / 25lbs
Dimensions
40 x 25 x 42 inches
36 x 16 x 32 inches
Product Weight
67 lbs.
38 lbs.
Infant to 24 Months
BABYBJORN Cradle - White, 31x23x26 Inch (Pack of 1)10
Cradlewise
Breathable Mesh Walls
Crib
Premium molded ply with veneer cladding
Mattress
Organic coconut coir mattress. Free of PU foam.
Swaddle Baby Harness
Baby Sacks to Prevent Rolling
Age/Weight Limit
24 Months/ 33lbs
Dimensions
40 x 25 x 42 inches
Product Weight
67 lbs.
Infant to 6 months
SNOO Smart Sleeper Baby Bassinet - Bedside Crib with Automatic Rocking Motions and Soothing White Noise - Ideal for Newborn Babies to 6 Months - Natural Sleep Training10
SNOO
Breathable Mesh Walls
Crib
Synthetic Materials
Mattress
Polyurethane blend
Swaddle Baby Harness
Baby Sacks to Prevent Rolling
Yes, 3
Age/Weight Limit
6 Months / 25lbs
Dimensions
36 x 16 x 32 inches
Product Weight
38 lbs.

Last update on 12/04/2022 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Movement and Sounds

Cradlewise
SNOO
Bouncing Motions
Yes, responds in Quiet Phase and starts bouncing along with soothing music.
Response Time
Yes, starts bouncing be when baby is quiet but moving a little.
Not Available
Soothing Sounds
Noiseless Bouncing
Not Available
Auto Stop
Cradlewise
Bouncing Motions
Yes, responds in Quiet Phase and starts bouncing along with soothing music.
Response Time
Yes, starts bouncing be when baby is quiet but moving a little.
Soothing Sounds
Noiseless Bouncing
Auto Stop
SNOO
Bouncing Motions
Response Time
Not Available
Soothing Sounds
Noiseless Bouncing
Not Available
Auto Stop

Last update on 12/04/2022 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Key Functions

Cradlewise
SNOO
Cry Detection (Increases Motion When Babies Fuss)
Preemie and Weaning Mode
Not Available
Companion App
Yes, iOS and Android
Sleep Tracker
Yes, with App
Sleep Insights
Gesture Control
Not Available
Built in Monitor
Not Available
Timer
Yes, with App
Cradlewise
Cry Detection (Increases Motion When Babies Fuss)
Preemie and Weaning Mode
Not Available
Companion App
Yes, iOS and Android
Sleep Tracker
Sleep Insights
Gesture Control
Built in Monitor
Timer
SNOO
Cry Detection (Increases Motion When Babies Fuss)
Preemie and Weaning Mode
Companion App
Sleep Tracker
Yes, with App
Sleep Insights
Gesture Control
Not Available
Built in Monitor
Not Available
Timer
Yes, with App

Last update on 12/04/2022 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Safety

Cradlewise
SNOO
Swaddle Baby Harness (Prevents Rolling)
Certification
GREENGUARD Gold Certification, ASTM F406, ASTM F2194 and ASTM F2933
Complies with AAP Safe Sleep Guidelines
Mesh Crib Walls Reduce Overheating
Cradlewise
Swaddle Baby Harness (Prevents Rolling)
Certification
GREENGUARD Gold Certification, ASTM F406, ASTM F2194 and ASTM F2933
Mesh Crib Walls Reduce Overheating
SNOO
Swaddle Baby Harness (Prevents Rolling)
Certification
Complies with AAP Safe Sleep Guidelines
Mesh Crib Walls Reduce Overheating

Last update on 12/04/2022 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Other Considerations

Comparison: Cradlewise vs SNOO Bassinet (Other Considerations)

Cradlewise
SNOO
Rental Option
Free Trial
100 nights
30 nights
Cradlewise
Rental Option
Free Trial
100 nights
SNOO
Rental Option
Free Trial
30 nights

Last update on 12/04/2022 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


The Verdict: Cradlewise vs SNOO Smart Bassinets

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Choosing the right bassinet for your baby is a big decision, but it’s also one that can be made easier by considering which features you need and how long you wan to use the device.

Cradlewise and SNOO Smart both offer great options for parents who want to sleep better at night.

Both of these bassinets are designed with rocking motions for soothing purposes, but they have different methods of achieving this—SNOO imitates the motion a baby experiences while inside its mother’s womb; whereas Cradle Wise uses that bouncing motion and adjusts as babies become fussier.

In the final analysis, my pick would be Cradlewise due to the fact that you can use it as a crib as well as a bassinet (4x longer than SNOO). I think Cradlewise also slightly edges out the SNOO with its included baby monitor and night vision.

If you want to learn more and see a few more options, check out this article I wrote on the 7 Best Smart Vibrating Cribs to Soothe Babies to Sleep.

Enjoy your baby, and sleep well!