Es ist eines der meist umstrittenen Themen unter Eltern: der Babyschlaf. Soll das Neugeborene mit ins Bett? Oder ist ein Beistellbettchen die bessere Option? Und wie verhält es sich eigentlich mit „das Kind schreien lassen,“ damit es lernt sich selbst zu beruhigen?
Welche Methode nun die Beste ist, weiß Dr. Harvey Karp, der sich als renommierter Kinderarzt in den USA tagtäglich mit jenem Thema beschäftigt. Zahlreiche Publikationen hat er verfasst, unter anderem „Das glücklichste Baby der Welt: So beruhigt sich ihr schreiendes Kind – so schläft es besser.“ Über 20 Jahre lang forschte er am Kleinkinderschlaf, bis er SNOO auf den Markt brachte. SNOO gilt als „Wunderwaffe“ für Eltern, da der SNOO Geräusche und Bewegungen erzeugt, die das Baby an den Mutterleib erinnern und sich das Baby dadurch automatisch beruhigt.
Dr. Harvey Karp hat sich unseren Fragen rund um den Kinderschlaf gestellt und erzählt, welche Technologien im SNOO verarbeitet sind und gibt Tipps, wie Eltern ihre Kinder beruhigen können. Ob der SNOO von uns auch als „Wunderwaffe“ eingestuft wird, erfahrt ihr in den kommenden Monaten auf Kids.Bohème.
1. The SNOO baby bassinet is a completely new invention for us in Germany and probably for the rest of the world. Through gentle movements of the bassinet, babies should find their way to sleep more easily. What technology and science is behind the SNOO?
SNOO’ s cutting-edge technology is based on my discovery of the calming reflex, a highly effective soothing response activated by womb-like sensations. For nine long months, babies were used to the snug surroundings, steady whooshing, and constant motion of the womb. So, it’s not surprising that after they’re born they aren’t able to get comfortable in a quiet, still nursery!
SNOO uses smart technology to give babies the soothing rocking and white noise they enjoyed in the womb. Using specially engineered cry-detection, SNOO automatically responds to a baby’s fussing with a mix of faster motion and stronger womb sounds—in the same way an experienced parent would—activating the calming reflex, usually calming crying in under a minute.
Plus, SNOO’s unique swaddle not only keeps babies cozy, it also keeps babies on the back—the number one safe sleep recommendation. SNOO Sack’s special “safety wings” secure to the bed, keeping babies from rolling to dangerous sleeping positions…and giving parents the peace of mind that their baby is sleeping safely!
2. The basis of your research are the “Kung San” women in the Kalahari desert who can calm their screaming babies in just one minute. What is their method and what can we learn from them?
Women of the Kung San tribe have long been studied because though !Kung infants have as many fussy periods as any other baby, their fussing bouts last average about 16 seconds, and 90% of the time last less than a minute! That’s because !Kung mothers cuddle and carry their babies all day long, breastfeed around the clock, and respond to their babies’ cries within 10 seconds. In this way, the !Kung women are providing their babies many of those womblike sensations that babies love: snug coziness, gentle motion, and sucking…three of my 5 S’s for calming crying babies (more on the 5 S’s in a moment)!
3. As a pediatrician you have written several books about education and sleep. Do you have children yourself on whom you have tried out your methods?
My methods for babies and toddlers are based (and tested) on the hundreds of children I worked with in my 25+ years as a pediatrician.
4. How long did you and your team work on the development of the SNOO?
SNOO took five years to develop in collaboration with renowned industrial designer, Yves Béhar, and MIT engineers.
5. Your studies have shown that parents with children usually don’t enter into deep sleep at night. What consequences does this have and what advice can you give to first-time parents to avoid this problem?
Half of all new parents get fewer than 6 hours of broken sleep a night—that’s a level of sleep deprivation that causes the same mental impairment as being drunk! Sleep has the power to improve just about every part of our lives, and on the flipside, exhaustion can be downright hazardous to our health. Sleep deprivation is linked to marital stress, postpartum depression, accidents and infant sleep deaths. It makes us foggier, clumsier, and can weaken the immune system. That’s why it’s so important that parents instill healthy sleep habits in their babies and prioritize sleep however they can…whether it’s using SNOO or the 5 S’s, enlisting your partner for help, or skipping other household tasks to take a nap instead.
6. Is the SNOO like a magic weapon that helps babies sleep through the night faster? Or is it completely normal for babies to wake up at night?
Until baby reaches birth weight, it’s completely normal for them to wake several times at night to be fed. However, many babies continue to wake up fussing even after that! SNOO feels like magic because it recreates those womb-like sensations that babies love so much, activating their calming reflex, so it keeps them soothed when they might otherwise have continued to fuss. SNOO also helps reduce the time spent soothing babies back to sleep after they wake to feed…without SNOO, a parent might spend 30 minutes…or an hour rocking and shushing the baby. Now, SNOO offers an “extra set of hands.”
7. Do you have any other recommendations for new parents to help them have a good first time with their babies?
Replicating the sensations of the womb work wonders to calm a fussy baby—and one of the best ways to imitate the womb without SNOO is to use the 5 S’s:
1. Swaddle : Swaddling recreates the cozy surroundings, decreases startling, and boosts sleep.
2. Side/stomach position : Holding your baby on their stomach or side. However, it’s very important to note that you can hold babies on their side/stomach, but it is NOT safe to place a baby on the side or stomach to sleep . The back is the only safe sleeping position for babies.
3. Shush : In the womb, the shushing sound of blood flow is louder than a vacuum cleaner! Imitate this sound with low, rumbly white noise.
4. Swing : Life in the womb is very jiggly. Though slow rocking is fine for quiet babies, fast, tiny motions may be necessary to soothe squawking infant. To do it: Support the head/neck, keep your motions small, and move no more than an inch back and forth.
5. Suck : This S is the icing on the cake… lots of fussy babies are best able to relax when they suck on a pacifier.
8. What does the future hold for Happiest Baby? Do you have other products in the pipeline?
We’re always looking for new ways to make parents’ lives a little easier! We’ve currently helped babies (and their tired parents) sleep safely for more than 100 million hours in SNOO, and we look forward to helping more families get the sleep they need and do our part to reduce the risk of sudden unexplained infant deaths. We also just recently launched SNOObear , which features the doctor-designed white noises babies love so much in SNOO…in the form of a cuddly teddy bear.