Sleep deprivation is not only common amongst new parents, it’s actually the reality for most of us. A study conducted by OnePoll revealed that 33 percent of new parents claim to have fallen asleep at work during the first year, and another 22 percent of us were so tired that they fell asleep while standing up.
Somehow these numbers don’t surprise me.
As I sat at home with an 18-month-old toddler and baby due in 2 short months, I decided to give the SNOO a try. After all I already knew what not sleeping for months felt like, and I wasn’t sure how I would handle the second time around.
Enter the SNOO!
The SNOO smart sleeper is a smart baby bassinet that combines gentle rocking motions and white noise to soothe a baby and extend sleep. It’s like an extra pair of hands that will hold and calm your baby while you fix a meal, take a shower, or catch up on much-needed rest.
This robotic bassinet comes with Wi-Fi, speakers, and sound sensors that detect any noise coming from the baby. If your baby starts to get fussy, the SNOO motor will begin its calming rocking movement.
However, a major drawback of SNOO is its price.
The high-tech bassinet costs close to $1,400 to buy outright. Since most parents will only use it for several months at most, that price may seem way too high for some – it did for me.
Luckily, you can rent a SNOO from Happiest Baby for just over $4 a day — that’s about $130 a month.
I looked further into SNOO to see if this rental offer was worth it.
Here is what I found out.
Renting vs Buying the SNOO Bassinet
The SNOO is an expensive item most parents will only need to use for a short time (usually 4 to 5 months). This makes renting a viable, affordable option. You can take advantage of the bassinet for as long as you need without shelling out a fortune.
Let’s do the math. Suppose you rent the SNOO for $130 a month for 5 months. The total is $650.
If you add about $90 for a reconditioning fee and $60 for return shipping, the grand total comes up to $800. That price is still substantially lower than buying the SNOO bassinet outright.
On the other hand, if you really like this smart bassinet and plan to have another baby (or more) down the road, you might want to consider purchasing a SNOO.
Renting the SNOO bassinet for two babies for 5 months each time would total up to $1,600.
If you buy the SNOO smart sleeper to use with two kids, you save a couple of hundred dollars and you can resell the SNOO once you’re done. The SNOO is a very hot item and will sell very quickly in local classified listings.
Not sure whether the SNOO bassinet will work for you and your baby? While you can read over SNOO rental testimonials below, it’s best to test it out yourself.
The minimum rental period for the SNOO is only one month. Test it out and return it if your baby isn’t happy or doesn’t adapt well to it!
How Does the SNOO Rental Work?
Are you ready to try out the SNOO bassinet? Let’s dive a little deeper into the rental terms.
- SNOO rental cost: $130 a month (under $4.5 a day) + $90 reconditioning fee + $99 refundable security deposit
- Shipping to your home: Free
- Return shipping to Happiest Baby: $60
- Minimum rental period: 1 month
If you have twins or triplets, you can rent up to three SNOO bassinets at a time.
You don’t need a pediatrician’s prescription to rent a SNOO. However, if your baby has any special needs due to an underlying medical condition, please consult your doctor.
Hygiene and sanitation
Are you worried about the health and safety implications of renting a pre-used SNOO? No need to be concerned — each bassinet is sanitized and reconditioned using a thorough 5-step process.
Here are the five reconditioning steps the SNOO bassinet undergoes before shipping to a new family:
- High-powered vacuuming to remove any debris, particles, and dust
- Cleaning and sanitizing with hospital-grade, baby-safe products used in NICU wards
- Deep cleaning of the bassinet’s outer and inner mesh using the ultra-hot steam method
- Replacement of the mattress, waterproof cover, and organic cotton bassinet sheet
- Safety certification and testing of security clip sensors, motion and sound sensors, and other features
After this process, the SNOO unit spends at least 10 days in quarantine before making its way to you.
For a limited time, you get the following items (brand-new) when you rent the SNOO:
- 3 baby sleeping sacks
- Organic cotton fitted bassinet sheet
Once you confirm the rental order, you will be charged for the first month’s rental. You will also need to pay a refundable security deposit and the reconditioning fee.
Following that, you will be automatically charged on a monthly basis. After the initial minimum 1-month rental period, you can cancel whenever you want.
Just remember to save the shipping box and inserts — you’ll need them to return the SNOO.
After you ship the SNOO back, you will receive a refund for your security deposit, provided that the bassinet is in good repair with no missing or lost parts.
In case of any damage exceeding normal wear and tear, the rental service will make deductions from the security deposit.
To ensure you get a full refund, repackage the SNOO bassinet carefully. Follow the steps demonstrated in this video.
In case the original packaging has been lost or damaged, you can get replacement packaging. However, it will cost you about $48.
So, make sure you save the shipping box and all its relevant contents. Watch this video to see the proper way to store the original packaging.
You can expect your security deposit refund within 5 to 10 business days after your SNOO return shipment has been received.
How do I cancel?
If you decide to cancel your SNOO rental order, you may do so from your account up to one business day before shipping. The same goes for changing the shipping date or address.
Once the SNOO ships, you will have to pay the minimum one-month rental fee, the return shipping, and the reconditioning fee.
There is a limited warranty covering the rented SNOO unit, so do not hesitate to report defects.
What if the SNOO stops working during the rental period?
No worries. If the SNOO smart sleeper and it stops working while you are renting, contact Happiest Baby customer service and they will ship you a replacement in no time. Many parents claim to have received a replacement unit within one or two days.
How to Use the SNOO Bassinet
To start using the SNOO, you will first need to swaddle your baby in one of the provided sleeping sacks. Many babies sleep better swaddled. But once babies can roll over, swaddling is no longer considered a safe practice. So be sure to watch your baby for signs of rolling.
The SNOO swaddling sack addresses the risk of a baby rolling while swaddled by securing the baby to the bassinet and preventing him from rolling over. Each SNOO sack has clips for securing your baby to the sides of the bassinet. This position helps make sure he sleeps on his back to lower the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Once the baby is securely snuggled, the SNOO will begin its soothing combination of soft rocking and white noise. These actions will continue as needed throughout the night.
If the baby wakes up or starts tossing in his sleep, the SNOO sensors will recognize it. The system will switch to higher intensities of rocking and white noise. In many cases, this will be enough to lull the baby back to sleep.
The SNOO comes with a convenient mobile app. You can track your baby’s sleep with the app and see when SNOO’s activity is not enough to calm him. The app also allows you to adjust motion and white noise levels manually.
Does the SNOO work?
Babies who use the SNOO sleep on average 1-2 hours longer at night, which can make a world of difference to tired parents. Many parents claim their babies start sleeping through the night within days of starting to use the SNOO.
However, parents can’t always count on a night of uninterrupted rest.
Up until a certain age, newborns can and should eat at night, especially preemies and low-weight babies. Also, trying to skip nighttime feedings may lead to a decrease in milk production in breastfeeding mothers.
A baby may also be restless because of a full diaper, gas pains, or simply because he needs to feel the safety and comfort of a parent’s arms. No high-tech robotic bassinet can replace that.
To learn more about SNOO Bassinet, I made a comprehensive SNOO bassinet review here.
Is the SNOO Bassinet Rental Worth It?
There is no clear-cut answer to this. While many parents swear by this product, some SNOO rental reviews claim the bassinet is lackluster.
Few parents express their disappointment and say they expected a more dramatic effect. Their baby still sleeps, but less than they had imagined.
This may be a matter of expectations. All new parents will experience some waking during the night throughout the first months of their baby’s life. Some babies just sleep better and more easily than others. Still, an extra hour or two each time you put your baby down will result in less night wakings and better rested parents.
The SNOO works, but all babies are different. Some parents used it reliably for their first child but struggled to get it to soothe their second baby.
It’s important to follow the official recommendation for acclimating your baby. For the first two weeks of using the SNOO, place the baby in the bassinet while he is already asleep.
If parents aren’t following these instructions, they may feel like the system doesn’t work.
Having said that, after the adjustment period, the SNOO will usually help thanks to the combination of rocking, white noise, and swaddling.
7 Reasons To Rent The SNOO instead of buying it
Here are some reasons why parents choose to rent the SNOO instead of buying it
- Not sure it will work but want to give the SNOO a try before buying or committing long term
- Having your last baby and will not have use for it after
- Do not want to deal with the hassle of resale
- Your baby is already 1, 2 or 3 months old
- Simplicity and full warranty for the entire rental period
- Travelling out of town with a your baby that is already used to the SNOO at home
- Unsure how long you use it for – some babies are ready to transition at 3 or 4 months
SNOO Rental Testimonials
I ran a survey with parents that chose to rent the SNOO and here is what they had to say about the SNOO rental experience.
Started renting the SNOO at 9 weeks
“We started renting at 9 weeks, 13 weeks currently. For us it’s been life changing, she went from wake ups every 4.5 hours to sleeping 7+ hours from the first night in the snoo on, sleeping through the night (11+ hours) after just a week. We’ve been able to put her down drowsy awake to sometimes fully awake and have the snoo slowly rock her to sleep. While cheating to some extent, it has helped her learn how to sleep on her own and we’ve had success with crib naps this week and her putting herself to sleep. So for us I definitely think it has been worth it and wish we had started with it from day one, but at the same time I would not had known how good of a sleeper she was or if it was the snoo.
We’re still renting it with the intent of sending it back probably around 5 months. Depends on when she starts getting over the motion. I will say the customer service on the rental side is great, I emailed CS about a weird grinding noise on a Monday and I had a new rental on my doorstep on Friday. Upon delivery of the original snoo they’ll refund me 14 days of rental time.”
Cheaper to rent for only one kid
“Our LO just turned two months, and we’ve had the Snoo for 3 months. I missed out on all the specials. We’ll keep it for another two or three months. At five months usage, we’re at $800 including return shipping, against a $1,400 purchase price. You basically have to have a second kid with it to make sense to actually buy it, or hunt down super Black Friday specials. Even with two kids, it’s $1,600 v. $1,400 purchase, and that’s over two or more years, so not a significant advantage on buying.”
Vacation SNOO rental
“We are currently renting a SNOO while we’re on vacation for a month. We have one at home and didn’t want to give up the good sleep we’ve been getting. The box is a pain in the ass to store, but everything is packaged well and it’s easy to assemble and pair. Shipping is a breeze, too!”
No hassle of resale
“We just started our rental, so I can only address some of your questions. But we chose to rent bc this is our second, and last, child and we only expect to use it for about 4 months. We didn’t want to deal with the hassle of resale so renting made more financial sense for us. We rented on their cyber Monday deal, so we are receiving about a 20% discount from typical cost. It shipped fairly quickly and came well packaged. It looks brand new. We have to store the packaging (a giant box) to ship it back, so that’s a bit of an inconvenience but not a big deal. So far, it’s been worth it for us. We haven’t gotten the magical “sleep thru the night” stretches that some parents experience, but our LO is also only 3 weeks old. We love that LO has a safe, independent place to sleep.”
Rented for the first and will rent for the second
“We rented it with our first and plan to do it with our second. We didn’t have plans on the number of kids, if we knew we would have 2 we probably would have bought it instead. We didn’t know if it was worth the money and didn’t want to deal with resale. We ended up renting it for 6 months. My baby did well in the snoo, was a good sleeper and I liked the added security that she won’t roll during the night. And not having to rock her all the time was a plus too. We had no issues with returning, they even refunded the unused days of the last month. 10/10 would rent again. I have all the sacks and sheets from my first now, so that’s an added bonus. We were paying 113 a month, but I think that the price has changed since then.”
SNOO Bassinet Rental FAQ
How long do parents typically rent the SNOO?
According to SNOO rental reviews, many parents choose to rent the bassinet from the first days or weeks of their newborn’s life. If they see results, they will keep it until their baby is about 6 months. This is often the age for transitioning to a crib.
How much does it cost to rent a SNOO bassinet?
The SNOO rental program costs about $4.25 per day. But there are a few additional fees as well. On top of the $130 per month you will also have to pay a $90 reconditioning fee, a $60 return shipping fee and put down a $99 refundable security deposit. Happiest Baby will give you the mattress, an organic cotton sheet and 2 swaddles with any SNOO rental.
The total cost of renting a SNOO comes up to about:
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Even for a relatively long rental, the cost is still significantly lower than buying a SNOO at full price.
Do you return swaddles with the SNOO rental?
No, you do NOT return swaddles that you got with your SNOO rental. Happiest Baby ensures that every person renting a SNOO smart sleeper gets their own swaddle for safety and cleanliness. When you prepare your SNOO rental return, make sure to keep your swaddles.
Is the SNOO bassinet rental worth it?
Ultimately, only you can answer this question. You’ll have to try the SNOO to see if it works for you and your baby. Having said that, most babies who use the SNOO sleep 9 hours or longer at night by the time they are 2-3 months old.
The SNOO can’t feed your baby or change his diaper, but it will rock and soothe him throughout gas, colic, and other issues. It also helps with sleep regression at the age of 4 months, when most babies become more alert and active.
How to keep your baby warm in the SNOO?
You can dress your baby in an extra layer or wrap him in a light swaddling blanket in addition to the SNOO sleeping sack. Having said that, anxious parents often tend to overdress their babies.
Keep the room temperature comfortable and, to reassure yourself, check the baby’s ears and neck. Red, hot ears and a sweaty neck mean that the baby is probably too warm.
Do babies become dependent on the SNOO?
Don’t worry – your baby won’t always need the SNOO to sleep well.
As babies get older, they will naturally sleep longer at night. Once the baby gets closer to 6 months of age, parents can start using the SNOO App’s weaning option for an easier transition. Weaning mode removes the basic level rocking motion but keeps the white noise.
Is the SNOO safe for newborns?
The SNOO is safe to use from birth. Thanks to its unique sleep sack, it guarantees secure swaddling and back sleeping, per the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation. This makes the SNOO one of the safest sleeping choices for infants up to 6 months.
Does the SNOO move all night?
The SNOO bassinet has a baseline level of constant gentle motion. This motion will intensify if the sensors get a “fussy baby” alert.