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Baby in a Box?

 

skinner box

The Skinner Box, that is: a “futuristic” baby bed designed by psychologist B.F. Skinner to keep his new daughter comfortable and secure.

It seems like old-school tech now, but when Skinner built his “Air-Crib” it was the latest and greatest. His baby daughter was in it for eleven months [not non-stop!] when he wrote, “Her remarkable good health and happiness and my wife’s welcome leisure have exceeded our most optimistic predictions, and we are convinced that a new deal for both mother and baby is at hand.”

But it never caught on. Even though the behavioral expert designed it to maintain a comfortable temperature, provide built-in toys, and maintain feeding and sleeping schedules, society overall thought it a little too “Brave New World” — although Skinner did later report hearing from 73 couples who’d raised 130 babies using his design.

Read more about it here. Would you ever want to try something like this?

 

Bedtime Baby beside you

snuzpod 3The safest place for your baby to sleep for the first 6 months is in their own sleeping area beside your bed, according to the Royal College of Midwifes — and so Little Green Sheep in the UK is offering “a safe alternative to bed-sharing: The SnuzPod bedside crib.”

The 3-in-1 design combines a bedside crib for a safe and easy night’s sleep; a stand-alone crib for the nursery later; and a removable rocking bassinet that can be used around the home.  “The SnuzPod provides your baby with their own safe sleeping space and the right support to match their needs,” the company says, “reducing the risks of bed-sharing and fear of smothering whilst still keeping your baby close.”

There’s more info here.

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