Rocking a fussing baby back to sleep is certainly a crucial part of the bonding process, but there are times when doing so just isn't convenient ... right? Well, regardless of your feelings about it, Fisher Price's new Smart Connect Cradle ’n Swing is on its way. It's a motorized rocking cradle that parents control via their smartphone.
The idea is that when otherwise-occupied (or lazy) parents hear their infant start crying, they can use an app to remotely set the cradle rocking. They can choose between six speeds, plus they can instruct the device to play one of 16 songs, three nature sounds, or they can activate its rotating overhead mobile that features three light-up birds.
The actual cradle itself can be manually rotated 90 degrees relative to the rest of the setup, allowing babies to be rocked either from side to side or head to toe. That cradle can also be removed and placed on the floor, then rocked by hand.
Users can remotely control the Cradle ’n Swing from a distance of up to 164 ft (50 m). Should they be right near it and not want to bother with their smartphone or tablet, however, it can also be controlled using physical buttons on the device itself. Power is supplied either by a wall outlet or four D batteries.
The Smart Connect Cradle ’n Swing should be available starting this fall (Northern Hemisphere), priced at US$200.