Parents of newborns can attest to the awesome sleep disrupting power of a newborn. The 3 a.m. feedings and 4 a.m. diaper changes are enough as is, but so many babies also have a difficult time falling asleep. For some, the best solution is to strap them into the car seat and take the SUV for a few hundred laps around the neighbourhood.
But there may be a new solution that doesn’t involve wasting gas, or your weary eyes on the road.
In the interest of a good night’s sleep, both for your baby and for you, Ford has developed a cradle that simulates a car ride and helps newborns fall asleep, without you having to actually take the car around the block.
The automaker is calling it the Max Motor Dreams, which is a pretty hard core name for a device that’s supposed to soothe your baby to sleep. But, hey, if it works, they can call it whatever they want.
“After many years of talking to mums and dads, we know that parents of newborns are often desperate for just one good night’s sleep. But while a quick drive in the family car can work wonders in getting baby off to sleep, the poor old parents still have to be awake and alert at the wheel,” said Max Motor Dreams designer Alejandro López Bravo, in the Ford release. “The Max Motor Dreams could make the everyday lives of a lot of people a little bit better.”
Cool, right? And it’s pretty stylish, too.
The prototype cradle was made in partnership with Spanish creative agency, Espadaysantacruz Studio. It works by imitating the engine noise, motion and the nighttime street lighting of an actual drive, and is operated via your Smartphone. First, you take the actual car out for a soothing trip, using the app to record the car’s movement, and then upload the info to the app, which then transmits a similar experience to the crib.
At the moment, there is just the one Max Motor Dreams, but judging by the way parents around the world have been reacting to it, we bet Ford will bring it into production for real soon.