Parents with colicky newborns can often end up spending a lot of time in the car at night—it's the stuff of parenting legends, actually. But there's a new way to give your little one a car ride to fall asleep without having to climb into your vehicle, bleary-eyed and wearing your pajamas. You just can't buy it ... yet. (Insert sad, sleep-deprived face here.)
The Ford Motor Company commissioned Spanish creative studio Espada y Santa Cruz to come up with the Max Motor Dreams for babies. It’s a smart crib that mocks the noises, sights and sounds of a car ride without emissions issues or car wear-and-tear, according to The Verge.
It has LED lights that mimic streetlights and speakers that emit ambient noise that sounds like the hum of a car engine. Also, the crib mimics a ride in the backseat with vibrations. Of course, there’s an app for that—paired with a smart phone, parents can adjust which settings work best for baby. Turns out, according to research, parents lose an average of 44 nights of sleep in their baby's first year of life, thanks to things such as teething issues and late-night feedings.
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Ford has only produced one Max Motor Dreams crib and there’s no word as to how much it would cost, either. However, Ford España is having a sweepstakes for one lucky winner. The catch? You have to test drive a Ford C-Max or S-Max model in Spain to be eligible to win.
The Max Motor Dreams crib isn't the first car company invention idea for helping babies sleep, either. Carmaker Renault came up with a car seat that mimics taking a ride without ever having to leave home, as well. The seat, configured with a micro controller that pairs with an app via Bluetooth, even lets mom or dad decided the movement, distance, music "and even the type of countryside and weather on the route."
Like the Ford crib, the Renault car seat concept isn't for sale yet and is just a prototype for a PR campaign in Argentina. But can you imagine if you could have both these products? We think they're on to something and parents will be lining up to buy anything that will help get their baby to sleep without ever having to get in the car in the middle of the night again.
Ford said in a news release that "following numerous inquiries, the company is considering putting the unique cot into full‑scale production.ˮ