New Crib Concept Lulls Babies to Sleep by Mimicking a Car

Almost all parents at one point have probably discovered how powerful a tool a late-night car ride can be when it comes to getting their baby to sleep.  As a father of 4 I have countless memories of how effective 2,000 rpms were when it came to sending my children off into a deep slumber.  I often wished that it would be great if someone could replicate the same sensation, but in a crib.

Apparently the Ford Motor Company was listening.

Ford MAX Motor Dreams  Concept Crib  PHOTO: Ford

Ford MAX Motor Dreams Concept Crib PHOTO: Ford

Ford has developed a cot that could simulate – in the comfort of your own home – the motion, engine noise, and even the street lighting of those night‑time drives. The Max Motor Dreams appears normal at first, but it comes to life using a smartphone app. This enables it to record and then reproduce the comforting movement, lights and sounds of a particular journey.

Photo:  Ford Motor Company

Photo: Ford Motor Company

The Max Motor Dreams combines lights, sounds and movement to simulate a car ride, including:

• Speakers that project a soothing engine hum for ambient noise
• LED lights that glow like street lights
• Car-like vibrations that mimic a ride in the backseat

“After many years of talking to moms 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, of Spanish creative studio Espada y Santa Cruz, which produced the award-winning design. “The Max Motor Dreams could make the everyday lives of a lot of people a little bit better.”

The idea is frankly, brilliant.  While much is unknown about pricing or any special safety considerations that may be required if this were built, the mere fact that someone took a well-known parenting trick and turned it into a possible viable piece of baby furniture is ingenuity at its finest!

For now, the Max Motor Dreams is a one-off pilot. But following numerous enquiries, the company is considering putting the unique cot into full‑scale production.

I know I can likely speak for millions of parents everywhere who have this to say to Ford…DO IT!!

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Eric Novak

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Eric Novak is a father of 4 who also thinks that environmental stewardship is a requisite of parenting. He's not a professional Dad nor is he an environmental scientist, but he's someone who gives a damn and is trying to make the right decisions as he lives his life as a father, environmentalist and business owner. Eric and his wife Karen have 4 children and reside in Ajax, Ontario.