Ford Has Designed A Crib That Mimics A Car Ride To Help Babies Sleep

Every parent knows the trick of taking an infant for a drive when they simply refuse to sleep through the night. For whatever reason, a ride in the car always seems to put them back to sleep. Many theorize that it is the vibration of the chassis, but it might also be the constant hum; perhaps it is both. Perhaps it is neither (though that is unlikely).

No matter the reason, a trip in the car is just the thing for infantile insomnia. Of course, knowing that this will help put them back into a deep slumber does not make it any easier when you are jolted awake in the middle of the night be the wails of a small child. It’s not like you can just drive a car into the nursery and put them back to bed. And infants seem to know, as if by some kind of psychic magic, that you have started the car but left it in the garage; even in their half-asleep negotiations they seem to know the difference between idling in the driveway and taking a trip around the block.

Yes, it can be frustrating, but a new crib from Ford—yes, as in Ford Motor Vehicles—could help.

The Max Motor Dreams crib brings the feel—and efficacy—of a drive through the neighborhood into your home. Essentially, this is a mobile app-driven piece of hardware which records a nighttime drive through your neighborhood. The app, then, translates the data and tries to reproduce the whole of the experience with just the cot.

How does it work?

Well, beneath the cot is a small speaker, intended to muffle sound like that of an engine whirring. Also under the cot, mechanics help to produce that gentle vibrating movement you can only get from operating a motor vehicle. Finally, within the cot you will see several LED lights which provide both warmth as well as a subtle glow, like you would find passing street lights on your drive.

The cot’s designer, Alejandro López Bravo, excitedly relates: “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.”