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If you have a newborn baby as I do, then you are likely shopping around for all sorts of products that would help you get a good night’s sleep. Based on word-of-mouth, I heard a lot of good things about the Hatch Baby Rest device. After buying one, I decided to put together this review about it. Here is an overview of the Hatch Baby Rest pros and cons.
Pro: Night Light
The Hatch Baby Rest device has a number of options for lights. You can set the light color to white, salmon, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, blue, purple, pink, rainbow, or custom color. My newborn really enjoys staring at it before sleeping.
Pro: Sound Machine
The Hatch Baby Rest is not just a night light. It almost guarantees your newborn will be able to sleep better since the sounds on the device filters out background noise.
With the Hatch Baby Rest, my newborn has been able to sleep through the sounds of lawnmowers outside and my dog barking at the FedEx delivery man.
Pro: Can Be Controlled With Smartphone
The ability to control the Hatch Baby Rest from a smartphone makes life easier.
Since my newborn sleeps in a crib in another room, it would have been difficult to tiptoe into the room to adjust the settings otherwise.
You can use the app to control the volume, brightness, light color, the track for the sound (nature, rain, static, wind, lullabies, etc), favorite tracks, and timer.
Pro: Simple To Use
The Hatch baby app is simple and intuitive. And activating the Hatch Baby Rest without using a smartphone is also very simple. You simply have to push on the metallic ring at the top of the device. And the brightness and volume controls are at the bottom.
With the Hatch app, you can also program a ‘Time to Rise,’ ‘Nap Time,’ and ‘Bed Time.’ With this feature, you can customize the colors, the times, and the sounds. With these features, you can train your baby to wake up based on different conditions. There is also a “Toddler Lock” function that prevents your baby from inadvertently changing the settings after pushing all the physical buttons on the Hatch Baby Rest.
Pro: Multiple Device Support
If you have multiple Hatch Rest Baby devices, then you can connect all of them to the same account.
When you are deciding whether to buy a Hatch Baby Rest, you should also keep in mind how long you can use it. I have heard or the Hatch Baby Rest making it easier for newborns to sleep all the way up to younger children around the age of 6 or 7 being scared of sleeping in the dark. So you could use the Hatch Baby Rest for years before you no longer need to depend on it. It may even be useful for adults in case your partner snores.
Con: It Is Not Cheap
The Hatch Baby Rest has a retail price of $59.99 so it does not come cheap. At first, my wife and I hesitated about buying one since there were a number of alternatives on the market. But all of the features and the difference in made in helping our newborn sleep made it worth every penny.
Con: It Cannot Play Your Own Music
With a speaker built into the Hatch Baby Rest, it would have been nice if Hatch added the ability to stream your own choice of sounds or music from the device via Bluetooth rather than the built-in presets. However, I’m sure this would have added to the component cost and drive up the price of the device so the tradeoff may have been worth it.
Neutral: Clock And Audio Monitor In Premium Version
Hatch also recently released the Rest+ version of the device. The Rest+ is priced at $79. What you get for the extra $20 are an audio monitor and a built-in clock.
The audio monitor feature makes it easier to find out if your baby is crying. You can listen to the audio from your phone.
The clock feature makes it easier to teach children how to read numbers. And if you log the activities of your baby, then this also makes it easier to find out what time your baby wakes up and goes to sleep.
Hatch co-founder Ann Crady Weiss told TechCrunch that the Rest+ is only going to be available through the Hatch Baby website.
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