During those exhausting early days with a baby when it feels (and looks) like you haven’t slept in a week, you’ll do just about anything it takes to keep your little one sleeping soundly for longer than five minutes. The Snoo Smart Sleeper promises a better nights sleep for everyone, especially your baby, but not everyone agrees on the benefits of a robotic bassinet.

A Facebook video demonstrating how the Snoo Smart Sleeper can soothe a crying baby to sleep without requiring the tired arms of mom or dad has garnered millions of views since it was initially posted. While it would seem that the device is a cure for all sleep deprived parents everywhere, the “responsive bassinet” which automatically responds when a baby becomes fussy by gently rocking and emitting soothing sounds, has ignited a massive online debate.

Angry messages like, “This is vile and disgusting! Why would you want to literally pin your baby down and shake them to sleep!?” and “How incredibly sad. Mothers need to spend their time bonding,” flooded the comments section. There are plenty of voices on the opposing side if the argument as well, however, like one person pointing out that, “unless you have a colicky or very temperamental baby you have no idea.”

The bassinet was designed by Dr. Harvey Karp a pediatrician and author of the Happiest Baby on the Block. It also comes with a hefty price tag of $1,160, so the solution to those sleepless nights might not be quite so simple. Regardless of where you stand on the great robot bassinet debate, all parents can agree that those beautiful moments when you watch your baby soundly sleeping are some of the most blissful.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

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