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B.F.Skinner's "Air Crib". This was the right invention by the wrong man. It's a crib that keeps baby at a nice, controlled temperature and humidity, a baby-sized room. However, Skinner's notoriety as the founder of operant conditioning led to wild rumors that he was performing lab experiments on his own children, and the air crib never took root.


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  • Kathryn Hill 6y

    very interesting ...
  • Alice 5y

    I was googling around for images of air cribs, and am amused to find one built by a fellow Burner. Well done :)
  • e4entropy 5y


    If you'd like the blueprints, I'd be happy to provide.
  • Sonia Vinluan 5y

    e4entropy Nice to see one air crib that been used today.. B.F Skinner will be pleased you!!

    I want one!
    ETA: neither my husband or I are any good at building, so we would probably screw it up.
  • wildwildrice 4y

    I wish you'd put up the plans to do this on one of the instructions sites such as Instructables or eHow. It seems like an idea whose time has come!
  • forestguider 4y



    I would love to see the plans! Could you please forward them to me? We're expecting our first child in about 6 months and I'd love to get to work on this.

    Thank you,
    Forest Guider
  • tjmclaugh 3y

    Truely genius! It's no more "confining" that an incubator, and I love the decoration and ambient lighting! The climate control probably helps baby stay healthier too! No more hot/cold temps from the air conditioner/heater at night time. WELL DONE!
  • ward.trenton 2y

    Still have the blueprints available? I'd love to get to work on this.

  • Elly Leaverton PRO 2y

    I'd like some blueprints too! What a great idea...also it would keep cats out.
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