• The thermostat and dimmer control the heat inside the crib.
  • A replacement cot. The cots are made of heavy canvas stretched over a frame. When a cot gets dirty, we swap it out with a clean one and clean the dirty one in the tub.

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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.

  1. *katyusha* 70 months ago | reply

    very interesting ...

  2. Alice Toler 61 months ago | reply

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

  3. e4entropy 55 months ago | reply

    If you'd like the blueprints, I'd be happy to provide.

  4. pancit girl 53 months ago | reply

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

  5. CHRIS AND KRIS WALKER 51 months ago | reply

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

  6. wildwildrice 43 months ago | reply

    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!

  7. forestguider 39 months ago | reply


    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

  8. tjmclaugh 37 months ago | reply

    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!

  9. ward.trenton 26 months ago | reply

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



  10. Elly_Leaverton 16 months ago | reply

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