According to some, a hanging crib makes the transition from womb to world a little easier for your baby. Suspended from the ceiling, the crib is gently sent into a rocking motion whenever the baby wiggles. This slight rocking movement calms baby and puts him back in dreamland.
My husband and I had a hanging crib for our fifth child and we felt it lived up to the hype. If you’d like to give it a go as well, here’s a collection of amazing hanging cribs to get you started.
My husband and I ended up going with the Kanoe Baby Hammock. Made from organic cotton Duck, the hammock safely conforms to the baby’s natural shape without the need for a mattress. You can purchase the hammock direct from the Kanoe website for $290.
At $1500, this crocheted wool crib from xs-m-l is hardly practical. But it is totally gorgeous. A potential DIY project for someone that has mastered the art of crochet?
This cocoon-like baby hammock is suspended from the ceiling by a gently bouncing spring. Available for $295 from Nature Baby.
The Kindekeklein pictured above (available here from $240) illustrates another benefit of hanging cradles: mobility. To make it easier, we put ceiling hooks in various places around the house. For example, I had one in the kitchen that allowed me to watch the baby while I was cooking. The front porch was another favorite spot, especially on days with a gentle breeze to rock the baby.
Cradle pictured at top of post via Riemuja.