The cradle from Hoppekids is more than a bed
The cradle is your baby’s first real sleeping place after being carried around in a belly for nine months. Therefore, it is essential that the sleeping place is a safe and secure place where your baby can adjust to being outside in the real world. And the cradle gives the newborn the feeling of being safe. And as we said "the cradle from Hoppekids is more than a bed" is true, because it can be turned into a little bench afterwards.
Why choose the baby cradle?
There are plenty of advantages in choosing a cradle instead of a cot or letting the baby sleep in the bed with you. After nine months, your baby has gotten used to being rocked around in the tummy. The cradle recreates the rocking movement. This makes it feel safe, natural and relaxing for your baby – just as it feels natural for you to comfort by rocking and carrying him or her in your arms. At the same time, the rocking motion stimulates your baby’s balance which is the grounds for their future motor skill development. The cradle, therefore, comes as a developing and more natural extension of the time in the belly than, for instance, the cot.
Baby wants to be put in the corner
Newborn babies should not have too much space around them because they are just getting used to being out in the big world instead of in mom’s safe, but confined belly. The cradle is good because you rarely have to adjust the sleeping area with, for instance, a bed crib bunker or similar. At the same time, the slightly smaller size is practical when you have to find space for it in your bedroom. For your baby’s own safety it is recommended that the baby sleeps in the same room as you for the first three months.
More sleep for you
The time with a newborn is always tough both because you will not get as much sleep as usual but also because a new, little person, who has to be watched and cared for, has arrived. Some parents choose to let the baby sleep in their bed - which can be a solution as well - as long as you do not place the baby between you. Lying in between you creates a greater risk of injury and authorities advise against it. Your baby will need as much space in your bed as in their own and it can be a challenge to fit three people in a bed meant for two without losing sleep. The cradle makes sure the baby has their own space while still being right next to you. And when the cradle is right there, it is still very easy to comfort and breastfeed without really having to get out of bed.
Cradle vs crib
For a little newborn, a cradle can be really good. The cradle gives newborns a feeling of security after lying inside the stomach, for 9 months. In addition, it can also be easier to stay warm in a crib or smaller bed. The smart thing about the cradle is that it has rocking chair feet so that the child is rocked, which helps to stimulate the sense of balance, which ensures that the child's motor skills are improved. In addition, it is also easy to move the cradle so that it is always close to you, so you can hear your child when he/she is sleeping.
If, on the other hand, you choose a cot, then, of course, you have a bed for a couple of years and the baby will have a lot of space to grow. But you will not benefit from the cradle for the baby's first few months. The choice of whether it should be a cradle or a crib is entirely up to you and what you think is best. And to be said, there is nothing right or wrong.
Life of a cradle after the first six months
It is no secret that you have to buy a lot of stuff for your newborn. That is also why it might seem over the top to buy a cradle that will only be used as a sleeping space for about six months before it gets too small. Hoppekids want all of our furniture to be used – and reused – for a long time because it is far better for the environment if only a few pieces of furniture have to be produced. That is why the cradle is made from solid wood which makes it sturdy and very durable. It can also be reshaped into a great little bench that your child can use for many years. If a little brother or sister arrives, it can easily be made into a cradle again, and because it is so durable, it will last for generations.