If you’re interested in kids cradles, their benefits, as well as ideas for building your own cradle, this is the place to go. In this article we explain the most important things about cradles for children and offer you a good basis for making sensible buying decisions.
We will also show you which baby cradles we can especially recommend to you.
In the following, we will first go into more detail about individual, important criteria and hope you enjoy reading about them.
For those in a hurry: these are the cradles we recommend
- Natural wicker cradle, fully equipped with mattress, padded insert, quilt, leather carrying handles and rocking stand
- THE COMPLETE cradle set consists of the baby cradle, a cradle set (pillow and comforter) with child’s quilt, the mattress, the nest, the canopy.
- Easy to set up, no complicated assembly – like other brands
Baby cradles – rock your kids to sleep
Cradles have long been popular with parents as well as grandparents, as most babies love to be rocked to sleep. Cradles, or baby cradles, have a basic difference to normal baby beds and also to bassinets. In one version the bed is hooked into the base of the cradle, so only the crib itself rocks. In the other version, the whole cradle is on runners, like a rocking chair. In this case, the whole crib rocks.
In any case, the rocking motion of the cradle helps the baby find sleep more easily, as rocking feels similar to rocking in the womb for babies. You can put your child in their crib with peace of mind, rock them as long as they like, and still have your hands free for other everyday activities like preparing meals or folding laundry. With the mobility of the cradle, running back and forth between the nursery and the other rooms of your home finally comes to an end.
Your child is safe and protected in the bed and yet is always in the middle of things. So, a baby cradle will help you have a more relaxed daily life, but your nights will also be pleasantly calm. With the baby sleeping peacefully, you’ll be able to get better downtime, especially with an automatic bassinet like this one:
Most cradles are made entirely of wood, some of MDF, others of solid wood. Some beds, however, are made of plastic and are only lashed to a wooden frame. Quick and easy to assemble and disassemble, the plastic version may be suitable for larger trips as well. Which version fits best for you and your child, however, is to be determined individually.
cradle, bassinet or bassinet – what is the difference??
Cradle or. To distinguish baby cradle and bassinet is quite simple. The difference between a crib and a baby crib is really only in the name. Both terms mean a bed for babies that can rock. A bassinet, on the other hand, is a bed that is stationary. So a baby can’t be rocked comfortably in a bassinet.
However, there is one thing that cradles, baby cradles as well as bassinets can have in common. All these products are also with rolls or. To have wheels. This feature is very convenient, because you can carry the child with you inside the home like in a stroller. So every mother’s and father’s heart can also be reassured, because the baby no longer has to stay alone in the nursery.
The advantages of the cradle
Since we have already told you a bit more about baby cradles, we have now listed here once bullet points, which advantages a cradle brings with it.
- not only a sleeping place for your child, but also a pretty decorative element in the living room or bedroom
- (in most cases) mobile; the child does not have to stay alone in a room
- pleasant rocking motion; the baby finds it easier to fall asleep
- Has a calming effect on the child; rocking movements similar to being in the womb
Buy a hanging cradle
There is a wealth of baby cradles to be found in the vastness of the internet. Finding the cradle that is right for you and your child requires a few questions to ask yourself before making a purchase. At the beginning it is useful to consider how much money you want to spend on a cradle. As with most children’s things, the prices are also wide here.
Who has here actually the more beautiful sky – Kinderwiege or. Baby cradle or parent bed?
Furthermore, there is also the question of design, because such a cradle is not only a useful object, but also pretty to look at and thus a great decorative element for your home. Another question you can ask yourself is whether you have a fixed place for the cradle, or whether you prefer to buy a model that can be stored in a more space-saving way. In the further search you will also be able to choose between different extras and functions.
A nice example of a wooden cradle in a complete set is the child cradle from Roba. This pretty rocking bed comes with everything that belongs to a crib. The cradle comes with a mattress, nest, pillow and blanket. It has a pretty bed canopy and also wheels on the feet, so you can always take your kids comfortably to any room. Another extra of the Roba cradle is the locking function of the crib and the wheels.
This will allow the whole cradle to be established without risk and thus be safer if, for example, older siblings or pets romp near the crib. The soothing effect of rocking, the safe locking function, but also the proximity to you, not only benefit the health of your baby, it also protects your nerves. After all, it is not for nothing that the saying goes: happy baby, happy parents.
For the very talented among you, the Roba cradle is also a nice example of how to build a cradle yourself. The design is very appealing and yet kept simple, which makes it thus easier to rebuild this pretty cradle. Which brings us to the next and most complex point.
Build your own wooden cradle
In addition to the numerous offers that you can find on the Internet on the subject of cradle, it is also possible to build a rocking bed or bassinet yourself. Maybe you are even creative and skillful enough to build such a cradle yourself without given instructions. However, if you lack ideas or inspiration, it does not matter, because there are enough sites on the Internet that provide a blueprint or instructions for building such a cradle.
The first thing you should do is to look for such a manual or make your own accurate construction plan. After that you should ask yourself what you need to build a nice and above all safe cradle. After all, your child should not only be beautiful but also safe and secure in the crib. We would recommend you wood as a suitable building material.
In addition, of course, you will need a baby mattress and fabric for the canopy and pillow and blanket. If you work with wood as a base material, you also have the advantage that you can work with screws as well as with wood glue. If you want to be on the safe side, you can of course use both materials in combination. When choosing the material, it is important to make sure that it is tested for harmful substances and thus does not pose a danger to your child.
By the way: Here we have compiled further aids for more security with your children for you.
Conclusion on cradles – This is our price-performance winner
Until now you have probably only been interested in cradles, but now you can be sure that a cradle will make a big part of everyday life easier for you and your child. Due to the mobility you no longer have to leave your baby alone and still have your hands free for the rest of the things of everyday life. Rocking not only helps your baby to rest easier, but also you as a parent can get your well-deserved sleep and live everyday life in a more relaxed way.