We really love the graceful simplicity of hanging cradles and bassinets, even though they haven’t gained the popularity in the US that they have in Scandinavian countries. Not only is there the space-saving appeal, there are also the purported claims of how easily newborns are lulled to sleep in them. Check out this inspiring home sewn version that made a bit of drool escape from our mouths.The majority of commercially produced suspended cradles are only available in Europe, the Swedish Knoppa for example, or the Leander which evidently is the best-selling cradle in Denmark.
Netherlander, Hetty, from Lightbluegrey crafted this cozy cradle herself from layers of felt, a thin plywood base, and felted cord secured to dowels, which she hung from the ceiling of her nursery, surrounded by an embellished curtain.
Hanging cradles imitate the swinging movement and sensation experienced by the infant in the womb, and apparently stimulate a child’s balance and development of motor skills. Granted it’s only practical for a newborn's first several months, but isn't that when we suffer the most from bouts of sleeplessness and find ourselves fantasizing about a magical slumber inducing cradle within arms reach of our bed.