Baby Cradles to Rock Your Baby's Cares Away
Baby Cradles are a wonderful warm reminder of simpler times. Steeped in timeless tradition, they are often passed on as heirlooms.
There's no better place to keep your newborn swaddled in comfort. Keep your baby warm and snug while you rock her cares away.
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Advantages Of Baby Cradles
Cradles are basically tiny cribs on a rocker. Made of beautiful woods or finely crafted wrought iron they make the perfect addition to any home.
Convenience for Mom
Bouncy Baby Bonuses
Practical PlusesSmall baby beds are not used for very long and you may be wondering whether or not they are worth the added pressure to an ever-expanding baby budget. One of the advantages of cradles over the other small baby beds, is that you can make your own or refurbish a second hand one. Make sure that cradle safety is top of your agenda when making or refurbishing a cradle.
If you want to make your own, there are plenty of cradle plans available on the internet, either free or for a small charge.
If you want to refurbish an old wooden cradle, make sure to consult a professional first if the cradle you want to work on is an antique or heirloom - you don't want to mess it up!
The Aesthetic AdvantageCradles are available in many styles, from warm wood to elegant wrought iron. Many families have baby cradles that have been passed down as heirlooms over the years. These classic old cradles add a touch of yesteryear to any home.
Disadvantages Of Cradles
As with all small baby beds, the main disadvantage is that they will only serve as temporary snuggle nests.
A cradle can be used until your little one is around four months old, or rolling over by himself - whichever comes first. As soon as your baby starts to roll there is danger of the cradle tipping, and you will have to move your baby to a conventional baby crib in the baby nursery.
Other small beds to consider, that may last a bit longer are the bedside crib and the Arms Reach Cocoon. The bedside crib can be used until your baby reaches a weight of 30lbs and the Arms Reach Cocoon until 23lbs, regardless of age.
The other disadvantage of the cradle is that it is not as easy to move around as the other small baby beds, which are all fully portable.
Baby Cradle Features To Look Out For
To get the most from your baby cradle look out for the following design features:
Baby Cradle Safety
This is your first priority. Babies spend 60-70% of their first year in their crib. It's up to you to make sure they sleep safely. It is essential to ensure that the cradle you decide on, meets the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards for cradle safety as an absolute minimum.
Minimum standards for cradle safety include the following:
Accessories For Baby Cradles
Most cradles come with a cradle mattress. However, this can be bought separately if you have borrowed your baby cradle and would like to change the cradle mattress or if you would prefer to consider organic bedding.
And there are the most beautiful cradle bedding sets available including a bumper, comforter and pillow.
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