Having a baby may be one of the highlights of your life, but we all know the real joy of waiting for your child-to-be to arrive—decorating their nursery. There are so many choices to make: color schemes, rocking chairs, changing tables, and of course, the perfect bassinet. You want your baby to have optimal comfort—AKA a bassinet that'll have them sleeping through the night, fingers crossed—but also have a crib that functions well with the space you have, especially if it that's limited.
That's where hanging cribs come in. Having this kind of bassinet saves you much-needed storage space, especially below the crib itself. These cribs also don't need to be pushed up and tethered against a wall—they can be suspended wherever you need in the nursery, even if that means the middle of the room.
A Scandinavian nursery concept, hanging cribs are not only beneficial in small spaces, but are also baby sleep-approved. A Japanese study published in Current Biology reveals that most mammals are comforted when they are held and rocked by their mothers. The gentle movement of swaying as the mother walks around with the baby is pretty much the same motion they experienced in the womb for nine months, and why being rocked helps them fall asleep so quickly. Which makes having a hanging bassinet make even more sense, honestly.
The sway of the suspended crib mimics the baby's own movements, so if—and when—they wake up in the middle of the night, they'll be gently rocked back to sleep. The study explains how rocking motions triggers a calming reaction and slows down the infant's heartbeat.
Compared to expensive gadgets that rock your child to sleep, suspended cribs are a much cheaper, and trendier, option for parents on a budget who want this kind of technology—and can also add fun Swiss Family Robinson treehouse-vibes to your nursery.
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