Friday, August 4th, 2006
Baby Hammocks by Amazonas
Why use a hammock? So that the baby’s own natural movements help rock her back to sleep.
The Bambi hammock is versatile with four modes of use. It can hang from ropes attached to a ceiling hook or a doorframe clamp. It can also be suspended from a wooden floor frame. If need be, it can even be stretched between two trees. That could come in handy on family camping trips because babies are like big Cadbury Creme Eggs to a bear and other forest critters. Hang that hammock high in the trees.
Meanwhile, the Koala hammock is the equivalent of a travel cot, utilizing a wooden frame which folds for travel. Everything fits into a travel sack.
[Note: The Amazonas web site uses frames, so the links above are missing navigational links. You may prefer to start from the Amazonas front page.]
Both hammocks support up to 44 lbs and hold the baby with a sewn-in harness. They may be used with an optional insulating blanket which lies underneath the baby.
The downside to these hammocks is that the Bambi is listed as good for babies up to 9 months. No age range is listed for the Koala, but I suspect it’s the same.
My daughter slept in an Amby Baby Motion Bed which is sort of like a really ugly hammock, but not quite a hammock because it hangs from a single spring. She outgrew it at 8 months and transitioned straight to a mattress sitting directly on the floor. That’s probably not for everyone.
The Amazonas baby hammocks are primarily sold in Europe, but I did locate one retailer, outdoorgb.com, which appears to ship to the United States.