I am sure that you are wondering why I would even ask that question … Like… who puts their baby to sleep in a hammock when there are co-sleepers, bassinets, and cribs?
If you had asked me this question about 4 years ago, I would most probably say no – because it looks dangerous and claustrophobic but after almost 5 months of using the Kulala Baba Hammock, I can confidently say that it has been a life changer for me.
So why did I take almost 5 months to write this review?
Firstly, when I write a product review I want to make sure that I’ve tested it out properly before I share my opinion on my blog because we all know that things can happen and that the product can change after a week or a month. Personally, I hate rushing product reviews.
Secondly, at first my family wasn’t comfortable with me using the product and that put a lot of doubt in my head.
I kept asking myself if I was putting my child’s life in danger by making him sleep in a hammock? Why would my family be so paranoid about him falling down – especially when it looks super secure?
I ended up going back to the Kulala Baba manual to read the instructions again – just to make sure my husband and I set up the hammock in the correct way. I then began to research baby hammocks and the benefits – even though I did this vaguely before receiving the product.
History of Baby Hammocks:
Baby hammocks have reportedly been used for generations in South East Asia and India. My mom even told me about how they used hammocks back in the day.
In South East Asia people used to string up their Batiks (large length of fabric often wrapped around the waist and worn by men and women) as baby hammocks and in India, saris were used. Sometimes the baby hammocks would be used well into toddlerhood. Since then baby hammocks have become popular in western cultures, particularly in New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, and Scandinavia.
So, if hammocks were already being used years ago, why are we so nervous about them today?
I think that the biggest reason is that we’ve been told that the “crib” is the only place where the baby should sleep so many of us get scared about co-sleeping or using products like hammocks or rockers for our little ones to nap during the day.
What are the Benefits of Using a Baby Hammock?
I think for any parent it is important to research a product properly before purchasing it. I always recommended seeing the product at a store or baby expo so you can touch, feel, and get to understand the pros and cons of it.
- A smooth transition from womb to world
The Hammock provides a cradled environment for your baby, similar to the womb, while the vertical motion provided by the Hammock’s spring simulates the movement of your baby when in the womb, producing feelings of suspension and flotation. This familiar environment provides a sense of security for your baby and will soothe even the most restless baby, promoting settled sleep.
- An ergonomic environment
When lying in the Hammock, your baby’s weight is distributed evenly, causing less stress on muscles and joints and minimising the risk of a “flattened” head due to pressure on the area. Furthermore, the gentle curve of the Hammock supports the natural primary curve of your baby’s spine.
- Gentle help with early-stage niggles
The Hammock is designed so that your baby will sleep with their head slightly elevated. This is particularly helpful for babies with chronic reflux and colic.
- A safe place for your little one to slumber
The Hammock is designed to keep your baby sleeping on their back – the safest sleeping position for babies.
- The promotion of good sleeping habits
Your baby can be easily settled back to sleep by the gentle movement of the hammock. Stirring will activate the spring into motion, often lulling your baby back to sleep. These means that waking-up will be a slow and gentle process.
Research says that hammocks work well for premature babies and short nappers. If your baby loves to be rocked all the time, the hammock could be perfect for you.
What I love the Kulala Baba hammock?
I love the quality of the material and how easy it is to wash. We used the hammock from day 1 when Kirav arrived home from the hospital. We alternated between the hammock and the sleepyhead co-sleeper. Sometimes he slept 6 hours straight with Lulla by his side. It is convenient to use around the house and you can even travel with it (it comes with a bag).
Let’s talk about the Fabric…
The Hemp is a breathable fabric, keeping your baby cool in warm weather and warm in cool weather. It absorbs and releases moisture quickly, ensuring the comfort of your little one. It’s also extremely strong and has 3 times the tensile strength of cotton, making it very durable. The Hemp fabric is naturally anti-microbial and is resistant to mold and mildew, providing a healthy place for your baby to sleep.
The fabric also gets softer, the more it’s washed and worn.
What don’t I like?
- I’m not a big fan of the stand. It is easy to set up but it does take a bit of space so if you have a small apartment the stand might be a bad idea.
- It doesn’t last into toddlerhood. I feel like the brand can add something to the product to make it last a little longer especially since you will spend close R4 800 for the entire set.
- It is a bit pricey if you buy the stand too but you can buy the actual hammock alone and hang it from the roof.
- I think it is more of a “want” product than a need.
My final thoughts?
Kirav isn’t sleeping through the night yet so I can’t say it has changed his sleeping patterns but he loves being rocked so this definitely helps when I am exhausted and don’t have the energy to rock him to sleep. I used this product religiously during the first 3 months.
Each Kulala Baba Organic Hammock is hand-made from the highest quality, organic materials to provide a comfortable and safe place for your baby to sleep. The Hammock is made from a natural hemp and organic cotton fabric and the mattress inner from a wool and polyester blend. The Hammock and mattress can be washed in a washing machine on a regular cycle. The specially designed steel spring can hold up to 12kg and provides a gentle bounce, mimicking the movement that your baby experienced when in the womb.
I know by now, you have a ton of questions. If you want to find out more about the hammock or see the FAQs, visit http://www.kulalababa.com/faq