Ask any mother of a newborn what she wants in life and you’ll hear two answers: “sleep” and “10 minutes to myself to take a shower.” I’m currently blessed with a 6-week-old baby boy, and I’m in the thick of sleep deprivation and fatigue. So when I was offered the opportunity to test-drive the new Hushamok organic baby hammock, I jumped at the chance. The Hushamok hammock / baby bassinet, which hangs from an elegant C-shaped wooden Okoa stand, promises restful sleep for your newborn, and – I’m happy to say – delivers in that department while also impressing friends with its sleek designer looks. Even better, it’s natural, organic, safe and VOC-free, and beats a swing-o-matic in a beauty contest any day. Read on to see my full review of the Hushamok baby hammock.
Most new parents are familiar with the concept of the “4th Trimester” – the idea coined by popular pediatrician and author Harvey Karp (of The Happiest Baby On The Block fame) that newborn babies under 3 months aren’t quite ready to be outside the womb yet, and that anything that mimics their original home inside mama’s belly will be the most soothing environment for them. Judging by the popularity of his books, Karp is clearly on to something with his “5 S techniques”: swaddling, swinging, sucking, shushing, and stomach/side-lying. Of course, Karp certainly didn’t invent any of these tactics; all have been employed by exhausted parents throughout human history to calm babies and lull them to sleep. The “swinging” technique – gently rocking baby side to side – is a time-honored rite of passage for any parent of a newborn, but arms often get tired, and most contemporary swing-o-matics are garish, battery-operated, motorized devices made of synthetic, off-gassing materials. Happily, the Hushamok swinging hammock comes to the rescue for tired parents who want a baby swing that looks good and is safe and gentle for their newborn.
The Hushamok organic baby hammock is designed to create a hands-free, peaceful solution for getting babies to sleep with a unique suspended design that enables a natural rocking motion which is effective in soothing fussy babies and keeping them asleep. The Hushamok is made up of two key components: an organic baby hammock that attaches to a hook, and a beautiful, C-shaped ‘Okoa stand’ made from untreated European beechwood.
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