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Hushamok Baby Hammocks
A friend of mine had a baby a few months ago and when I went to visit her I found she was using the Hushamok baby hammock instead of a crib or bassinet. They are designed for babies to sleep in a secure and safe environment and the best part of all is that you can have the hammock next to your bed as it doesn’t take up too much room.
It is also easy to move to another room in the house or take when you travel. There is even a travel bag included that makes it convenient to pack when traveling away from home.
The hammock is designed to hang from a wooden or aluminum pole and the hammock itself is made from 100% Turkish organic cotton. It also includes a mattress and two matching fitted sheets.
This is an alternative to the traditional baby bassinet with it’s natural swinging and rocking motion that help encourage your baby to sleep.
Hammocks are ideal for babies who suffer from infant colic and reflux because of the degree of inclination. This stops acid and bile from rising into the upper respiratory tract which can cause pain, crying and vomiting associated with reflux. The hammock will help to cradle your baby in an angled position and can be both soothing for the baby and for the parents.
There is some evidence that cot death happens more often when babies sleep on their stomachs. The baby Hushamok hammock is designed to ensure that your baby can’t roll over onto their back.
The hammock is designed for newborn babies up to approximately six months or 22 pounds.
There are several great reviews for this product with one person saying “they would definitely recommend this product to any parent who wants their child as well as themselves to get a good night sleep.”
One of the accessories available is the MySeat which is designed for when your baby is awake.
It is a piece of baby furniture designed for when your baby becomes more alert and interactive at approximately twelve weeks old. It is not a baby swing but it does provide a natural movement that is deal for babies.
It has a removable tether, neck support and harness system that ensures your baby is secure. It is also easily adjusted for older children.
The Hushamok MySeat is recommended for babies from 12 weeks or older up to a maximum weight of 50 pounds (22 kg).
Other Baby Hammocks
There are other types of baby hammocks available. One is the Fisher-Price Newborn Rock 'n Play Sleeper. It allows for a safe place for baby to sleep either during the day or at night. It has a soft, machine washable insert which is designed to offer extra comfort for your child. It is easy to move to another location so you can take it travelling or to Grandma's house! An extra treat is that it comes with a soft bunny toy.
The Graco Swing by Me Swing is a multi-purpose swing. Not only does it allow you to move your baby from room to room or when travelling but it also offers multiple swing speeds. It has a comfortable seat, classical tunes to choose as well as nature sounds. To keep your baby entertained for hours there is also an overhead mobile and some soft detachable toys. It has a folding frame making it easy for storage or for travelling.
Another great hammock from Fisher-Price is the My Little Snugabunny Cradle 'n Swing. This is more of a swing than a hammock and also helps to entertain your child. It comes with a variety of music, sounds and movement. It can also be positioned in one of three different directions by just pushing a button. This swing also provides a soft and cozy place for your child to sleep and includes a head to toe body pillow for a snug environment.
Now for Something Completely Different
The Summer Infant Rest Assured Sleeper is designed with mesh sides to allow air to better circulate around your child. It comes with an electronic unit with four melodies, two nature sounds and a womb sound. There is even a night light. One happy owner noted that they were able to keep their child beside them in bed at night without worrying about rolling over on their child.
- Communicate with Your Baby Using Sign Language
You can begin baby sign language as early as six month, but it is at around seven or eight months that they begin to take notice of the signs. Many parents have reported that being able to understand their child's needs is critical.
Baby Sign Language Basics
The one program I found that had consistent good ratings on Amazon was Baby Sign Language Basics. Comments from users mentioned that it was a perfect starter program. There is a DVD as well as a book with baby-specific signing techniques, songs and games.