When a baby is born, it has for nine months been used to the swaying movements from the mother. These movements have soothed the baby, stimulated its senses and given it optimal conditions for intellectual growth. After birth, the soft and slow rhythm of the swaying has been programmed into its cells as being safe and comforting. The desire for the swaying rhythm never leaves us. We cradle the baby in our arms and we carry it in a sling. It falls asleep to the movements of the pram or the car and later the swing in the park takes them all the way to the sky. When we grow up, it is still part of life as we listen or dance to music, or as we enjoy watching the waves reach the beach. To sway is to feel secure and alive.
The idea of the Leander Cradle came to life, as designer Stig Leander Nielsen’s sister-in-law expected twins. While she was feeding one twin, the other also needed to feel safe and secure. The cradle proved a great help. The sister-in-law, who is a health nurse, loved the idea and could see the need for a modern cradle that could meet the expectations of the latest knowledge regarding infants.
In Denmark and Northern Europe, where the Leander Cradle came onto the market in mid-2002, it has been highly sought after both by parents and by institutions working with premature babies. Professionals agree, that the swaying motion of this single-point suspended cradle gives both a sense of safety and stimulation of the senses.
The Leander Cradle can be suspended from a hook in the ceiling or in a tripod which allows you to move it around the house. The oval cradle has no sharp edges and the fabric is soft to the touch, like a little nest. The mattress is made by Europe’s leading manufacturer, Traumeland, who uses highly advanced techniques to optimise the breathability of their mattresses. The washable cover is also constructed to improve air circulation and has a superior level of moisture retention. Read more about the mattress here.
Stig Leander Nielsen says: “It is important to me to create high quality products at reasonable prices because I strongly believe that quality enhances the joy of living. A cradle can obviously not replace the parents’ physical contact with their child but I hope, it can be a great help in their busy lives.”
Made from powder coated aluminium, the Leander Tripod is a great alternative to suspending the cradle from the ceiling. Its foot print is 120cm between each leg and it stands 197cm tall. A telescopic tube is inserted into the top and extended to touch your ceiling (felt capped) to ensure the tripod’s stability – particularly if toddlers are around.
CRADLE TOP MATTRESS
The top mattress is a quilted protector with a 100% cotton cover and a 50% cotton/50% polyester filling and you place it between the mattress and the sheet. Although not waterproof, the top mattress is water absorbent and can be machine washed at 60°C. Has Eco-Tex 100 certification.