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anyone used an amby baby hammock?

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Jimjams Tue 15-Feb-05 21:09:19

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If so any comments- good or bad?

Jimjams Tue 15-Feb-05 21:10:13

try that link again

marthamoo Tue 15-Feb-05 21:10:29


for the lady with the baby brain!

marthamoo Tue 15-Feb-05 21:10:43

Ah, you're still on the ball!

marthamoo Tue 15-Feb-05 21:11:19

No, btw, but I think they are lovely and almost worth having another baby for...

misdee Tue 15-Feb-05 21:11:36

no, but i'd love one.

NotQuiteCockney Tue 15-Feb-05 21:14:02

It looks like an interesting idea ... but this quote threw me off:

"During the 12th/13th week of pregnancy your baby will more than likely have assumed a three quarter lying position-and so he remains until shortly before birth in that position- a position that is so comfortable, secure and perfect."

I'm not sure what a 3/4 lying position is, but I assume it's a sort of reclined position you'd have in a hammock. In which case ... huh? Most babies are head-down for the last 10 weeks or so!

Still, an interesting idea. I'd be curious to look at other baby hammocks - the whole "it must be suspended from our special frame" looks a bit of a scam.

marthamoo Tue 15-Feb-05 21:16:20

Have a look at these too?

NotQuiteCockney Tue 15-Feb-05 21:17:38

Hmm, bit of a websearch reveals two things - first of all, some (other kinds of) hammocks have been recalled and had safety issues. The design looks different, though.

And here are some positive experiences .

marthamoo Tue 15-Feb-05 21:18:21

I'm a bit sceptical that they are suitable for 12 months+ (says on the Amby site). Both of mine would have chucked themselves out long before then! Mind you, as the site also says, it's less far to fall than from a full-size cot

Jimjams Tue 15-Feb-05 21:38:58

At the moment ds3 is in a moses basket but he's scooting too the top and hitting his head on the wicker. I don't really want to put him in his cot yet (its big and I want him in our room until 6 monthsish). He does sleep better raised up (on my arm a lot of the time- ow- and his moses basket is raised on books). Thought this looked good. I would be wanting to keep him in it up to about 8 monthsish (my babies tend to be slow to crawl etc so assuming he'll be the same).

What do you reckon- should I go for it? (the raw cotton one looks nice- not keen on the frills).

The safety stuff doesn't worry me as it has a BS whatever thingumybob, and I would only want him in it next to our bed.

Only problem I can forsee is ds1 climbing in it and breaking it!

Jimjams Wed 16-Feb-05 09:07:45

well I've taken the plunge- will report back.

morningpaper Wed 16-Feb-05 09:28:14

Love the Urchin ones (marthamoo's link). The ones jimjams is looking at look like they would take up too much room. Looks a bit like a sling - nice! Let us know how it goes!

californiagirl Wed 16-Feb-05 23:57:17

We have one and love it. DD is 11.5 months and has been capable of throwing herself out for some time, but chooses not to. We've taken it with us travelling and it's really handy to have her bed along. DD probably only has another few months in it (for length, not weight), and we'll be very sad to lose it.

californiagirl Wed 16-Feb-05 23:58:30

Oh, we have two friends who tried it, partly because we loved it. One loves it; the other has a baby who won't sleep in it (or, to be fair, most other places). So, like every other baby thing, it does depend on your baby.

AussieSim Thu 17-Feb-05 00:03:16

I'm planning to get one. My first DS was only 6lb and was 5 weeks early and they are supposed to be great for premmies and small babies. I must say though that I was very relived to find that I can rent one instead of buying.

Jimjams Tue 22-Feb-05 14:16:57

got it yesterday- and I like it!Not sure whether I should be using positioning rolls or not. ds3 is 7 weeks old and quite big (filling his 0-3 month clothing)

charleypops Sat 26-Feb-05 12:12:28

I've not bought anything yet for my bump and think these look interesting. How flat do babies lie in them though? I thought lying flat was really important?

GeorginaA Sat 26-Feb-05 12:44:52

Those look gorgeous... almost makes me want to have a third baby!!

franch Sat 26-Feb-05 12:56:55

Jimjams, we need an update! The full lowdown please! Did you order from the US, and how much was the total? Which style did you go for? Has it affected your DS's sleep? How easy is it to rock? (I'm used to seeing cribs that only rock in one direction - these look like they might start spinning out of control if you pushed them at the wrong angle!!)

suedonim Sat 26-Feb-05 14:51:15

Hey, Jimjams, what goes around comes around! I read this passage just yesterday.

"The children looked at me with solemn interest, then turned their heads, weeping, to their mother. Only the smallest accepted me, not having reached the age of understanding; it lay in a leather cradle, with leather fringes and a leather top to cover it, head and all; its mother carries it, slung like a basket on her arm; and when she has to labour in the fields, erects a tripod of three sticks from which it swings."

From 'Winter in Arabia' by Freya Stark.

charleypops Sat 26-Feb-05 15:03:26

ooh - boho leather fringed cribs - how cool, you've got me thinking there suedonim. .. I might have to get my sewing machine and diy kit out.....

Jimjams Sat 26-Feb-05 15:05:11

I like that suedonim!

lying on the back is important- not lying flat. In ds2's case he simply couldn't lie flat on his back (refulx? chesty mucus?) and I think an amby would have been ideal. It was originally developed for babies with reflux as their heads are slightly up (not much though). I ended up putting ds2 on his side or propped up on me. Ds3 is a less extreme version of ds2 and has settled well in his amby.

We have the raw cotton one- looks lovely. Very easy to put up, and the spring is very strong (before getting it I was a bit worried about how safe it would be) it's passed various Bristish standards.

Not sure what else to say - but ds3 has plenty of growing room the only problem I could see is if an very active baby tried to turn ont its front (althouth it wouldn't be that easy to do) and I guess is unlikely if the baby has been sleeping in it since birth.

Most of the rocking comes from the baby itself. If ds3 wriggles because he's stirring then the spring kicks in and he rocks himself back to sleep. You can kind of bounce it a little (very gently) and it seems soothing.

You can order direct from a UK distributer (details from the webpage I posted earlier). Delivery took 3 working days (and an email I sent asking when it was likely to be delivered was answered promptly).

he's very snug in there.

Wish they did adult ones....

franch Sat 26-Feb-05 15:22:23

How much did it cost in total, JJ?

suedonim Sat 26-Feb-05 15:53:44

Oooh, I want one for myself, too! My joints are getting creaky these days.

Charleypops, maybe there's a market for knitted ones as well, seeing as knitting is the in thing now, teehee!

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