The Cradle rocks from front to back instead of sideways; it's better for your baby.

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How cute are these two in their So-Ro cradle? They look so happy as their cradle rocks from the front to the back, instead of the usual sideways. And it's better for their brain development, according to the designer who was an occupational therapist.

She says that :

According to research of the brain's interpretation of sensory input, forward rocking motion is the most comfortable and soothing motion for the baby.

Think of rocking on a swing. It seems that "the brain perceives this rhythmic forward swinging as a linear, soothing motion." And we all know that a rested sleeping baby makes for rested and sleeping parents.

Apparently
"side-to-side, lateral swinging stimulates the portion of the brain that perceives circular-motion. For sensitive babies, this type of motion can induce dizziness and discomfort." Oops, sorry son.

In addition, the cradle has three grades of elevation at the head which is good for healthy breathing.

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It's Scandinavian, the designer is Norwegian, and it has won the Award for Design Excellence from the Norwegian Design Council. As the judges explained "A cradle is in itself a nostalgic item, but here this traditional piece of furniture has been interpreted so that it fits beautifully into a modern home." The design is flatpack, DIY and very simple and good looking.

One style is walnut veneer on Baltic birch plywood. The emission in plywood is less than 0,05 ppm.

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It comes in white too; it is hard pressure laminate on Baltic birch plywood. And if you have twins, it is available as a double--the twin cradle features a dividing wall that can be removed when not needed.

It's starting to make waves: first seen at a design fair in 2011, it is now available on-line and in the USA.

Tags: Babies | Furniture | Kids | Norway

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