Best Cradle for Newborn

The Best Cradles for Your New Baby

by Brittany Spalding -

If you are a soon-to-be new parent, you may be considering whether or not to invest in a cradle. The answer is, yes! A cradle is a bed for your newborn that is generally mounted on rockers. Its small design allows it to fit next to your bed with ease, and the gentle rocking motion soothes babies, helping them fall asleep quickly. Most cradles are intended for use in infants up to 20 pounds. After extensive research, I have compiled a list of the best cradles to consider. This article is here to help you make an informed decision, and alleviate some of the guess work of choosing the perfect cradle for your new baby.

Product Why It Is Best Mom Rating
Baby Bjorn Cradle Most Recommended; Breathable, Mesh Sides; Machine Washable ♥♥♥♥♥
Green Frog Baby Cradle Customizable; Sturdy; Money-Back Guarantee ♥♥♥♥
Dream on Me Rocking Cradle Lowest Price; Sturdy ♥♥♥
Sorelle Dondola Cradle Excellent Quality; Wheels ♥♥♥♥
Orbelle Trading Ga Ga Cradle Quality Construction ♥♥♥♥
Stokke Home Cradle Modern; Space-Efficient; Light Weight ♥♥♥♥

 

Baby Bjorn Cradle

The Baby Bjorn Cradle tops our list as the best and most recommended cradle of 2018. Designed for newborns up to six months old, this is a compact, cozy cradle that soothes your baby with soft rocking motions. Parents can rock the cradle themselves, or let their baby’s movements gently move it back and forth. Ideal for those early months when your newborn alternates between short periods of sleep and wakefulness, this lightweight cradle can easily be moved anywhere in your home. Its durable foot grips keep the cradle steady without damaging your floors so you can always keep your baby close.

This cradle is designed with a breathable, soft mesh fabric that provides excellent airflow and lets you keep an eye on your infant. Its low height makes it easy for you to reach in and comfort your baby. Because its sides are constructed entirely from fabric, there are no bars or loose parts. The cradle fabric and waterproof mattress cover are removable and machine washable for easy cleaning.

Parents rave about this cradle because it is beautiful, functional, light, and safe. Although it’s one of the more expensive cradles in our list, parents claim its durability and safety are worth every extra penny.

Green Frog Baby Cradle

The Green Frog Baby Cradle is hand-crafted with rich New Zealand pine wood, and sturdy enough to stay in your family for generations to come. Including three customizable options, this cradle is sure to fit your family’s needs. Four wheels offer convenient mobility for moving the cradle between rooms. If you prefer a rocking cradle, rockers and a stabilizing brake are included with this cradle. Thirdly, you can choose the totally stationary option using the wood legs.

This cradle comes in three colors (white, espresso, and gray), and includes a mattress. Although, some parents feel the mattress is too thin and have opted to purchase a new, thicker mattress to use in this cradle. Parents praise the Green Frog Baby Cradle for its beauty and sturdiness. A 60-Day 100% Money Back Guarantee is offered if you aren’t completely satisfied with your purchase.

Dream On Me Rocking Cradle

The Dream on Me Rocking Cradle has a beautiful, old-world, vintage charm and boasts a much lower price tag than its competitors. Made of wood, it comes in four finish options – cherry, espresso, natural, or white. Recommended for use with newborns to 20 pounds, or until your baby can roll from side to side or push up, this cradle can be made stationary with the simple support pin. Although this cradle does not come with wheels, parents claim that it is light-weight and easy to move from room to room. 

Parents appreciate the low price, simplicity, and beauty of this cradle. They do not, however, appreciate the thin, flimsy mattress that is included. When asked, several parents agreed that the low price and sturdiness of this cradle was worth shelling out a little extra cash for a better mattress.

 

Sorelle Dondola Cradle

Prepare your little one for a restful night’s sleep in the Sorelle Dondola Cradle. The cradle is made of pine with smooth, hand-rubbed surfaces and corners for a classy look. Four wheels offer convenient mobility if you want to bring your baby back and forth between rooms. A locking mechanism is in place if you prefer the cradle not to rock. This cradle is available in two colors (espresso and white), and includes a mattress and fitted sheet.

This cradle is a favorite among parents for its excellent quality and craftsmanship. However, as with the previous two cradles, parents weren’t pleased with the quality of the included mattress and opted to purchase a thicker, firmer mattress for their baby.

Orbelle Trading Ga Ga Cradle

The Orbelle Ga Ga Cradle is a beautiful hand-crafted cradle. Its heirloom quality is sure to be part of your family for generations to come. Constructed of solid wood, this cradle features beautiful, detailed curves. Parents can choose from three color options when purchasing this cradle – cherry, espresso, or white. A mattress is included with this cradle, as well as stoppers if you prefer a stationary cradle.

Parents adore this cradle for its classic, antique appearance and beautiful construction. On the other hand, they were critical of the thin, flimsy mattress and lack of wheels for easier mobility.

Stokke Home Cradle

The ultra-modern Stokke Home Cradle soothes your baby to sleep with a soft, swaying motion. The soft, light textiles of the cradle give your baby plenty of airflow and a cozy environment to rest, sleep, and dream. This is not a bulky, in-the-way cradle. Instead, it boasts a small footprint ideal for mobility and space efficiency. This cradle is light weight and easy to move from room to room.  The Stokke Home Cradle is available in both white and hazel gray. 

Parents who use this cradle rave about its ingenuity. However, it does come with a hefty price tag. This cradle tops our list as the most expensive.

 

Guide to Selecting a Baby Cradle

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the best place for a baby to sleep is in his parents’ bedroom. He should sleep in his own crib, cradle, bassinet, or in a co-sleeper safely attached to the bed, but shouldn’t be in his own room until he is at least 6 months. This is because studies have shown that when babies are close by, it can help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS.

Harvard Health Publishing reports that having the baby sleep nearby helps with breastfeeding. It’s a simple fact that because breast milk is digested more quickly than formula, breastfed babies tend to eat more frequently than formula-fed babies. When babies are in another room, it’s harder and mothers may give up and switch to formula earlier.

A cradle is a safe, stylish way to keep your baby near you at night time. Listed below are a few things to consider when buying a cradle.

  • Price

    • Price is a major factor in any purchase, and everyone has a different budget. This article features a wide variety of cradles, from super affordable to expensive. A good rule of thumb to remember is the more expensive cradles tend to have better durability. If this is your first baby and you’re planning on having a house full of little blessings, it may be worth investing in a more expensive cradle to use for years (and babies) to come.
  • Ratings

    • User ratings and reviews are an excellent way to determine the quality of the product you are purchasing. If the majority of parents are pleased with their purchase, chances are, you will be, too. On the other hand, if the majority of people were unhappy with their purchase, it is a good idea to pass on that product and check out other options.
  • Portability and Ease of Use

    • Find what fits your individual lifestyle. Will you be moving the cradle from room to room frequently? If so, a cradle with wheels may be a good option for you. Is your space limited? If so, a sleeker, smaller cradle may work better for you.
  • Manufacturer’s Reputation

    • Some manufacturers have better reputations than others. A product from a manufacturer with an unsafe reputation and history of numerous recalls shouldn’t be considered when purchasing an item for your newborn.

 

FAQ’s about Baby Cradles

  • Where can I purchase cradle accessories?

    • It is important to take extra precautions when purchasing accessories for your infant’s cradle. Most manufacturer’s offer mattresses, sheets, and other accessories made specifically for your chosen cradle. However, in many instances, other sheets and mattresses will fit your cradle. Before you allow your infant to sleep in the cradle, you must make certain the sizing of the accessories is exact and the sheets fit properly – this is a major safety hazard.
  • Should I invest in a rocking cradle?

    • Many parents consider the rocking motion of a cradle to be a major plus. The gentle rocking motion is soothing to babies and helps them fall asleep quickly. The majority of rocking cradles come equipped with locks or stoppers that allow you to leave the cradle stationary, if desired.
  • Can my newborn sleep in a crib?

    • There is no rule that says a newborn cannot sleep in a crib. However, the cradle provides a comfortable, more cozy atmosphere for your baby. Cradles are smaller than cribs and fit conveniently near the parent’s bed.
  • What should I take into consideration when purchasing a used cradle?

    • Buying gently used items is a great way to save money. Since babies only use a cradle for a short time, purchasing a used cradle from a friend or family member can be a great, cost-saving idea. As with anything, the safety of your newborn should be your number one priority when buying a used product.
      • Check for recalls. Thousands of products are recalled daily. Make certain that you aren’t purchasing an unsafe cradle for your baby.
      • Read recommendations and reviews. Just because a product has not been recalled doesn’t mean it is fully safe. If many parents review that it feels unsafe or they aren’t happy with the cradle, it is best to look elsewhere for a cradle.
      • Ask for the instruction manual or find the instructions online. This is always a good practice when buying any used product. Do this to ensure that your cradle is properly assembled.
      • Inspect for missing parts. If the cradle has missing parts, it may be extremely unsafe for your baby.
      • Test the rocking and stability features. Ensure that the cradle is working properly before first use. If either of these features do not work properly, you should consider finding a new cradle.
  • Can I build my own cradle?

    • With the rise of internet availability and websites like Pinterest, do-it-yourself plans have become increasingly popular. This is generally frowned upon for baby products unless the person building your cradle has excellent woodworking and craftsmanship skills. It is extremely important to keep your newborn’s safety in mind when considering a DIY project.

Final Word

You can’t go wrong with any of the cradles listed above. Infancy doesn’t last long, so remember to enjoy each tender, sleepless, God-given moment with your little one.

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Brittany Spalding
Brittany Spalding is a wife, homeschool mom, writer, editor, and food allergy awareness advocate. She enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, restoring antique furniture, St. Louis Cardinals baseball, and fishing on the beautiful Kentucky Lake.

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