My DH found some plans last night for a wooden swinging cradle and has offered to build it for our newborn. We definitely want something next to the bed for easy nighttime breastfeeding and changing, but up until this point had planned on a baby hammock from Nature's Sway.
I had been so set on a hammock because I had heard so many stories about how babies would bounce themselves back to sleep and even colicky babies were much happier. Did any of you have a cradle and find that it had the same purpose? Would the newborn move around enough to swing the cradle?
The hammock would cost 230, and DH has figured it'd cost 140 with mattress for the cradle, so is a hammock so miraculous that it's worth the extra almost 100 bucks? Honestly, I'm also torn between the aww factor of a baby in a hammock and the aww factor of a baby in a cradle that it's dad made by hand (while wearing mama-made handknits no less), so any insight would be appreciated.
For those interested, here is the hammock:
And here is the cradle: