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Do any of you have one? Did you like it, hate it, could care less? We co-sleep for the most part but I would like a bed to lay the baby in for naps and at night before we go to bed. We got rid of *every* baby item we owned except the infant car seat so I'm thinking this might be a nice and more useful alternative to a swing/bouncy seat etc. For those times when slinging/holding them just isn't an option.<br><br>
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A friend had it a liked it for the first couple of months. We plan to do something hammock like for this one!
 

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I looked at them on the web the other day, someone mentioned them somewhere and I didn't know what they were. They look neat. And they have a jolly-jumper type attachment for when the baby is older.... then you'd have both with fewer parts to buy.
 

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A year or so ago I recall reading threads about the metal hook where the hammock attaches at the top rubbing on its metal bearing, and little flakes of metal falling off into someone's baby's eyes and causing damage. Others on the thread confirmed this problem with their hammocks, and all called/wrote to amby... I don't know the outcome. Before buying, I would check to see if the design has changed in such a way to prevent that kind of thing.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">A year or so ago I recall reading threads about the metal hook where the hammock attaches at the top rubbing on its metal bearing, and little flakes of metal falling off into someone's baby's eyes and causing damage. Others on the thread confirmed this problem with their hammocks, and all called/wrote to amby... I don't know the outcome. Before buying, I would check to see if the design has changed in such a way to prevent that kind of thing.</div>
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ooh, that's good to know....i wonder what happened...<br><br>
I have a friend who plans to have a large family (like 9 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!">) and she swears by amby's--she was gushing about them, but they're quite out of my personal price range, sigh. I think a cheapo bouncy seat will have to do, so i can take the occasional shower sometimes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">
 

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Take the baby in the shower with you... DH likes to sit them in thier baby bath at the non-spray end of the shower so they get a little mist and used to the water. We also have a detachable shower head too so you can detach it and keep baby warm with the occassional hose-down of warm water.
 

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I think those things are neat and I personally know one baby who couldn't sleep without frequent movement. The parents had him in the fisherprice papasan swing and had to hit it every so often. They didn't discover the amby until many months of heavily interupted sleep.
 

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We plan on getting one. We have never used one but I have done tons of research on it. Our 4 children have had moderate to severe acid reflux and it is suppose to be a life saver for acid reflux babies (we assume number 5 will have it also). I did know about the metal shreds and I understand from my research that the design has been fixed that is why we are buying new instead of used. By the way they have a spring that you can buy that is good up to 2 years old.
 

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I don't like the stand for it, so I'm looking into the Happy Hangup, which I believe is usable a lot longer. I wouldn't be surprised if my 3 year old liked sleeping in it, so that will be nice if she can. Not sure if I will spend the money at all, but I'm thinking about it!<br><a href="http://www.happyhangup.com/" target="_blank">http://www.happyhangup.com/</a>
 

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good to know about the older design and the metal flakes. i've been looking on ebay, but perhaps this is one of those things it's best to get new!<br><br>
The Happy Hangup looks great, too. Both the Amby and the Hangup make so much sense to me. No wonder none of my kids ever slept in a bed unless they were attached to me, it just wasn't as snuggly as their womb environment!
 

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I just bought something I think is even better! Check these out:<br><br><a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=300049255735&ssPageName=MERC_VIC_RSEE_Pr4_PcY_BIN_IT&refitem=300046908319&itemcount=4&refwidgetloc=closed_view_item&usedrule1=CrossSell_LogicX&refwidgettype=cross_promot_widget" target="_blank">http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll..._promot_widget</a>
 

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hey, that looks awesome, too! my hubby might like the price better, too. i wonder if their is any more information about them somewhere.
 

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Someone else here mentioned it to me and a local friend has somehting similar that she loves. This person has 100% positive feedback and mine should arrive any day, so I can let you know! Plus, at $100, I agree that the price is right!
 

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MSAX - I thought it was hard to understand "the whole package" from the description on the one you bought. (I did skim quickly though and might have missed it). Are you supposed to attach hooks to your ceiling for that? Some of my ceilings are really high and slanted... that would be a pain for me. Also - is it just held up with rope and no springs? So just swinging and no bouncing? (I don't know if that's good or bad). I do like the big roomy space for the little one rather than the small nest on the Amby.
 

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The same person sells on that is smaller and on a spring, like the Amby, but at about $80 with shipping. Both are to be attached to your ceiling, not in a big metal stand like the amby. I imagine you could buy an Amby like stand for these, but they are intended for being screwed in and hung. For me that was perferrable becuase I dislike the big stand (takes up too much space) and because I wanted to hang this right by our bed (kind of over our feet) and this makes that possible. We actually live in a loft (12 and 14 ft ceilings) but being NYCers we are quite familiar with ceiling hanging! (We have both of out bikes, for example, on the ceiling and we hang them each night with a rope and pully system). In this case we are actually hanging this from the solid wood loft we build at 6.5 feet that we sleep underneight (and ds sleeps up top) so it will be easy to hang for us. But, I plan to also make a spot for it in the other room (and at my mom's house) and in those places we will drill a peice of wood into the ceiling (into studs ideally) and then put the hook into the peice of wood and hang an extention down to hook the actual cradle onto.<br><br>
This one is not on a spring, you are right. It does not really bounce per se but it does swing and it does move with the baby (naturally soothing them by responding to their motion. It holds 110 pds so my ds can check it out (which would be an issue with others because it would torture him to never get to get inside the cool new thing). And, it is good for up to two years, which I liked better that something I could only use for a few months.<br><br>
For me this was the perfect solution - light and easy to move around, no frame to take up extra space, good for a few years and big enough to all ds to try it out, rocks either back and forth or side to side, etc.<br><br>
I can send you pictures of ours once we get it set up if you would like more images of how it works!
 

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What's to stop you from buying a big spring at the hardware store with a hook on either side and putting that between the hammock and the ceiling?<br><br>
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I would really appreciate pictures, and a good explanation of how the hanging goes.<br><br>
at our local organics store, there is a bassinet/cradle that looks similar (in the way it cradles teh babies) but its on a stand, and everytime I look at it all I can think is that one of my older kids will grab on to the side to look in at the baby and flip the bassinet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
so hanging from the ceiling is very appealing, I like that I can hang is over my bed (like your planning on doing) and I can put up hooks in a kids bedroom as well, so the baby has a quiet place to nap that is safe. hmmmm I like the looks of it I can't wait to see what you think <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">The same person sells on that is smaller and on a spring, like the Amby, but at about $80 with shipping. Both are to be attached to your ceiling, not in a big metal stand like the amby. I imagine you could buy an Amby like stand for these, but they are intended for being screwed in and hung. For me that was perferrable becuase I dislike the big stand (takes up too much space) and because I wanted to hang this right by our bed (kind of over our feet) and this makes that possible. We actually live in a loft (12 and 14 ft ceilings) but being NYCers we are quite familiar with ceiling hanging! (We have both of out bikes, for example, on the ceiling and we hang them each night with a rope and pully system). In this case we are actually hanging this from the solid wood loft we build at 6.5 feet that we sleep underneight (and ds sleeps up top) so it will be easy to hang for us. But, I plan to also make a spot for it in the other room (and at my mom's house) and in those places we will drill a peice of wood into the ceiling (into studs ideally) and then put the hook into the peice of wood and hang an extention down to hook the actual cradle onto.<br><br>
This one is not on a spring, you are right. It does not really bounce per se but it does swing and it does move with the baby (naturally soothing them by responding to their motion. It holds 110 pds so my ds can check it out (which would be an issue with others because it would torture him to never get to get inside the cool new thing). And, it is good for up to two years, which I liked better that something I could only use for a few months.<br><br>
For me this was the perfect solution - light and easy to move around, no frame to take up extra space, good for a few years and big enough to all ds to try it out, rocks either back and forth or side to side, etc.<br><br>
I can send you pictures of ours once we get it set up if you would like more images of how it works!</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would really appreciate pictures, and a good explanation of how the hanging goes.<br><br>
at our local organics store, there is a bassinet/cradle that looks similar (in the way it cradles teh babies) but its on a stand, and everytime I look at it all I can think is that one of my older kids will grab on to the side to look in at the baby and flip the bassinet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
so hanging from the ceiling is very appealing, I like that I can hang is over my bed (like your planning on doing) and I can put up hooks in a kids bedroom as well, so the baby has a quiet place to nap that is safe. hmmmm I like the looks of it I can't wait to see what you think <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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Yes, I had similar thoughts about it getting tipped! I also knew my ds would try to get in it and the Amby and others would not be able to hold my 50lber!<br><br>
I will defintely take pictures and let folks see exactly what it looks like. Hoew funny - perhaps we will end up being the May 2007 hanging cradle crew! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Oh! I would love to see pics as well. I really wanted an Amby for my last babe, but it was out of our budget. I wished many, many a time that I had some sort of hammock/swinging thing for him. I told DH this time we were getting something no matter what. And I love that I can move it around easily depending on what our needs are at the time.
 

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We got it today (5 days because it comes Global Express) and it is fabulous! I took lots of pictures and I am uploading them to by blog for you guys right now. I don't have any other way to display them besides emailing them, so I will make a public blog post for you and put up a link in a few minutes!
 
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