Last updated: August 4, 2021

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Welcome to our big baby cradle test 2021. Here we present all the products we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best baby cradle for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a baby cradle.




Summary

  • Baby cradles represent the sleeping place of infants. The rocking motion reminds newborns of the time in the womb and therefore has a calming effect.
  • There are different types of baby cradles, which can be divided into three categories: Pendulum cradle, suspended cradle, skid cradle. Each of these baby cradles has its advantages and disadvantages, which are explained in more detail in the following text.
  • Suspended cradles often have an electric swing function and are therefore ideal for the youngest babies. Pendulum cradles and skid cradles are practical because they have a stable construction and can often be used anywhere.

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Guide: Questions to ask yourself before buying a baby cradle

What do I have to consider when buying a baby cradle?

There are two important aspects to consider before buying a baby cradle. These include safety and cosiness.

With regard to safety, a stable and trustworthy construction must be ensured. In addition, the construction and workmanship (e.g. misplacement of screws) must not pose any risk of injury to the baby.

In addition to safety, a baby cradle must fulfil the aspect of cosiness. On average, babies spend many hours a day in a cradle. It is therefore all the more important that babies feel comfortable and can relax in it.

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The parents give the baby safety and security. These aspects should also be considered in the baby cradle. (Image source: unsplash.com / Aditya Romansa)

Babies spend many hours in a cradle, especially in the first period after birth. This makes it all the more important to pay attention to the factors of safety and cosiness even before buying.

When can a baby cradle be used?

In principle, a baby cradle can take over a baby's sleeping place directly after birth.

The younger babies are, the more comfortable they feel in a small baby cradle. That is why the shape and size of the lying surface play a decisive role in the choice of baby cradle.

What does a baby cradle cost?

There is a wide range of prices on the market for a baby cradle. Depending on the quality and the shape of the construction, the prices vary from about 40 € to 270 €.

Pendulum cradles and hanging cradles are already available from a budget of 40-50 €. Skid cradles are somewhat more expensive, costing around €100.

Baby cradle price
Pendulum cradle: approx. 50-230 €
Suspension cradle: approx. 40-270 €
Skid cradle: approx. 100-150 €

The price range for pendulum cradles goes up to about 230 €, for hanging cradles up to about 270 € and for skid cradles up to 150 €.

The prices vary greatly based on the manufacturer's brand as well as the functions or additional accessories.

What are the alternatives to a baby cradle?

In the following paragraph, we will look at the alternatives to a baby cradle. Here we refer to the bassinet, the extra bed, the baby cot and the baby bath for a car.

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The edge of a cot serves as protection against a child falling out. (Image source: unsplash.com / Monika Rams)
Alternative Description
bassinet The classic traditional bassinet consists of a baby tub woven from wicker. In many cases, this baby tub is mounted on a frame with castors so that it can be easily transported from A to B.
Extra bed An extra bed is an extension of the parental bed. The extra bed has crib rails on one long side as well as on the head and foot sides. There are no crib rails on the other long side, so there is contact with the mother or father.
Baby cot The baby cot is a piece of furniture that is surrounded by bars. These lattice provisions prevent infants from falling out.
Baby bath for the car The baby bath for the car is a safety seat which is to be used for infants.

Decision: What types of baby cradle are there and which is the right one for you?

There are several types of baby cradle to choose from. You have to decide between the following three categories:

  • Pendulum cradle
  • Suspended cradle
  • Skid cradle

The different designs have both positive and negative aspects. Depending on which feature you place particular value on, a category comes into question.

What distinguishes a swing cradle and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The swing cradle is usually a robust construction consisting of a baby bath and a frame. The special feature of the swing cradle is that only the baby bath can be moved. In most cases, the frame has wheels and can therefore be moved around from room to room.

Advantages
  • Can be used anywhere
  • Robust construction
  • Large lying surface
Disadvantages
  • Rocking function is not very pronounced
  • Takes up a relatively large amount of space

What are the characteristics of a suspended cradle and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Suspended cradles are a hanging type of baby cradle. This form of baby cradle is either mounted on the ceiling or it is suspended using a usually three-legged frame. Suspended cradles can consist of a fabric cradle or a basket. In addition, hanging cradles may have an electric swing function built in.

Advantages
  • Positive effect on the growth of the back
  • Easy and quick to dismantle
Disadvantages
  • Cannot be used independent of location
  • Duration of use is relatively short

The constant rocking motion reminds the child of the time in the womb. This movement provides relaxation and reassurance.

What distinguishes a skid cradle and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The skid cradle is a baby bath that is mounted on a frame. This frame is mounted on a skid, which triggers the rocking of the cradle.

Advantages
  • Large lying surface
  • Robust construction
Disadvantages
  • Large and ungentle rocking movements
  • Rather not suitable for use independent of location

Every baby cradle has its advantages and disadvantages. Which type of cradle is right for you depends on several factors.

The most important criteria that you should think about before buying a cradle are listed below. These buying criteria should make your decision as easy as possible.

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Baby cradles are available in many different designs. The most important thing is that your baby feels comfortable and safe in it. (Image source: unsplash.com / Minnie Zhou)

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate different baby cradles

Now we will give you an overview of various criteria that you should consider when buying a baby cradle.

The following criteria should give you some clues so that you can compare the offers in the best possible way:

  • Material
  • Colour
  • Size
  • Cradle function
  • Rollable
  • max. load

In the following paragraphs we will explain what the individual criteria are.

Material

The criterion of the material depends strongly on the design of the baby cradle. There are numerous types of material that are suitable for a baby cradle. The spectrum ranges from robust materials such as wood to softer materials such as fabrics.

A baby cradle made of wood mainly applies to the two categories commuter cradle as well as skid cradle. A wooden baby cradle is a robust type of construction.

A baby cradle made of fabric can only be used in the form of a hanging cradle. The fabric baby cradle is particularly suitable because the fabric adapts perfectly and individually to the small body of the infant.

Furthermore, there is the baby cradle made of wicker, which can be used both hanging and on a frame. The wicker version is the perfect middle ground between a robust and a gentle design.

Colour

The range in terms of colour variants offers a wide spectrum. There are both gender-neutral baby cradles in colours such as white and brown. Furthermore, there are also baby cradles that are made specifically for girls and also specifically for boys. Here, the typical colours pink and blue are used.

The advantage of gender-neutral baby cradles is that they can be used for several children. Possible accessories such as a blanket or a cushion can make a gender-neutral baby cradle more colourful.

Size

The size of baby cradles varies based on the different designs. Commuter cradles and skid cradles take up significantly more space compared to hanging cradles.

In addition, there are baby cradles that can accommodate one baby and there are also baby cradles that can accommodate two babies. This variant for two babies is ideal for twins.

Cradle function

With hanging cradles, there is increasingly the option of an electric rocking function. The advantage of this is that the baby is swung back and forth in gentle movements. This uninterrupted movement reminds the child of the peaceful time in the womb.

Commuter cradles and runner cradles do not usually have an electric rocking function. The rocking movements are triggered either by the parents or by the child's kicking.

Rollable

The rolling function has the great advantage that the cradle can be moved between different rooms.

In the case of the hanging cradle, this function is not possible. This type of baby cradle can only be used in one specific place.

Maximum load

The maximum load depends on how stable the construction of the baby cradle is. Accordingly, the load of the respective baby cradles is very individual.

Compared to the load capacity of the pendulum cradle and the skid cradle, the load capacity of the suspended cradle is considerably lower. The hanging cradle can be used up to about three months of age.

Facts worth knowing about the baby cradle

How long can a baby cradle be used?

How long a baby cradle can actually be used depends on the type and size of the baby cradle. On the other hand, it depends on the height and weight of the child.

Due to the stable construction of a pendulum cradle or a skid cradle, they can withstand more stress than a suspended cradle. Accordingly, these designs can be used for longer. Pendulum cradles and skid cradles can be used until the child is about 7 months old.

A suspended cradle can only be used in the first few months after birth.

However, the actual length of use depends in each case on the baby's height and weight.

How do I build a baby cradle?

There are numerous instructions for building a baby cradle. First of all, you should be clear about what material the baby cradle should be made of and what characteristics and criteria are particularly important to you in a baby cradle.

The special thing about a self-made baby cradle is that you can make it according to your wishes. This makes it an individual item and at the same time a beautiful keepsake.

You won't find instructions on how to build a baby cradle in this specific post, as this would go beyond the scope of it. However, you will find information on building a baby cradle in another blog post.

What accessories are available for a baby cradle?

There are different ways to equip a baby cradle. The equipment depends on the type of different baby cradles. Depending on the size and shape of the cradle, different types of accessories can be used.

In the following, we will explain to you which additional equipment options are available, which you can either buy or easily sew or knit yourself.

Mattress

There is always a mattress in the baby bath of swinging cradles and runner cradles. This mattress is available in different sizes and designs. We recommend that you stick to the size of the lying surface so that the mattress fits perfectly.

Canopy

It is possible to attach a canopy over a swing cradle and over a runner cradle. The canopy is mainly decorative. A canopy is available in different colours, sizes/lengths and materials. You can also easily sew one at home. You can find instructions for a canopy in the DIY category.

Nest

A nest does not only look nice, it also serves the purpose of comfort and safety. Especially in baby baths, it is placed along the edge so that babies can't hurt themselves so easily. There are also many different shapes, colours and patterns for nests. You can decide according to your personal preferences. You will find a large selection in baby shops as well as in online shops. However, you can also sew your own nest according to your personal requirements and wishes. You can also find three different instructions for different shapes in the DIY category.

Baby sleeping bag

In addition to a nest, a baby cradle can also be equipped with a sleeping bag. A sleeping bag is the perfect solution for babies. This way, they cannot cover themselves by kicking, because it is closed. There are many different types of sleeping bags. There are already knitting instructions for this too, which you can find in the DIY category.

Baby blanket and cushion

As an alternative to a baby sleeping bag, there is also the possibility of buying a baby blanket and a small cushion. This alternative has the advantage that babies are not permanently covered on warm or hot days. This means that there is less danger of the babies being too hot. As with the other accessories, it is possible to buy the baby blanket or cushion from online shops or specialist shops, or to sew or knit them yourself.

Mobile

It is possible to install a mobile above a baby cradle. A mobile is especially interesting when the baby is already aware of its surroundings. Such mobiles are available in a wide variety of colours, motifs and patterns, both in online shops and in baby shops.

You can also find numerous other instructions and ideas for sewing and handicrafts in the DIY category.

Do not overload the cradle with unnecessary accessories. Therefore, you should think carefully about which types of accessories you really need and avoid buying unnecessary accessories. You should always remember that a baby cradle is your child's restful place to sleep. Your child should not be kept from resting by too many attractions.

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