Why should I buy a Hushamok Hammock when I thought I needed a bassinet or crib?
William Sears (M.D), Robert Sears (M.D.), James Sears (M.D.) and Martha Sears (R.N.) recommend the natural swinging, rocking and bouncing motion of a baby hammock which induce sleep and keep baby asleep longer. Unlike adults, babies are triggered to sleep by motion; as many mothers notice during pregnancy when baby is asleep during the day and awake at night.
The difference between a baby hammock and other nursery furniture, including cribs or a baby bassinet, is the way the baby is supported. Before a baby is born, they are cozy and squished in the womb where they experience a lot of movement. Once born, sleep in flat and static surfaces such as cribs and baby bassinets can be challenging for babies since they are accustomed to a warm womb-like environment. Hushamok’s baby hammock has been designed to mimic this womb-like environment for newborn sleep. Our innovative leafspring is unique to Hushamok and provides a gentle rhythmic rocking motion that helps newborn babies sleep better and longer.
Are Hushamok Baby Hammocks Safe?
The medical study on carbon dioxide rebreathing in infants from the University of Otago shows that baby hammocks have virtually no carbon dioxide build up which is what it believed to be one of the causes in SIDS. Because of the natural motion of the hammock, carbon dioxide does not become trapped around the baby, which when re-breathed is said to cause the deadly acidosis.
The 100% organic cotton contributes to a healthy sleeping environment for newborn sleep. Hushamok recommends baby is swaddled to minimize baby’s movement. Hushamok use is in line with the recommendations in the prevention of SIDS that babies should ALWAYS be placed on their backs.
Need even more assurance about how safe we are?
The Hushamok baby hammock has been tested and complies with the requirements of the current American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F2194 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Bassinet and Cradles. The Hushamok baby hammock has passed the EU certification program for Safety Requirements and Test Methods for Cribs and Cradles for the relevant EN 1130 requirements.
I'm concerned about exposure to toxins, is the Hushamok treated flame retardant chemicals?
The Hushamok baby hammock has not been treated with any fire retardant chemicals. Our mattress cover is made from 100% organic cotton fabric. The natural cotton is un-dyed providing the most natural eco-friendly sleep for your baby.
Why should I choose Hushamok over other baby hammocks?
The unique design of our baby hammock reduces strain on baby’s spine and nerves by maintaining the natural primary curve of the spine. Other baby hammocks have no form, which could compromise babies breathing, and spinal support. Hushamok’s design and the addition of the EVA foam insert conform to babies shape and prevent any dipping in the middle.
Why was I advised to use a Hushamok for my baby that suffers from colic or reflux?
To prevent acid reflux in infants, pediatricians recommend keeping baby’s head slightly elevated. Without the use of potentially harmful pillows or other objects Hushamok baby hammock designs provide an elevation that will reduce the symptoms of acid reflux. The Hushamok baby hammock design has an upright, angled position assisting babies with natural newborn sleep, colic and reflux. For severe reflux issues in babies aged 3 months+ we recommend the MySeat as a long-term solution because of it's supportive upright positioning that is designed specifically to accommodate your baby as they develop.
Help! I'm worried about my baby developing Flat Head Syndrome (Plagiocephaly). Can Hushamok prevent this from happening?
Yes, Hushamok baby hammocks distribute baby’s head weight more evenly to the rest of the body, reducing the problems of Flat Head Syndrome (Plagiocephaly). "Flat head" syndrome occurs when babies spend a considerable amount of time with their head resting in the same position. In the early ’90s, parents have been told to put their babies to sleep on their back to reduce the risk of SIDS. Since then, experts have also noted a fivefold increase in the incidence of misshapen heads. Babies are born with soft, pliable skulls, so when they rest in the same position on a regular basis, their head can develop a flat spot where it presses against a mattress as found in nursery furniture such as cribs and baby bassinets. We also recommend that babies not be kept in infant car seats or carriers outside of car travel as studies have shown this contributes to plagiocephaly.
When should babies start using the hammock and how long should they sleep in it?
The Hushamok Baby Hammock is an early development product designed for newborn sleep up to approximately 6 months or a maximum weight of 22 pounds. For best results Hushamok recommends using the product for newborn sleep.
How do I care for my Hushamok Baby Hammock?
All parts can are machine washable. Care labels are located on the baby hammock and mattress.
Can my baby move in the hammock?
Given the gentle undulating motion of the leafspring it is natural for baby to experience some movement in Hushamok baby hammocks. Hushamok does not recommend using any pillows, wedges or positioners in the baby hammock as these may pose a suffocation risk to baby. Hushamok recommends swaddling if that doesn't agree with your baby that's not a problem. With our four point leafspring it means that if your baby is a kicker or doesn't like being swaddled wherever they move in the hammock - back, front or sides it will remain balanced and won't tilt to any one side.
Can the Hushamok Baby Hammock be used in the day and night?
Help! My baby was born prematurely, is the hushamok safe for premmies?