1.Leachco PodsterOur #1 alternative to tradition crib hammocks.
Safer and babies love it.
2.SwaddleMe By Your Bed Sleeper
Price: $65.83
Was: $99.99
Our #2 alternative to tradition crib hammocks.
Safest option.
Baby Hammock for CribHammocks such as these are NOT recommend.

With so many baby hammocks available and most looking no different than the next, we've narrowed the list down to the best hammocks available for your baby. 

Please keep in mind that newborns need to be monitored, S.I.D.S mostly occurs before a baby reaches 6 months and most cases with infants from 1-4 months. Whether your baby sleeps in a baby hammock, crib or bassinet make sure they can't roll over and clear any blankets or toys that can increase the risk of suffocation and follow the manufacturer's direction. 

There are some health physicians that will not recommend an infant hammock as they pose a suffocation risk. Unfortunately, two infants have died from the use of baby hammocks in 2009 and as a parent I want you to be aware of the all the risks. Both babies were between 4-5 months old and they both rolled in their crib hammock and become wedged. 

The University of Auckland did a study on the safety of baby hammocks that you can read here. The study concluded that infant crib hammocks should not be used for unsupervised sleep how ever we would not recommend parents to get a infant crib hammock. 

 Please do not rely on manufacturers to ensure your babies well being. It's our responsibility to keep our babies safe.

Crokids recommends a few alternatives for parents looking to find a solution for their babies acid reflux or colic issue.

1. Safest & Best Alternative To Crib Hammock: Leachco Podster

If your newborn finds it difficult to fall asleep in their crib or bassinet, much like mine did. This baby lounger provides an inclined cushion like a hammock would, but without the anxiety and risk that comes with a crib hammock.

If you’re terrified of your babies reflux or they suffer from colic. Having them sleep in an elevated position soothes their digestion, helps their bloating.

There very few parents that have issues with the podster and would recommend anyone thinking of a crib hammock to get this for their babies and sleep in peace.

If you still want to get something that acts kinda like a hammock, you can try SwaddleMe bed sleeper. It’s shaped similarly like a hammock but is actually a bassinet. 

This sleeper lets you rock the baby, it adjust the height and bring it close to your bed. We believe this is a fantastic alternative to the more controversial hammock. Add the fact that it has its own light, provides vibrations and plays lullabies.

 

 

This is not true hammock but a swing and hanging bassinet that can be installed and used anywhere as long as you have something sturdy and reliable to suspend it from. If you are looking for a baby crib hammock but are uncomfortable a crib hammock, we recommend the crib cradle. We love that it gently rocks the baby to sleep. 

LA SIESTA Joki Planet Koala

LA Siesta’s Joki Planet Koala hanging nest hammock is made of high-quality, durable materials and can be a fun, relaxing place for play and naps. This hammock is designed for toddlers and above.

Product specifications

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Weight: 5.16 lbs
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Dimensions: 35” x 23.25” x 14”
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Children 3 years and older not heavier than 175 pounds
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Machine washable and removable zippered cushion
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Soft organic cotton material
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Weather-resistant and fast-drying polypropylene fabric exterior
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TUV-certified safety and GS-Tested
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3 colors: Joki Planet Turtle Green, Neutral (Brown) Koala, and Piggy Pink

Pros & Cons

Pros

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Easy to clean and fast-drying
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Can be hung outdoors or indoors
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Helps in child’s development, balance, and posture

Cons

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Comes in different color schemes than what is shown in pictures
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Comes with no mounting hardware

Customer Feedback

Many parents would agree that this product is a nice addition to their children’s play area or room. It serves as a cozy swing and comfort nest made with high-quality and durable materials.

Hammock Chair C Stand

Because not all baby hammocks come with stands, this durable stand made of strong steel. It is also easy to use and assemble.

Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock

Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock features an innovative design and 97% cotton material to make shopping easier for both you and your baby.

Product specifications

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Weight: 12.8 ounces
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Dimensions: 14” x 8” x 2”
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Babies weighing a maximum of 50 lbs
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Phthalate- and lead-free materials
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Comfortable, natural incline and cocoon that cradles and supports baby’s spine and neck
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Built specifically for shopping carts
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Safe and high-quality plastic clips, velcro, and double layer upholstery fabric
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Full compliance with the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act

Pros & Cons

Pros

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Infant carrier strap and seat harness for security
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Easy assembly and storage
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Stylish and cute design

Cons

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Not safe for babies that like to move around and roll over

Customer Feedback

Many parents found it very useful and convenient for when shopping with younger, smaller babies. However, some report the design to pose a potential safety hazard for babies who like to roll over which can cause them to flip over or remain hanging upside down. 

Final Thoughts

Before we even begin to consider an infant hammock, let’s answer the question are baby hammocks safe. We believe infant hammocks are safe as long as parents install them correctly and ensure their babies are protected. Newborns and infants that cannot support their body are at a risk of rolling on their stomachs if the hammock is tilted and not level.

Crokids does not recommend parents use hammocks that push babies chin to chest resulting in closed off airways. If the hammock does not fit your babies crib or poses a positional risk stop using it immediately and return it, please.

Do not use a hammock that pushes newborns head into their body, do not use a hammock made of non-breathable material and do not use a hammock that allows the baby to sag and touch the crib. If you enjoyed this article, be sure to check out our write up on best bbt thermometers or baby bottle warmer.