Don’t get me wrong, I love our Miyo baby hammock (I’m convinced it’s the reason our little one slept through so early), but I couldn’t help but go slightly gaga over the Mawok, a new contender in the swinging cradle market from Sweden. Like most Scandinavian things, it has exquisite design details – crisp white is juxtaposed with a cute but never saccharine ‘Monkeys in Love’ pattern in oh-so-70s orange or brown colourways.
But this is not a case of style over substance, the Mawok has all the elements that make hammocks perfect first beds – a soft and secure sleeping space and the soothing rocking motion invaluable for comforting babies.
Unlike the Miyo which is suspended from an, admittedly impressive, arty wooden stand, the Mawok is fixed to the wall (near your bed so you can reach out and rock your baby in the night) making it ideal for small spaces. At just 3kg, it’s really lightweight, comes in a matching monkey-printed bag and has fittings for door frames so you don’t have to wean your baby into a cot if you’re going away while they’re still tiny. The site suggests suspending it with rope from a tree, but you might want to limit this to your travels to sunnier climes!
The hammock itself costs 2190 Swedish Kronor (about £165) including wall and door attachments, bedding and carry bag, while the bedding set alone will set you back 290 SEK (£22) and a mosquito net 199 SEK (£15). A small price to pay for a good night’s sleep.