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When I was pregnant with my first baby my friend told me about this baby/swing/hammock that she had for ehr little boy and really recommended it to me. Well, after using it now with both my little girl and little boy I cannot recommned it highly enough to you either and would be something I would tell every new mother to get if they want their baby to get a great start when it comes to sleeping and feeling comfortable and content. Both my children sleep very very well and by that I mean 12 hours a night, no wake ups and have done this every since there were about 4 months and 6 months old. I really think this baby hammock had something to do with that as they learned really good sleeping patterns in the first couple months of their lives.
The Amby Nature's Nest is basically a hammock in which a baby can sleep from birth up until 12 months although both mine were out at about the 4 month mark when they moved into their own room and into a cot of their own. We had this hammock in our bedroom so that for those first few precious months our kids could feel us in the room and also I was breastfeeding so it was very convenient to have them in my room. The hammock was right next to my bed and they were almost at the same height as me so I could check on them during the night and they were also close when I wanted to feed them.
According to the Amby website, "Use your Amby Natures Nest from birth to immediately benefit from its unique tactile and soothing environment, giving your baby the best sleep possible. However a large number of parents with older babies turn to the Amby Natures Nest when their baby is not sleeping well, the improvements the Natures Nest have shown for older babies have been truly astonishing. The Amby Natures Nest has not only been designed to create a perfect sleeping environment, but also to ease symptoms of colic and reflux."
The hammock comes with a metal frame and then the netting and the cushion of the hammock is attached to the top of the frame by a hook at the top. This allows the hammock to swing back and firth and from side to side. The idea behind it is that the swinging motion and the snug feeling with the sides of the hammock that curve to your babies own body is that it feels like baby is still in the womb of sorts and is completely comforted. I found the swinging motion extremely useful. When my baby stirred in the night, not wanting food just wanting a bit of comfort to go straight back to sleep and I needed to do was just reach out an arm and give the hammock a little swing and it would rock them right back to sleep, perfect for them and me!
The baby also lies better too and does not suffer from flat head syndrome as according to the website, "Newborn babies are at risk of developing flat areas on their head, this is due to sleeping on a flat hard surface hence their weight is not being evenly distributed. Within the Natures Nest your baby will sleep in a slightly upright position distributing babies head weight more evenly to the rest of the body, reducing the problems of Flat Head. Although this is seen to be purely cosmetic their has been growing evidence that it can lead to problems with chewing and visual difficulties."
The hammock comes with everything you need although you can buy extra bedding. The bedding is washable though so I didn't feel the need to get any new parts. The mattress that goes in the bottom of the hammock is nice and padded and I thought looked quite comfortable. There is a certain way they should be put in this hammock. If you put them too down then they will be sleeping with their head down so you need to put the baby just up from centre but once you get used to it it was easy to put baby in. It is a bit difficult getting them in the hammock too because it would swing away when you try to put baby in so what I found helpful was to get the hammock either side of my legs and hold it in place with my legs, then lay baby down and then you could let go.
The frame comes apart which is really handy if you want to take this hammock away with you if you travel. The whole thing comes with a nylon carry bag and although its quite heavy its still easier to transport around when it breaks down. It's easy to put together, the three metal poles just slip into each other and then you put the hammock on the hook and it is done.
I think we paid in the £120 region for this hammock and I think its great value as we used it for two babies, maybe a third, who knows and more importantly it has been great for sleep! For more information you can visit the website at http://www.amby.co.uk.
Sorry, the title is connected to the product in the loosest possible way, but it reminds me of my daughter!
The Natures Nest is made by Amby and is a baby hammock suspended on a frame that mimics the movements felt by the baby in the womb, therefore soothe them to sleep. It is recommended for colicky and refluxy babies because the baby doesn't lie flat in the hammock, she is layed in a semi upright position and hugged by the fabric. Any slight movement by the baby will set the hammock gently swinging and bouncing, which should, in theory, send them back to sleep.
The Nest looks great! I got it in white, and it is so pretty and looks so comfortable that I wanted to jump in it myself. It doesn't look out of place in any room and it doesn't take up much space either. I bought mine second hand so wanted to wash all removable parts and it was surprisingly easy to take apart, bung it in the washing machine, and put back together again. It appears to be held in place by a bow of fabric on either side, but it is actually held up by 2 heavy duty springs on a hook, and is very sturdy. The material is then tied to make it look pretty, and is actually quite easy to do.
I found putting my baby into the Natures Nest very difficult. Because it is quite low, swings and bounces around and has quite close sides it is hard to lift the baby through the small gap. I found that once the baby was inside the nest, I had to reach in again and lift her further and higher so that her head was higher than her body, so I wouldn't recommend it for a baby that likes to settle to sleep in your arms first. Once the baby is inside and in the correct position, it does look very comfortable, but I was concerned that because of the incline her chin would sometimes be quite low and towards her chest which can affect their breathing. I didn't need to worry though, because my baby only did one 20 minute stint asleep in the Natures Nest before she realised i'd put her down.
The Nature's Nest is recommended from birth to 12 months or up to 29lbs. I really can't see this happening. My daughter provokes comments of 'ooh she's tiny' wherever we go and weighs only 16lbs at 12 months old, but I couldn't imagine wrestling her into the Nature's Nest at her size even a couple of months ago. Personally I would put the baby to sleep somewhere else once they can roll because if the baby has a preference for sleeping on their stomach, it won't be comfortable doing that on an incline.
If you are looking to buy the Natures Nest because you have an unputdownable, or 'velcro' baby I wouldn't recommend it. You will probably find, as I did, that if your baby won't sleep alone in the moses basket, swinging crib, cot or bouncy chair, she probably won't sleep in the Natures Nest either. In this case I would suggest a good sling and safe co-sleeping to save your sanity. If your baby has severe reflux or colic you might want to give it a try - it does seem to get good reviews for these reasons.
To buy a new Natures Nest you are looking at around £150 to £200 including the mattress and fitted sheets. I bought mine second hand for £60, so I would recommend trying to source one this way and buying a new mattress from the Amby website for £21.99.
I have given the Natures Nest 3 stars because I think it is a good idea and it looks pretty, it just didn't work for me and my baby.
In the initial days of my baby being born he was always crying and cranky and uncomfortable. I put this down to colic and stuffy nose, but the situation did not improve much even after treatment. My mother suggested that I try a baby hammock.
I found this on ebay second hand for £30 after much searching, and it has turned out to be one of my best buys.
The product is collapsible and fits into a bag that comes with it, about 1.5 m long. It is very easy to assemble. The spring is attached to the top part of the frame by a screw and bolt and is very safe and secure. There is a hanger attached to the bottom of the spring over which you arrange the cloth hammock.
The hammock itself is a wonderful creation , with thick cloth on the top and bottom and net in the middle so you can see through. There is a soft mattress inside with a mattress cover. The cover is made of a thick cloth that can be easily removed and washed. The mattress itself is a length of foam/sponge like material about 3 cm thick, it can be washed by hand or steam cleaned.
The hammock is big enough to hold a one year old, but the usage will depend on how long your baby prefers to sleep in it. My baby is four months old now and has literally started jumping inside it, so I suppose I'll have to stop using it when he figures out a way to come out of it himself. I expect that will be around 9 or 10 months.
One end of the hammock has zips down either side, so its easy to put your baby in and take him out. I appreciate the zips even more now, as my baby has started to squirm in it when he wakes up.
Life has been much easier since I bought this. I mostly use it for day time naps. Once he is fed and sleepy, a couple of minutes of swinging the hammock and he is fast asleep.
Initially I felt that the frame might fall over if you swing it hard, but that has not happened so far. Although it does tend to slide a little bit on the floor sometimes when I pull too hard. I have actually attached a length of string to the spring so I can rock it while I am lying in bed. This has proved to be a very comfortable arrangement for both of us.
It is definitely worth much more than the £30 I spent on it.
I had seen the Ambynest talked about on various baby forums that I use so when I got pregnant I decided that I'd rather have a hammock than a moses basket and crib. We were lucky to be able to buy one second hand as they are a bit pricey new and bought a new mattress for it. The hammock itself washes really easily so it actually feels like a new bed now.
The hammock and frame are quite large and probably take up more space than a traditional moses basket or bedside crib but the frame will slide under the bed when not in use so can be tucked away a bit to give you a bit more space during the day. The frame is lightweight so it's not a problem to move around the room if you are pushed for space. I have found the frame and hammock very easy to take apart and put together and it comes in a handy travel bag. We have taken it with us when we have gone away and it is simple to take it apart and put it in the car. It is a little heavy when it is all packed up in its bag but with my new arm muscles from lifting a wriggly baby it's not a problem.
Finally the main benefit of the hammock is the sleep! My daughter hates sleeping on her back and I spent the two nights we were in hospital holding her as every time I put her in her cot she startled herself awake. The sleep positioners meant that we could put her on her side in the hammock and she couldn't roll on to her front or back. She slept brilliantly right from being very small and when she does stir in the night it is very easy to just reach over and rock the hammock slightly which usually settles her back to sleep. She is now 3 months old and I put her down on her back but she usually turns slightly on to her side and snuggles down and goes to sleep. I do think she feels a lot more secure in the hammock and because of this sleeps much better, plus if she does stir then the hammock moves and puts her back to sleep. The only downside is that as she has a habit of throwing her arms around when she sleeps she does sometimes wake herself up as the sides of the hammock are closer than they would be in a crib. My only worry now is how we get her to sleep in her cot when she finally grows out of the hammock and moves in to her own room.
I would highly recommend this product, I am sure my daughter's good sleep has been down to how comfortable and cosy the hammock is.
The Amby baby hammock was a product I'd read a fair bit about whilst pregnant with baby number one and I found the claims it made to be very appealing. The hammock is very different to standard cots, cribs and moses baskets as your baby is suspended from overhead in a fabric cradle, which is supposed to mimic the soothing, natural feeling of being in the womb. The amby hammock claims that this natural rocking motion helps alleviate the symptoms of baby acid reflux and colic, therefore offering a better night's sleep for both baby and parents. In addition, as your baby's head is not under pressure from a firm mattress, it's also supposed to prevent the development of the common problem of flat head syndrome.
As much as I loved the idea of this product, I found the price tag of around £160 very off-putting for something that was recommended only up to the age of 12 months and so I decided to keep an eye out for a second hand one. As luck would have it, I did manage to find one second hand for £80- still not as cheap as a moses basket but with so many awards, good press and rave reviews under its belt, I felt pretty happy that I'd grabbed a good deal for a product that would be of so much benefit to my new baby.
Although our Amby was second hand, it came to us in very good condition with all the packaging and instructions included. I was impressed by the green fabric canvas carry bag that all the parts came in, with two large handles attached it was fairly easy to carry and took up a little less room than a standard folded up carry cot. Assembling the hammock was easy enough for the most part- there are four parts to the metal frame which slot into each other and you then hang a sturdy spring like device from the top of the frame. From this you hang a metal triangle, which puts me in mind of a much stronger version of a wire coat hanger and you then attach the fabric hammock to the triangle with a mixture of velcro fastenings and ties. Finally, you place the covered foam mattress in the base of the hammock and then you're ready to put baby in there. Attaching the hammock was the part I found more difficult to get right as there didn't seem to be an exact science to it and no matter what I did it seemed to look lop-sided. After a bit of fiddling with the various ties and turning the mattress over, it did however seem to even up a bit.
Before buying the hammock, I had expected that we'd need to get a new mattress for it as current guidelines recommend this as a preventative measure against cot death. However, I was quite disappointed with the mattress that came with the Amby- it is basically just a long rectangle of foam and I had expected something of better materials and quality. Although it had only been used for one other baby, the mattress itself was misshapen at one end from where the previous user's head had been lying. This also gave me the impression that materials used in the mattress weren't particularly durable or long lasting. Trying to get hold of a new mattress was a mission in itself as the official Amby website does not sell them, in fact the only place I could find which did was ebay at a cost of around £20- a fair amount of money for an oblong shaped bit of yellow foam! It seems very odd to me that you can't buy a new mattress through their website as there must be parents out there who have wanted to use the hammock for more than just their first baby and had need of a new mattress.
Anyhow, as it happened, we were unable to try out the hammock properly until our son was over a week old due to a longer stay than expected in hospital. When we first placed him in it, it was quite hard to work out whether to place him at the top, middle or bottom of the mattress as there was no information on this in the instructions or online. Where ever we put him, he was unhappy and would start crying. Luckily we'd been given a moses basket by a family member as a backup and I was immensely grateful for this, as no sooner had we laid him in there than he was contentedly asleep! Over the following weeks, we repeatedly tried to settle Elliot in the hammock but he just seemed to hate it and would start crying within minutes. My theory was that he had grown used to the standard flat mattress of a hospital cot during his first week and that's what he preferred, either that or he wasn't that happy with life in the womb and had no desire to feel as if he was back in there!
Having used both moses basket and hammock, I came to realise another issue with the mattress of the Amby, or rather the mattress protector that came with it. If your baby is sick or has a nappy leakage whilst in the Amby, you invariably have to wash the mattress protector as well as the fitted sheet over it as the outer layer of the protector is made of fabric. Any liquid therefore simply goes through the sheet and soils both sheet and protector and as you get only one protector with the hammock, you're then stuck with nowhere for baby to sleep until you've washed and dried the only one you've got. What you really need is two of them, but guess what, they don't sell these on their website either! I therefore can't quite understand why the Amby hammocks don't have the same kind of wipe clean mattress covering that comes as standard with a moses basket.
Now having said all this, there are many, many parents out there who swear by this product as having transformed the lives of their babies and themselves so I'd hate to put anyone off who could gain real benefit from it. If you're thinking of getting one of these and know anyone at all who already has one, I'd recommend trying your best to see if you can borrow it for a test run before committing to a purchase (probably easier in theory than in practice!) Unfortunately we just happened to have one of the few babies that hated it!
Amby Natures Nest Baby Hammock. The hammock itself comes in either a raw cotton colour or blue. It comes complete with matress, spring, metal frame and carry bag.
It comes flat packed and can be assembled very easily within a few minutes.
The natures nest is suitable from birth until around twelve months (29lb) and is suitable for (and extremely beneficial to) premature babies.
The sizes of the hammock once assembled are
Weight - 10.5kg
Height - 60 inch / 152 cm
Depth - 38 inch / 97 cm
Width - 27.5 inch / 67 cm
The cost of the hammock new is £164.99 and you can pick them up on ebay for around £133 new or slightly lower for second hand.
You can order direct from Amby at www.amby.co.uk
What Amby Say
A baby bed trusted by thousands of parents worldwide, the award winning Natures Nest is fast becoming the must have baby bed. Designed to replicate natural movements to give baby optimal reassurance and maximum comfort.
With outstanding design the Natures Nest gives comfort and security to your baby with its snug tactile environment. The Natures Nest holds your baby in a cradled position enabling you to place your baby to bed with ease. Suitable from birth to 12 months and totally portable, creating a relaxed and stress free bedtime wherever you are.
Newborn babies will always search for their lost environment striving to regain the comfort and security they recently left. Within the Natures Nest your baby will continue to benefit from what nature once provided.
The Amby Natures Nest is the only baby bed designed to create a womb like effect, here your baby will still enjoy what nature provided, a snug tactile environment with a gentle vertical and bouncing motion. These motions replicate the movements babies felt within the womb (as mother moves walks or drives in the car). Suspended from a spring the Natures Nest produces a feeling of suspension and floatation.
Your baby will lie with his upper body slightly raised, a position he is in once cradled in your arms. This is the perfect environment for babies and can pacify the most distressed infant. As your baby moves the bed will move with him often lulling him back to sleep, babies sleeping in the Natures Nest will be content and happy whilst awake, having had a restful sleep, and reducing your sleep deprivation enables you to enjoy your new baby.
Simple and Safe, Natures Nest gives your baby the best chance to start life blissfully contented, perfectly well adjusted and predisposed to healthy growth and development
It is the most logical and natural transition from the womb to the outside world during the critical first year of your babies' life!
When pregnant with my third child I came across this strange looking contraption during one of my many sleepless nights surfing the internet. We didn't really need anything new for the baby. We already had a girl and a boy so had plenty of everything, however our moses basket was starting to look a little worn and we would have had to buy a new matress anyway, so when I came across the Amby Natures Nest Hammock, I decided I would like to give it a try.
The main attraction for me was that it encouraged a peaceful nights sleep. It mimics the feeling of being inside the womb and because of the spring design it gently sways and bounces with the babies movements often rocking them back to sleep.
When our baby girl finally arrived I couldn't wait to give this a go. The first time we put her in it we really weren't sure if we'd placed her correctly. We tried putting her in the middle of the hammock as shown in all the pictures, but the sides seemed to close in on her and she looked a little squished. We eventually decided we'd go with the general cot rule of feet-to-foot - feet of the baby to the foot of the bed and although it made the hammock look lop-sided, it made our daughter look a lot comfier. Obviously I can't tell you if she slept any better in the hammock, but she certainly slept well, between five and six hours at a time, and more times than not when she stirred the natural gentle movement put her back to sleep. This worked for the first few months of her life and she slept through the night from 4 weeks. However, this was short lived as she only did this until 8 weeks when she became an insomniac. I don't think this had much to do with the hammock though as her routine was disturbed, she'd had her jags and I ended up bringing her in beside us with then formed the habit. She still loved her hammock and would go to sleep in there, however after 4 or 5 hours she would wake up and come in with us.
The hammock is supposed to be suitable up to twelve months, however I felt that at about ten months it became a little unsafe as my daughter could get herself upright and then tip herself forward. She never fell out, but I found her sleeping doubled over her feet a few times.
The hammock was absolutely fantastic for travelling, there was no need for a seperate travel cot. The frame comes to pieces within minutes and the hammock itself can be put in the storage bag in one piece with the matress still inside. The travel bag is long and thin and it's not as heavy as a standard travel cot once it's all packed away. It only takes a minute or two to put back together when you are where you need to be as well. I found this such an advantage as it saved us having to worry too much about how she would sleep in a different bed or a different place, because she always had her own bed, so she always felt very comfortable wherever she had to sleep.
The hammock doesn't take up too much room either, so is fantastic for while baby is still in mummy and daddy's room. We have the smallest room in the house and there is no way we'd have got a cot in and still been able to manouvre.
If using for a newborn/premature/small baby I would recommend getting one of the snugglers that you can buy seperately. This will hold your baby in place. I haven't used one, but I'm sure it would help with the problems we had in positioning our baby in the hammock in the beginning.
My daughter never suffered from colic or reflux so I can't comment on whether the bed is beneficial to the relief of these or not, but while researching the bed prior to purchasing I did read a lot of good feedback about this topic.
Another benefit is that the frame can be multi-functioning. You can also purchase the Amby Jump Jump bouncer, which works in exactly the same way as a normal baby door bouncer, but without the need to damage your walls. I wont go into too much details as I'm going to write a seperate review on the Jump Jump, but it's another great invention from Amby.
If I was to have another baby (which I'm not!!) I would definitely use this again and would highly recommend it to anyone. This allowed me to have more sleep at night with a newborn baby than I had had during the last few months of being pregnant.
Natures Nest is the only baby bed designed to create a womb like effect, here baby can still enjoy what nature provided a snug tactile environment, with a gentle vertical and bouncing motion. These motions replicate the movement within the womb (as mother moves walks or drives in the car), also producing feelings of suspension and floatation. Your baby will lie with his upper body slightly raised, a position he/she is in once cradled in your arms. This is the perfect environment for babies and can pacify the most distressed infant. As your baby moves the bed will move with him/her often lulling him/her back to sleep, babies sleeping in the Natures Nest will be content and happy whilst awake, having had a restful sleep, and reducing your sleep deprivation enables you to enjoy your new baby. Once placed in the Natures Nest, it is virtually impossible for your newborn to turn onto his tummy keeping baby in the recommended supine position (on the back).The Natures Nest is the natural transition from the womb to the outside world, opposed to conventional baby beds, in the Natures Nest your baby will feel the sensation of being cradled in your arms and offer your baby the motions and security they once felt within the womb. Giving you and your baby a blissful nights sleep and contented happy days. Simple and Safe, Natures Nest gives your baby the best chance to start life blissfully contented, perfectly well adjusted and predisposed to healthy growth and development. It is the most logical and natural transition from the womb to the outside world during that critical first year of life ! The Natures Nest gives your baby the best possible start in life.