In my quest to help Baby V sleep better and longer (without co-sleeping and frequent night-time nursing), I had been eyeing the Amby Baby Motion Bed, which has been endorsed by Dr. Sears.
Initially, I thought that it was only supplied in the region by BayB Supplies (S’pore), which requires a shipping cost of S$120. Fortunately, I called Florence from BayB Supplies and she mentioned that stocks of Amby Baby Motion Bed just reached Fabulous Mom in KL last month!
On Saturday, we visited the new store at TTDI. Baby V had the honour of being the first baby to try the hammock. The moment he woke up from his nap, we placed him in and he looked calm and comfortable. I certainly like the 30-degree incline (which can help to ease Baby V’s gastric reflux), so we bought one set home.
On Sunday night, at the end of Baby V’s bedtime routine, I placed him in (swaddled up) when he was almost asleep. After a few minutes of slight bouncing and patting, he fell asleep. However, he cried suddenly after about 15 minutes. I patted him on the tummy and bounced him a little and he was settled into sleep. He lasted for 1hr 45min before I had to carry him out to nurse and ended the ‘experiment’. This is a vast improvement compared to having to carry and re-settle him within 30-60 minutes of falling asleep.
3-Hr Morning Nap
He slept for 2 hours until I had to carry him out to re-settle. After placing him back in, he lasted till the end of his nap.
2-Hr Afternoon Nap
He opened his eyes after only 55 minutes, without fussing. After 10 minutes of light bouncing and some patting, he fell asleep again. I had to wake him up at the end of his nap to feed! When feeding, he was still sleepy.
Update after two months of use:
The benefits of the motion bed certainly outweigh its limitations as it has given Baby V and I many peaceful afternoons. At 6.5 months old, Baby V suddenly weaned himself off the swaddle and started learning to fall asleep on the bed. For our next baby, we would look forward to using the motion bed at an early stage.
- 30-degree incline helps babies disturbed by reflux problems
- Helps baby re-settle to sleep longer. Less carrying and nursing to sleep needed.
- Foam mattress provides more space around the head compared to a normal hammock/sarong without a mattress. The conventional type is too clingy.
- Takes up little space in the room
- Easy setup
- Sturdy spring provides a steady and quiet bounce
- Optional colour of unbleached cotton
- Travel bag fits easily in car boot
- Safer than previous sleeping arrangement: sleeping on an adult pillow on our bed
- Fabric needs to be handwashed & drip-dried. I’d prefer fabric that can be machine washed & tumble-dried so that the hammock can be used again sooner.
- Inclination is adjusted by velcro (hook and loop), which I’m not sure will last through a few babies.
- Rubber at the spring area is subject to wear and tear
- Pricey at RM1119.90. Even at this price, the set is made in China.