Green Lullay Cradle

Green Lullaby Cradle

This cardboard cradle meets all the usual standards. It’s flame retardant and meets the EU’s safety and performance for cribs and cradles. However, unlike traditional cribs, you won’t need any tools to assemble it and you can either store flat when done or recycle the cardboard. Keep this crib in mind for traveling as well. For infants up to three months old.

It’s interesting that the introduction blurb for this cradle starts off with a defensive statement by reassuring potential buyers that this thing is safe – they probably anticipate that the first reaction from most people would be the fear of their precious newborn would roll-over, crumble, tear apart or be injured in every scenario imaginable.

That said, this design  started me thinking about whether it made sense. Portability – well, okay it can be taken apart and all that, but I do not really see it as really useful (does it have to do with me never being a parent to a baby?). Being made out of cardboard, the recyclable aspect of it seemed an important point in this design, which  is also somewhat strongly correlated with treating the “baby” phase of a newborn as a relatively temporal one.

But babies would usually sleep in a crib for maybe 3 years or so – by then the next child in line could have arrived, and who’d take over the crib for another few years. So this crib is likely to be in the house for maybe five years or more. In that case, wouldn’t a more permanent crib be more relevant? Of course, this crib has passed all the structural tests etc., but ultimately, the semantics of this design seemed to make the point that it is temporary and functional, which is probably  just about the furthest emotion away from a parent’s attitude towards his/her child.

Green Lullaby Cradle, via swissmiss

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5 comments so far

  1. The Critic on

    Hi Gem Sty,

    I wanted to stop by and let you know that by your request The Blog Critic will be critiquing your blog next. See you soon!

  2. Gems Sty on

    Hi and welcome!

    Thanks for your willingness to give your critique – I’d be all ears.

  3. Duegi on

    I think that maybe you have confused the “crib” with a “cradle.” Cradles are indeed a short term item used for when the child is a newborn and needs to be in the proximity of the parents (read that as sleeping in the same room). Cribs are for slightly older children that can easily be in another room.
    Personally I think that this kind of design makes great sense. I cannot see spending big dollars for a cradle that will only be used for 3 weeks or so before it is put into the attic. Bravo to these designers!

  4. Gems Sty on

    Haha, Duegi, I guess I exposed my lack of parenting experience here. Thanks for your clarification between cradles and cribs – if the cradle is really lasting 3 weeks, then this design would make real sense!

  5. brisbane solar power on

    my wife and I are having a baby in 9 months. I would love to see her face if I brought this home.


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