Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I got a tip from a friend about a baby hammock. It was pretty easy to make yourself. You can also buy these for 200 dollars or so. I used instructions from this blog (thank you Life on the roof!). All you need is 3 yards of fabric, some twill tape or bias tape, a 2 foot piece of wood, a couple of hooks, a spring (might be too tough for the light weight baby) and durable string (we used string that is used for parachutes, don't even ask why we have 100 ft of that).
I didn't want a polyester foam mattress like it is suggested on the blog post I had as a reference though so I made a more natural mattress. I sew first a pouch (14 x 30 inches) and left one end open. I stuffed it with sheep wool from an animal friendly farm and a reclaimed all wool sweater piece. Then I sew the opening and by hand I sew from eight points through the mattress to get the wool stay in one place. A pillow case is a good sheet for it.
We put hooks to a few places so we can change the place of the hammock.
I am now 39 weeks pregnant and ready for the baby to come!