The concept

Stig Leander about the cradle

“The Leander cradle is a cradle that does not stand on the floor. I have created it so it can be suspended from the ceiling. Four straps are gathered into one point, either in a hook in the ceiling or in a stand made especially for the cradle.

I came up with the idea when my sister-in-law had twins and it was difficult to take care of both children simultaneously. I discovered that by suspending a cradle from one point, it was easy to rock the one child with just a nudge with the elbow and hold the other child at the same time.

Suspending the cradle meant that the cradle does not just swing in one direction and the movements become calm and free so they resemble the movements the child experienced in his or her mother’s tummy. At the same time, the cradle is easy to set into motion. It is developed for the child’s body awareness, to experience that he or she can make the cradle move.

The free way in which the cradle moves helps to stimulate the child’s sense of orientation. The sense is in the inner ear and it is not only crucial to our balance. It tells us about the body’s position in relation to the surroundings and about direction and speed so, for example, we know how we should place ourselves when we are to catch a ball. It also helps the brain to sort out the many impressions so we can concentrate better.

The sense of orientation also contributes to strengthening the body’s muscles in relation to balance. If the sense is poorly developed, the child has difficulty sitting on a chair and it can be difficult to concentrate on learning.”