I’m not sure who came up with the rocking chair cradle concept first, but I’d be willing to bet the idea was conceived by a bleary-eyed parent (probably around 3 or 4 a.m.) during an episode every parent knows all too well: you’ve finally gotten the baby back to sleep (almost rocking yourself to sleep in the process), only to have the baby reawaken as you ever so gently place him back in the crib.
Pictured first is the Rockid by Ontwerpduo, which you can reconstruct into a rocking chair once the baby outgrows the cradle (I believe it’s just a concept at this point). Last is the Rocker Cradle by Scott Morrisson, gorgeous but a bit impractical for everyday use (starts at $10,500).
It seems like a great idea, I don’t know why these aren’t more common.
Has anyone tried a rocking chair / cradle combo? I’d love to hear about it!
UPDATE: Check out this new rocking chair cradle that converts into a child’s bed!