Rock their world

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Shortly after my first baby was born I found myself standing in the supermarket chatting to a friend, all the while absent-mindedly jiggling my trolley back and forth…. sans baby. Yes, the baby was at home with dad but like most new parents I had the jiggle reflex happening – prams, rockers, trolleys or anything that is holding your baby, you instinctively keep them in motion.

German designers Udo Blenk and Stefan Stöhr have developed what they call a ‘rocking aid’ and I call a godsend. The Lolaloo attaches to the handle of your pram and then noiselessly rocks the pram side-to-side. The degree of movement can be adjusted gradually which I think is a terrific feature – as your baby is dropping off to sleep you can slow the rocking down or alternatively, as things are hitting fever pitch at hell hour, crank them up a notch.

There will be people who will see the Lolaloo and think "Why not just use your arm?!" All well and good until you have a baby that demands constant motion to settle. I can testify from experience that your arm starts to drop off at about the one month mark.

The Lolaloo is powered by a rechargeable battery so babies can rock at parks, cafes or anywhere you take your pram. I figure that if the same German engineering is applied to this patented gadget as is used on other well-known German mechanical things, then it must really work.

Also available are Bed Rockers, special castors that attach to the legs of a cot, allowing the Lolaloo to be used with the cot. Unfortunately Lolaloo are only sold in Germany at this stage but if the gadget lives up to the hype, I’m sure it won’t be long until it hits the worldwide market. Until then, keep rockin’.

(Via Kids Modern)

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Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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