A baby cradle is a staple item in every baby’s room.
Though not all parents seek to have one, it is definitely beneficial not just for you, but most especially for your baby.
It’s a tiny bed built with rockers to create that rocking movement that gives your baby a safe and relaxing sleep. The motion is really natural, just as if you were carrying your baby in your arms.
It’s very beneficial when it comes to convenience, as you can do other important things while your baby is asleep inside the cradle. It’s also a very safe sleeping area for your baby, making sure that you don’t roll over, suffocate, or strangle her while sleeping at night. Thus, it lowers the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Baby cradles are sold in different designs, colors and sizes. You can easily find them in baby stores. However, it usually is pretty expensive.
When the budget is not a premium, or you’re aesthetic savvy and can’t find the color or design you’ve been looking for, DIYing will certainly be the solution to your dilemma. It will save you a reasonable amount of money and allow you to unleash the creativity in you and achieve the design that would best suit your nursery room.
If you’re planning to do it yourself, yet you don’t know what to do, check out this in-depth guide on making your own.
Without further ado, let’s get started!
Reasons To Make DIY Baby Cradle
Though baby cradles are easily available in malls and department stores, there are some essential reasons why you can make your own. Here are as follows:
- Save Money – Though making your own would require you to exert more energy and effort compared to just buying it from the store, you will for sure save when you DIY it. As mentioned earlier, baby cradles come quite expensive, especially when made from a top-quality material or a designer item.
- Freedom Of Design And Color – If you’ve looked all over the different stores and can’t seem to find the one that matches your preference, then DIYing is your key. It gives you the freedom to choose your design and color to match your baby’s room.
- Control Of Size – Well, not all babies grow the same. Some are bigger compared to others. When you make one yourself, you’ll be sure that it’ll perfectly fit your baby’s size. You have control of how big or small you should make it.
- Repurposing Reclaimed Wood – If you get reclaimed wood at home, it will be a good way to repurpose them. It will save you money by making good use of it and help save mother earth.
Materials And Tools Needed
Here are the few things that you will need for this project:
- Paint Brush/ Roller Brush
- Wood 1x2x12 inch, 2×2,5×12 inch,
- Plywood (½ inch)
- Steel Pipes
- Wood Glue
- 2 pcs. 4” nut bolt
- 2 pcs. Wooden washer
- Make a leg stand. To do so, simply cut the wood that would be a good size for the leg stand. For the bottom leg, cut two pieces of 2×2.5×24 inches. For the top leg, cut two pieces of 2x1x40 inches.
- Mark the center of the bottom leg and cut a square groove using a handsaw and chisel. Make sure that the top leg perfectly fits inside the hole you made.
- Screw in the top leg diagonally on the bottom leg hole using your screw and screwdriver. This should form like an upside-down letter “T”.
- Make two holes on your top leg five inches from the bottom leg for the center joint. This will protect your baby cradle from wobbling during use. It’ll also make it more sturdy.
- Using a chisel, round up the edges of a 1x1x22 inch wood (two pieces). These will be the center joint of your baby cradle.
- Put a good amount of wood glue at the ends of your center joint before inserting them in the holes you made. Doing so will make sure that they will not fall off during use. For extra support, screw in the center joints to the top leg where you have inserted them.
- Next, from your 1/2 inch plywood, cut out a headboard and a footboard. The size will depend on how big or small you want your cradle to be. However, a standard cradle’s headboard is usually 20 inches high and 30 inches wide.
- Now that your headboard and footboard is ready, let’s proceed to the side panel. For this, you will need 16 pieces of 1 inch steel pipe, 18 inches long. 8 pieces on each side panel. For the border frame, you can use 1×2 wood.
- Drill 8 half inch deep holes for the pipes, 10 cm away from each other. Assemble the side panel by inserting the pipes into the border frame that you made holes with.
- As soon as your side panels are ready, using your screwdriver and screws, attach the headboard and footboard to the side panels, creating a rectangular shape.
- Attach a cut-out plywood to be the base of your baby cradle. It should fit the size of the rectangular shape that you’ve just assembled.
- Attach the cradle box to the legs that you’ve assembled earlier. Drill a hole in which your cradle should its legs. Using a 4″ nut bolt with a wooden washer, screw in the body to the legs. Make sure that it creates a swinging motion.
- Sand out the wood to make sure that it won’t hurt the baby’s skin. Doing so will also give your paint a smooth finish.
- When you’re done sanding your wood, it’s now time to paint it. According to your preference, paint your baby cradle with the enamel paint color of your choice. You can either use a roller brush, or a paint brush.
- When done, make sure to air dry your baby cradle for four days before using it. This will make sure that the paint is totally dry and won’t peel-off during use.
Indeed, making your own baby cradle is a fun way to unleash your creativity and fulfill the aesthetic savvy in you. Not just that, it will also help you save money while being able to make good use of your leftover reclaimed wood.
DIYing has never been this fun and easy. Considering the easy steps stated above will bring you closer to the baby cradle that you have always wanted.