Baby cradle or 'buai' has long been the choice of the mothers in my family to put their tots to sleep. In fact when I was a baby, my mother said that I will always cried whenever I did not get to sleep in the cradle. And so, my 5 other following siblings also followed my suit and there began the journey of carrying the cradle anywhere we went.
When I first got back from the hospital after giving birth, my parents have been pestering me to buy a cradle for Husayn. "Nanti lena sikit dia tidur" my mother said. I agreed with her on that but silently I refused to buy the cradle. Not because I want to deprive my own child with a good night sleep, but because I don't want him to depend too much on the cradle, and certainly I don't want to be carrying that cradle every where we go if we travel, after all our car is only a tiny Kelisa!
You'd think my problems will be lessen if I refuse the cradle but of course challenges always found itself around the corner. Husayn refused to sleep without breastfeeding and I have to breastfeed him while sitting down for hours due to my c-sect pain. There were a lot of nights my husband had to carry him and dodoi him to sleep. And on one sweet day, I've got this idea to turn the baby carrier that I got from MyDear warehouse sale for only RM98 into a baby bouncer.
I really,really love the carrier-cum-bouncer. It can be rocked back and forth and for RM98 I think I got a good value for a sturdy, fit anywhere and multipurpose baby carrier. It fits perfectly in the car, he can sleep in the carrier, and I can bring it anywhere. It was really useful especially during last year's Hari Raya when we spent days visiting countless relatives.
And for nearly one year my parents keep asking me when to buy the precious cradle and I managed to resist. Came the day that I have to go for outstation and leave Husayn at home with my mother. That was the day I finally relented and buy a cradle. Husayn was 11 months.
Now at nearly 14 months, I can say that he definitely does not depends on the cradle to go to sleep. The problem is at night he depends on his night time breastfeeding session and this caused quite a ruckus when I was away from home. Oh well maybe my mother can solve that..hehe