One of America’s favorite (& busiest) daddy actors, Jason Bateman, along with wife Amanda Anka, are getting ready for baby number 2! And hopefully he is more prepared now for those sleepless newborn nights, especially with the announcement that “Arrested Development” will be coming back to TV! The adorable couple is said to have placed a recent order of a So-Ro Cradle. While this new cradle to launch in the US isn’t the least expensive on the market, we are loving its contemporary solid European design! Most importantly, we adore its forward-and-backward rocking motion, which is said to help soothe a baby more than the typical side-to-side motion of most cradles. Time to get a little-bit technical with it! Designer Ane Lillian Tveit was a student of occupational therapy at the University of Oslo, Norway. In neurology classes, she learned about how the human brain perceives motion, and gives adequate response to the stimuli from the surroundings. Ane discovered that most cradles in the current market rock side-to-side, which stimulates a circular motion for the infant in the cradle. When the brain perceives this motion, it automatically gives response through the nervous system, which feels like dizziness, and for sensitive children even nausea.
When the brain perceives linear motion, like in a forward rocking cradle, these automatic responses do not appear. The soothing effect that linear motion gives to a child simulates the effect of when the baby was still in the mothers womb, and later, when a baby is rocked to sleep in their parents’ arms.Ane graduated as an OT in 1999, specializing in children’s therapy, through Rikshospitalet University Hospital and Habilitation Services in Oslo. She founded Ahead Moldova in 2000, an organization committed to helping disabled children in Moldova. Ten years after graduating from the University, Ane came close to a potentially fatal accident, when a truck in front of her slammed on the the breaks. As she imagined her funeral; who would be in attendance; what would be her legacy; she realized,“ I can not die yet, I have too much to do”. At that exact very moment, the design for what is now the So-Ro Cradle was formed in her mind. Only two weeks after this life altering moment and new found motivation, Ane met carpenter, Hans Petter Kjeldahl Holst. With her education in the latest findings in neurological research, and her passion for doing something significant with this education, Ane began to design the contemporary So-Ro Cradles. From a drawing of the cradle on a napkin by Ane, Hans Petter created the first prototype, which was then tested and set in production in Norway. The Norwegian Design Council awarded the cradle with the “Award for Design Excellence,” based on the jury finding the So-Ro Cradle a “refreshing idea that has embodied good designs…innovative in its class, both in terms of design and function.” The So-Ro name is inspired by traditional Norwegian lullabies and means “be calm”. With So-Ro, Ane brings the Norwegian design sensibility to modern homes and families. This contemporary, functional, and award-winning cradle is now available in the US, available on the So-Ro website.