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The device originated in Gujarat, India to help babies sleep. People in India have used this type of device for hundreds of years so that their baby can fall asleep quickly and get the rest they need while developing proper sleeping habits. A similar functioning device from the South India is called a jhula or parnu.
A ghodiyu is a swing framework with a pair of legs on two ends of middle rod. This was originally made of wood (called sankheda), however, in modern times strong and durable material such as stainless steel is used during the manufacturing. The frame is often hooked onto a hammock which harnesses the young baby.
Typically, a ghodiyu is designed to have a low center of gravity. This enables a person to swing the child back and forth.
Indian people believe that the rocking motion soothes and relaxes the child and puts them to sleep quickly by replicating the comfort and security of the womb. Indian mothers claim that using a ghodiyu for their child can relieve baby colic symptoms due to the rocking motion which they believe relaxes the baby.
- Mārg̲: a magazine of the arts - Modern Artists and Architects Research Group, National Centre for the Performing Arts (India) - Google Books. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2012-09-24.