when you are preparing to welcome a newborn in your life, it can quickly turn into an array of impulsive and bewildering shopping decisions – which includes where you intend to put your little one to sleep. Although there is nothing wrong with putting your baby in a cot, plenty of parents prefer something snugger and smaller for their baby to sleep in the first few months of his life.

Bassinets are more convenient than cots as they do not take up a lot of space. Therefore, you can easily accommodate them in the bedroom, especially during the early (and usually exhausting) months when you will prefer to keep your baby close for feeding. You can also move these bassinets from one room to another, which enables you to be more vigilant as your little bundle of joy sleeps.

Recently, bassinets have received plenty of upgrades and new features. You can purchase bassinets that vibrate, swivel from one side to another, are on wheels, or nestle right next to the bed for co-sleeping.

Things to Consider When Buying a Bassinet

• Breathable Zones

We recommend that you purchase a bassinet that has sufficient breathable zones on each side to eliminate the risk of suffocation and provide good ventilation for the baby. Due to the lack of any official requirements regarding breathable zones, you will come across numerous bassinet models that fail to meet this specification. However, this is an important factor to consider when purchasing a bassinet.

• Sturdy Build

All the components of your bassinet should fix permanently, and must require plenty of effort to take it apart. It should have a strong built.

• Avoid the Traps

Ensure there are no areas in the bassinet where your little one may end up trapping their head, limbs or fingers. Also, make sure there is nothing pointy and sharp sticking out of it that may snag on the baby’s clothing or injure his head.

• Depth

The bassinet must be sufficiently deep to keep the baby from climbing out. The vertical distance between the upper edges of your bassinet and the top of the mattress should be at least 250mm.

• Footholds

There must not be any structure in your bassinet that may be used by the baby as a ledge to climb out. Although this may not be a major concern for a majority of the babies who are under four to six months, some tend to get on the move earlier than expected. And you would not like to discover that the hard or unpleasant way, especially not during the night.        

 

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Best 10 Bassinets At A Glance

NameDimensions (inch)FeaturesPrice
Delta Children Sweet Beginnings Bassinet▪ 33H x 17W x 45D
▪ For babies up to 15 lb
▪ Soothing sounds
▪ Adjustable canopy
▪ Extra storage
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HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper -
Premiere
▪ Base: 32 x 32
▪ Legs: 21 each
▪ Overall height: 36
▪ Bed: 33.5 x 22
▪ For babies up to 20 lbs
▪ 360 degree swivel &view
▪ Multiple soothing modes
▪ Retractable side wall
▪ Fitted mattress pad
▪ Vibration, nightlight and nursing timer
▪ Ideal for small spaces
▪ CJ Foundation for SIDS recommended
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Arm's Reach Concepts Clear-Vue ▪ 34 x 20 x 31
▪ For babies up to 15lb
▪ 360 degree view
▪ Built-in leg extensions
▪ Easy breastfeeding
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Sorbus Baby Hanging Bassinet▪ 35L x 23W x 47H
▪ For babies up to 22lb
▪ Hanging cradle
▪ Bohemian macramé style
▪ Cushion padding
▪ Lightweight and easily transport
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Dream On Me Karley Bassinet▪ 35.5L x 18.3W x 47H
▪ For infants up to 25 lbs
▪ 1″ thick mattress pad
▪ Adjustable double canopy
▪ Multiple choices of color
▪ Folding
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HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper - Essentia ▪ Base: 32" x 32
▪ Legs: 21" each
▪ Overall height: 36
▪ Bed: 33.5 x 22
▪ For babies up to 20 lbs
▪ Rotates and swivels 360 degrees
▪ Ideal for small spaces
▪ Mattress pad
▪ CJ Foundation for SIDS recommended
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Dream on Me Lacy Portable 2-in-1 Bassinet▪ 35.5L x 21.7W x 30H
▪ For babies up to 25 lbs
▪ 7 Colors
▪ Mattress pad
▪ Transformable locking wheels
▪ Multi-purpose full canopy
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Summer Infant Soothe & Sleep Bassinet▪ 34.2 x 19.2 x 7.9
▪ For babies up to 15 lbs
▪ Four soothing melodies and vibration
▪ Quilted with embroidery
▪ Adjustable canopy
▪ Large storage basket
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Badger Basket Elegance Round▪ Overall: 32L x 32W x 49H
▪ For babies up to 20 lbs
▪ 1″ thick mattress pad
▪ Graceful canopy
▪ Storage shelf
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Arm's Reach Mini Arc▪ 34 x 20 x 32.5
▪ For babies up to 15lb
▪ Cozy environment
▪ Wheels on 1 end
▪ Nylon Strap and resistant Plate
▪ Fitted mattress and sheet
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Top 10 Picks (Updated Nov. 2017- 2018)

Delta Children Sweet Beginnings Bassinet

Sweet Beginnings Bassinet

You can provide your newborn child a comfortable and safe place to rest or sleep with this classically styled bassinet produced by Delta Children. This turtle shaped bassinet is constructed of durable and sturdy JPMA-certified materials and has a contemporary gender-neutral design that will blend well with your decor.

The bassinet also comes with a handy nightlight and features a music module that will play soothing lullabies for your little one. It also consists of a spacious dual storage basket, which is ideal for storing diapers, linens and other supplies for your newborn.

It has a water resistant pad, fitted sheet, and removable canopy that provide more convenience.  The bassinet is ideal for babies up to 15 lbs, and features locking casters that ensure safety and provide mobility from one room to another. In addition, it satisfies, and even exceeds the safety requirements set by the ASTM and CPSC. The bassinet is available in three colors: falling leaves, white eyelet and turtle dove.

Pros

  • Has a steel frame
  • It features a comfortable polyester fiber pad
  • The fabric can be hand and machine-washed
  • It has a lightweight and convenient frame
  • It can be moved easily
  • Ensures safety

Cons

  • The baby may outgrow the bassinet quickly
  • It requires four AA batteries
  • Can’t be rocked
  • Does not have a safety strap

HALO Bassinet Swivel Sleeper

HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper - Premiere Series Bassinet

While most other co-sleepers and bassinets rely heavily on the bed to work as an anchor and have tangling installation straps, this bassinet by Halo will easily stand right up against your bedside. It features a retractable sidewall that can be lowered allowing you to easily take your baby out of the bassinet without having to get up. It is ideal for women who have had c-sections. Moreover, when you have to get out of your bed, this bassinet will swivel a complete 360° and you will not have to move awkwardly to the other end of your mattress.

It has a four-legged base and one stem, making it very stable. However, it does not have any wheels, so you will have to pick it up if you want to move it.  It has a weight of about 30 pounds when assembled, which makes it quite heavy. The bassinet also features two storage pockets for storing baby items such as pacifiers and burp cloths. It has a nightlight, built-in soothing center, 3 lullabies and nature sounds, different vibration levels and a nursing timer which can be very helpful.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Swivel movements allow you to get in and out of your bed very easily
  • You can easily reach your baby
  • It has a nightlight which helps night feedings
  • Mesh sides allow you to see your baby

Cons

  • It is heavy
  • No wheels, so hard to move around
  • Assembly directions are difficult to follow

Arm’s Reach Bassinet

Arm's Reach Concepts Clear-Vue Cocoa/Fern

The Clear-Vue bassinet is designed to provide maximum visibility from any direction or area of your room. With this co-sleeper you will be able to see your little one at all times. It allows you to sleep next to your baby comfortably, as soon as your little one comes home. It is a bedside bassinet that enables you to draw and reach your infant close for feeding, comforting and bonding.

The bassinet has an innovative design with built-in leg extensions that can be adjusted to accommodate different bed heights. It also features 4 locking castor wheels that ease mobility around your house. In addition, the bassinet offers extra convenience as it has a large storage basket attached at the bottom.

The co -sleeper can be attached to any side of the bed or you may use it as a standalone bassinet, it can function both ways. If you use it as a bassinet its mesh sides will allow you to see your newborn without even sitting up.

Pros

  • Provides a 360 degree view of your baby
  • It has a storage basket
  • It has built-in leg extensions
  • It has 4 wheels that provide mobility
  • Allows for easy breastfeeding without having to hop out of bed

Cons

  • Does not have a safety strap
  • May feel unsteady and flimsy at times
  • It has a high price tag

Sorbus Baby Crib Hanging Bassinet

Sorbus Baby Crib Cradle, Hanging Bassinet and Portable Swing for Baby Nursery, Macramé Rope Fringe

You can keep your precious baby nearby with Sorbus cradle bassinet. It has a unique bohemian macramé design and 4 strong suspension ropes for easy hanging. You can either rock the bassinet or let the infant’s movements move the swing. The crib is perfect for early months when the baby tends to alternate between short periods of wakefulness and sleep.

You will have peace of mind as you watch your newborn squirm and giggle to a nice lullaby or rest peacefully into a deep slumber. It is made of 100 percent handmade cotton, which makes it very comfortable.  You can easily move the lightweight bassinet wherever you want, allowing you to keep your little one close. During your chores, you can move it from your living room to your bedroom or the patio. You can also pack it away quickly.

It is a good alternative for people looking for more options than what a conventional crib offers. It will look great suspended near the bed or any other lounging spot. The bassinet has a style that will complement most décors and comes in a beautiful off white color.

Pros

  • Adorable hanging design which will soothe your baby
  • It can be rocked
  • It can be moved easily
  • Made of 100% cotton
  • Has a beautiful bohemian design
  • Provides excellent airflow

Cons

  • Assembly directions are difficult to follow
  • It does not have a safety strap
  • It is expensive compared to similar cribs

Dream on Me Karley Bassinet

Dream On Me Karley Bassinet

The cuddly and charming bassinet manufactured by Dream on Me will help you keep your newborn child to a three-month-old infant secure, close and very cozy night and day.  It features a delicate and soft fabric with a beautiful lace trim along with an adjustable canopy which is very useful. The sleeping area is extremely comfortable because it comes with a one-inch thick mattress pad. The bassinet has a lightweight and convenient frame which makes it portable.

The bassinet has a sturdy build which makes it long-lasting and reliable. Also, it has a spacious storage basket, which you can use for storing baby items, such as toys, pacifiers, and burp cloth. The basket is underneath the bassinet. The bassinet also has locking swivel casters, which makes it easy to move it from one room to another and you can use it outdoors as well. It is an ideal accessory for busy mothers and affectionate fathers who tend to prefer a mobile alternative to a conventional crib.

Pros

  • It has an adjustable canopy
  • It has a thick mattress pad
  • It is lightweight and portable
  • It features locking casters that ease mobility
  • Made of delicate fabric which is very comfortable

Cons

  • It doesn’t rock
  • Putting it together is time-consuming
  • It is expensive

HALO Swivel Bassinet – Essentia Series

HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Bassinet - Essentia Series, HoneycombHalo’s swivel bassinet makes life easier for you and safer for your little one. This bassinet is a swivel sleeper and is one of the few on the market that rotates a full 360 degrees, offering ultimate convenience and safety for the baby. Now you can keep your baby as close as you want, while he sleeps safely and comfortably in his separate sleeping area, which significantly reduces the risks of bed-sharing.

In addition to getting your little one close, the bassinet swivel makes getting in and out of your bed hassle-free. It has a unique design which lets you see your baby at eye level, making it easier for you to soothe your little one quickly. The bassinet features mesh walls that provide optimum breathability and ventilation. Moreover, it has a patented side wall that you can lower to tend to your newborn while staying in your bed easily.

This co-sleeper is ideal for mothers (especially those who have had C-sections). It has a wall that can be secured in an upright position if you desire. It has a stable and adjustable base that will easily fit next to any bed. It is perfect for infants up to 5 months. And this swivel sleeper was rated as one of the safest and reliable alternatives to bed-sharing by organizations such as the CJ Foundation.

Pros

  • It can swivel 360 degrees
  • It has a retractable sidewall
  • It has a storage pocket
  • It offers excellent breathability

Cons

  • It is costly
  • It has no nightlight
  • It has no nursing timer

Lacy Portable 2 in 1 Cradle and Bassinet

 

Dream on Me Lacy Portable 2-in-1 BassinetThere is nothing better than having a cradle and bassinet all in one.  You will get this convenience and plenty of other cool features in this portable 2-in-1 Bassinet by Dream on Me.  It is available in four tastefully and attractively designed colors (Pink, Cream, White, and Yellow) that will blend well with almost any décor or theme in your infant’s nursery.

The bassinet has a light-weight frame which is made of aluminum and has four locking casters which ease mobility. It incorporates polyester foam fabric that is soft and safe for the baby. The sleeping area is spacious, and it has a thick and soft mattress pad. You can transform the bassinet into a fully-functional rocking cradle just by rotating its wheels in an upward direction.

Also, it features a multi-purpose canopy which you can use as a mosquito net for keeping out mosquitoes, flies and other bugs that may disturb the baby’s sleep. It comes with a large basket for storing babies’ essentials.

Pros

  • It weighs just 14 pounds
  • It is lightweight and portable
  • Its locking casters ease mobility
  • You can easily turn it into a cradle
  • It has a storage basket
  • It has a multi-purpose canopy

Cons

  • Putting it together can be annoying
  • It does not collapse
  • It has no nightlight

Summer Infant Soothe Bassinet

 

Summer Infant Soothe & Sleep Bassinet with Motion, LilaThe summer bassinet with motion is a perfect place for your baby to sleep and rest. You can easily wheel it into your bedroom so your little one can stay close to you, especially during the night.

The bassinet features four wheels, allowing you to move it from one room to another easily, but they can be locked when it is in use to ensure the safety of your infant. It has an extra-large basket that is designed to hold or store all baby items; it can easily attach to a frame if you securely snap it in place at all 4 points. It features various sounds and melodies that are developed to soothe your little one. You can choose from 3 calming sounds or 4 peaceful melodies. The bassinet has an adjustable canopy that blocks all overhead lighting that may disturb your baby’s nap.

Pros

  • It has a soft padded mattress
  • The fitted sheet can be machine-washed
  • It features a music module with a useful vibration feature
  • All music and motions have a twenty-minute timer that can shut off automatically

Cons

  • It requires 3 AA size batteries
  • It is expensive
  • You cannot rock it

Badger Basket Round Bassinet

Badger Basket Elegance Round Baby Bassinet

This elegant bassinet is a unique and charming place for your little one to rest and sleep. It has a special round shape which is very comfortable for your newborn and will look stylish in your home. It has a generous sleeping area which is 29.5 inches in diameter and 8.5 inches in depth. It has a sturdy build which makes it reliable. The bedding set comprises a soft bumper, lovely skirt, fitted sheet and drape canopy. It also features a vinyl covered mattress pad that can be customized.

The bassinet has a graceful canopy that will shade the interior and keep out any harsh light so the baby can sleep undisturbed. The height of the canopy is adjustable. It also has caster wheels that ease mobility. It features a storage shelf underneath that can store changing and feeding necessities.

In addition, since the the finished width is about 32 inches, you’d better assemble this bassinet in the room where you intend to use it.

Pros

  • Features a bedding set of cotton and polyester
  • The fabric is machine-washable
  • The brand uses wood and powder coated steel to make the frame
  • Generously-sized sleeping area
  • It has a graceful canopy
  • You can assemble it easily

Cons

  • It is expensive
  • It has no nightlight
  • Its canopy is flimsy

Arm’s Reach Mini Arc Bassinet

Arm's Reach Concepts Co-Sleeper Bassinet Mini Arc, Natural

This bassinet is a bundle of benefits, such as portability, mesh sides, and a storage basket. You can easily change it from a freestanding bed to a co-sleeper. If you have a tight budget and are seeking a low-cost option, or when co-sleeping is a vital consideration in your purchase decision, you will not go wrong with this bassinet.

The co-sleeper is designed structurally keeping in mind both safety and comfort. It is surrounded completely by mesh and will fit flush against the bed. It comes with a nylon plate and strap, ensuring your baby’s safety, while keeping you close to them, without being in your bed.

The mattress has a superior design because it is sturdy and will even attach to the base using Velcro. The storage underneath and mesh pockets are bonus features, providing an ideal place to hold blankets, extra diapers, burp cloths and other supplies.

Pros

  • A good alternative to bed-sharing
  • Provides a cozy environment, ideal for nighttime nursing
  • Four breathable mesh sides
  • Wheels offer great mobility
  • It has a safety strap
  • It is economical

Cons

  • It is bulky and big
  • You can’t remove the lining, so the unit has to be washed by spot-cleaning
  • It is hard to assemble

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Wrap-up

These were our top 10 bassinets. When buying a bassinet, always consider the safety of your baby first. Look for JPMA seals to avoid sharp or rough edges and suffocation hazards. Then consider the functionality and movement which includes things like storage baskets and wheels. And don’t overlook portability if you are going to move it around often. Ensure the bedding is firm and comfortable and sleeping space is generous. If you can shell out some extra dollars, then go for a model that offers features like vibration, light and sound effects.