The second you become a parent, one thing becomes more important than all others: sleep (okay, your kid sort of matters too). But gone are the days when you can casually retire to your chambers at a reasonable hour: moms and dads don’t sleep unless the baby sleeps. And this is where bassinets come in. They help your child snooze….and they’re much more ethical than whiskey.
Why Buy a Bassinet
Of course, a bassinet isn’t the only place a baby can sleep. So, why buy one? There are many reasons!
First of all, it’s easy to put your baby in a bassinet. This ease is important for the child (as a turbulent transfer can wake them). But it’s also important for the parent, especially a mom who is recuperating from pregnancy or (worse) a C-section. If needed, you can usually place the baby inside the bassinet from a seated position.
Babies also love the snugness of the bassinet – the close quarters remind them of their old digs (i.e., the womb) and this gives them security. This small size makes the bassinet fit easily in a bedroom, right where your child should be in their first months. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies sleep in the same room as their parents. They don’t, however, recommend the same bed as this increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
A baby inside a bassinet (when the bassinet is located near the parents’ bed), makes breast-feeding a breeze for the mom (it was already a breeze for the dad – slacker!). When the baby awakes hungry, the mom can access them easily without having to get up, fumble with lights, and step on a ton of Legos in the process.
Another benefit to bassinets is their portability – you can roll them anywhere you like. This helps parents by allowing the baby to be with you wherever you go – from the kitchen to the nursery. Some baby bassinets are even portable enough to be taken on road trips!
So, with all the above in mind, let’s look at some of the best bassinets on the market. They include:
2 in 1 Rocking Bassinet by MiClassic
This bassinet features a one-second open and fold system that makes it easy to transport. It also features a carry bag. It has breathable mesh so you can watch your baby as they lay. It offers both stationary and rocking mode.
Parents like that it’s very study and long-lasting – it is large enough to hold babies for several months or those who are born big. The mesh allows parents to see their baby easily and make sure they’re safe. The foldability and light weight of the product are bonuses too. It’s also easy to assemble.
Parents don’t like that it has no vibration, lights, nor noise options – this isn’t ideal for that high maintenance baby that demands dinner and a show before bed. It is also void of any storage and sits a bit low (which might be an issue if you have a high bed).
Delta Children Sweet Beginnings Bassinet
This product fits infants up to 15 pounds and offers a canopy that is adjustable and removable. It also comes with a nightlight and fabric that is (thankfully!) machine washable. The frame is made of steel but the bassinet is still light in weight.
Parents like that this bassinet is simple and affordable. It’s easy to assemble with storage underneath. The nightlight is also a plus. The bassinet itself is nice looking and fits in well with any nursery. It’s gender neutral, making it appropriate for any child.
Parents dislike that the music is a bit high pitched. The sheet that comes with it is of low quality (so moms and dads recommend that you buy a separate one). The wheels don’t always roll smoothly, either.
Fisher-Price Soothing Motions Bassinet
Parents like that this bassinet comes with more “bells and whistles” than many others (parents especially like the sound machine). They also like the mesh sides, the ease of assembly, and the look. The available storage is another perk.
Parents dislike that the bassinet comes with a thin pad that is not very comfortable. The bassinet sits low as well, which might cause the baby to wake when they’re being laid down.
Arm’s Reach Concepts Cambria Co-Sleeper Bassinet
This product offers storage underneath and is made for beds that are as low as two feet from the ground (the height is adjustable). It accommodates infants up to five months in age (or whenever they can push up on their hands and knees).
Parents like that this bassinet is easy to assemble. The construction is solid and it’s light enough to be toted around the house. It straps to the bed to reinforce stability and can serve as a changing table when your child outgrows it. True to its name, the bassinet is indeed within an arm’s reach and allows you to immediately grab your baby upon waking.
Parents dislike the mattress (a common theme, eh?). They describe it as flimsy and thin and recommend buying something thicker for your child’s comfort. Some parents also describe the bassinet as unsteady when the strap is not being utilized.
Delta Children Deluxe Gliding Bassinet
This product is designed for babies up to 15 pounds (or six months and younger). It features a dual-sectioned storage bin and a large frame. It offers machine washable fabric and requires four AA batteries, which are not included.
Parents like that this bassinet is very nice looking. It also has vented sides for safety, vibration, sounds and lights (hence the need for batteries). The storage is a perk as is the cover. It rolls smoothly which parents (and hardwood floors) appreciate.
Parents dislike that the lights are a bit bright and can keep the baby from staying asleep. Some have also found that it is difficult to put together.
HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Premiere Series Bassinet
This product features a soothing center (which includes a nightlight, three soothing sounds, three lullabies, a back to bed reminder and vibration). Lowering bedside walls is especially of use for moms who had a c-section as part of their delivery. It rotates 360 degrees and fits most beds (the height is adjustable). It also has storage.
Parents like that the bassinet moves around fluidly. The collapsible side wall makes it easy for you to get the baby in and out of the bassinet when you are laying down on your bed. The storage (like all storage for parents) is appreciated. The bassinet is also nice looking and high quality – it’s sturdy, solid, and easy to assemble.
Parents dislike that some of the features (like the vibration) can be temperamental. The cost of the bassinet is high, given that you can only use it for a few months.
HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Bassinet – Essentia Series
Parents dislike that some children have a hard time acclimating to it at first (though many warm up eventually). The price is another point of contention – while parents admit it is top quality, they still describe the price as being too high.
A bassinet is one of the most important things you can buy as a parent because of one simple equation: baby sleeping = you sleeping. The above offer wonderful options with many different prices and features. Find the one best for you and your baby’s REM cycle.