The Top 5 Baby Bassinets
Reviews and Buyers Guide
Being an expecting mom, you spend a lot of time preparing for your new bundle of joy. There are so many decisions to make and so many things to buy. One thing you know you will need is a bassinet for your baby. Once you bring your little one home, he or she will need somewhere to sleep. There are so many different types of bassinets out there and as a new mom, it can be overwhelming and confusing to find the best for your baby. I remember how hard it was for me to find the best bassinet for my baby. After finding out what worked best for me and speaking to other moms, I compiled a list of the most recommended bassinets. Remember if you have any questions or concerns regarding safe sleep for your baby talk to your pediatrician.
Swaddle Me By Your Bed Sleeper
Love this sleeper! This unique design allows baby to sleep right next to you in a safe space. As a new mom, you are so tried. With this sleeper, you don’t have to get out of bed at all to tend to your new baby. It has a height-adjustable design to fit next to any bed. It has a sleek design to fit in with any decor and it isn’t big so it doesn’t take up a lot of space in your room. This sleeper also has an adjustable incline that helps elevate baby’s head for a night of safe comfortable sleep. You can easily soothe the baby by manually rocking him or her to sleep or by using the sleepers vibration or sound features. This sleeper has breathable mesh sides that allow you to always have a full view of your baby. It also has a washable insert. This sleeper is recommended for newborn babies through 3 months and up to 17 pounds. It is not recommended for babies who can roll over on their own.
Adjustable height to fit most beds
Machine washable insert
Sleeper plays soothing sounds, lullabies, and vibrations
Rocks side-to-side manually
Recommended for newborn babies through 3 months and up to 17 pounds
Sleek design, space saver
AA batteries required
Arm’s Reach Mini Convertible Co-Sleeper
Another highly recommended bassinet by moms is the Mini Convertible Co-Sleeper allows you and your baby to sleep comfortably next to each other from the moment you come home from the hospital. The bassinet is designed to allow you easily reach over and bring baby close to you during feeding, comforting and bonding. It is the perfect bassinet for that mother who wants their baby to sleep as close to them as they can while still proving a safe sleeping environment (remember you should never share your bed with a baby). This is bedside bassinet is compact, which makes it great for small rooms and apartments. It easily folds up into a compact shape, so you can take it on the go.
-For babies up to 30 lbs or 5 months
-Attaches to beds up to 24″ (attachment can be purchased for beds tall than 24″) which is great for breastfeeding moms or moms recovering from c-section. You can also use it not attached to the bed
-Height is adjustable
-Safety strap included
-Storage bin underneath is great for keeping baby necessities close
-Comes with mattress and fitted sheet
-Comes with a travel bag
Delta Children Sweet Beginnings Bassinet
This beautiful classic bassinet features a neutral leaf pattern which is great for expecting parents who do not want to know the sex of their baby or who enjoy the calming effects of neutral colors. It has a soft nightlight and an attached music module that comes with preloaded lullabies. The adorable canopy is fully adjustable and can be removed completely. This bassinet comes with a fitted sheet and mattress to provide a safe, comfortable sleep space for your little one. The two large storage baskets underneath can hold all of your baby’s essentials. This classic bassinet will easily fit into any décor. It is completely stable and will not tip over. The bassinet is lightweight (15 pounds) which will make it easy to move from room to room.
-For infants up to 15 lbs.
-Nightlight which is great for late-night feedings.
-Soothing sounds music (needs 3 AA batteries which are not included).
-Storage basket underneath, which is great for baby supplies and diapers.
-Adjustable and removable canopy.
-Lightweight and easy to move.
HALO Bassinet Swivel Sleeper
This is the 360 degrees rotating bassinet. This new style bassinet rotates and swivels 360 degrees which enables it to fit right over your bed, so baby can sleep next to you but still in a safe separate sleeping space. The 360-degree rotation makes getting in and out of the bed hassle-free and is ideal for nursing mothers and mothers recovering from a C-section. The very sturdy and secure 4 point base adjusts to fit most beds 22-34 inches tall. This bassinet is equipped with soothing sounds, lullabies, nursing timer and vibration all with 30-minute auto shut-off. It also includes 2 storage pockets for baby’s essentials. Comes with waterproof mattress and washable sheets.
-Recommended for babies up to 5 months or 20 pounds
-Rotates/Swivels 360 degrees, which is great for easy access to baby
-Breathable mesh walls
-The mattress pad is waterproof and easily cleaned, which is great for diaper accidents
-3 soothing sounds and 3 lullabies with 30-minute auto shut off, also vibration feature (2 AA batteries required, but not included)
-Great for small spaces, base only requires 32″ from the wall
What Are Some Things to Consider When Selecting a Bassinet?
There are many things to think about when you’re deciding to purchase a new bassinet. One thing to think about is personal style. Do you want a classic style bassinet? If so then you may consider purchasing the Delta Children Sweet Beginnings Bassinet. If you’re more into the modern look then a bassinet such as the HALO Bassinet Swivel Sleeper may be the way to go. Are you considering co-sleeping with your child? If you want your baby to sleep right next to you, you want to purchase again the HALO or the Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper. You may also consider your budget. How much do you want to spend of the bassinet? If you are looking for a low price bassinet you may consider the Fisher-Price Bassinets. Space is another factor when selecting a bassinet. Do you have a large space or a small space? Another thing you may want to consider is portability. Do you want to be able to fold up your bassinet and take it with you or do you want something more stationary? These are the questions you will need to ask yourself before you make your purchase.
Where Can I Buy a Baby Bassinet?
All of the baby bassinets listed on this site are available on Amazon and have received a 4 or higher star rating. You can also buy baby bassinets at Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby, Target and other retailers. When doing research the bassinets were pretty much the same price at all the retailers. You can often find 15%-20% off coupons for Babies R Us in their circular. Amazon is a great place to buy because you can purchase it and ship it wherever you want. This is great if you want to send someone a baby gift.
Are there Accessories that go with a Bassinet?
It depends on the type of bassinet you purchase. Some require mattresses or mattress pads and sheets. Bassinets such as the Fisher-Price Rock N Play don’t require anything, Just check what the requirements are when you make your purchase.
Can I Add Extra Padding to Make My Bassinet More Comfortable for Baby?
No, never add anything extra to your bassinet. It is very unsafe to put anything other than your baby in the bassinet. This includes any pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, coverings, or cushions. Items in the bassinet or crib can block a baby’s nose and mouth and can cause them to suffocate. This even includes blankets. Babies can move around while sleeping. They can easily get their face caught in the blanket and suffocate. If you are concerned about your baby being cold, place them in a sleep sack. It is extremely important to practice safe sleep with your baby.
How Long Will My Baby Sleep in a Bassinet?
This depends on the bassinet you purchase. Most bassinets have a 15-20 pound weight limit. Between 4-5 months the baby should be sleeping in a crib. Some moms will put the baby in a regular crib even earlier. It is based on the weight limitations of the bassinet and your personal preference. Remember it is very dangerous for a baby to sleep in bed with you. A baby can be easily suffocated by blankets, pillows or even someone rolling into them while you are sleeping.
Should I Buy a Bassinet or Should I go Right to a Crib?
This is a question that many expecting parents ask. Both cribs and bassinets are safe sleep choices for your baby but are different in many ways. One of the most obvious differences is the size. Cribs are a lot larger than bassinets. A bassinet is smaller which will make it easier to move around and keep close to your bedside. A crib will be more stationary and will likely stay in the nursery. This means you will have to get up and walk to a different room to get your baby. The sides are also lower on a bassinet. It may seem like an unimportant factor, however, when you have to get up numerous times a night and bend over that railing to pick your baby up, it becomes inconvenient to have high railings. Bassinets are also lower in price than cribs. Bassinets have weight limits, this means after a couple of months you will need to find somewhere else for baby to sleep. Babies will be able to sleep in their crib until they move to a toddler bed. These are all things you will need to consider when making your decision.
This top 5 list of the best bassinets recommended by new moms was fully researched on sites such as Target, Babies R Us, and Amazon. They have a 4 star or higher rating on Amazon. The research was also completed by reading reviews from mom forums online and my personal experience and the experience by other moms. I hope this helps you on your journey of finding the best bassinet for your little one.