Bassinets are the perfect choice for parents who would like to have their baby close to them at night as well as during the day for the first 3 to 6 months instead of having a newborn sleep in a big lonely crib away from mom and dad. A baby bassinet is a great alternative to co-sleeping. You won’t be sharing the same bed with your baby but they’ll be close to you, safe, next to your bed, having their nice small place to sleep and play.
With all the types and styles available today the process of selecting the right one can be overwhelming and could make your head spin. This is why I wrote this post to help you understand the choices available to you. Hope that you’ll find one that your baby and you will really enjoy and have great memories when both of you look back to recall those precious moments.
Affordable, Space Saving & Foldable Dream On Me Bassinet
Excellent affordable Dream On Me Karley Bassinet that’s great for anyone with limited space is on a budget, have twins or travel. Perfect to have it beside your bed during the night. It has perfect height, and you’ll be able to reach your baby comfortably without getting out of bed. Easy to move between rooms for daytime naps or play.
The bed compartment is a perfect size, and very roomy for baby to be comfortable, there is plenty of space for laying and kicking around even if your child is approaching the weight limit. The breathable see-through mesh sides are fantastic, and allow you to see and check on your baby at any time. Moreover, when your baby wakes up, they can see you too!
The mesh sides along with the canopy are perfect if you like camping or spend a lot of time in your backyard and will protect your baby from bugs or pets. Speaking of pets, if you have a kitty that wants to sleep on your baby, this is one of the best baby bassinets to keep the curious cat away. Even a full-grown or ‘heavy’ cat won’t be able to knock it over.It is very sturdy and does the job well.
Canopy: Although the canopy is not removable, however, it zips open and falls to the sides, so it doesn’t get into your way. It has a strong support frame that holds it up and strong straps to keep it down. The canopy can be open or closed or one side open and the other folded. Just like the mesh sides, the canopy is breathable and will keep your child from bugs, pets or what not.
Mattress: It does come with a 1-inch thick mattress as recommended by ASTM/CPSC. Although some parents degree, the mattress is perfectly fine for a baby. It’s thin because it is safer that way, and that’s what doctors recommend. Moreover, if it wasn’t safe, they would not be selling it with it. However, if you feel that you need a better mattress, American Baby Company Waterproof Quilted Cotton Bassinet Size Fitted Mattress fits very well. Click here for more info.
Sheets: As for sheets, standard bassinet sheets or American Baby Company 100% Cotton Value Jersey Knit Sheet fit it very well too. Click here for more info. Or you can use a king or queen pillowcase or receiving blanket; they will work well also.
Storage: Another great feature is the convenient storage compartment underneath that you can snap on and off. Perfect for diapers or other baby essentials.
Portable: It is lightweight, easy to move from room to room and folds almost flat. Super easy to fold down or put up, it takes less than a minute. When folded it’s about 23 x 32 x 6 inches. Perfect for travel, camping, overnight stays at grandmas house or if you want to hang out outside. When folded, it fits behind a seat or in a trunk of a small car.
Weight limit: It holds a baby up to 25 pounds. Which is pretty good, a lot of baby bassinets can hold baby up to 15 lb. Please note: there is some conflicting info regarding the weight limit. Some websites (including the manual) say that the limit is 15 lb and some 25 lb. I emailed the manufacturer, and they confirmed that the weight limit is 25 lbs and that the manual is incorrect.
Safe: Although it is lightweight, it’s incredibly sturdy and doesn’t wobble. The construction and stitching are high quality.
Care: Easy to clean, it is made of water-resistant, wipeable material that can also be removed for deep cleaning.
Assembly: Easy to set up. There is no need for tools, screws, etc.All you need to do is snap on the legs. It takes a minute to put together.
All in all an excellent bassinet, well priced, functional, sturdy and beautiful.
Fisher-Price Stow ‘n Go Bassinet, Perfect At Home or Travel
Lightweight, portable Fisher-Price Stow ‘n Go Bassinet with great features such as vibration unit and full mesh sidings. Easy to set up and pack. It comes with a convenient travel bag. A lifesaver for parents who travel a lot.
Excellent quality, very comfortable, and there is enough room for baby to grow. Perfect for having the baby next to your bed. You can lay in bed and keep an eye on your sleeping baby and if needed easily attend to baby’s needs. Although it’s great to have it next to the bed, you need to be aware that it is a little lower than a standard bassinet. Some mams/dads are OK with it, and some are not. It’s a personal choice that you have to make. To give you an idea how comfortable it would be to pick up and place your baby in it the mattress is about 36 inches off the ground.
The full breathable mesh sides allow for proper air flow and also let you to easily see your baby without having to get up and look over, and the baby can see you too.
Another great feature is the vibration. The vibrate mode can be really helpful to keep baby relaxed or for calming when they are restless. For a lot of parents, this is a must for a baby. The vibrate motion is soft and not loud. Just keep in mind that there is no timer on the vibration, so you need to remember to turn it off manually.
The mattress is flat and firm about an inch and half thick, and that’s what you need for an infant to sleep on. The mattress is better in quality than in other bassinets. Plus it comes with a gender-neutral machine-washable mattress cover. Because the mattress is a non-standard size, you’ll have a hard time to buy extra sheets. The only sheets I am aware of that fit it are Infant Deep Fitted Soft Jersey Knit by Abstract 16″ x 32″, you may have to stretch them a bit, but they work well with it. Click here for more info.
One of the best bassinets to travel with. It’s lightweight and portable. Perfect for on-the-go family. It is easy to assemble and disassemble and comes with a carrying bag. All you need to do is remove the legs, put them into the bottom side of the mat and slide the entire unit into the bag. And you’re all set to go. It takes just a few minutes. Great alternative to pack n play as it is quicker and easier to set it up or take down. Perfect for going on vacations or weekend trips to the grandparents’ Light enough to move it around the house, however, because of the wide angle of the legs, if you have narrow doorframes, you might have to lift it and twist a bit to get the legs through.
While the (bed part) is more or less the same size as other baby bassinets, keep in mind that it requires more space than a traditional bassinet because the legs have a wide stance. To give you an idea how big it is, here are the dimensions:
Dimensions (bed part):
- L 33″ x W 18″ x H 26.5″
Footprint with the legs attached:
- 28 1/2 inches wide from leg to leg
- 34.5 inches long from leg to leg
Before you buy it, you need to double check if you have enough room. And you can not use the bassinet without the legs because it’ll collapse.
Well built and the wide angle of the legs make it very sturdy and safe.
The weight limit is 20 lbs. which is pretty good for a baby bassinet.
Assembly is simple and takes less than 2 minutes to set it up. All you need to do is snap in the four metal legs, place the mattress down and it’s ready to go. No tools required.
Bottom line, if you don’t mind the lower height and have enough space, this is an excellent bassinet to use it at home before transitioning baby into a crib. I would recommend it to parents, especially if they travel a lot.
Beautiful, Simple, Efficient, Lightweight And Safe Delta Children Bassinet
Simple in design, well made, very convenient and light-weight bassinet that’s excellent for parents who didn’t want to spend a ton of money but still want something functional and of good quality, and have peace of mind when putting their newborn to sleep. Great price, easy to set up, and serves its purpose very well.
It has the perfect height to have it next to your bed at night and easy to roll it to another room in the daytime so you can keep an eye on your little one. And you’ll be able to reach the baby without hurting your back.
The bed area is a perfect size, and there is plenty of room for the baby, even when they approach the weight limit. The mesh sides windows are wonderful; you can lift up the skirt to check on your baby to make sure that they are still sleeping and doing OK.
It comes with an adjustable and removable canopy to protect your baby from bright light. It comes off very easily and re-attaches easily as well. It does make clicking like sound when you adjust it up or down. Not loud but noticeable. So you might want to lock it into the desired position before your baby falls asleep. If they are a light sleeper, the ‘clicking’ may wake them up.
A firm mattress, about 1 inch thick is included. It’s firm because that’s what they recommend for babies to reduce the likelihood of SIDS. The mattress is waterproof and comes with one sheet. If you need more sheets, Ely’s & Co Waterproof Unisex Waterproof Bassinet Sheets fit it very well. Click here for more info. Or you can use king size pillowcases as sheets. That will save you some money.
It has nice storage basket underneath, useful for to put a few diapers, wipes or extra blankets, burp cloths and other baby’s essentials.
It’s lightweight and has four wheels, (2 of them have locks) making it easy to move it from bedroom to another room to have baby close and at sight. Easy to push even with the baby in it.
The casters roll smoothly, and it fits easily between doorways. You just have to remember to take the breaks off. You won’t have any issues rolling it on hardwood floors or ceramic tiles. How well it’ll roll on a carpet, it depends on the carpet thickness/density and carpet pile.
Assembled Dimensions (in inches): 21 (width) by 45.5 (height) by 35.5 (depth)
The music box and night light are nice features as well. It plays soothing classical music. There is a volume control so you can control how loud it is. Not every parent is a huge fan of music built into baby gadgets, so it’s hard to say if you’ll like or not, if you don’t, you can turn it off. Most probably the music won’t be a deciding factor if you buy it or not. But it’s a nice to have that option. Who knows, if it soothes your baby and they like it, you probably won’t mind it.
The night light provides light to the entire inside of the bassinet. It’s perfect for in the middle of the night diaper changes. You can even nurse in the middle of the night without turning on the bedside lamp. It’s also great for when you just want to check on your baby. The light is just bright enough to see without being disturbing and making it easier for you and your baby to go back to sleep.
The music and nightlight are controlled separately; you can have both of them on, or just one. Also, the music box can be taken off the frame.
It’s fairly easy to clean. The outside skirt and the mattress can be machine washed. You can wash the canopy with a cloth or sponge using warm water and mild soap and air dry.
It is safe and meets or exceeds all ASTM and CPSC standards and JPMA certifications. It is sturdy and won’t wobble as long as you assemble it correctly. Just remember to tighten all the screws on the frame. Out of the box, they are a bit loose to allow you insert to insert support bars. Once all the screws are tight, it’ll be very stable, safe and will hold up well.
As far as putting it together, it shouldn’t take more than 20 – 30 minutes tops. You’ll need a Phillips screwdriver to tighten the screws.
Designed for infants up to 15 pounds.
A few things that you need to keep in mind; it doesn’t come off of the stand, doesn’t fold, doesn’t rock or glide, and the mattress doesn’t have vibrating feature. However, you can add vibration by using Munchkin Lulla-Vibe Vibrating Mattress Wand. It’s about $16.99. Click here for more info. For some reason, babies love the vibration as it calms them down and helps them fall asleep when they’re fussy. Moms call it an arms saver.
It is beautiful, sturdy and simple bassinet that gets the job done. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for something that’s simple and affordable. The price is right for something that will only be used for a few months, and it’ll get you through the newborn stage.
Great compact, functional and portable bassinet
If you’re looking for a bassinet that’s functional, reliable, sturdy, portable and light-weight, this is the way to go. Perfect for having your baby sleep next to your bed in those first few months and it folds up nicely, so you take it to family and friend’s homes to use while there.
Sturdy and very comfortable bassinet for the baby with plenty of space to grow into. It doesn’t incline, which is a good thing for a couple of reasons, 1st babies should sleep flat on their back, that’s what most pediatricians recommend. Some babies need to sleep on an incline because it helps with reflux, but that’s an exception. 2nd if a baby gets used to sleeping on an incline, most probably you’ll have a hard time transitioning an infant to a crib. This is one of the best bassinets for transitioning an infant to a flat crib.
It doesn’t take up much space, and it has perfect height to have it right next to your bed which makes it easy to check on your baby throughout the night. All you have to do is lift your head to see the baby and easily reach if needed. Depending on your bed and mattress height the top cradle will be on the same level as the top of the mattress or slightly higher or lower. That also makes it an excellent choice for postpartum recovery as it allows to see and reach baby without getting out of bed.
It comes with a waterproof mattress. The mattress is thin but is more than enough for a baby. It provides flat firm safe sleeping area for baby. There is no need to replace it with something else, in fact, there is a safety label warning not to do it. If you really would like add some extra cushion, you use a soft blanket, and that will work very well.
The mattress is machine washable. To prevent shrinking, hung to dry, and it’ll look like new. it drys quickly.
They don’t sell and don’t recommend using any sheets. As for the wetting and spits up accidents, you shouldn’t worry at all as the mattress washes up great and drys up quickly. In case you can’t wash and dry it, you could use a pillowcase or blanket to cover the mattress until it can be washed. Not being able to buy extra sheets is kind of annoying but this is still a great bassinet.
It has very nice breathable mesh fabric allowing you to see through the sides so you can keep an eye on your baby while they are napping. Even if the baby pushes up against it, you don’t have to worry about suffocating at all.
The rocking feature is awesome; it will help you get your baby to sleep much faster than it would be stationary or swayed back to sleep if they wake up at night. It rocks side to side, plus there is an option to lock the feet for stationary use for daytime napping. The rocking motion very gentle and the reason for that is to prevent newborn baby roll around inside it.
Portability is one of the best features. It’s very light and can be easily moved between rooms folded up, or you can glide and fit through doorways. For example, you could have it next to your bed at night and in the living room for playtime and daytime nap time.
It folds flat and could be stored under a bed, in a closet or just up against the wall. Also, perfect to bring if you are going away for the weekend to grandma and grandpa’s house. It fits in the trunk of a car and doesn’t take up much room.
It comes with a toy and plastic mirror to entertain and keep your child engaged. The toy can be easily removed or moved it to either side to keep things interesting, and the baby can practice looking both ways. The mirror is a different story, it is attached to one place and can to be removed. Babies love it and don’t have a problem with it. However, it can be a distraction when a baby is ready to sleep, or while they are sleeping, they could touch it with their hands, and if they are a light sleeper, it could wake them up. One way to deal with it is to is to place them in the opposite direction where they cannot see it. If you find it annoying, you can cut it out. The toy and the mirror won’t be the main reason why you’d buy it so I wouldn’t worry about it.
Assembly is simple, it pretty much came assembled and to put it together it takes less than 5 min.
Easy to clean, the pad is machine washable, but the rest of it is spot clean only. You just need to remember to air dry the pad.
The weight limit is 25 pounds which means that you can use this bassinet much longer. Depending on size and weight of your child you should be able to use it until around 5 – 6 months mark.
With the reasonable price and weight limit compared to other bassinets, this one is awesome. I would highly recommend for comfort and portability. For something that will only be used for a while, this one gives you the most bang for your buck.
Amazing Two In One Bassinet and Changing Table
Great multi-purpose and functional bassinet that doubles as a changing pad. You can either lay your child down to sleep or change a diaper. And the convenient basket underneath for diapers, wipes, blankets, etc. makes diaper changes a breeze.
Perfect for primary sleep space for the baby, playtime or daytime naps. Super convenient on four locking wheels that make it easy to move it around a house without waking up the baby. During the day, you can easily wheel it out of your bedroom or baby room to your living room so your baby is close to you and there is no need to go back to baby room many times a day to check up on the baby. It glides on carpet and hardwood floors with ease.
The mesh sides are wonderful, they not only provide excellent airflow for the baby’s comfort but are also great for visibility. You can easily see and check up on baby while laying in bed.
Also, it has a canopy to block light so the baby can sleep better. Plus there are a couple of toys attached to the canopy to keep baby entertained. The canopy is not detachable, but it easily folds down flat if you no longer want it up. It doesn’t adjust to different positions; it can only be up or down. But that isn’t a big deal.
It comes with mattress for both bed and changer and one sheet. The mattress is removable and machine washable. The sheet is not waterproof but easy to remove for cleaning. Unfortunately, the mattress is not a standard size they don’t sell extra sheets. You could use a standard (waterproof) bassinet sheet, but it won’t fit as securely as the one that comes with it. Or you could use a pillowcase, which works well too. The bed mattress is attached with velcro, so when you flip it over, it won’t fall out. The velcro is easy to take out for cleaning but is strong enough and doesn’t move at all while your baby is sleeping or moving around inside. The changing table mattress is not removable but easy to clean in case of messes. You may find both mattresses on the thin side, but they are soft and comfortable for the baby.
One of the best features is the ability to flip the bassinet over to a changing table. It’s a lifesaver, especially during nighttime diaper changes. You can hold the baby with one arm while flipping the bassinet with the other hand. Flipping between the bassinet and changer with one hand may take a few tries to figure it out how to do it smoothly, but for the convenience it provides, it is totally worth the time.
Here is a tip how to do it the right way if you buy it. When it is in the bassinet position, just turn the handle, so it’s almost flipped. At this point, it won’t allow you to fully turn it without pushing the red button, what you need to do is slightly turn the changer back, and push the red button, and it turns like a magic using one hand!
You’ll appreciate the storage underneath. Not huge, but very useful. No matter if you use it next to your bed, or in your living room during the day, the underneath storage allows you to keep baby things like diapers, wipes, change of clothes and burp cloths right there in the bottom. So you have all the essentials within reach, be it day or night time. Just don’t overload it, however, if you feel like putting more baby things in there than it can handle, you can give it extra support by cutting some cardboard to level out the surface and sturdy it up.
With two speeds of vibration to choose from, you can find just the right setting to soothe a baby or to help them go to sleep and stay asleep. Most babies love it, however, some not so, it’s next to impossible to tell if your baby will like it or not until you try it. But it’s good to have that option just in case. Just keep in mind, there is no timer; it’ll stay on until you turn it off.
It is solidly built with sturdy metal legs. JPMA certified.
Assembly is simple, and shouldn’t take longer than 20 – 30 min.
- For infants under 15 lb, unable to push up on hands or knees
- Changer for infants up to 30 lb
Overall an excellent choice for a bassinet. Excellent for the middle of the night diaper changes! Great for small space too as it doesn’t have a big footprint. It fits next to a bed, even in a small bedroom. Having a bassinet and changer means one less piece of furniture to buy. And with the handy basket underneath for diapers, wipes, blankets, etc. changing diapers is a breeze. Compared to other this is a great deal for the price, two in one deal.
Beautiful and Practical Rocking Bassinet
Beautiful and practical Deluxe Gliding Bassinet that’s very comfortable for the baby, has safe vented sides, on four locking wheels, great storage underneath, mobile with sounds, and lights.
One of the best features is the bed part that glides back and forth. The gliding option is excellent for rocking baby to sleep or to soothe baby in the middle of a night back to sleep with a gentle push. If you don’t want it to glide, you can easily turn it off with the locks underneath the bed. It’s a manual glide, you have to push it to rock it.
On 4 wheels and can be easily rolled from one room to another allowing you to keep your baby close. There are locking options on the wheels if you want it to remain in one spot and not move.
You’ll love the breathable mesh on both sides. This will give you a ton of comfort knowing that your baby has “breathing room” and nothing will happen while they sleep. You can roll the cover up to peek in to see your baby or have it roll down. Having the mesh siding cover rolled down does not affect the breathability of the mesh sides.
The canopy is perfect for reducing light during naptime or bedtime. It can easily be opened, closed or completely removed.
It comes with 1″ water-resistant memory foam pad and one a fitted sheet. For some parents the pad is just fine for a newborn, some feel that it is too thin. Most baby bassinets if not all come with a thin pad/mattress. So no matter which one you buy and feel that it is too thin, you’ll have to buy a thicker mattress. The American Baby Company Waterproof Fitted Quilted Bassinet 15″ x 33″ Mattress Pad fits it perfectly. And if you need extra sheets, the American Baby Company 100% Cotton Value Jersey Knit Bassinet Sheets work great as well.
The mobile has a lot of great features. It has a night light, it comes in handy to check on the baby in the night as well as twinkling lights for the baby. Both the night and twinkling light have automatic short off after 5 minutes, so you don’t have to worry about turning it off.
The music has two categories, music and nature sounds and you can adjust the volume level.
On top of the mobile arm, there are 3 adorable soft white bears for baby to watch. When you turn it on, it rotates for about 5 minutes. The bears can be removed or replaced as they are just tied on.
The mobile arm is detachable, it clips in and out, so you can quickly remove it when you don’t need it.
There is also a basket underneath with a good amount of storage space that can be used to store diapers, wipes, blankets or other baby essentials. Moreover, it has a divider in the middle to help you keep things nice and organized. For extra support, the basket comes with a little mattress/pad to be firm. A small thing but it does make life easier.
Putting it together is pretty straightforward. The directions fairly easy to follow and it takes about an hour from start to finish.
Although the legs might look slim, it is very sturdy. As long as you tighten all the screws, you shouldn’t worry about any safety issues.
All in all, an excellent bassinet for the price with great features, excellent material quality and more importantly safe for your baby, and easy to use for you. Perfect size and height to stand next to a bed. An excellent bassinet for a small room.
Exceptionally Well Built Bassinet That’s Perfect for Travel or Everyday Use
Chicco Lullago Travel Bassinet is durable, stylish, and perfect for travel or everyday use. You can easily travel with it abroad, take it on road trips or weekend/overnight stays with family or friends and now worry about sleeping arrangements.
It’s lightweight, comes with a travel bag and is easy to take apart and put back together. The legs have quick detached buttons so the setup and breakdown can be done very quickly. Once the legs are removed, the bassinet and mattress fold in half. Everything fits nicely in the travel bag. The travel bag doesn’t have a zipper. It isn’t a big issue if you travel by car, but you have to keep that in mind if you’re taking an airplane.
It is also great for everyday use until baby transitions to a crib. It fits perfectly next to a bed. Although it doesn’t have wheels, it’s light and is easy to move from room to room. It glides with ease on carpet or hardwood floor without leaving any scratches.
It is a bit larger than most which mean that there is more room for baby to grow and you can use it until the baby is about 6-7 months old or it can hold a baby up to 20 lbs. A lot of baby bassinets out there can hold a baby up to 10 or 15 pounds.
To give you an idea how big it is here are the dimensions:
- The basket part is approximately 33″ long and 20″ wide.
- The legs are wider than the bassinet and they are approximately 37 and 1/4 inches apart (from widest to widest)
There is a see-through mesh on both sides for breathability and allowing you to see your baby while lying in bed. Can’t get better than, waking up in the morning and the first thing you see is your LO sleeping sound and safe next to your bed. Been there, done that, unforgettable moments!
One thing you need to keep in mind is that it sits lower to the ground and may not a good choice for c section mamas. If that’s the case, please see my notes below. The deluxe version might be a better choice as it has height adjustments.
The mattress that comes with it is thicker and more comfortable for baby to sleep on than other bassinets. That’s the good news. And it does come with a removable cover, unfortunately, it’s not waterproof which is a kind of a letdown. Moreover, the mattress cover is on the delicate side and can only be hand or machine washed on delicate cycle and hung to dry. It does dry (air dry only to prevent shrinking) fairly fast, about 20 to 30 minutes at room temperature. But having one sheet even if it drys fast is not the best solution for baby spit up accidents or diaper explosion moments.
Like it or not, they will happen. The sheet it comes with does work for some parents, but if you feel that you’ll an extra waterproof sheet(s) as a backup or to make your life easier, you’ll have to buy them separately. However, because the mattress is not a standard size, you may have trouble finding the right size.
Here are links to sheets that work well with Chicco Lullago Travel Bassinet:
Although it’s not a rocking bassinet, the way it is built, it has a bit of flexibility so you can slightly rock it to calm a fuzzy baby or rock them to help them to fall asleep. It will come very handy especially after the middle of the night feeding sessions to get your LO back into sleeping mode.
Very safe, exceptionally well built and very sturdy. There is no danger of tilting it or anything like that even if you have a toddler(s) running around.
Very easy to clean. Everything is zippered and can be removed for cleaning.
All in all, for the price it is an excellent value for money no matter whether used on a daily basis and as a travel bassinet. Great quality, large and functional. Perfect to use until baby transitions to a crib it does the job exceptionally well.
There is also a deluxe version. It has 2 heights adjustment which is great for C section mamas. And a large canopy with removable hanging toys to entertain the baby. All other features like, comfort for the baby, portability, easy to set up and take apart are the same. It costs around $129.99