Sharing a bed with the youngest family member is becoming increasingly popular. Bed-sharing is a great and safe option for parents who want to sleep as close as possible to their baby instead of having a newborn sleep in a big lonely crib away from mom and dad. It provides more rest and convenience, especially during the early weeks/months when mom is feeding around the clock.
Whether you choose a bed-sharing sleeper, bedside bassinet, or Arm’s Reach Concepts Co-Sleepers(R) depends on the size of your bed and/or bedroom and your personal preferences.
They are also a lifesaver for a mom who has had a c-section and finds getting out of bed feed too painful.
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.
Arm’s Reach co sleepers are the most popular bedside attachable bassinets. They are specifically designed to have the safest co-sleeping experience for baby and mom. It safely and securely attaches to bed. The side next to the bed is low enough to allow easy access to baby for nursing and/or comforting. The other sides are high enough to keep the baby safe. Moms love it; dads love it, and the baby loves it too 🙂
Aside from the wonderful aspects of having your baby right beside you, there are several other benefits they offer.
Ideal for moms
Moms will appreciate the convenience of having the little one right beside.
It is such a relief in the middle of the night being able just to look over and see that the precious one is fine. And not having to get up in the middle of the night and walk across down the hall to the baby room to comfort them.
A lifesaver for nursing too. When the baby is hungry, you can just pull the baby into your bed with and nurse them. And when you’re done, gently put him back and both of you can go back to sleep.
Additionally, it is a great option for a mother recovering from a C-Section, as it keeps baby safely close to mama’s bedside, eliminating the need to get in and out of bed to tend to baby’s needs.
Babies love it too
Besides allowing parents to respond to a baby’s cries/needs quickly, babies love it too because they are in such close proximity to the parents which enhances their feeling of security. Besides babies are always happier when they are close to mom 🙂
All Arm’s Reach models come with a mattress that attaches to the base with velcro and a sheet. Extra sheets can be purchased separately.
Ease of Use
One feature that sets it apart from the competitors is the fact that some models can be used as either, co-sleeper, bassinet and/or changing table. Which is perfect for parents who may realize that co-sleeping is not the best option for them so they can still use it as a free-standing bassinet/changing table. Most models have mesh pockets and/or underneath storage which you can use for blankets, diapers, and other nursing supplies or anything else you may want to have close by.
Arm’s Reach co sleepers are the most versatile bassinets out there. They can be used either as a freestanding bassinet or a co-sleeper. Perfect for travel too, they fold down so you cane take it with you on vacation or trips to grandparents so your child can have a safe and familiar place to sleep in.
Perfect for those with limited space too as it can be used as co-sleeper, bassinet or changing table. They are on 2 or 4 wheels depending on a model, to allow for easy portability between rooms.
All Arm’s Reach co sleepers are designed with safety in mind and hold the JPMA Certification, which assures high standards for product safety. All models come with a plate and harness allowing you to safely it to your bed.
Ease of Set-Up
The setup is fairly easy, but you do need to take your time to put it together as there are many parts that have to be placed in specific order.
They come in a wide selection of colors and styles. Below you’ll find most popular models and the differences between them:
Arm’s Reach Concepts Co-Sleeper(R) Bassinet Mini Arc
This is one is one of the less expensive models. Perfect for smaller homes, apartments, townhomes, and small master bedrooms. Easy to set up and fold. Comes with a caring bag for travel. 2 wheels on one end make it easy to move it around the house or an apartment.
All 4 sides have mesh on it to make it breathable all around.
You can use it as a co-sleeper or freestanding bassinet. This model does NOT convert to a playard.
There is a bottom space for storage like wipes, diapers, sheets, etc. Also, comes with mesh side pockets.
Comes with everything you need, waterproof mattress, although the mattress is not thick, it’s about 1-2 inches, it is comfortable and perfectly fine for a newborn, fitted sheet and a travel bag. Extra sheets can be purchased separately, please see below under extra Accessories and Sheets, or you can use a king size pillowcase as a backup sheet.
Minimum Bed Heights
For bed heights starting at 24″, measured from the floor to the top of the adult mattress. Leg extension kit can be purchased separately for bed heights of 26 to 30 inches in increments of 2 inches.
The mattress height is not adjustable; you can only raise the height using the leg extensions.
Includes safety straps and a plate to secure it to the bed. The straps are adjustable.
Dimension: 34L x 20W x 31H inches. The mattress is about 19-20 inches from the floor at its lowest setting.
Use it from newborn up to approximately 5-6 months or when the child begins to push up on hands and knees, whichever comes first.
Price Range Around $149.99
Arm’s Reach Concepts Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper(R)
The Arm’s Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper has an open design which gives parents clear, unobstructed 360 view of the baby, great for those who want to be able to see their baby at all times.
It has 2 modes:
- Co-sleeping and
- Freestanding bassinet
Instead of playard mode, just like Mini Arc model it has a spacious storage area underneath the bassinet for clothing, diapers, breastfeeding essentials etc.
Since it is very similar to Mini Arc model I will outline the difference between those two:
- Freestanding bassinet
- On 4 wheels with lock
- Built-in Leg Extensions (These legs adjust between 24″ and 30″ in 2″ increments.)
- Does NOT fold
- Freestanding bassinet
- On 2 wheels with lock
Built-in Leg Extensions
- Does fold for travel or storage(travel bag included)
Dimension: 34L x 20W x 31H inches. The mattress is about 19-20 inches from the floor at its lowest setting.
All other features like, dimensions, bed requirements are the same. Both come with mattress and 1 sheet.
Price Range: $154.30 – $149.99
Also available in Neutral. Although they call it Mini Clear-Vue it has the same size and features as Clear-Vue
Price Range: $149.89 – $147.88
Arm’s Reach Ideal Arc Original Co-Sleeper(R) Bedside Bassinet
The Ideal Co-Sleeper has three modes:
- Co-sleeping mode
- Freestanding bassinet and
- Playard mode
In addition to:
Attachment strap & plate
It includes a quilted liner as well. You can only remove the liner in playard mode. In co-sleeping and bassinet mode the liner must be installed because part of it serves as the bottom of the mattress. The liner is very breathable so perfectly safe for baby. For extra safety, the liner is secured by snaps and velcro tabs to prevent it from sliding off.
Both, liner and the sheet are washable.
Comes with more ventilation for more breathability and side pockets for storage.
Bed heights requirements and age range are the same as Mini-Arc. Just like any other Arm’s Reach co-sleeper the height is fixed and can be adjusted by using leg extensions.
Great for travel too. Folds quickly and easily just like a pack n play and comes with carrying case.
Model dimensions: 39″L x 25″W x 32.5″H
This model is a bit bigger (wider) than the mentioned above.
Price Range: $204.99 – $142.23
Arm’s Reach Concepts Co-Sleeper(R) Bedside Bassinet Mini
The Arm’s Reach Concepts Co-Sleeper Bedside Bassinet Mini or Mini Arc Convertible is very similar to Arm’s Reach Ideal Arc Original except it is a little bit smaller, to be more exact, the width is 20 inches instead of 25. A good choice if you have a small master bedroom and want to be able to convert it to a playard and fold it for travel or storage.
Dimensions: 34″ x 20″ x 32.5″
Also, this model has 2 wheels on one end. Arm’s Reach Ideal Arc Original does NOT.
Price Range Around $199.99
Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper Accessories and Sheets
Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper Accessories like extra sheets and leg extensions for all Arm’s Reach co-sleepers are available on Amazon website. They are offered as ‘add-ons’ on Amazon website to ensure that you’ll get the one that fits your model.
Great and Safe Bed Side Sleeper For Parents and a Newborn
The First Years Close and Secure Sleeper is one of the best and safest in-bed or bedside sleepers. Perfect for parents who’d love to have their baby in family bed for the first few months. A safe and comfortable place to co sleep and bond with the parents. It has walls to keep the baby from rolling out and/or parent rolling over their baby. And the end has a barrier that prevents the baby from sliding down into the vast ocean of family bed 🙂
Also, it makes easy for moms to take care and feed the baby at night, especially during their every-2 hour newborn feeding stage, all you need to do is raise your head up to check up on or feed your little one.
Perfect for nursing
While you can’t nurse the baby when he’s in the sleeper but it’s easy to lift them up even from a lying-down position. And when you’re done, just put them back gently. This is also ideal for women who have had c-sections because it is much easier just to roll or lean over to take care or feed the baby and they don’t have to get in and out of bed several times a night.
A lot of parents equip their night stand with formula, bottles, wipes and diapers. So they have everything set up and when the little one needs something they have everything close by and can take care of the baby without getting out of bed and go back to sleep when they are done.
Another great feature is the built-in night light. It is perfect for feedings or when you have to wake up in the middle on a night to check if your tiny one is doing OK. It gives enough visibility and doesn’t disturb or hurt eyes. The battery last very long so you don’t have to worry about changing it often.
It has everything you need. No extra bedding is required. It comes with a removable and machine washable mattress cover. Unfortunately, you can’t buy extra sheets that go with it. However, if you need some backup, there are few alternatives. Many parents use a standard pillow case over the mattress, and it works perfect for them, others use a receiving blanket or a bassinet sheet, and that works for them too.
The mattress/pad is waterproof and can be easily wiped clean. The entire bed has a removable and machine-washable cotton cover. Just unzip it and remove it from the frame, put it into the washing machine. Once you remove the cover and plastic support and the frame can be easily hand wash.
Best suited for
King size bed: Perfect for parents who have a king size bed. You’ll have absolutely no problems having this baby sleeper in the middle of your bed with plenty of space left for you and your husband to have a good night sleep and enjoy having your baby close to you.
Queen size bed: It does work for some parents who have a queen size bed. But it depends on how big the parents are and if they need a lot of personal space to sleep. Below you’ll find the dimensions, based on that; you’ll have to determine if it will work for you in a queen size bed.
Also, you can use it inside a crib. Which is perfect for transitioning baby from family bed to a crib.
Dimensions: The sleeper is about 26″ long and 17″ across.
Age rage for this sleeper
It works for parents from birth up to 4-6 months. But how long you’ll be using it depends on how tall is your baby and how fast it matures.
Here is the average baby length from birth to 6 months:
Boys: 19.1 – 20.1 inches
Girls: 18.9 – 19.8 inches
Boys: 23.6 – 24.7 inches
Girls: 23.0 – 24.1 inches
Boys: 26.1 – 27.2 inches
Girls: 25.3 – 26.5 inches
Since the sleeper is about 26″ long and 17″ across and you have a baby of average length, you should be okay using in until at least your baby is 4-5 months old. But again it depends on the baby, if your baby is tall or matures fast, you might have to stop using it when the baby is 3 months old.
Unfortunately, the “bumper” at the bottom that prevents the baby from sliding off is not removable, so you can’t extend the use of the sleeper when your baby is longer than the dimensions of the sleeper. If you want to, you’d have to cut it out, which some parents have done, and it worked for them until the baby was 7-8 months old.
The baby sleeper is very sturdy and well made. It will not collapse on the baby. The sides have a mesh portion, so you don’t have to worry about the lack of oxygen if the baby turns their head towards the side. You can even lay your arm over it to easily reach your child and touch it while they are sleeping. Being able to feel every movement of the baby give moms a lot of comforts knowing that the baby is safe.
Also, one of the few baby sleepers on the market that has built-in slats on the sides. In the event baby pressed their face against it; they can breathe. The bottom is soft but hard enough to prevent SIDS.
It is portable and folds in half for travel. You can put it in the living room during the day and bedroom during the night. Take it with you for sleepovers at grandma’s or vacations so your baby always has a familiar bed to sleep in.
Great product, it allows parents to share a bed with their baby safely and makes nursing and mother’s life much easier in those first few weeks/months of baby’s life. Excellent for traveling, or naps on the couch in the living room without major rearranging. Definitely worth the price for the convenience, practicality, and security even if you’ll use it for a short period of time.
Baby Delight Baby Delight Snuggle Nest Surround Portable Infant Sleeper
Baby Delight Snuggle Nest Surround Portable Infant Sleeper is another excellent choice. It makes easy to sleep with your baby, and you don’t have to worry about baby’s safety. You can nurse or check up on your little one without getting out of bed, which is perfect for those 3 am feedings. And the nightlight feature enables you to look at your baby in the middle of the night without turning on any lamps.
Easy to move around the house for let’s say daytime naps on the couch. Super portable and folds easily so you can take it along with you for short visits, overnight trips or trips to the cabin.
Comfort for your baby
What’s different about this baby sleeper is that it has wedge type piece that can be used to create a gentle slope for your baby. A lot of babies prefer to sleep at an angle rather than on a flat surface. The angle is similar to the beds used in most hospitals. One more ‘tool’ that you can use if your baby has trouble falling asleep.
The incline can also help relieve colic symptoms or can be used to keep the baby upright right after feeding.
Also, some parents use is as a transitioning tool to slowly prepare the baby to sleep on a flatter surface like in a crib when he/she’s a bit older. And best of all the incline is removable, so it is entirely up to you when and how you want to use it.
You’ll love that the walls are made of a breathable fabric so that if your baby does end up against the sides, they can still breathe. The mesh inlays allow for excellent airflow. It is fully enclosed so the baby can’t slide downwards.
Perfect for breastfeeding
The sides are flexible and firm enough to keep newborn contained and parents away from the baby but not too high to make it hard to pick him/her up for nursing during the night. You can easily reach in and pull your little one out to nurse without worrying that you’ll invade baby’s space:-) Perfect for those middle of the night feedings.
And the night light and sounds make it even better. It enables you to look at your baby in the middle of the night without turning any lamps on or disturbing him or her. BTY, the light is removable so that you can use it as a kind of flashlight.
The sounds which have five-level volume control and automatic shutoff plays soothing lullabies or calming womb sounds. Apparently, the womb sound lulls little ones back to sleep every time they hear it.
The mattress padding is fine for a baby; it may feel firm for an adult, but babies shouldn’t sleep on a soft mattress, also keep in mind that if the baby is swaddled, they won’t mind the feel of it. Moreover, your comfortable bed is supporting the sleeper as well.
It comes with a mattress cover/sheet, if you need extra as a back up for the spitter upper moments, you can purchase them separately. Baby Delight Snuggle Nest Surround Oval Envelope Sheets work well with this sleeper. They are available on Amazon. Click here for more info.
For extra comfort, you can put a soft blanket over the sheet and tuck it in around all the sides.
It does take a bit of space, after all; the little one needs some room too 🙂 But you won’t have any trouble if you sleep in a king size bed. There will be plenty of space for your baby, you and your partner and maybe a cat or a dog, depending on how big they are 🙂 and all of you will sleep very comfortably.
As for queen size bed with 2 adults, well, the debate is still going on 🙁 some find it just fine, some a little bit too tight, honestly, it will depend on how big the parents are, sleep patterns, do you sleep on your back or side? And how much “personal” space they need when they sleep. If you need a lot, this is not for queen size bed. But if you are on the smaller side or don’t mind cuddling up, you will be fine.
Again, no problems if you sleep in a king size bed, but when it comes to queen size, it’s a personal decision that you have to make considering all the factors mentioned above.
To give you an idea how big it is here are the dimensions:
Exterior measures 28″ L x 15.5″ W x 5.5″ H (open); 12″ L x 15.5″ W x 10.5″ H (closed)
Interior measures 26.5″ L x 14″ W x 5″ H
Safe and portable
It is very sturdy and safe. You won’t have any issues with your baby rolling out of the nest.
It folds in half nice and compactly which is perfect for on the go if you need to take your newborn out of town. The velcro strap secures it closed, making it easy to pack and move when traveling. It isn’t bulky, and when folded, the flat surfaces also allow for it to be stored on a shelf.
Easy to clean
The mattress is wipe-able. If the mattress sheet gets stained, it is easily washable; the sides can easily be cleaned as well, and the sheets are washable.
There is no weight limit. The only limitation is the max length of the baby. It is designed for babies from 0 – 5 months or until the baby begins to push up or roll over. How long you’ll use it, will depend on how fast your baby matures. See the short video below to get an idea how baby fits in it.
All in all, the Snuggle Nest Surround is a great infant sleeper for anyone who wants to co-sleep with their newborn and makes those late night feedings so much easier. With the SnuggleNest, you have your baby next to you anywhere, on the couch, on the bed, and if they fall asleep, pick up the sleeper and move them to the crib. Available in 3 colors.
Summer Infant by Your Side Sleeper
Summer Infant by Your Side Sleeper is another great way to have your baby next to your bed. It provides a safe and spacious sleeping room for a baby. It has a clear view of baby for parents peace of mind, mesh sides to help air circulate better.
Highly recommended to anyone who wants to co-sleep with their baby. A space saver, and lightweight, you can take it everywhere with you. Flexible too, use it in the family bed or next to it, or anywhere around the house. Even though it has a short life as your baby will grow out of it, but you will find yourself using and enjoying it every day.
Comfortable for the baby and parents. What makes this infant sleeper different is the sturdy metal frame that protects baby from parents rolling over. Even if you accidentally bump into it, it won’t hurt you.
The mattress is comfortable, but you don’t have the option to elevate it a bit higher like you do in Baby Delight Baby Delight Snuggle Nest. However, if you feel that your baby’s head needs to be elevated a bit, you could use a blanket.
It includes mattress pad and one fitted sheet that’s removable and washable. If you need a backup, you can but extra sheets on Amazon. Summer Infant Bassinets Sheets fit this infant sleeper very well, they are 100% cotton. A pack of 2 sales for less than $7.00. Click here for more info.
No issues if you have king size bed. Plenty of room for everyone. As for a queen size bed, it works fine for some parents; some find it tight. So it will depend on the size of parents and their sleeping patterns.
Here are the measurements:
32 L x 14.5 W x 11 H and the mattress pad is 29″ x 13 1/2″
From birth to 5-6 months. Again, how long you’ll be using it, depends on how fast your baby will grow. Stop using it when the child begins to push up or starts to roll over.
Portable and flexible
The sleeper is perfect for travel. It folds easily in half and even has a carrying handle. Or you can pack it in a suitcase. You can take it on vacations, friends place, and family visits, so your little one has his place to sleep in. Because it is much lighter and smaller, it is a perfect alternative to a pack n play.
Flexible and lightweight. You can use it anywhere around the house. In the parents’ bed or next to the bed or living room during the day. Easy to move between rooms with the baby in it without disturbing them.
The quality of the product is great. The mesh sides provide plenty of airflow and protect your baby from overheating and give parents a piece of mind that their little one is safe. The whole build is very sturdy.
Frame and pad can be wiped clean with damp cloth and air dry it.
The sheet is machine washable in warm water. Tumble dry on low heat.
What moms love:
Clear view of baby for parents peace of mind
Easy view mesh
Sturdy metal frame
Soft comfortable fabrics
It doesn’t have extra features and doesn’t have night light either. It is only a fold-up portable bed/ infant sleeper.
It gives parents peace of mind knowing that their baby is safe and close to them without worrying that they would roll over onto him/her.
A newer version is available on Amazon, the new model has top and side frames padded and the design is more modern.
HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper
This is one of the best bedside infant sleepers out there, especially for C-section moms. With 360° rotation, you can rotate the baby out the way and easily get out of bed. And with adjustable height and 360° swivel, you can have your little one as close to you as you want. I could go on and describe all the features, but this is one of the products that I think to get a clear idea what is all about and what it can do for you, you have to see it. So here is short about 2 min. video. Any extra info that you might need is below.
It comes with a waterproof mattress and a fitted sheet. The mattress is about 3/4 – 1 inch thick, it may feel thin to you, but remember a tiny little one will sleep on it, so it perfect and comfortable for a baby. There is no need for need for an additional mattress. If you want to make it a bit more comfortable, you can use a blanket.
Extra hourglass shaped sheets are available on Amazon. Click here for more info
Soothing center, vibration, nursing timer and night light
Comes with 2 levels of vibration, nursing timer, 3 soothing sounds, and 3 lullabies. The music tones are soft and yet soothing for the baby and apparently for parents too 🙂 If not turned off manually the music/sounds will automatically shut off after 30-minutes. You can play the music and have the vibration ON simultaneously (requires 3 AA batteries – not included)
The nursing timer will wake you up in case you’re feeding at night having your baby in your arms and might fall asleep.
It has built-in nightlight with adjustable brightness.
It also has nice side pocket where you can fit 2 newborn diapers, wipes, pacifier, etc.
Base tucks under the bed making it perfect for small spaces. It fits beds from 22 to 34 in. (56 to 86 cm) tall. If you have a low frame bed, you need 2-3 inches clearance to be able to slide the feet under the bed.
Very stable and extremely sturdy. Those legs at the bottom are heavy and sturdy. Once you place this bassinet, it stays where you put it. It will not topple over even if a toddler bumped into it or dog jumps on it, or if you accidentally swing your arm against the side during sleep. It doesn’t move.
Easy to clean. The sheet is machine washable. The bassinet, rail bumpers, and the mattress can be cleaned regularly using a mild cleaning solution and a damp cloth.
Use from newborn up to 5 – 6 months or 30 lbs.
- It has no wheels and is not portable.
- You can not detach the bassinet portion and use it without the base.
- The side wall does have a lock to prevent it from pushing down. But it does not lock when it is in ‘pushed down’ position.
Less expensive model is available without the music center
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