When my eldest was a bump in my belly, my husband and I went looking for something our baby could sleep in. Despite that so many things are made in China, it was tough to find something that was quality-made.
Within China, the safety standards are lax. But the things they make for export are held to a different standard. My husband eventually found items made for export that we would buy for our first child, but before that, it was a huge pain.
We looked at bassinets, cradles, and cribs. Ultimately for our family, we chose a crib because we needed a sleep solution for when our baby was bigger. But I would have loved the bassinets we saw. It would have made my life as a nursing mom after c-section SO much easier.
New moms often ask me what’s the difference between all of these things and why it matters. Each of us lives different lives, so with my baby bassinet review, I hope it sheds light on your options so you can choose the one that is best for you.
In my apartment in China, it was tiny, and a bassinet would have been excellent. However, it was so difficult to shop there. Plus, since bassinets are only used until your baby is about 20lbs, my husband, ever the spend-thrift, felt that it would be better just to get the crib.
Some of you may wish for a cradle to have that old-timey feel. Those are genuinely gorgeous, made of wood, and very heavy. You can’t really move them around so easily. Even a crib is more comfortable to move! But bassinets are ideal for those early months of life for newborns and especially for preemies. They can be moved around your home, so they’re more portable. Some even have portable capabilities, which is ideal for traveling.
Before I get into my full FAQ section, what to look for, and baby bassinet reviews, I also want to mention playards.
When we moved back to America and hadn’t yet settled anywhere, we needed something for our youngest to sleep in. Not sure of where we’d be or for how long, we chose a playard. It combines a bassinet, crib, and safe play space all in one. It was ideal for us and might be an option for you too. Keep reading to find a playard review!
Table of Content
- Your Question, My Answer:
- Things to Look at When Buying a Baby Bassinet
- Top Baby Bassinets in My Findings in 2021
- Mika Micky Bedside Sleeper
- Baby Delight Bedside Sleeper
- Fisher-Price Soothing Motions Bassinet
- Delta Children Sweet Beginnings Bassinet
- Dream On Me Karley Bassinet
- Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper
- BABYBJORN Cradle
- Arm’s Reach Concepts Cambria Co-Sleeper Bassinet
- Graco Dream Suite Bassinet
- SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper
- Honorable Mentions
Your Question, My Answer:
Anyway, before I go prattling on with my bassinet review, here are some popular questions I’ve received about baby bassinets.
What is the purpose of a bassinet?
A baby bassinet is ideal for newborns to sleep in. Baby bassinets for preemies make life easier too. They’re designed to take up less space, which is most certainly ideal.
When my eldest was a baby, I mentioned we decided to go with the crib. My husband was cursing his decision on that when we brought her home from the hospital. We set her down in her crib in her room, and she cried. I went in and picked her up, and the crying stopped. I set her down. Waaaaa! And again, this process repeated.
So he and his dad set to work removing the door from its hinges because of the way it opened in order to get the crib out of her room and into ours. Once in our room, we had very little space to move about. But the good news was our baby was happy in our room, and that’s what matters.
Long story short,
A bassinet helps baby sleep in your room, which is what the AAP advises for babies. It’s not recommended to have them sleep in bed with you as it can be dangerous. We did that with both our girls though I have to go with the AAP’s latest recommendations, and I advise that you do too. It’s best for your baby, so you have her close without any dangers.
Is a bassinet safe for newborns?
Yes, it most certainly is! But it does come with a couple big BUT’s here. Basically, your bassinet will be safe for your baby if:
- You follow the height and weight recommendations on the product
- You watch out for recalls and safety issues
- It is set up correctly according to the manufacturer’s instructions
- You don’t put anything in it with your baby (like bumpers or fluffy pillows)
- The mattress it comes with is firm
- Your baby can’t roll over yet
Following these tips, your baby will be very safe in that bassinet.
Should you put a newborn in crib or bassinet?
Ah, the ultimate question! Well, we chose the crib only because my husband didn’t want to have to hunt one down after our baby outgrew the bassinet. I would have loved that bassinet because it would have made it easier on my c-section recovery and kept her close in a safe way.
Here are the differences between a crib and a bassinet to help you make an educated decision.
It’s up to you, though, if you want to start your baby off in a bassinet or crib. Both of them, when assembled and used properly, are perfectly safe for your baby. The key difference is that a bassinet can only be used when your baby is a preemie or newborn. They are cheaper than cribs and take up less space. You may be planning to move to a bigger home around the time the baby is getting too big for her bassinet, which would be a perfect time to upgrade to that crib.
There are many reasons you might go with a bassinet first or just go for the crib. A baby bassinet for small spaces is recommended though not always essential. My baby bassinet review below will help you see if you should get one and which one will be a good fit for you.
How long should baby sleep in a bassinet?
Every baby bassinet manufacturer provides a weight and age limit on their product, but just because your baby hasn’t hit that age or weight doesn’t mean you should keep her in the bassinet. Generally, it’s about 4 months and 20lbs; however babies that roll over or sit up before that time need to be moved from the bassinet immediately.
CPSC reports that over half of the injuries involving baby bassinets are because of falls, which occur when your baby has mastered a new skill. Make sure you move her into a crib or a playard when the time comes to avoid any injuries.
Things to Look at When Buying a Baby Bassinet
If you’re looking for a baby bassinet in 2021, there are plenty of choices, as you’ll see in my review. But first, here’s what you should think about before choosing one for your baby, aside from the age and weight limits we just discussed.
- Safety first
It is so tempting to borrow a bassinet or even buy one used. After all, you won’t be using it for a very long time. Still, I always recommend new for these kinds of things (even when it comes to cribs too). In China, one of my husband’s cousins offered us a crib for free, but we were concerned about its safety. We didn’t know where it had come from and it was a bit rickety. We politely declined.
Unless a friend that just had a baby before you has outgrown the bassinet, I would steer clear of anything that isn’t brand new. And even in that case, you should do your research. You want to see “JPMA” or “ASTM” on the product information. This means that they meet the current mandatory safety standards that went into effect in April of 2014.
- Wanna rock?
I love to rock, out to music that is. Your baby might enjoy the rocking sensations of a rocking bassinet, which kind of melds it with a cradle. Do be advised, though, that a rocking feature becomes a danger when your baby can start rolling around. It can also pose a threat if your baby gets rolled by the rocking function and has her face pressed up against the side. You’ll want to look for one that has a locking feature on it to make it stationary. When using the rocking feature, always be present and actively watching your baby. Never leave her alone with it rocking to prevent catastrophe.
All bassinets are portable to some degree, making it easy to move them around your home. Ones that have wheels make that even easier, though be sure those wheels have locking features. If you travel often, a baby bassinet that can be folded or disassembled with ease is a great advantage.
For those of you flying the friendly skies, you can check it with your luggage like a stroller, though you might want to check with the airline you’re using to make sure you won’t incur an extra fee. On the plane itself, you can reserve a bassinet seat for your baby. Just ask when making your reservations.
I will advise that..
You do not take your portable bassinet with you in most cases, for it can be a huge pain to retrieve all that baby stuff from the luggage claim. Most places you’ll travel will have cribs available to you for your accommodations. You don’t need to bring everything and the kitchen sink. Below, I have some portable baby bassinet reviews that might be worth it for big travelers if you’re set on bringing one with you.
- Make sure the mattress is right
The mattress in your baby bassinet needs to be firm. You might think heavy padding makes for better sleep. To adults, it definitely does, but babies need support. It’s dangerous if it’s too soft because your baby’s face can sink in. The firmer the mattress, the better. The bassinet itself must be able to hold the mattress and your baby without flexing or bending too.
To check this, you can press the mattress edges and into the middle. If it dips easily, it isn’t a good option. The mattress should also fit snugly into the bassinet without any gaps along the edges.
- Bassinet bedding
Your bassinet should include bedding too. All it needs is a fitted sheet. With bassinets, they all vary in size, so it can be hard to find sheets that fit it perfectly aside from the one it comes with. Still getting an extra is ideal because there will be diaper leakage late at night, and you’ll need to change it. You can usually get one that fits perfectly from the manufacturer. Often, they include waterproof covers for the mattress too.
We had a hard time finding fitted sheets. They make beds differently there. And that meant finding a fitted sheet for the crib was an exercise in futility. We went and had one made though (surprisingly cheap over there), and that solved our problems. So my advice here is that if your bassinet doesn’t include an extra fitted sheet, you should order one from the manufacturer or provide the dimensions to someone who can make it. And if you’re handy with sewing, you can make one yourself!
None of the other bedding that comes with it will be necessary. Quilts, pillows, and bumper pads are all dangerous to babies. Keep them away so your baby can be safe.
The last thing to consider is style. There are many styles that you’ll find suit your décor, but really, the most important thing is the safety and functionality of your baby bassinet.
Top Baby Bassinets in My Findings in 2021
So, now that we’ve covered all of this let’s get shopping. Here is my baby bassinet review to help you decide!
Mika Micky Bedside Sleeper
Co-sleeper for easy breastfeeding
If you plan on breastfeeding, this is one of the best baby bassinets for co-sleepers. It edges right up to your bed and locks into place for easy access. This bedside sleeper attaches to your bed with fastening straps that are simple to affix or remove. Plus, it features 7 different height positions, so you’ll be able to line it up with your mattress.
The side panel can close up too, so when not going to bed, you can close it up and roll it into any room. The bottom is stable with a sleeping board to lend full support to the mattress. Mesh sides allow for breathability while pockets make tucking wipes and things for fast access a breeze. You can use this baby bassinet until your baby gets to be as big as 33lbs or 5 months in age, though if you see her sitting up, it’s time to move up to that crib. She shouldn’t be able to roll to the sides either.
With your bassinet purchase, it includes a mattress plus one fitted sheet. The manufacturer also offers a fitted waterproof sheet that is sold separately.
- Functions as a co-sleeper and stand-alone bassinet
- Side pockets for storage of essentials
- Height adjusts in 7 positions to line up with your mattress (accommodating parent beds from 18” to 26” height)
- Great for breastfeeding moms
- Tool-free setup
- Breathable mesh siding
- Built-in wheels with brakes
- Can be used with larger babies
- Can be lopsided if not assembled properly
- Portions of siding below the mesh can be unsafe as baby grows
Should You Buy This?
This is a fantastic co-sleeper for breastfeeding moms. You won’t have to fumble in the dark to get your baby. Plus, you can keep baby close without worry of suffocation. It’s not just for keeping flush with your bed, though. You can close up the side and wheel it into another room.
However, like anything, be safe. This one does have larger fabric at the bottom of it which would be my only concern. If you see your baby start to roll toward the sides, even if she’s still under the weight and age limit, you should get her out of the bassinet immediately and get larger sleeping accommodations for her.
Baby Delight Bedside Sleeper
Easy to move and co-sleep
Baby Delight makes a great baby bassinet for co-sleeping. It’s more comfortable to sleep as a mom when you know your baby is safe. In fact, I STILL check on my girls in the night, even though they’re not babies. It’s a mom thing!
Anyway, a baby bassinet for c-section moms like this one here will help you tremendously. It’s lightweight, so you won’t hurt yourself moving it around (or drive your husband crazy, asking him to move it every time). It adjusts to 6 height positions to align with your mattress and locks into place so you can simply lean over and breastfeed.
You can safely use this for babies up to 20lbs or 5 months of age as long as they can’t sit up or rollover. Because there are no tools required to set it up, you’ll find this one easy to work with.
- Super-easy setup with no tools needed
- Excellent visibility with mesh walls
- Easy-access side for breastfeeding and co-sleeping
- Helpful for c-section moms
- 6 height adjustments
- Includes waterproof fitted sheet
- Pocket for storage
- Comforting gliding action
- Storage pocket is a tad small
- Highest height adjustment puts bassinet only 18” from ground
- Straps need to be continuously adjusted for tightness
Should You Buy This?
This baby bassinet for c-sections and breastfeeding moms is a perfect option. It’s nice not to have to fumble with assembly. It’s also great that it includes a fitted waterproof sheet. The storage pocket is small, but that shouldn’t be your only deciding factor here. The real concern is the height of your mattress. Make sure you measure it before you buy to ensure this bassinet will work for you!
Fisher-Price Soothing Motions Bassinet
Bassinet with all the bells and whistles
Fisher-Price pulls out all the stops with a bassinet for infants that can really soothe. It gently sways to the movements of your baby or allows you to sway it by hand. There’s an optional lock to stop swinging too if your baby doesn’t like it.
The flat and firm sleeping surface is excellent to keep the baby properly supported. And a good thing too, because it has dual-mode lighting with a projector that can be removed to put on any tabletop or night light. It also vibrates and plays music and sounds for 30 minutes. There’s a cute mobile on top too.
- Super-easy setup with no tools needed
- Great visibility with mesh walls
- Gentle swaying motion with optional lock for stability
- Firm, flat mattress
- Entertainment with mobile, music, and lights
- Plays soothing white noise
- A detachable projector can be used on the tabletop
- Storage basket
- No plug-in option so requires lots of batteries
- Scroll-through choice for music with no recall
Should You Buy This?
This baby bassinet for newborns provides the right support with the mattress. Some parents say it’s too thin and firm, but remember, babies need that firmness. The entertainment is a nice option, but you’ll need to buy lots of batteries to keep it going.
I like that you can take out the projector and put it on a nearby table, though with the music, it won’t recall the last thing you played, so you need to scroll through it each time to find the sounds baby likes best. Those are all minor things, though. Fussy babies will definitely find the swaying and entertainment helpful, which might make this the right one for you.
Delta Children Sweet Beginnings Bassinet
Affordable bassinet with bonuses
If you need a baby bassinet for a preemie, this one by Delta Children is ideal! It is one of the most affordable on my baby bassinet review list and features a removable and adjustable canopy, calming nightlight, soothing music, and ample storage underneath.
The wheels make it easy to move from room to room and come equipped with a locking mechanism to keep it secure. It comes with a mattress pad and fitted sheet and has everything you need to give the baby a sweet and safe place to sleep. This bassinet also fits all certifications so you can sleep soundly with full peace of mind that your little one is in good hands.
- Calming nightlight
- Soothing sounds
- Large storage basket
- Includes mattress pad and fitted sheet
- Adjustable, removable canopy to block light
- Requires batteries for lights and sounds
- Canopy can be fussy to work with
- Max weight limit is 15lbs
Should You Buy This?
If you’re on a tight budget, this bassinet is a great choice. It has a lot of extras that more expensive options don’t include, like music and nightlight. You’ll be replacing batteries often, of course, but it is a nice option to have for soothing a fussy baby.
Speaking of fussy, the canopy tends to be a little bit difficult to work with, but if you don’t care about having it on or off, it won’t bother you. The thing to keep in mind here is that this bassinet is only capable of hosting babies up to 15lbs. That means bigger babies won’t get to use this for long before it’s dangerous. It’s best for preemies since it will take them longer to get to that 15lb limit.
Dream On Me Karley Bassinet
Easy, breezy, portable
For the family that loves to enjoy the fresh air, Dream On Me has a bassinet for you. This lightweight option features a breathable mesh and fabric that’s easy to clean and even easier to fold and set up. The ideal bassinet for small spaces, you can always fold it up when it’s not in use. But you’ll find this a great option if you’re always busy as a family with older kids. You can fold it down, chuck it in the car, and then easily set it up anywhere.
The mattress pad is included; however, sheets are separate. It’s a bare-bones option, one that is very budget-friendly and versatile for indoor and outdoor use that will work with babies up to 25lbs.
- Completely portable for indoor or outdoor use
- Breathable mesh that’s easy to clean
- Easy folding and set up
- Includes mattress pad
- Great for small spaces
- Double canopy for sun and light protection
- Mattress seems a bit thin
- Hard to find sheets that fit
Should You Buy This?
If you have a small apartment or limited space, something portable like this is a great option. It’s also perfect if you like to sit out in the backyard or go to the park with your older kids. You’ll always have a safe space for your baby. This bassinet folds up and sets up fast. There are no other major special features, but at a budget-friendly price, this can be a great choice for you.
One drawback of the mattress is that many people found the manufacturer’s sheets to cause it to bend. I suggest you look at fitted sheets from Halo bassinet that many verified buyers have used with this bassinet with great success to head that situation off at the pass.
Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper
Small space saver
If you didn’t love the adorable play on words with ‘Bassinest’ being a combination of ‘bassinet’ and ‘nest,’ then you might really like this baby bassinet for small spaces. For those of you that do not need going portable, Halo’s Bassinest rotates and swivels a full 360 degrees so you can quickly bring baby closer or move her out of the way when you want to get up.
The sidewall lowers making it easy to get your baby, but can be locked upright if you need it to. Nursing moms and moms recovering from c-sections all find this design very helpful.
And if you have a small space, you’re in luck! The base features 4 stable points that allow it to adjust to most bedsides from 24” to 34” in height and tucks under your bed. That means you only need 32” between the bed and the wall for it to fit. It includes a fitted sheet to go with the mattress. Because it’s made from polyester, it is easy to wipe clean though the sheet can be machine-washed. A handy storage pocket gives you a place to tuck essentials.
Oh, and that mattress? Yeah, it’s waterproof, certified by JPMA, and has no toxic components.
- Great for small spaces
- Easy to use for nursing moms or c-section recovery
- Rotates and swivels 360 degrees
- Adjusts from 24” to 34” to line up with your bedside
- Base tucks under bed
- Storage pocket for essentials
- Includes mattress and fitted sheet
- Waterproof mattress free of toxins
- A little heavy and bulky
- More expensive than other options
Should You Buy This?
This is certainly not the most budget-friendly item on my baby bassinet review; however, it has a stellar reputation. If you have a small space to work with, this could work for you. I love that it swivels a full 360 degrees to make it easy for c-section moms.
As a c-section mom myself, I can tell you how hard it is to move around when you’re recovering. The storage pocket won’t win any awards, but an included fitted sheet and waterproof mattress are lifesavers here. The downside, aside from price, is that this thing is a bit heavy and very bulky at close to 40lbs. As long as it’s within your budget and you don’t plan on moving it from room to room, you may find it perfect!
And the cradle will rock
Because I know some of you will want options for cradles, I’ve found one. I loved my BABYBJORN baby carrier, and I think they make some neat ergonomic products for kiddos. This is definitely my most pricey option on my baby bassinet review, but just look at it! It’s minimalistic-chic. The breathable mesh fabric and design are very contemporary if you’re concerned about style.
It is a cradle, but the legs are designed not to ruin your floors. Instead, the bars move, allowing you to rock your baby. Your baby’s movements can also make this cradle rock. This cradle is very light, too, so that you can move it to all-around your house. With such simplicity, you don’t need to worry about little fingers and toes getting caught up.
It’s not made for big babies, though, and only can be used until your baby reaches 17lbs. If you have a preemie or small baby, this might be for you!
- JPMA certified
- Designed with pediatricians
- Safe and secure fabric for breathability
- Beautiful design and style
- Won’t damage floors with rocking
- No bars or loose parts
- Very lightweight and easy to move from room to room
- Low base makes it hard to put the baby in
- Very expensive
- Baby can outgrow quickly
Should You Buy This?
The quality of this one is great. If you’re looking for more of a lightweight cradle option, unlike most cradles, you will certainly love this. It has a cool modern style to it too, which may suit you. However, bending over to put the baby in this low-profile cradle can definitely tax your back.
If you have a c-section, you will be miserable. The weight limit is only 17lbs, too, which means it’s best for small or premature babies. The hefty price tag may be out of your budget, but if not, you will find this to be a wonderful cradle.
Arm’s Reach Concepts Cambria Co-Sleeper Bassinet
The name Arm’s Reach says it all. This baby bassinet for co-sleepers is a bit bigger and can fit alongside bed heights starting at 24” from floor to the top of your mattress. Breathable mesh allows for safety and ease of visibility while the sides can fold down and lock into place. It’s great for breastfeeding moms and provides two storage baskets beneath it for diapers and essential baby items.
Lockable wheels ensure you can roll it out of the way and secure it in place as needed. It’s a bit on the big side, so be sure you have enough room for it at 34 x 20 x 33.75 inches.
- Fold-down and lockable sides for ease of breastfeeding
- Wheels that lock
- Dual storage baskets beneath
- Adjustable leg height
- Assembly required
- Storage baskets slide down often and look messy
- Not ideal for small spaces
- Somewhat expensive
Should You Buy This?
If space is not a concern, this co-sleeper can work in your home. It’s not ideal if you don’t want to assemble something, though. For those that are handy, it’s a breeze. The storage baskets are a bit of a problem, though, as they tie on. As you fill them with supplies, they will slide down and look wonky. But that’s a minor concern. While it’s a little on the expensive side, it is great for breastfeeding moms as long as your bed can work with the height adjustment.
Graco Dream Suite Bassinet
If you’re coming close to your due date, you might still be shopping for other items on your baby nursery list. This option by Graco allows you to get a changer and bassinet all in one piece. It reverses from a bassinet into a diaper changing station. That diaper changer can hold your baby for up to 30lbs though the bassinet can only be used until 15lbs max.
It also vibrates with 2 speeds to help soothe baby and features 4 locking wheels so you can move it anywhere you like. With a canopy, you can provide shade for nap time. Plus, the two cute toys that dangle safely out of reach give your baby something to look at. You can remove and wash the mattress cover while the changing-table surface wipes clean with ease.
For small spaces, this might be your best fit since it combines two necessities in one simple product.
- Provides a bassinet and changing station in one product
- 2-speed vibration settings
- 4 locking wheels
- Canopy for shade with safely dangling toys
- Machine washable mattress cover
- Great for small spaces
- Provides storage space
- Bottom storage rack is a bit flimsy
- Inconvenient to switch from bassinet to changing table with one hand
Should You Buy This?
This is a great solution for saving space and money when it comes to getting 2 products for one. While not ideal for c-section moms or co-sleepers, it is pretty handy for everything else. The storage rack at the bottom doesn’t hold up that great, but it’s good enough for diapers, wipes, and other essentials. One tricky thing is trying to flip the bassinet into changing table mode and vice versa as you’ll need both hands. But other than that, this might just work out for you!
SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper
For the genuinely space-deprived, SwaddleMe presents this baby bassinet for co-sleeping that goes right in the bed with you. Designed to be in between the parents, it has a sturdy metal frame and mesh siding that allows breathability and visibility. It also folds up entirely so you can travel with it.
It’s budget-friendly too, and it could be something that you buy in addition to one of the other baby bassinets on this review if you travel frequently. It’s not just for those with small spaces.
It comes with a mattress pad and fitted sheet and can work for your new baby until she begins to push herself up or rollover.
- Great for travel or small spaces
- Folds up flat for ease of portability
- Fits in bed with you to keep baby close
- Breathable mesh material on a sturdy metal frame
- Takes up a lot of space in the bed
- Can’t pull up your blankets
Should You Buy This?
I like this option for heavy travelers or those who have limited budgets and space. It’s easy to fold and stow away and might work for you if you plan on getting a crib sooner rather than later. Those with king-size beds definitely won’t mind the space it takes up, but with a queen-size, it’s a tight squeeze. For any size, you won’t be able to pull the covers up, so you’ll have to work around that. Despite these things, it can be a useful baby bassinet in a pinch.
Earlier, I mentioned a playard as a possibility, and I wanted to bring that into my honorable mentions that didn’t quite make my top 10 but are still worthy of your attention.
The first is the Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard, which functions as a bassinet, changing station, and safe play area for your baby. I had one almost identical to this for my youngest. It was an excellent solution for us. It’s easy to clean, easy to travel with, and you get more miles out of it. Once our youngest was too big for the bassinet, we used it as a crib and play area for her. I recommend it if you’re looking for something that has a longevity to use from baby on through toddlerhood.
Lulyboo Bassinet To-Go is my other honorable mention. This soft baby bassinet travels well (it folds into a backpack!), plus it provides a place for baby to sleep, play, or be changed on the go. I think this is a great option for those that need a co-sleeper that is easier to take along on day trips as well as overnight adventures out of town. It won’t have the longevity of a playard, but it could certainly fit your needs.
Again, each of these options is different to satisfy a variety of needs. Budgets, space, and how you live your life all come into play when choosing, but these are safe choices that are well-rated.
When it comes to baby bassinets for reflux, all of them lie flat for the best support for your baby. But you can get a handy bassinet wedge to tuck underneath, which should safely prop your baby up to the 12-degree angle that works best for relieving it.
And should you be blessed with twins, you have options too. Baby bassinets for twins do exist. Many of the more prominent brands offer these options, or you may find getting 2 separate bassinets is best for you. Again, it’s all about your needs and the needs of your family. Hopefully, this baby bassinet review has helped shed some light on the subject!