The Best Bassinets for Baby

The crib is set up and your baby’s room is all ready to go. While you may be anxious for baby to enjoy their new space, it isn’t always practical to have him sleeping down the hall from you in that big room all by himself. Instead, consider the cozy confines of a bassinet right next to your bed for those first few months. Not only will baby feel secure in a smaller bed space, but you won’t be far for those middle of the night feedings. Also, if you plan on traveling with baby, many bassinets on the market today are compact and perfect to take with you wherever you go! Here are four great bassinets to consider for baby’s first bed.

Bassinest Swivel Sleeper by HALO

Introducing a 2013 JPMA Innovation Award winner, the HALO™ Bassinest™ Swivel Sleeper, a bassinet made to make co-sleeping easier and safer for your family. The Bassinest’s unique design allows mom to have easy access and visibility of her newborn throughout the night, without getting out of bed and without bringing baby into the bed.

The Bassinest has a dual-swivel design allowing 360 degrees of both swivel and rotation! This patented design makes it simple to bring baby close to your bed while still being able to get into and out of bed without difficulty. Just rotate the bassinet out of the way to slide out of bed. The 4-point, wide, tip-proof base keeps the Bassinest steady as mom swivels baby into a position just an arm’s reach away. The mesh sides that extend down to the base of the bassinet will allow excellent airflow and visibility of your little one.   

The Bassinest is height adjustable from 24″ to 34″ which ensures you can adjust it to a height that fits to your bed. The side panel provides a night light with 2 levels of brightness, music and soothing sound options, breastfeeding timer, and 2 levels of vibration. Side pockets on each end are large enough to fit several diapers or a few diapers and a small container of wipes as well as small items like nipple cream or a bulb syringe.

The Bassinest also boasts a retractable side that can be locked in an upward position or unlocked for easy access to your newborn at bedside. No need to get out of bed, just push down on the side bar with a good amount of force to reach for your little one. As you release the side, it will retract to its upright position!

Your baby will sleep well on the mattress pad that comes with its own 100% polyester, machine-washable, fitted sheet. The Bassinest sides are made out of 100% polyester and can be wiped down if need be.

Designed for babies up to 20 lbs or 5 months of age, the Bassinest is JPMA certified and meets or exceeds all ASTM and CPSC guidelines and standards for bassinets.  The Bassinest, paired with one of HALO’s new 100% Muslin Swaddle SleepSacks ,will help make nighttime more restful for both you and your baby!

Lotus Travel Bassinet by Guava Family

For parents who like to be on the go, whether you are driving to your next destination or flying, you can’t go wrong with the Lotus Bassinet. This modern designed bassinet takes less than 30 seconds to set up and it weighs only 13 lbs, making it easy to take and use anywhere you go!  What makes the Lotus Bassinet completely unique is that it folds up and fits into its own backpack AND it is sized to fit as a carry-on when traveling by air! Nap time while waiting for your connection at the airport? No problem!

The Lotus Bassinet contains no phthalates, PVC, lead or flame retardants. Full airflow is allowed by the breathable mesh that surrounds the bassinet and extends down to the mattress, giving parents peace of mind when their tiny one is sleeping.  This also allows a perfect, clear view of your little one.  The base is wide and curved to allow a gentle rocking motion without needing to worry about this sturdy bassinet tipping over. Wait, there’s more! The Lotus Bassinet cover unzips from the frame and can be conveniently thrown right into the washing machine.

The weight limit for the Lotus Bassinet is 18 lbs. When your child outgrows it, Guava Family has a conversion kit that you can buy to transform the Lotus Bassinet into the Lotus Everywhere Crib which is equally convenient and well made. We especially love the zipper side where your child can climb in and out by his or herself and they love it too! Best of all, there is no weight limit because the mattress is actually on the ground.  Learn more at Guava Family

Travel Sleep Solution by Delta

Parents need to get away from time to time, if not for a mini vacation, then at least to Grandma’’s house for a little weekend change of scenery. Unfortunately the hassle of packing up and loading up the car with all the baby necessities, and choosing which is most important to have and what can be left behind has already taken the wind out of your sails…. Defeat has overcome you once again.

Fortunately Delta Children has come out with a solution to your travel problems. The Travel Sleep Solution is a portable bassinet designed for the traveling get-up and get out parents. Lightweight, and quick folding, the bassinet is made to fit easily in the trunk of your car for travel, able to be stored in the closet or slide under the bed without taking up space, and is the best solution for wondering where the baby will sleep “once you get there.”

Like a traditional bassinet, the Travel Sleep Solution is made with the comfort as well as the safety of the baby in mind. The breathable mesh enclosing the spacious sleeping area allows for constant airflow to the baby, as well as constant visual line of site for the parent from any angle, and the plush mattress is firm enough for the baby to have little baby dreams on all night.

An alternate use, that may be found useful, is using it in your current room. It’s no longer necessary to get up and drag your work to the bedroom to put the baby in his bassinet every two hours when you need to be writing your report, nor is it necessary to drag your bassinet out of the bedroom’s sweet spot or set up the heavy and space consuming pack n’ play.

Some of our favorite features of the Travel Sleep Solution include:

  • Maximum Weight capacity for the Travel Sleep Solution is 15 lbs
  • Suggested age: Newborn – infants old enough to push up on their hands and knees
  • JPMA certified to meet or exceed all safety standards set by the CPSC & ASTM
  • Weight of the unit alone (no baby): 12.7 lbs
  • Assembled dimensions: 32.5″ x 19.5″ x 35.35″
  • Made from the finest Polyester
  • Metal frame
  • Easy to clean with soap and water

Simple to set up, the Travel Sleep Solution needs no tools in order to start using it. Right out of the box Travel Sleep Solution is ready for naptime in 7 Easy Steps. Inside the box, mom and dad will find a four-piece setup including: the folded frame, the two base legs, and the removable mattress pad. Instructions are included but after the first setup, mom and dad will be professionals.

Dream Travel Cot by Babyhome

Are you looking for a bassinet for your baby that will blend in with your contemporary decor while providing comfort, convenience, and portability? Look no further than the one-of-a-kind Babyhome Dream! The sleek design of this travel cot isn’t the only thing that makes it stand out from the crowd – the Dream also features a unique adjustable leg system that allows you (and your sweet baby) to enjoy it in three positions:

  • Wheel Position: Four hidden tiny wheels allow you to smoothly move the Dream wherever you need to.
  • Fixed Position: A twist of the cross bars between the legs will keep the Dream in a stationary position.
  • Rocking Position: One more twist of the cross bars and the Dream is converted to a rocking bassinet to lull your little one to sleep!

The Babyhome Dream is made of lightweight aluminum making it easy to move around (it weighs only 13 lbs). You can keep it in your bedroom at night while baby sleeps and move it into the kitchen or living room as you move about the house during the day. It’s also the perfect size to roll into the bathroom so you can grab an elusive shower while baby is safe and sound nearby! And, the fact that it is easy to disassemble and comes with its very own travel bag makes it the perfect bed for baby on your next family vacation.

Another standout feature that we love about the Dream is the easy-to-remove, washable fabric that comes in a variety of eye-catching colors and designs! You’re sure to find one that will fit seamlessly into your home.


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The Perfect Bassinet Sheets

So you’ve found the perfect bassinet for your new little bundle of joy. Now it’s time to make sure you have a couple extra sets of tiny sheets for those middle of the night spit ups and inevitable diaper blow outs. Kushies has you covered with their line of Ben & Noa Bedding which features the perfect fitted bassinet sheets. Made from 100% premium cotton flannel these cozy sheets come in a variety of fun solid colors and patterns. Each sheet measures 18″ by 30″ and are fully elasticized to fit well wash after wash.

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Ariel is a recently turned stay-at-home momma of three little ones to her high school sweetheart. When she isn’t busy playing with her young kiddos (or running around frantically), you can find her writing on her personal blog, Dreams To Do. Ariel is a lover of inspirational words, photography, coffee, reality TV, and of course, her family. You can connect with Ariel on Twitter and Facebook.

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    Actually, the Lotus bassinet from Guava Family cannot be bought separately and does not have a conversion kit, as you state, rather the other way round. You can buy the travel crib, and then add the conversion kit for the bassinet, but you cannot buy the bassinet and then buy a separate conversion kit, if you so wish, to make it into a travel cot once your child has outgrown the bassinet. If you want to get the bassinet, you have to get the crib too, which is way too pricey, and it’s a pity for those of us who would just need the travel bassinet.


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    Huldah Mitchell-Simpson,Ed.D


    The information you have provided is very knowledgeable and beneficial to anyone who is contemplating purchasing a bassinet. Your research has taken out the guesswork and the mom to be is left with the facts which will enable her to make the right choice in choosing the best bassinet for her bundle of joy. Thanks for sharing!!!


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