Buying Guide: Best Bassinet Models and Features?

Best BassinetBassinets, or cradles, are products which lately, haven’t received a lot of love. This has a lot to do with the short time span in which you will use it, from 0-4 months, but it also has very much to do with the lack of specialization and add-ons which can be applied to them. This hasn’t changed much over the years. The first cradles ever discovered were actually crude bassinets made up of straw, and today’s versions supported with plush cloth serve virtually the same purpose, to create a kind of “cocoon” that the newborn finds comforting, and nothing more.

Although in the grand scheme of things cradles serve a very minor role, there is no doubt they are absolutely vital, because a baby’s first few months are its most important, and giving your newborn the area they need to sleep and grow should be a priority. Having said that, what do you look for when trying to find the best bassinet for your baby? Don’t worry, here is a list I’ve complied of the best ones, along with some features that you should look at if you are planning to make your own choices.

Top 5 Models

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Arm’s Reach Concepts Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper

One of the most popular models on the market is the Arm’s Reach Clear Vue Co-Sleeper. It offers a 360 degree view of your baby, and is useable for up to 5 months. The most appealing aspect of the Co-Sleeper is its height, it sits quite a bit off the ground so you can store or vacuum underneath, and it has a pouch to store items like toys in. I recommend that you test the mattress which comes with it to see if it is to your liking.

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Kolcraft Cuddle ‘N Care 2-in-1

Kolcraft’s leading sleeper is the 2 in 1 incline hybrid, which serves traditional sleeping purposes, as well as providing an incline which can help little ones digest food easier without giving them gas. It doesn’t sit as high up as the Clear-Vue above, but it does come with some soothing music on board and is more affordable.

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Badger Basket Elegance Round

Badger Basket produces some quality bassinets, and their Elegance Round provides a different style if your into the more classical look. This particular model comes with a canopy, which most round models have, and a full bedding set.

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Babyletto Bowery

One of the inherent issues that comes with a lot of bassinets, is that they they are so short lived, but vital. After about 5 months max, your little one is going to be too big to fit into a cradle, and you’ll have to store it somewhere, sell it, or throw it away. This Bowery model however converts into a toy box, so you will get a lot more mileage out of it.

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Arm’s Reach Concepts Mini Arc Co-Sleeper

This pretty bassinet is quite sturdy, and can be converted from a co-sleeper, to a traditional bedside model. Its quite popular, but does come with a few flaws, including a poor quality mattress. Replace the mattress and you’ll be happy with your purchase.

Things to Consider Before Making Your PurchaseGuy picking up little one

Plan: Before you do anything, you have to have a plan for your baby. Decide where you are going to keep your tike for the first few months, and then go about your shopping afterwards. Some things to consider in this regard are whether you are bottle or breast feeding, how many times a night you might need to go to the crib, and if there are pets or other small children who might knock over the crib.

Measure: Next, make sure that you have measured the area in which the crib will sit. Many models have wheels for easy transportation and maneuverability, while others can be latched onto a play yard, or even your own bed.

Safety: Thoroughly check the safety features before purchase, or if you order online, after the product comes in. Some common checks include making sure that the crib properly collapses if it’s a transportable version, evaluate the sturdiness, and check to see how easily the hood moves.

Mattress: The best cribs will come with their own mattresses which are perfectly aligned, however some products aren’t up to par and the quality is too far outside the range of what your baby needs. You can check the quality of the mattress by pressing your forefinger into it. If it indents way too easily, its too soft, and if you can stick your fingers along the side of the mattress and fit them between it and the bassinet, its too small. Avoid these as newborns can quite easily suffocate if not in a safe crib.