Tips on Selecting the Best Bassinet for Your Baby

Tisha Berg
July 14, 2015

Need help shopping for your baby's bassinet? Here are four unique and comfy options to use at home or on the go.

Children experience many stages of development, but none are quite as nerve-racking as those first precious few weeks after they are born. In between bouts of exhaustion, parents feel an intense need to get everything just right for their babies. Making preparations for sleeping arrangements is no exception. With so many bassinet styles available to choose from, it's easy to get overwhelmed and, consequently, indecisive. To help make the process a little easier, narrow your selection criteria to a few important requirements.

The number one concern when trying to choose the best bassinet should be safety. According to parenting expert Elizabeth Pantley, the author of "The No-Cry Sleep Solution," bassinets should be free of any decorative ribbons, bows or strings in which a baby could easily get entangled. You should also avoid bassinets that have knobs on the corner posts, or headboard and footboard designs that present a hazard, such as sharp edges, points or pieces that can be loosened, says Pantley. She adds, "You should make sure your crib has a sturdy bottom and wide, stable base so that it does not wobble or tilt when your baby moves around."

In terms of safety, also keep in mind that the bedding inside the bassinet should be minimal. Don't use bumper pads, quilts or pillows, says Heather Corley, a baby products expert for About Parenting. Noting that after April 2014, new federal bassinet safety rules were put into effect that have strict requirements for mattresses and other soft parts of the bassinet, Corley adds, "Nearly all bassinet-related deaths are related to soft bedding added into the sleep space."

Another thing to consider is the amount of space you have in your bedroom. "The American Academy of Pediatrics and other experts recommend that the baby sleep in the same room as the parents, or another responsible caregiver, for the first year of life," says Pantley. Considering that this new piece of furniture will be in the bedroom for such a long period of time, the size of the bassinet should allow you to be able to move around comfortably without tripping over anything. Here are a few of the best bassinet choices that are sure to appeal to a variety of personal preferences and needs.

The Simple

  • Badger Basket Hooded Moses Basket
    The simple Hooded Moses bassinet is made of wicker and is layered with soft padding on the bottom and sides. It's simple and versatile, as the handles allow for easy carrying. The basket can also be placed on a matching Rocking Moses Stand, and the hood can be removed for easier visibility.

The Modern

  • BabyBjorn White Bassinet
    The sleek white BabyBjorn bassinet is cradled inside a sturdy wooden stand and can be gently rocked to lull your baby to sleep. The breathable mesh sides allow you to keep an eye on your baby no matter where you are in the room, and the minimalist design won't clash with your existing decor.

The Convertible

  • Arm's Reach Mini Arc Convertible Co-Sleeper
    This bassinet created by Arm's Reach is made to grow with your baby. It converts from a bedside co-sleeper to a free-standing bassinet, before being used as a playpen once your child is older. It's also lightweight and super easy to move around.

The Easily Portable

  • Kidco DreamPod Portable Crib
    The DreamPod Portable Crib features a soft but firm mattress surface surrounded by mesh walls. This bassinet makes travel easy, with legs that can unlock and fully collapse for compact storage in a fitted carrying case.

Whether you're constantly on the go and need a bassinet that can move at your pace or whether simplicity and affordability are your main concern, these bassinet finds have charm to spare, all while keeping your baby's safety, comfort and mobility needs firmly in mind.

Tisha Berg is a mom, wife, blogger, web copywriter and premed student who works from home. Her articles on family life and parenting have appeared on the Working Mother magazine blog, Lifescript and her own blogs, Biz Mommy and Tisha Berg.

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