best baby bassinet in 2019

As a new mom, one of the things you’ll have to figure out after giving birth is finding the best sleeping arrangements for you and your little one. Despite having their nursery prepared months before your due date, your baby won’t be able to use it until a few weeks later in their life.
If you’re a CS mom, one of the things you’ll need to prioritize is finding a sleeping arrangement that will give you easy access to your baby at any time without straining yourself too much.
While bed-sharing sounds like the easiest and most ideal solution, it’s not always the safest. Thankfully, there are bassinets that can make nighttime with your newborn safe and easy.

Types of Bassinets

There are different types of bassinet so finding the right one to fit your home and your lifestyle shouldn’t be too stressful. Let’s take a look at the different types of bassinets and see what each one’s pros and cons are.

1. Co-Sleeper Bassinet

Co-Sleeping is one of those “will you or won’t you,” “should you or shouldn’t you” kinds of parenting practices. Parents and experts have yet to present a united front when it comes to this topic, partly because of the myths that surround it and the almost-equal pros to cons ratio.
Not to be confused with bed-sharing, co-sleeping simply means sleeping in the same room as your baby but on different beds. Contrary to popular belief, co-sleeping (when done right) can actually decrease the risk of SIDS. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that parents share their rooms with their babies up to, at least, the first 6 months of their lives.
If you’re planning to co-sleep with your baby, a co-sleeper bassinet is one of the most ideal choices. Co-sleepers are bassinets that can be attached to the side of your bed. It’s designed so that one side comes down and gives you full access to your baby all night long which is perfect for breastfeeding moms and CS moms. When attached, a co-sleeper looks like a smaller extension of your bed.
PROS:
  • Safe - Co-sleeper bassinets promote safe sleep practices. It gives your baby his/her own space to sleep in so you don’t have to worry about suffocation and accidentally hitting your baby as you sleep.
  • Easily accessible - Because it attaches directly on to your bed, there’s no need to get up and walk to and from where your baby is for feedings and to check up on him/her.
CONS:
  • Limited use - Aside from the fact that it’s not really travel-friendly, a co-sleeper is best used only when attached to a bed.

2. Travel bassinet

For families that are always on-the-go, a travel bassinet makes the most sense. These bassinets are usually lighter compared to regular bassinets and they’re more easily collapsible as well. Some brands are also gracious enough to have their travel bassinets come with a carrying case so it’s easier to lug them around wherever you go.
PROS:
  • Lightweight - Travel bassinets are lightweight and easy to carry. This is great for moms who don’t have access to help from other people most of the time since it’s easy to set up and put away.
  • Portable - Even if you don’t travel often, travel bassinets could still come in handy if you want something that you can carry and set up in different parts of the house.
CONS:
  • Weight limit - Because they need to be lightweight, the materials used for travel bassinets can’t support too much weight which means that your baby will have to stop using it a bit sooner than a regular bassinet.

3. Traditional bassinet

Traditional bassinets are stand-alone sleepers that you can place anywhere in your room or house. These bassinets often come with canopies to keep bright lights from disrupting your baby’s sleep as well as wheels for added portability and mobility. This is a great choice for parents who just want a safe space for their babies to sleep in without too many frills or features.
PROS:
  • Lightweight - Travel bassinets are lightweight and easy to carry. This is great for moms who don’t have access to help from other people most of the time since it’s easy to set up and put away.
  • Portable - Even if you don’t travel often, travel bassinets could still come in handy if you want something that you can carry and set up in different parts of the house.
CONS:
  • Basic - If you’re the type of parent who despises single-purpose items, you might want to look for something else. Traditional bassinets are just glorified baby boxes and nothing else.

4. Modern bassinet

Thanks to the advancement of technology nowadays, putting your baby has become easier. It’s so easy you don’t even have to be in the same room to put him/her to sleep and you have modern bassinets to thank for that. Modern bassinets have extra features like rocking, swinging, playing music, and more. It’s great for moms with babies who have trouble sleeping.
PROS:
  • Multi-functional - Aside from being a safe space for your baby to sleep in, modern bassinets can also help you put your baby to sleep more quickly and it could buy you a bit of time for yourself as well.
  • Automated - why tire yourself rocking your little one to sleep when your bassinet can do it for you?
CONS:
  • Pricey - All those added features you’ll find in modern bassinets can rack up quite a hefty price tag.

5. Multi-purpose bassinet

One of the biggest reservations moms have when it comes to buying bassinets is the fact that the traditional design is only good for a few months. With multi-purpose bassinets, however, your baby gets to use it for a longer period of time since it can be converted into a playpen, Most multi-purpose bassinets also come with a changing pad so that’s helpful in getting you the most bang for your buck.
PROS:
  • Lasts longer - Unlike regular bassinets that your baby can only use for up to 6 months, multi-purpose bassinets can be used for much longer so you’re getting your money’s worth.
  • Multi-functional - It’s a bassinet, a changing station, and a playpen all in one. What more could you ask for?
CONS:
  • Bulky - These are bigger compared to regular bassinets so if your home doesn’t have much space for baby gear, you might want to consider something else.

Best Baby Bassinets Reviews

1. Dream On Me Karley Bassinet

The Dream On Me Karley Bassinet is lightweight and portable. It’s a great option for moms who want something that they can use in any room around the house.
We like
  • Affordable - This bassinet is competitively priced. It’s not too expensive but not so cheap either that you start doubting its quality.
  • Adorable design - Not a fan of lacey, ruffled bassinets like the old-school ones you used to have? The Dream On Me Karley Bassinet has an adorable design that’s cute and will easily blend with the rest of your baby’s nursery but there’s nothing too frilly about it.
  • Easy assembly - Still feeling weak from giving birth? This bassinet requires light and easy assembly so you don’t have to worry about straining yourself over it.
  • Protective canopy - The protective canopy on this bassinet protects your baby from bugs and flying insects, making it ideal not just for indoors but for outdoor use as well.
  • Portable - It’s lightweight and portable so you won’t have a problem bringing this from room to room and along with you when you travel.
We don't like
  • Affordable - This bassinet is competitively priced. It’s not too expensive but not so cheap either that you start doubting its quality.

2. Graco Dream Suite Bassinet

If you’re the type of parent who gets their peace of mind from safety seals and guarantees, you’ll surely appreciate the fact that the Graco Dream Suite Bassinet is JPMA-approved.
We like
  • Lockable wheels - The Graco Dream Suite Bassinet has wheels that make it easy to move it from one spot to another but the wheels are lockable when not in use so you don’t have to worry about your baby accidentally sliding away.
  • 2-in-1 design - During the day when your baby isn’t sleeping, you can use the Graco Dream Suite Bassinet as a changing station.
  • Mesh side panels - The mesh side panels on this bassinet makes for better airflow so you don’t have to worry about your baby not getting enough air while sleeping.
  • Extra storage space - Because this bassinet also transforms into a changing table during the day, the extra storage underneath it is greatly appreciated.
  • Soothing vibrations - This bassinet also has a vibration feature that can help gently put your baby to sleep. There are two settings you can switch between and the vibrations are mild and soothing so your baby won’t feel weirded out at all.
We don't like
  • Sagging tendencies - Creating a safe sleep environment means using a firm mattress. Unfortunately, the mattress that comes with this bassinet sags easily so you’re better off buying a new one.

3. Simmons Kids Oval City Sleeper Bassinet

Simple, sleek, and stylish — That’s how I like to describe the Simmons Kids Oval City Sleeper Bassinet. This baby bassinet is JPMA-certified and the all-around mesh side panels make is easy to view baby from any angle
We like
  • All-around mesh panels - There are mesh panels on all sides of this bassinet which makes it safe and breathable for your little one. The mesh panels also make it easier for you to see your baby from any angle at all times.
  • Adjustable height - This bassinet can be adjusted with 5 different height settings. Whether you’re in bed, sitting on a chair, or standing, you’ll be able to see what your baby is doing in the bassinet.
  • Easy to clean - It comes with a waterproof quilted mattress pad cover that’s also machine washable so cleaning is a breeze.
  • Durable and sturdy - The Simmons Kids Oval City Sleeper Bassinet has a bit of weight to it which is great because it lessens the risk of your bassinet falling over while your baby is in it. It’s also made from high-quality materials so you can rest assured that it’s durable and sturdy.
  • Easy to put together - It takes less than 5 minutes to set up and it requires no tools for assembly so you can do it on your own.
We don't like
  • Pricey -Considering that there are no extra features on this bassinet and that it’s not multi-functional, the price tag that it comes with is pretty steep.

4. HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Premiere Series Bassinet

Got a fussy sleeper in your hands? This bassinet works hard to find the right position your baby will be comfortable in.
We like
  • 2-in-1 design - The HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Premiere Series Bassinet can function as a stand-alone bassinet as well as a co-sleeper with sides that come down for easier access.
  • Rotates and swivels - It rotates and swivels to a full 360 degrees so you’re sure that you’ll find a position that your baby likes.
  • Compatible with most beds - This bassinet has a four-point base that ranges from 22 to 34 inches so it’s compatible with most beds in case you want to use it as a co-sleeper.
  • Soothing center - This baby bassinet has a soothing center that features a nightlight, 4 different lullabies, 3 soothing songs, a vibration button, and a back to bed reminder. All these also have an auto-off function that shuts them down after 30 minutes.
  • Storage pockets - This bassinet has two side pockets where you can put your baby’s essentials so you don’t have to get up in the middle of the night.
We don't like
  • Bulky base - The base on this bassinet is quite bulky so you’ll need a bit of space to accommodate it.
  • Expensive - Because of all the extra functions and features that this bassinet offers, the price is pretty heavy on the pocket.

5. Ingenuity Foldaway Rocking Bassinet

Looking for a simple bassinet with a clean design that will fit in with the rest of your home or room? This might be what you’re looking for.
We like
  • Portable - This bassinet is lightweight and it’s also designed so that it’s easy to set up and put away, allowing you to easily take it with you wherever you go.
  • Minimalist design - Not all parents appreciate the frills and frou-frous that usually come with baby stuff. If you’re not into overly sweet and cutesy designs, you might appreciate the minimalist design on this bassinet.
  • Rock and lock - This bassinet easily turns into a rocker for those nights your baby just won’t sleep. You can also lock the rocker when you’re done with it to avoid any untoward incidents.
  • Breathable mesh side panels - Looking at the sides of this baby bassinet, you’ll see mesh panels that make it breathable and safe for your baby.
  • No assembly required - The Ingenuity Foldaway Rocking Bassinet comes pre-assembled and folded in half. All you need to do is push down on the center and it’s all set up.
We don't like
  • Split mattress - The mattress that comes with this bassinet is a split mattress that folds directly in the middle, which isn’t very comfortable or safe for baby.
  • Too deep - You’ll have to get up and look down on your baby if you’re checking on them in the middle of the night because this bassinet is deeper than most bassinets are.

6. Green Frog Baby Bassinet

Lightweight yet durable, this Green Frog baby bassinet is a good crossover between a traditional bassinet and a travel bassinet.
We like
  • Portable - This bassinet is like a combination of a traditional bassinet and a travel bassinet. It’s lightweight and easy to bring anywhere and it even comes with a carry bag to make transport easier.
  • Solid frame - The bassinet’s frame is made of aluminum so it’s sturdy and durable despite being lightweight.
  • Quick and easy set-up - Snapping together a few pieces is all it literally takes to assemble this baby bassinet. You won’t be needing any special tools to get the job done and it’s not strenuous activity at all so even moms who just gave birth can do it.
  • Easy to clean - The fabric that protects the bassinet’s frame is easy to remove and fully washable so it’s easy to clean when needed.
  • Gentle rocker - This baby bassinet features a gentle rocker that lets you rock your baby to sleep with ease.
We don't like
  • Lacks mesh panels - The ideal bassinet should at least have full mesh panels on two sides, though having an all-around mesh panel is best. This rocker only has a round mesh window on both sides so airflow might be a concern.
  • Non-stable - The rockers are a permanent feature in the design of this bassinet. It would have been better if there was a stabilizer included so the bassinet stays still when you don’t want to rock your baby.

7. Evenflo Loft Portable Bassinet

Looking for a bassinet from a reputable brand? Evenflo has always been a highly respected brand for baby products and we’ve had the chance to check out their Loft Portable Bassinet.
We like
  • Flexible use - This bassinet is designed to be portable so you can use it in different rooms in the house. You can even bring it with you on trips since it’s quite lightweight and easy to pack and unpack.
  • Optimal airflow - The bassinet’s sides are purely made of mesh panels so you don’t have to worry about reduced airflow when your baby is in his/her bassinet. It’s 100% breathable and the design makes it easier for you to see your baby inside without exerting too much effort.
  • Cozy and comfy - This bassinet comes with a firm mattress pad so it’s safe and cozy for your baby. The fabric that covers the frame is breathable and comfortable as well.
  • Extra features - This modern baby bassinet has a control panel that lets you turn the nightlight on and off. It also has a built-in Bluetooth connective speaker so you can play gentle tunes to help your little one sleep. The room temperature monitor also helps you set the best temperature for your baby’s best sleep ever.
  • Easy to set-up - It comes folded in half and all you need to do to set it up is to open it and make sure everything locks into place.
We don't like
  • Not-so-easy to collapse - It’s designed to collapse at the simple pull of a tab but the tab is a bit too small to pull on.
  • Auto-off speaker - The speaker turns off automatically every 20 minutes which, sometimes, isn’t enough time to put the baby to sleep.

8. Arms Reach Concepts Inc. Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper

This is one of the most popular bassinets in the market but parents are still torn about whether it’s the best.
We like
  • 2-in-1 - This baby bassinet can be used as a stand-alone bassinet or as a co-sleeper which is great if you’re planning on using it both during the day and at night.
  • All-around mesh panels - The Clear-Vue co-sleeper is designed with an all-around mesh panel for optimal airflow and to make it easier for you to see your baby.
  • Adjustable height - It comes with built-in leg extensions so you can make it match your bed’s height perfectly and you can have your baby at your level, by your side as you sleep or breastfeed in bed.
  • Portable and mobile - It’s lightweight so it’s easy to take with you on trips but it also has wheels so you can easily push it from one room to another when you’re using it at home.
  • Spacious - This baby bassinet is a tad bigger than your regular bassinet so it’s great for big babies or tall babies. This also means you’ll be able to use it for a longer period of time.
We don't like
  • Bulky - It takes up quite a bit of space so this might not be an ideal option for those with smaller spaces.
  • Could be cuter - The design is too plain and too simple to the point that it looks like something straight out of the hospital. I wish there were designs that at least featured slightly more colorful graphics or patterns.

9. SwaddleMe by Your Bed Sleeper

If you’ve barely got space for anything else but you still don’t want to succumb to bed-sharing, the SwaddleMe by Your Bed Sleeper might be the answer to your dilemma.
We like
  • Space-saver - The SwaddleMe by Your Bed Sleeper is conveniently compact so it’s great if you don’t have a lot of space in your bedroom or your home in general. When folded up, it takes even less space.
  • Adjustable incline - This bassinet has two incline level settings so you can adjust it depending on your baby’s needs and preference.
  • Adjustable height - Aside from the included level, this bassinet’s height is adjustable as well so you can match it with the height of your bed or have it at the perfect level when you’re sitting or standing.
  • Breathable design - It’s designed with its sides all made up of durable mesh so you don’t have to worry about airflow. The mesh sides also make for better visibility when you’re not too close to your baby but you still want to make sure he/she is okay.
  • Extra features - This bassinet features a nightlight, soothing sounds, and gentle vibrations that can help put your baby to sleep more quickly.
We don't like
  • Won’t be used for long - Because it’s small and very compact, your baby is sure to outgrow this bassinet more quickly than a regular-sized bassinet.
  • Jerky and unsteady - This bassinet is made for rocking. It’s not something I would recommend putting very close to your bed since its side-to-side rocking motion could be activated and it could wake the baby or startle him/her.

10. Delta Children Deluxe Sweet Beginnings Bassinet

The Delta Children Deluxe Sweet Beginnings Bassinet looks like it came straight out of a fairy tale. This sweet little bassinet is a mix of classic design and modern features.
We like
  • Day and night use - The adjustable and removable canopy on this bassinet can block out light during the day so your little one can nap in peace. At night, you can remove the bassinet so you have a better view of your baby by your side.
  • Extra storage - It has a basket underneath where you can put your baby’s immediate essentials so you don’t have to keep getting up to get them, especially at night when you’re not in the mood to stray far away from your comfy bed.
  • Lights and sounds feature - This bassinet also comes preloaded with soothing tunes and a nightlight to make bedtime more serene for your baby.
  • Lightweight and portable - The Delta Children Deluxe Sweet Beginnings Bassinet is made of lightweight but durable high-quality materials so you know your baby is safe when he/she is in it. It’s easy to travel with and the locking casters make it easy to wheel it around from one place to another when used indoors.
  • Affordable - This is one of the most affordable bassinets out in the market and, for its quality and its features, I would say this one is a great find.
We don't like
  • Non-mesh sides - The sides aren’t made of mesh panels so airflow could be an issue. It’s also hard to watch your baby when you’re not sitting or laying close to the bassinet because the bassinet is covered with cloth all around.

The Winner

After careful consideration, the HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Premiere Series Bassinet came out on top and is the clear winner for the title “Best Baby Bassinet.”
Despite the hefty price tag, this bassinet proved itself worthy of the title because it’s versatile, durable, and safe for babies. We love that it’s extremely customizable to fit whatever bedroom situation you’re in and that it could be used both as a stand-alone bassinet and a co-sleeper bassinet as well.
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