10 Best Bassinets | March 2017

We spent 27 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Bassinets are a safer alternative to co-sleeping, yet still allow a parent to keep their precious child nearby for soothing and bonding. They come in a range of styles and designs, from portable options ideal for travel to larger models with solid wood frames that enhance a home's decor. We've included the best of both worlds to help you find the right baby bed for your needs. Skip to the best bassinet on Amazon.
10 Best Bassinets | March 2017


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The Delta Children Clayton comes with an electronic mobile and has a number of useful features to entertain a baby and help them sleep better, including multiple vibration settings and a nightlight. Its casters can also be retracted to make it more stable.
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The Summer Infant Classic has a timeless hardwood frame that works well with most decor types, from modern to traditional, and has an adorable Fox and Friends design embroidered on the side. It plays music and has a 20-minute timer with an auto shutoff feature.
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The Brica Fold N' Go is portable, lightweight and easy to store, making it ideal for busy parents who are often on the go. It features mesh panels and a breathable fabric to keep baby cool, while the double-locking tubular steel frame offers parents peace of mind.
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The Summer Infant Sooth & Sleep is an adorable quilted bassinet with fun flower accents throughout. It plays soothing musical melodies that are enhanced with vibrations and womb sounds to keep baby happy and relaxed at all times.
  • includes a machine washable sheet
  • castors can be locked for safety
  • mattress is very thin
Brand Summer Infant
Model 26130
Weight 21.9 pounds
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The Badger Basket Elegance has a charming round shape that provides a large sleeping area for your baby to stretch out. The whimsical bedding set is available in seven colors and includes a darling skirt, soft bumper, fitted sheet and draping canopy.
  • custom fit foam mattress pad
  • designed for babies up to 20lbs
  • may not fit through all doorways
Brand Badger Basket
Model 00838
Weight 36.4 pounds
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The extremely handy Graco Dream Suite can be flipped over to reveal a baby changing station, so there is one less piece of equipment you need to buy. It comes with two soft plush toys to keep baby entertained when you are busy with something else.
  • light-blocking canopy
  • under bassinet storage area
  • fabric is easy to wipe clean
Brand Graco
Model 1967966
Weight 21.4 pounds
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The Simmons Kids Deluxe Gliding sits on four casters, allowing it to be easily rolled from room to room so you can keep your baby close to you whether sleeping or in the kitchen cooking dinner. As the name implies, it also offers a soothing side-to-side gliding motion.
  • multiple vibration speed settings
  • mobile arm with hanging lamb toys
  • mp3 player connection port
Brand Simmons Kids
Model 701205-293
Weight 19.6 pounds
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The Halo Swivel Sleeper has a unique design that rotates 360 degrees. This allows baby to sleep close to you, and you can then just swivel it away when you wake up to make getting out of bed hassle-free. Plus, it comes with a waterproof mattress.
  • legs slide under most beds
  • storage pocket for baby's essentials
  • attractive modern style
Brand Halo
Model 8
Weight 47.9 pounds
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The affordable Dream On Me Karley comes in six different color choices, such as periwinkle and aqua blue, so it should be easy to match it to your nursery. It is also perfect for travel as it is lightweight, at just 14.6lbs, and folds up in seconds.
  • double canopy system
  • durable polyester fabric
  • easy to assemble without any tools
Brand Dream On Me Karley
Model pending
Weight pending
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The Arm's Reach Cambria is designed for co-sleeping without the dangers of bed sharing. When paired with a bed that stands at least 24" it makes reaching over to sooth your little one easy. Also, the mesh sides offer great breathability for baby and visibility for parents.
  • beautifully curved wooden ends
  • two large storage baskets
  • height adjustable side wall
Brand Arm's Reach
Model 8303-N
Weight 28.5 pounds

Choosing A Baby's Bassinet

Most families will only use a bassinet for a few months out of an entire lifetime, but those few months are some of the most precious times of all. Choosing a bassinet means helping to keep your newborn baby safe, warm, and comfortable during those first precious months of life. It is, in other words, no small decision.

The first consideration to make with this and any other baby product is safety. Most bassinets from trusted brand names should be safe, but never take that for granted. We've taken the time to research every item on our list to ensure it meets the most stringent safety requirements. If you choose to go with one that hasn't made our list, definitely take the time to research it thoroughly for any potential safety issues.

Next, you need to consider the how much space you have for a bassinet. Even if you see a charming model you simply love, if it's too large for your bedroom or nursery, you can't make that your choice. Ideally, you can find a bassinet that will allow easy access from both sides, or else that can be safely and easily moved about when needed. Many wheeled bassinets can perform this function.

Also consider the ideal bassinet height for your home and furniture. Some parents insist that their baby's bassinet rests squarely on the floor, while others are fine with an elevated unit so long as it has a sturdy frame. If you want the freedom to set your baby at different heights, get a model that is adjustable.

From the actual bassinet height, move to the ideal height of the sides of the unit. A bassinet with higher walls can safely house a child for longer, but might also make retrieving the baby a bit more difficult, something no parent wants to deal with during a 2 AM feeding or diaper change. Take in account how long you will use the bassinet when weighing this feature.

If you travel frequently, consider one of the several fine collapsible bassinets available. What these units lack in looks they make up for in utility, and the practical parent may well opt for using a portable bassinet full time. If it keeps your kid safe and sound, then looks don't much matter in the bigger picture.

Then of course there are aesthetics to be discussed. As noted, this temporary item is indeed used during a formative period in the family's life, so if a charming bassinet with carved wood and myriad design elements is important to you, treat yourself and your child to an elegant bassinet. Just know that before long the child is headed for a crib.

A Few Words On Bassinet Safety

There is one, and only one, safe place for a bassinet to be placed, and that is on the ground. No matter how stable and secure any other place in your home (or daycare center) might seem, never put a bassinet that has a child inside it anywhere but the ground. Anything from a broken table leg to a rambunctious dog can knock a bassinet off a piece of furniture, potentially resulting in a horrible injury to a very small person.

Also make sure to consider your own safety around a bassinet. Adults become accustomed to patterns and habits. If you place a bassinet in what was formerly a walking area next to your bed, you may well forget about it in the middle of the night and stumble or even fall over when you trip over the unit. Consider placing a nightlight near the bassinet if the light won't bother your slumbering infant, or even place reflective tape around the piece so you can see it better without adding additional light to the room. And of course when possible simply place the bassinet where it is not likely to be in anyone's way.

As is always recommended with an infant's crib, a baby's bassinet should be empty of any and all items that are not snugly wrapped around the child's body. This means no stuffed animals, no loose blankets, and no toys present while the child sleeps. These and other items can present a major hazard for choking or suffocation.

When It's Time To Move Out Of The Bassinet

According to most pediatricians and the advice of the American Academy of Pediatrics, most children transition out of a bassinet and into a crib sometime between their third and sixth month, with few children still in these smaller sleeping accommodations after that.

There is no right or wrong time to transition your child out of a bassinet, per say, but there are some signals you can watch for that will help inform your decision. The clearest marker is a child who is able to or nearly able to roll over. Once a child can turn himself or herself over, they must be taken out of the bassinet. A baby that can move the much is at an increased risk of falling out of a shallower bassinet and for potential suffocation.

Also simply observe your child's size and movements. If a baby looks like he or she is cramped by the size of the bassinet, the little one probably feels that way, too. If an infant's head and/or feet regularly contact the sides of the bassinet, it is likely time to move them out. Likewise watch for changes in a child's sleeping patterns: if a young one begins to wake up more frequently and more suddenly from naps or nighttime slumber, it might be because they are banging into the sides of the bassinet and waking themselves inadvertently. (These changes in sleep habits also come from myriad other causes, however, so this consideration need not be the only one included in your bassinet to crib transition decision.)



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