The 10 Best Bassinets

Updated June 18, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

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We spent 39 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. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best bassinet on Amazon.

10. Delta Children Sweet Beginnings

Considering the extensive convenient and cute features, it's amazing the Delta Children Sweet Beginnings doesn't cost more, and it will certainly be a hit as a shower present. Unfortunately, some users don't like the music it plays.
  • canopy is removable
  • built-in nightlight
  • included sheet isn't very soft
Brand Delta Children
Model 25021-138
Weight 12.3 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

9. KidCo DreamPod

A wide steel frame and plush sleeping surface make the KidCo DreamPod live up to its name, because it's both durable and cozy. The water-repellent sheet will come in handy, too, for those times your tiny angel has an accident or spills something.
  • nicely-padded bumpers
  • all parts feel well-made
  • most babies will outgrow it quickly
Brand KidCo
Model TR1000
Weight 14.6 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

8. Summer Infant Sooth & Sleep

The Summer Infant Sooth & Sleep is an adorable quilted model with fun flower accents throughout. It plays calming 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 22 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

7. Badger Basket Elegance

The Badger Basket Elegance has a charming round shape that provides a large sleeping area for your little one to stretch out. The whimsical bedding set is available in seven colors and includes a skirt, a soft bumper, a fitted sheet, and a draping canopy.
  • custom-fit foam mattress pad
  • designed for babies up to 20 lbs
  • quite heavy and can be hard to move
Brand Badger Basket
Model 00838
Weight 36.4 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

6. Graco Dream Suite

The extremely handy Graco Dream Suite can be flipped over to reveal a changing station, so there is one less piece of equipment you need to buy. It comes with two soft plush toys to keep your cutie entertained when you are busy with something else.
  • light-blocking canopy
  • large storage area underneath
  • somewhat difficult to assemble
Brand Graco
Model 1967966
Weight 21.4 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

5. Green Frog Cradle

When you want to sway your munchkin to sleep, but no longer have the strength to hold him in your arms, the Green Frog Cradle will be a big help: just give it a little push to set it in motion. Your infant will also take comfort in the soft cotton walls.
  • smooth rocking action
  • recessed wheels for easy relocation
  • paint on the legs can peel off
Brand Green Frog
Model pending
Weight 15.6 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

4. Dream On Me Karley

The Dream On Me Karley comes in six different colors, such as periwinkle and aqua blue, so it should be easy to match it to your nursery. It is perfect for travel, as it is lightweight, at just 14.6 pounds, and folds up in seconds.
  • two-sided fold-up canopy
  • durable polyester fabric
  • simple and quick assembly
Brand Dream On Me Karley
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

3. Arm's Reach Cambria

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 inches, it makes reaching over to soothe your little one easy. The mesh sides offer great visibility for parents, too.
  • beautifully curved wooden ends
  • two large storage baskets
  • height adjustable side wall
Brand Arm's Reach
Model 8303-N
Weight 28.6 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. Brica Fold N' Go

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 your snoozer cool, while the double-locking tubular steel frame offers peace of mind.
  • can fit in a suitcase when folded up
  • integrated carrying handle
  • anti-sagging solid backing
Brand Brica
Model 64008
Weight 3.7 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

1. Chicco LullaGo

The Chicco LullaGo is one of those items that makes parenthood a little easier. It comes with a massive storage bag for stashing it, and the fabric is removable for hassle-free cleaning. Plus, setting it up is a breeze; just snap the legs into place.
  • stable on carpet
  • anti-slip feet for hardwood and tile
  • material feels soft to the touch
Brand Chicco
Model 06079044540070
Weight 18.4 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

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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Last updated on June 18, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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