7 Best Bassinets of 2019

Best Bassinets of 2019

June 14, 2019

Best Bassinets of 2019

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Keeping baby close, especially during sleep, is something that’s often on the mind of many new parents. A bassinet is a great option—they’re loved for their convenience and for their safety—the American Academy of Pediatrics safe sleep guidelines recommend keeping baby’s sleep area in the same room where you sleep for at least the first six months.

A bassinet is a sleeping space that is smaller than a crib and designed for newborns and younger babies. Bassinets are typically placed next to your bed to give you easy access to your baby throughout the night, and many are mobile so your baby can nap near you during the day.

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Do You Need a Bassinet?

A bassinet has multiple benefits, but convenience and peace of mind likely top the list.

Because your little one will be within arm’s reach, a bassinet makes those middle-of-the-night feeding sessions a little bit easier. (And at 2 a.m., we’ll take all the easy we can get.) Whether you’re nursing or using a bottle, you’ll be able to reach over and pick up baby when it’s time for a feeding without having to venture too far from the comforts of your bed. Especially if you’re a new mom recovering from delivery and have limited mobility, this can be a definite plus.

Bassinets also provide peace of mind during those first few months of parenthood when it seems like worrying is about the only thing that’s coming naturally to you. Most bassinets are positioned at the same height as your bed, making it easy to get a glimpse of your newborn to reassure you (and them) that everything is fine. Keeping them in such close proximity will also make it easy for you to hear if they’re starting to wake up or get fussy so you’ll know it’s almost time for a cuddle or a feeding. They’re also a great option for parents who want baby as close as possible but do not want to bed-share, which the American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend.

Not all parents will love having baby so close, though. If you’re a light sleeper, or if hearing every grunt and squeak is actually making you more anxious, placing your baby to sleep in the nursery crib may work out better for everyone.

When Do You Need a Bassinet?

Bassinets are used during the newborn stage until your baby is able to move around, push up on their hands or roll over, usually between three months and five months old. Some bassinets have weight restrictions as well, which vary depending on the model you purchase.

How We Choose Our Best Bassinets Picks

We asked thousands of real Babylist families about the baby products they love the most, then took the top bassinets they shared with us and added our own research and insight. We think you and your little one will love at least one of these items too.

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The Best Space-Saving Bassinet

Why We Love It

Just like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, this sleeper gets bedside positioning just right thanks to the 360-degree swivel and adjustable stand. Better yet, the base tucks under your bed, so it doesn’t take up a ton of floorspace. Moms love the retractable wall that lowers to provide easy access to baby, which is helpful during c-section recovery and nighttime nursing sessions. And the sheer mesh sides provide more visibility and breathability, which equals more peace of mind for parents. If you want the closeness of co-sleeping with extra safety, this is a great choice.

Keep in Mind

The downside to being so sturdy…is that it’s heavy. It’s not the ideal choice if you’ll need to move it from room to room. It’s also a high price-point for a piece of gear you’ll only use during the newborn stage.

What Babylist Parents Say

“So convenient. The swivel was the best. I love that it had pockets on the sides for diapers and wipes.” -Ashley M.

“The best. I had two c-sections. This had just come out when I had my second, and the difference is huge—being able to stay completely seated to get the baby out to nurse gave a much-needed break to my healing wound. Total game changer as far as I’m concerned.” -Catherine K.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Under 20 lbs. (stop using when baby shows signs of rolling over)

The Best Bassinet Co-Sleeper

Why We Love It

As the name implies, this sleeper keeps your baby in arm’s reach—consider it your bed’s side-car. While it can be used as a freestanding bassinet (with four breathable sides), the differentiator here is that one side drops down and securely attaches to your bed, making it simple to scoop up your little one for feedings. There’s storage space underneath for diapers, wipes and extra swaddles. And parents love the ease of moving it from room to room thanks to the built-in wheels. Plus, it packs compactly for travel.

Keep in Mind

This co-sleeper is designed for beds starting at 24” (measuring from the floor to the top of your mattress). If your bed is higher, then you’ll need to purchase a separate leg extension kit.

What Babylist Parents Say

“BEST thing we bought! It made middle-of-the night breastfeeding so much easier, but still kept them safe. They were also easy to transition to the crib because the cosleeper didn’t hug them the way the other types of bassinets do.” -J.C.

“Best bassinet for breastfeeding. Love the airflow and breathability and storage.” -Allison

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Under 5 months (for co-sleeper and bassinet); under 35” in height (as a playard)

The Best High-Tech Bassinet

Why We Love It

Parents clearly can do it all…but why not have a little help when it comes to getting your baby the best possible ZZZ’s? Dr. Harvey Karp (the brains behind The Happiest Baby on the Block book and video series) developed this automated bassinet with a built-in swaddle that responds to your baby’s cries. (Yep, really.) Snoo monitors and soothes with just the right amount of white noise and gentle rocking motion to promote great sleep and turn midnight meltdowns around, STAT.

Keep in Mind

Love the Snoo but can’t justify the spend? There’s now a rental option. At $112 per month (less than $4/day) and only a one-month minimum rental commitment, that’s a sleep solution we can definitely get behind.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I’m not sure if it is the Snoo or our baby, but at six weeks she sleeps for five-and-half to seven-and-a-half hour stretches at night. It makes everything manageable because SLEEP!” -Nicole

“Love my Snoo. My daughter is six months, and she is still in it. I love that it has the wean function, and it will shut off if baby needs you. The Snoo was a godsend to me, it helped my daughter get the sleep she needed.” -Ashley

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines From birth to about 6 months (or until a maximum weight of 25 pounds, or when your baby can get up on hands and knees.)

The Best Multipurpose Bassinet

Why We Love It

Pack ‘n Plays have been around for a long time…and for good reason. They’re the perfect spot to sleep and play well into toddlerhood. Many parents set up a Pack ‘n Play in their room to keep newborns close by before transitioning to a crib. Look for Graco models that include a bassinet (often called a “napper”). In addition to being a cozy place to snooze in the early months, it’s a convenient diaper-changing station, which comes in really handy at 3 am.

Keep in Mind

Pack ‘n Plays are great for travel, since they’re easy to fold and store in the carrying case. (Note that some models are pretty heavy, though.) Just be sure you stock up on the right size sheets!

What Babylist Parents Say

“It’s affordable, and we’ll be able to use when she outgrows the bassinet feature. I didn’t want to spend money on something only to get a few months of use. This is practical and it travels well.” -Sarah

“It works great for traveling! I love that it grows with the baby.” -Sally

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Changing table and bassinet designed for babies under 15 lbs. and unable to push up on hands and knees. The playard is for children under 35” tall, who are unable to climb out.

The Best Bargain Bassinet

Why We Love It

There’s a lot to love about this bassinet that’s packed with features at a fraction of the price of other comparable sleep solutions on the market. From gentle motion (either powered by you or your baby) and a mesmerizing mobile to lights, sounds and even vibrations, there’s something to soothe even the most stubborn of sleepers. Parents also love the mesh sides for air flow and easy viewing and the built-in nightlight.

Keep in Mind

Some parents point out that the mattress pad is on the thinner side.

What Babylist Parents Say

“LOVED this bassinet. It had a gentle vibrate setting we used frequently to get our little one to sleep. Plus it has built-in music/white noise and a soft nightlight that I could activate in the middle of the night when I got her out to feed.” -J.W.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines: For use with a child who is unable to push up on hands and knees or pull up. Maximum weight recommendation is 40 lbs

The Best Portable Bassinet

Why We Love It

You don’t always need a lot of bells and whistles when it comes to great baby gear. The LullaGo is a sleek, simple bassinet that’s great for home and travel. It folds up so compactly that you can actually carry it on your shoulder in the included tote. And did we mention a sleep-deprived parent can set it up in seconds? Done and done.

Keep in Mind

To pack up this bassinet, the mattress folds in half. Your baby probably won’t notice the small ridge in the middle when the mattress lays flat, but some parents worry about the comfort. It also doesn’t come with sheets (but changing pad covers work well!).

What Babylist Parents Say

“This was the perfect bassinet to keep by my bed at night. It was nice to be able to easily move it into my living room when needed, as well. The only thing I would have liked is if it were a little taller so that picking my baby up while still in bed would have been easier.” -Kaylin

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines From birth to 12 months with a 20 lbs weight capacity

The Best Minimalist Bassinet

Why We Love It

Hello, beautiful. If (gorgeous) minimalism is your thing, then this meeting of form and function is definitely worth the investment. Featuring a gentle rocking movement that’s generated by you or your little one, this bassinet is also light and compact, making it easy to move from room to room. Parents love the breathable mesh sides, and the fact that everything—from the fabric and mattress cover down to the mattress itself—is completely machine washable.

Keep in Mind

The Cradle is definitely an investment, but if you’re planning on having a large family or passing this along to others, it’s certainly durable (and timeless) enough to justify the spend.

What Babylist Parents Say

“We liked that it rocks when baby moves and that it’s washable.” -T.S.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines: Ages 0 to 6 mos., maximum weight 18 lbs, or until your baby can sit up, kneel or stand unaided

A Bassinet to Watch

The new-to-market Halo 3-in-1 DreamNest caught our attention recently (and came up in our Babylist parents’ survey). This open air portable sleep system, featuring a completely breathable mesh mattress, is a rocking bassinet, portable crib and travel cot all in one, taking you seamlessly from baby’s earliest days right through to the toddler years.


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