9 Best Bassinets of 2020

Best Bassinets of 2020

May 6, 2020

Best Bassinets of 2020

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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 big 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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Space Saving + Easily Accessible

The Scoop
  • Swivels and adjusts
  • Space-saving—base slides right under the bed
  • One side wall retracts for easy access
What Our Experts Think

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. Parents love the retractable wall that lowers to provide easy access to baby, which is helpful during recovery from birth and for 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.

What’s Worth Considering

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

“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)

Safe Way to Co-Sleep

The Scoop
  • Safest way to co-sleep
  • Can be used as a freestanding bassinet or a bedside sleeper
  • Lots of storage
What Our Experts Think

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.

What’s Worth Considering

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.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines 0-5 months or until baby is able to push up on its own

Portable + Affordable

The Scoop
  • Simple, straightforward and well-priced
  • Lightweight and ultra portable
  • Breathable mesh sides
What Our Experts Think

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.

What’s Worth Considering

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

“Used this until our son was 5 months old in our bedroom. Also great when we traveled, easy to break down and transport. Absolutely a must-have.” -Hilary

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Birth to 20 lbs, or when infant begins to push up on hands and knees

High-Tech Luxury

The Scoop
  • Responds to baby’s cries with movement and sound
  • Developed by a pediatrician
  • Expensive
What Our Experts Think

Parents clearly can do it all…but why not have a little help when it comes to getting your baby the best possible sleep? 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. The 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.

What’s Worth Considering

There’s no getting around the fact that the Snoo is really expensive. If you don’t want to invest—there’s now a rental option. At $118 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

“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 when your baby can get up on hands and knees, or until a maximum weight of 25 lbs

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Goes the Distance

The Scoop
  • Bassinet, changing table and playard all in one
  • Great price point
  • Useful from day one through toddlerhood
What Our Experts Think

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 one up in their room to keep their baby close before transitioning to a crib (look for Graco models that include a bassinet, often called a napper) then continue to use it for travel, a safe spot to play and more. This one includes a convenient diaper-changing station.

What’s Worth Considering

Pack ‘n Plays are great for travel, since they’re easy to fold and store in the carrying case. Just note that some models are pretty heavy, and make 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

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.

Best Bargain

The Scoop
  • Affordable
  • Packed with great features like motion, mobile and lights
What Our Experts Think

This bassinet is packed with features and comes in 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.

What’s Worth Considering

Some parents comment that the mattress 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 night light 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

Responds to Baby’s Cry

The Scoop
  • Detects baby’s cry and automatically adjusts motion setting
  • Canopy helps block light
  • Built-in storage
What Our Experts Think

Graco is the latest baby brand to dive into the responsive bassinet trend. This one uses something called Cry Detection Technology to automatically respond with motion to help soothe your little one back to sleep if it detects crying. The bassinet has several different motion speeds as well as vibration, lights, white noise, music and built-in storage at the base to stowe things like pacifiers, diapers or wipes. There are also wheels if you need to move the bassinet around your house or apartment.

What’s Worth Considering

Some parents say the bassinet felt small for them and their baby outgrew it fairly quickly. Others mentioned that it didn’t always detect baby’s cries unless they were quite loud.

What Babylist Parents Say

“The Sense2Snooze is easy to put together, easy to use and really quiet. The motion worked really well to soothe my baby to sleep.” -Marnie

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Infants up to 20 lbs (stop using when baby shows signs of rolling over)

Completely Breathable

The Scoop
  • Breathable mesh mattress
  • Bassinet, portable crib/playard + toddler cot all in one
  • Well-priced considering use and features
What Our Experts Think

If you ever worry about your baby’s breathing while they’re asleep, you’re not alone—it’s probably one of the most common anxieties most parents experience. The DreamNest helps to ease those concerns. The mattress is made completely from mesh to maximize airflow and breathability. It transforms from a rocking bassinet to a portable crib/playard and ultimately to a toddler cot, which means you’ll get years of use out just one purchase.

What’s Worth Considering

Keep in mind the DreamNest is heavy (about 30 pounds), and if you’re using it as a bassinet, it does take up a decent amount of space. And although it’s breathable, it’s not Green Gaurd certified, something to note if that’s a deciding factor for you.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Bassinet attachment recommended for babies up to 15 lbs or when baby can roll over. Crib and travel cot recommended up to 30 lbs

Perfect for Minimalists

The Scoop
  • Clean, modern look
  • Light and easy to move from room to room
  • Expensive but heirloom quality
What Our Experts Think

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.

What’s Worth Considering

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

“It’s a beautiful bassinet, I love the wood finish and the overall minimalistic design. It was also extremely easy to put together. When going on an overnight with my newborn, I opted to take this bassinet over the Pack ‘n Play. Well worth the cost!” -Hannah

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

Bassinets to Watch

4moms, one of our favorite baby brands and maker of the popular swing + bouncer hybrid mamaRoo, recently released a bassinet. The mamaRoo sleep bassinet combines a firm, flat sleep surface with five unique motions that help to soothe your little one to sleep throughout the night.


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