Your newborn’s first months are vital to their overall growth and well being, and sleep is certainly a large part of that equation—and for the rest of their lives. It’s recommended that babies sleep in your room for the first six months up to a year (but not in your bed with you). A baby bassinet is a great option for your baby that doesn’t take up too much space and doesn’t create a large design eyesore with all the stylish options available today.
When choosing a bassinet, make sure it meets Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) guidelines to ensure your baby is safe and secure. This means you should ditch older models or any used models that friends may kindly loan to you (thanks, but no thanks). Luckily, there are so many affordable and versatile options on the market that meet safety standards, so shopping for the best bassinets has never been easier for new parents.
While bassinets used to be bulky, frilly, or old fashioned, they’ve come along way in terms of design and functionality to keep up with modern parents’ needs. You can say so long to a one-size-fits-all approach to baby bassinets. In today’s market, there are a wide variety of options, ranging from foldable bassinets to ones made specifically to nestle into your bedside to make midnight feeds easier (and give you back a few minutes of time without having to actually get up from bed). We’ve rounded up the best bassinets according to functionality, features, and safety to ensure your baby (and you) get some restful zzz’s and travel easily.
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1. MiClassic Mesh Bassinet
This all-in-one baby bassinet folds up in just one second, making it a favorite for new parents on the go. Not only is it easily transportable so you can take it on a quick weekend trip to Grandma and Grandpa’s house or to a hotel for a weekend getaway, but it’s also ultra versatile. Parents can keep the bassinet stationary or turn on the rock mode when it’s time to soothe the baby to sleep. The mesh lining also makes it easy for parents to keep an eye on their baby too, or even communicate with them, from a short distance.
2. Mika Micky Bedside Sleeper
It’s no secret that parents of newborns could all use some more sleep, so this bedside sleeper is the answer to their wishes for more shut eye. With seven adjustable height positions, you can perfectly nest the bassinet up to the height of your bed so you no longer have to get up in the middle of the night to comfort your little one. Once you want a bit of space and baby gets older, the bedside sleeper can transform into a regular bassinet as well that can be placed anywhere. This baby bassinet also has some smart features. The side pockets make it easy to access baby essentials so everything is all in one place, and the side mesh give parents visibility into the bassinet so you can keep a close eye on your little one without having to get up and look into the bassinet.
3. Munchkin Brica Fold N’ Go Travel Bassinet
Made of ultra lightweight, yet durable fabric, this baby bassinet easily folds flat and features a sturdy carrying handle to make playdates at the park a cinch. Bonus: It’s machine washable for when messes happen, and it features a removable, water-resistant mattress pad (along with a fitted sheet) so you don’t have to worry about those inevitable accidents. The tubular steel frame features double-locking so you can ensure the bassinet is secure. Listen for four audible clicks, and you’ll know that the frame is set in place. When it’s time to go, simply press the release buttons to collapse the bassinet.