Although you may have already purchased a crib for your baby, it’s likely that your baby won’t use it for the first few months of his or her life. Instead, he or she will sleep in a bassinet—otherwise known as a cradle—in your room. This allows for easy middle of the night feedings, as well as for close monitoring during the newborn phase. In the AAP’s safe sleep guidelines, they recommend that babies sleep in their parent’s room for at least the first six months of life and optimally the first year. They also advise parents not to co-sleep and that the child should be in a crib, bassinet, or side sleeper.
A bassinet has a much smaller footprint than a crib and usually is lightweight enough to be portable. There are many different types of bassinets, from bassinets that rock and those that fit in small spaces, to bassinets that can easily travel with you. Below, we outline the best bassinets for all different types of babies.
Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Green Frog Bassinet
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Compact, lightweight, and portable, the Green Frog Bassinet is easy to assemble or disassemble—it has snap-on legs—and comes with a portable travel bag. The bassinet is designed for use by newborns up until six months old, and gently rocks with your baby as he or she moves (which is sure to help soothe a cranky baby in the middle of the night). The bassinet comes with a mattress and a crib sheet, so you won’t have to worry about making an additional purchase.
Design highlights include a mesh window so that you can see into the crib through the side (plus help the air circulate) and hidden wheels for easy movement around the house.
Reviewers on Amazon rave about the quality, construction, and simple, modern design. They also love that it is lightweight but still sturdy.
Best Budget: Delta Children Sweet Beginnings Bassinet
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Amazon’s choice for bassinets, which also happens to be one of the most affordable on this list is the Delta Children Sweet Beginnings Bassinet which is designed for infants up to 15 pounds. Features include an adjustable, removable canopy, a nightlight, soothing lullabies emitted from speakers in the frame, and a two-section basket for storage.
Reviewers on Amazon say that it is easy to assemble, a good value for the quality, and safe for their newborns. Since it can only hold babies up to 15 pounds this won’t be used for more than a few months or fewer if your baby is on the larger side.
Best Splurge: SNOO Smart Sleeper by Happiest Baby
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Created by Dr. Harvey Karp, the author of The Happiest Baby on the Block, the SNOO Smart Sleeper by Happiest Baby has a steep price point, but is the only infant bed to meet all AAP Safe Sleep Guidelines. Design features include constant rocking motion and white noise that mimics the conditions of the womb; a patented SNOO Sack that clips to the bed, and prevents your baby from rolling onto his or her stomach; mesh panels that prevent overheating; and a variety of settings that allow you to customize your baby’s experience, including a Preemie sleep setting.
The bassinet is so effective at helping babies sleep that the creators claim it can teach babies how to self-soothe without sleep training. Reviewers on Amazon rave about the product and say that it is worth every penny.
Best for Preemies: HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper With Newborn Insert
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One of the most popular bassinets on the market, the HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper rotates and swivels up to 360 degrees to allow parents to bring their babies as close or as far away from the bed as they want. A side wall lowers to allow easy access to nursing mothers and/or mothers recovering from a C-section.
Features include two levels of vibration, three soothing sounds, and three lullabies with volume control, as well as an automatic reminder to put the baby back in the HALO Bassinest after a feeding. The bassinet is great for premature babies because it mimics the conditions of the womb. However, parents with preemies are advised to buy the HALO Bassinest Newborn Insert to make small babies feel more secure.
Reviewers on Amazon say that the HALO Bassinest was exactly what they needed when they brought their premature babies home from the NICU. 5
Best for Small Spaces: BABYBJORN Cradle
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Amazon’s #1 bestseller in cradles, the BABYBJORN Cradle is an elegant, discrete bassinet designed for newborns up to six months old. Constructed of breathable, soft mesh fabric, the BABYBJORN cradle fits into most small spaces and is light enough to be picked up and moved around the house. Features include a removable canopy, a spring suspension system that allows the bassinet to gently rock, and a waterproof mattress cover.
Reviewers on Amazon note that along with loving the elegant design, they feel safe allowing their babies to sleep in the BABYBJORN Cradle because of the breathable mesh fabric. 6
Best Pack N Play With Bassinet: Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard
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Designed to grow and change with your child from newborn to toddlerhood, the Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard with Reversible Napper and Changer is an all-in-one station for caring for your child. The Newborn Napper station provides a safe and soft place for your baby to sleep. The unit flips over to reveal a waterproof changing station with easy to clean fabric. Highlights include integrated storage pockets and a push-button fold. The Newborn Napper station is easily removable so that the Playard can be used for toddlers.
Reviewers on Amazon praise the Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard for being a great value, but note that they wish the newborn Napper had removable fabric. 7
Best for Cosleeping: Arm’s Reach Concepts Cambria Co-Sleeper Bassinet
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Designed so that the bassinet sits right next to your bed, allowing your baby to sleep “with” you without actually sharing the same mattress, the Arm’s Reach Concepts Cambria Co-Sleeper is great for breastfeeding mothers, or mothers who want to co-sleep but are nervous about safety issues.
The bassinet is designed so that one side folds downward, allowing parents to easily reach for newborns. The Cambria CoSleeper comes with mesh sides, allowing for babies to safely breathe. The height is adjustable so that the bassinet can lie flush with an adult bed. It comes with a strap that attaches to the bed, keeping the bassinet securely attached without a gap. A bottom compartment contains storage baskets.
Reviewers on Amazon love that the Arm’s Reach Concepts Cambria Co-Sleeper allows them to easily sleep next to their babies without sacrificing safety.