The Best Bassinets for Newborns

Bringing home a newborn is a momentous occasion, and there are many details that need to be figured out beforehand.

Like, where will your baby sleep?

Traditionally, babies have slept with their moms either in the same room (cosleeping) or in the same bed (bedsharing). It has been this way for hundreds of thousands of years and is still this way for much of the world.

However, modern, Western sleeping arrangements have Baby in a bassinet. Here are some of the best bassinets for newborns.

  • Arm’s Reach Mini Arc Convertible Co-Sleeper

Arm’s Reach Mini Arc Convertible Co-Sleeper

This bassinet doubles as the perfect co-sleeper. One side drops down and attaches to your bed, allowing you to pull your baby extra close in the night. The sides are all breathable mesh and all four side can be up for naps. Best of all, once your baby is too big for the co-sleeper, this bassinet doubles as playpen large enough to accommodate a 50 lb child.

HALO Bassinet Swivel Sleeper Premier

This is one of the best bassinets for newborns. With a complete 360-degree turn and a height adjustable build allowing you to pull your baby closer while you’re in bed or while on the couch, this bassinet may be a bit more expensive but it does it all. It also comes equipped with see-through, mesh walls, vibration, a night light (which you may not want to use if it’s not amber/red), sleep sounds, and a feeding timer. Another bonus is that the swivel design and flexibility are perfect for moms recovering from a c-section with limited mobility.

Baby Bjorn Gentle Rocking Cradle

The BabyBjorn designed rocking cradle is simple and beautiful . There isn’t fancy vibration or music, but a gentle rocking motion that will comfort your baby. That’s usually all babies need. The lightweight suspension system moves to your baby’s own movements, but you can rock the cradle yourself. It is made of breathable and see-through mesh material as well and is the perfect height to be placed right next to your bed.

One of the best bassinets for newborns, this classically beautiful bassinet is aesthetically pleasing with a long dust skirt and retractable canopy. Some models come with a turning mobile. This bassinet also has some simple extra features such as vibrations, a night light (which you may not want to use if it’s not amber/red), and plays soothing lullabies. It is also on wheels for ease of movement to bring baby all over the house with you. Also, at roughly $50, it is a great value for its design and features.

The bassinet on this pack n’ play, called a napper, is removable and can be placed anywhere for comfortable, portable sleep. The bassinet also doubles as a changing table and the included pack n’ play is perfect for naps and safe play when baby gets older. It also great for traveling.

These are some of the best bassinets for newborns on the market today. However, truly the best bassinet is one that is safe and makes you feel the most comfortable. There are a plethora of styles, sizes, and features available from the most simplistic to  audio and rocking mechanisms with feeding timers. Whichever you choose, know that your infant bassinet will be your newborn’s primary place of sleep and should fit your personal needs as a family.


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