Best Baby Bassinets to Buy for your Little One

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A newborn bassinet is a comfortable and convenient way to keep baby in your room in the early months without taking up quite as much space as a standard crib.

Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Bassinet Essentia Series

  • Pros: Base slides under bed, which can save you space
  • Cons: Heavier than some other models

Why We Love It

This sleeper (a 2020 What to Expect Mom Must-Have Award winner) has a 360-degree swivel feature, which allows you to gently move the bassinet to the side without disrupting baby’s snoozefest. The height can be adjusted from 22 to 34 inches tall, and the four-point base tucks out of the way under the bed, saving space in small bedrooms.

Also good: The side closest to you can be lowered, so you can easily bring baby towards you for soothing or feeding late at night. Two generous side pockets keep diaper changing supplies and other must-haves within easy reach.

Chicco LullaGo Primo Portable Bassinet

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  • Pros: Lightweight; easy to put together
  • Cons: Bigger than some other models and may not be ideal for small bedrooms

Why We Love It

Want a consistent sleep spot for home or travel? This mesh-sided bassinet, which weighs just 17 pounds and has snap-on legs, can be set up in seconds, making it a prime pick for family vacations or overnight trips to Grandma’s house. (Plus, it also won a 2019 What to Expect Award.)

The mattress is made from memory foam, and the pad and other fabric pieces can be removed and thrown in the washing machine. The canopy has an overhead toy bar to help entertain your little one, and there are storage pockets for extra pacifiers, a burp cloth or other items that might go missing in the night. It’s suitable for babies weighing up to 20 pounds, and it measures approximately 35 inches long and 22 inches wide.

BabyBjörn Cradle

  • Pros: Minimalist design; rocking capabilities
  • Cons: Expensive

Why We Love It

This modern, minimalist bassinet gently sways to your baby’s own movements to help soothe fussing, though you can also rock it yourself when you need to. The oval-shaped basket is made of breathable mesh that guarantees plenty of air flow. And it weighs just 13 pounds, so it’s easy to move between rooms, and the fabric is machine-washable.

The bassinet’s elegant profile and metal-and-wood legs elevate it above many other bassinets in the looks department, which may help justify the higher price tag.

Evenflo Loft Portable Bassinet

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  • Pros: Affordable; lightweight; plays sounds
  • Cons: Minimalist parents may not need the extra features

Why We Love It

These days, countless baby items come with Bluetooth technology, including this portable bassinet. You can choose from an existing list of sounds and songs, or opt to play your own, thus saving your sanity (after all, there are only so many times you can hear “Lullaby and Goodnight” in a day). There’s a built-in night light, as well as a room temperature monitor. Mesh panels allow for plenty of air flow, too.

But even without all these tricked-out features, the Evenflo Loft would be pretty handy: It weighs just 10 pounds and has a sleek, collapsible frame that’s reminiscent of a folding chair, making it easy to transport not only around the house, but for car trips as well.

These are some of the best bassinets to buy.

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