Newborns sleep … a lot! Beautiful new bundles of joy can sleep up to 17 hours out of every 24, so making sure they have a comfortable, safe and restful place to snooze away is essential. And bassinets are the perfect little nests for newborns to lay their sweet heads. So we’ve done the research and put together a list of 10 of the best bassinets for Australian parents.
If you’re planning on having your baby sleep in your room for the first six to 12 months, as recommended by Red Nose, a bassinet is a great option. It’s easier than having to assemble and disassemble a cot and it’s portable so you can move it around during the day.
Do I need a bassinet?
One of the most common questions new parents have when they’re shopping for baby furniture is whether you actually need a bassinet. And the answer is – no. It’s not essential, baby can sleep safely in their cot from the day they come home. But many parents choose to buy a bassinet because it’s great for day and night napping in those first few weeks and months, particularly if you want bub close.
So if you are planning on buying a bassinet, take a look through our top choices, and have a read of the handy, must-know information at the bottom of the article.
Best Bassinets For Babies
From high tech to traditional, here are 10 of the best bassinets for babies, as well as one bonus addition for those with money to burn!
This simple design is also incredibly functional, with the Grotime Bassi Crib having several conversion options. If you don’t have a lot of space in your room, or bub’s nursery, this is a great option as it’s really compact. You can convert the crib into a bassinet using the crib ends, then when bub is big enough, convert back into a crib.
If high-tech options to get baby to sleep are your thing (um, yes please!) then this gem needs to be on your shopping list! The mamaRoo sleep bassinet helps soothe and comfort babies using natural bounce and sway motions – the same type of movement we do when we’re rocking a baby to sleep. It has five motions, including car ride and tree swing, and five speed options. There’s also white noise, and you can control it from your smart device.
4Moms Mamaroo Sleep Bassinet Review
So happy with this purchase and worth the money rocks my baby straight to sleep and the white noise is so calming it even helps myself and my husband sleep while she’s sleeping
via Baby Bunting
If modern, sturdy bassinet at an affordable price is on your list, it’s hard to go past the Aspen. This compact wooden wonder is sleek enough to fit in small spaces and the simple design is adorable.
When this beauty burst onto the market, parents were scrambling to get their hands on one. Pricey? Yes. But working magic when it comes to baby sleep – well, that’s priceless! Created by paediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp (Happiest Baby on the Block), SNOO is a very smart bassinet, that automatically sleep trains baby by responding to their cries with soothing movements and sounds.
Snoo Smart Sleeper Bassinet Review
I couldn’t be happier with our decision to rent the SNOO. We put our son in it at 4 weeks after we’d reached a point where every night took two hours to put him down. The first night, he went to sleep in 15 minutes and then spent 7 FULL HOURS sleeping soundly. He has continued to sleep through the night nearly every night since then. He is now two months old and sleeps 10-12 hours happily in the SNOO.
via Happiest Baby
This bassinet creates a sleeping pod for babies, which protects from pesky flies and mozzies – so it’s great to take away camping! The cocoon-shaped bassinet’s mosquito net easily zips off when not in use, and it’s really easy to fold and transport.
Babyhood Travel Bassinet Review:
Fantastic product, was exactly what we were looking for and at a very reasonable price.
A stunner of a bassinet, the Kumi cleverly combines form and function. As well as a striking balance of modern design with traditional function, this cradle has a gentle movement, to help soothe little ones as they settle to sleep.
A solid and sturdy design, this bassinet is the newest addition to the stunning Incy Interiors range. Handcrafted from New Zealand Pine and beautiful enough to become and heirloom piece, this bassinet is a simple solution to baby sleep for the first important months of life.
Be still our beating hearts, this gorgeous baby sleep nest oozes vintage charm and comes with a thick, soft cushion mattress with Dacron fill. The rattan also has a water-based, non toxic finishing coat. What a delight!
A cross between a Moses basket and a bassinet, the Shnuggle Dreami can be used next to your bed at night, and then moved around the house easily during the day for naps (it only weighs four kilos!). And here’s the clever part, the curved stand can be used in a fixed position or in a low-level rocking position. And it also folds for travelling.
Dreami Clever Baby Sleeper Review:
Loved the fact there was option to convert to a rocker. Really helped with settling our little one at night. Covers easily washed. Aesthetically a beautiful bassinet.
via The Stork Nest
If you have the room, this amazing cradle is an absolute show stopper, and the ultimate in gentle sleep. The baby bassinet can be suspended from the ceiling or from the tripod, and will sway and swing gently as baby moves, or as a breeze floats by.
We promised you bonus bassinet – and here it is! If you’re after the ultimate in luxe, look no further than this 24k gold gilded baby bassinet. Something you’d more likely see in a royal nursery, it comes with wheels so you can take a stroll around the halls of your castle while bub is napping.
What to look for in a baby bassinet
There are a few things to take into account when your shopping for a baby bassinet, including safety standards – or the lack of!
Safety: There are actually no Australian standards for bassinets or bedside sleepers. So here are some things to look out for, courtesy of CHOICE:
- Make sure the bassinet has breathable zones on all four sides.
- Check that the bassinet is sturdy once assembled.
- The bassinet needs to be deep enough to stop baby falling out – at least 250mm between the top surface of the mattress and the upper edge of the bassinet enclosure.
- The mattress should fit snuggly the whole way around, with no gaps.
- There shouldn’t be any places where baby could get a limb or their head trapped.
- Make sure there isn’t anywhere that a child could use as a foothold to try and climb in or out of the bassinet.
- If the bassinet has wheels, make sure they have brakes.
Washability: If the bassinet has fabric parts, make sure they’re easily removed for cleaning.
Size: Think about the space the bassinet will be used, particularly if you’re moving it around the house.
Portability: If you intend on using the bassinet on holidays or on sleepovers at grandma’s, it’s worth checking how easy it is to fold up and reassemble.
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