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March 7, 2022

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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!

Grotime

Grotime Bassi Crib bassinet

Bassi Crib Bassinet, $229

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.

 

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4Moms

4Moms Mamaroo Sleep Bassinet

4Moms Mamaroo Sleep Bassinet, $799

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

 

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Mocka

Mocka Aspen Bassinet

Aspen Bassinet, $229.95

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.

 

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Snoo

Snoo Smart Sleeper Bassinet

Smart Sleeper Bassinet, $1595

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

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Babyhood

Babyhood bassinet

 

Babyhood Travel Bassinet, $199

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.

via Myer

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Charlie Crane

Charlie Crane Kumi Cradle bassinet

 

Kumi Cradle, $799

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.

 

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Incy Interiors

Incy Interiors Bassinet

Maxwell Bassinet, $449

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.

 

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Casa Uno

Sunrise Rattan Bassinet

Sunrise Rattan Bassinet, $499

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!

 

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 Shnuggle

Shnuggle Dreami Bassinet

Dreami Clever Baby Sleeper, $289

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

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Leander

Leander Cradle

Cradle, $699.95

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.

 

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CG Capelletti

CG Capelletti Bassinet

2114 Swing Bassinet, $25,000

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.

 

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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.

MoM Guides: Helping You Make Informed Choices

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  • I couldn’t believe the price of the 2114 swing bassinet. It’s definitely not something I’d buy. I had a second hand bassinet from a friend and it was safe which was all that mattered. I could rock them in it and they slept soundly. They’ve certainly come a long way since my boys were born.

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  • Gee things have come a long way. I borrowed my sister’s bassinet/cradle. My son was in it for such a short time, it was easy to hand it back and then make way for the cot I borrowed from her too.

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  • Bassinets are handy- cots can feel like a long way down to pick baby up, especially when just out of hospital. You don’t need to spend a fortune- I had a second hand one I loved- it had vibration and white noise settings to play.

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  • We had a SNOO for our first and it was amazing, highly recommend so you can get an extra pair of hands!

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  • So e great info, and oh my gosh that lux bassinet is beautiful! It looks like something a fairy would sleep in

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  • Great article with lots of information. I wish I would have had this before my baby arrived. I ended up getting the chicco next to me. Works fine and fits baby until around 6 months old

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  • Great list but personally I’d never go for mocha again amid the mould crisis.

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  • Wow 25k for bassinet? I got one second hand and was happy with it.

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  • I had the mamaroo and absolutely loved it! The white noise was so soothing it actually helped me and my partner sleep too. I loved being able to control the settings from my phone.

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  • There are some amazing bassinets available now. Certainly a lot more than when my kids where babies.

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  • We have a co sleeper we love it

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  • Ah wow, wish I checked this post sooner. We’re expecting our little one soon but a big thing for us has been adjustability- height can vary, Iyengar on wheels and ours comes with a bag to easily transport on trips m. It’s also got options to be a co sleeper and later a little seat or bench for toys…we didn’t spend a fortune, on sake under $300 from Baby Kingdom…like others have said we don’t expect her to be in it beyond 6 or so months…so couldn’t justify something too expensive.

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  • There are so many more options that when my babies were born

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  • Wow, the options available now are amazing. I was lucky to borrow one from my sister and then return it to her. They’re in it for such a short time, this was really a great option for us.

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  • We had a bassinet that was used by many of the other babies in our family. They aren’t in it for very long so $25,000 might just be a little too much :)

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