Beautiful new bundles of joy can sleep up to 17 hours out of every 24, and a comfy, safe and restful snoozing place is essential. So to help you get sleepytime sorted for the early months, we’ve done the research and shortlisted the best baby bassinets available in Australia.
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. Also, some parents just need a sleep solution for holidays and day trips.
So if you are planning on buying a bassinet for your baby, take a look through our top choices in Australia. And don’t forget to read the must-know information at the bottom of the article. And if you’re after a nursery furniture package, head over to our sister site for Australia’s top picks.
12 Of The Best Baby Bassinets In Australia
From high-tech to traditional, here are 12 of the best bassinets for babies, as well as one bonus addition for those with money to burn (scroll down if you can’t wait to see it!)
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 it 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.
Loved around Australia for its curves and style, the Orlando Bassinet is perfect for a modern home. Perfectly sizes to position next to Mum’s bed, it comes with slatted sides for excellent ventilation as well as vision throughout the days and nights. Choose from charcoal or white.
Whether you’re at home or out and about, the Easy Sleep by ergoPouch makes it easier for bub to nap throughout the day. It comes with highly breathable mesh sides, a mosquito net, a mattress and an easy-fold frame. It weighs only 2.2kg and it’s compact enough to store in the overhead locker of a place. Love that.
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.
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. Suitable from birth, it comes with a removable mattress.
With 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 an heirloom piece, it features tapered legs and a non-toxic, water-based stain. This bassinet is a simple and stylish sleep solution 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 hypoallergenic, mould-resistant Dacron fill. The rattan also has a water-based, non-toxic finishing coat. We’re completely in love with the use of natural rattan for a dreamy coastal look!
If you have the room, this amazing cradle is an absolute showstopper 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.
Like a cross between a Moses basket and a bassinet, the Shnuggle Air can be used next to your bed at night and then moved around the house easily during the day for naps. It has mesh sides for brilliant breathability, a hypoallergenic fibre mattress and even features an incline option to help relieve reflux and colic symptoms. Best of all, this clever little sleeper converts to a toddler cot with a conversion kit! (Conversion kit sold separately)
Perfect for taking on your next holiday, this bassinet creates a protective sleeping pod for baby, protecting young skin against Australia’s pesky flies and mozzies! The cocoon-shaped bassinet’s mosquito net easily zips off when not in use, and it’s really easy to fold and transport. It also comes with a washable mattress, compact carry bag and adorable hanging toys to entertain bubba.
We promised you a 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. Shipping to Australia is available.
What to consider when buying a baby bassinet
There are a few things to take into account when you’re shopping for a baby bassinet in Australia, including safety standards – or the lack thereof!
Safety: There are actually no Australian standards for bassinets or bedside sleepers. But there are some important things to be aware of, as explained by Red Nose Australia:
- 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 the baby from falling out – at least 3000mm between the top surface of the mattress and the upper edge of the bassinet enclosure.
- The mattress should be firm and the correct size for the bassinet. It should be no thicker than 75mm.
- There should not be any decorative ribbons or trims on the crib or bassinet.
- Ensure foldable legs are lockable to avoid collapsing.
- Only use lightweight bedding or safe sleep bags (no hoods) in a baby bassinet. Loose bedding should be firmly tucked in with baby’s arms out.
- Keep baby’s entire head uncovered. Bedding should only reach baby’s chest.
- Never leave loose items in a bassinet, like toys or comforters.
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