When you’re expecting a new baby, you want to make sure that their space is perfect for them and their safety. One of the most important decisions you have to make is whether or not to use a bassinet.
A bassinet can be a great choice for your newborn but there are some things that you should consider when making this decision. Let’s look at the pros and cons of using a bassinet, as well as how to shop for one that is right for you and your baby.
The Pros of Using a Bassinet
A bassinet can be a great option for your newborn because they are usually smaller and more lightweight than cribs, making it easy to move the bassinet around your house if need be.
Additionally, many parents prefer having their baby close by in the first few months after birth so having a bassinet next to your bed can be very convenient. It allows you to hear every sniffle baby makes (which, in the first few weeks may not be considered a benefit, if you know you know!!)
Plus, many bassinets come with features like wheels, rocking capabilities, and even vibration settings which can help soothe babies who are having trouble sleeping.
You can also buy bassinets that attach to the side of your bed and have one side that unzips so that baby is right next to you, making it super easy to access them for night feeds and check up on them through out the night without the risks associated with co-sleeping such as rolling onto baby.
One example of a great co-sleeper is the KoolerThings Bedside Sleeper for Baby.
KoolerThings Bedside Sleeper for Baby
Best Co-Sleeper for Newborns
The 4-in-1 newborn bassinet can be used as a standalone cradle, baby bedside sleeper, portable play area and a take anywhere crib. Ideal for age 0-8 months.
The Cons of Using a Bassinet
On the other hand, once babies reach about four months old, they will outgrow their bassinets quickly. This limits the amount of time that parents can actually use them; plus if there are multiple children in the house it may not be cost-effective to keep buying new bassinets as each baby outgrows theirs.
Additionally, while most modern bassinets meet safety standards set by organizations such as ASTM International or CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission), there have been some cases where defective or unsafe products have made it into stores or online shops resulting in injuries.
As such, it is imperative to follow manufacturers instructions when assembling a bassinet or co-sleeper.
If you decide a cot bed works best for you and your little one, check out my guide on the best cot beds:
How To Shop For A Bassinet
When shopping for a bassinet, always check its safety ratings and read reviews from other parents who have used it before. Make sure that all parts are securely fastened together and never use any type of lace trim on blankets or sheets near the baby’s face while they are sleeping in the bassinet as this could pose an entanglement hazard.
It is also important to remember that no matter what type of sleep product you choose (cribs, play yards/pack n’ plays etc.), babies should always sleep on their backs on a firm mattress with tight-fitting sheets free from pillows, quilts/duvets, stuffed toys etc., as these items pose potential suffocation hazards as well.
What Else Do I Need to Purchase With my Baby Bassinet
In addition to a bassinet, you will need some sheets, onesies or pajamas for your baby to sleep in and sleeping bags if its cold, or a single over-sheet if you're somewhere warm.
Make sure that the sheets are tightly fitted and free from any lace trim. You can also buy special sleep sacks for babies that will keep them warm and comfortable all night long.
In conclusion, although there are both pros and cons associated with using a bassinet for your newborn baby, ultimately it comes down to personal preference based on individual needs and lifestyle choices.
Make sure that when shopping for one you read reviews thoroughly from other parents who have used it before and follow all safety guidelines closely when setting up the product itself in order to avoid any potential accidents down the line.
With proper research and care taken when shopping for one (and any sleep product) you should be able to find something perfect for both you and your little one!