Becoming a new parent comes with a lot of preparation and anticipation. Soon-to-be-moms are coping with changes in their bodies while dads do their best to be there for any kind of support. While no one is thrilled by the idea of having sleepless nights, it is to be expected but it can be more manageable if you’ve given sleeping arrangements some thought. It may be tempting to have your baby sleep in the same bed you do but it is actually strongly discouraged by the American Academy of Pediatrics as it increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and accidental strangulation. Your baby is no doubt safest in the same room you are in but on a flat surface somewhere else besides your bed. Bassinets are a great option that lets you keep your baby close to you at night. They are compact enough to fit in any bedroom and designed to be as safe as possible for babies, and they are usually easier to transport than the average crib.
When shopping for a bassinet, you would naturally be thinking about your baby’s needs first and your lifestyle second. If you travel quite frequently, you can opt for one that is portable so your baby stays comfortable no matter where you are. Then if your baby seems to be a restless sleeper, there are bassinets that have soothing features like lights, music, or the ability to rock infants to sleep.
We’ve picked out a few of the best bassinets available for ensuring safe sleeping.
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What’s considered one of the best bassinets on the market? Take a look at the Delta Children Deluxe Sweet Beginnings Bassinet. It features a modern, gender-neutral design with a large dual-storage basket for linens, diapers, and necessary newborn supplies. The bassinet is equipped with locking wheels for added safety and better mobility. It also has a calming nightlight and music to lull your baby to sleep and all you need is four AA batteries to get it started.
The Dream On Me Karley Bassinet features a double canopy and sleeping pad that is lightweight and versatile, and a quick-folding mechanism. Produced from a polyester foam fabric, the bassinet can be used indoors or outdoors. What’s more, it has the mattress in it too so your baby is all ready to rest in it be it for naps or bedtime. It is also available in nine different colors so you can choose which one suits your baby or matches their nursery the most.
The MiClassic 2-in-1 Stationary and Rock Bassinet fold compactly into an included carry bag. You just have to pull it up at the center and it quickly bends in seconds, then push it inwards to set it up just as instantly. The bassinet’s rock mode helps soothe a baby while the stationary mode is used for sleeping. It is also surrounded by a breathable mesh so that parents can conveniently see and talk to their babies and be sure airflow is always clear.
The Graco Pack and Play On the Go Playard includes a removable full-size infant bassinet for babies up to 15 pounds to rest and it can be taken out when it is time for play or when your baby has gained a couple more adorable pounds. It has a durable foldable frame that allows you to bring it along with you when going on a vacation and wheels when you want to move it into another room in your house. The Playard is ideal for babies less than 35-inches in height. It even has a toy bar with soft toys to keep them stimulated during playtime.
Babies are sure to feel rested in the Fisher-Price Soothing Motions Bassinet. It will sway your baby to sleep and the best part about it is that your baby can do it for themselves. There is also an optional lock on its side when you want to keep it steady. It features a flat sleeping surface for your baby’s comfort and safety with a deluxe overhead mobile to keep them amused when they open their eyes. It has dual lighting modes too. Your baby can either enjoy a soothing light projection or feel secure with a nightlight.
Parents who want to stay close to their babies as much as possible will love the bedside sleeper design of the Baby Delight Beside Me Dreamer Bassinet. It is adjustable to six positions to adapt the sleeper height according to most adult beds. This way, you don’t have to get up in the middle of the night. You can just lean over to your side and check on your baby to comfort or nurse them. You just have to unzip the side panel and attach the straps onto your bed. It is also lightweight enough to carry from one room to another. It also comes with a waterproof fitted sheet to make cleanups easier and its own mattress.
Ultimately, bassinets help keep a baby comfortable during sleep and calm during wake times. It helps that there are models that can help parents take care of their babies at any time of day.
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