How to find the best and safest bedside bassinet for your newborn baby? Benefits of a bedside co-sleeper. What measures are recommended to reduce the risk of SIDS? Different types of bedside bassinets. Bedside bassinet comparison. Bassinet accessories.
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The Best Co Sleeper Bedside Bassinet for Your Newborn Baby

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Infant sleep: One of the most significant concerns that will keep the first-time mom occupied. 😉

That’s why it’s so important to think carefully about: “What will be the best bassinet for my precious baby and me.” Whether it is a portable bassinet, a co sleeper bedside bassinet, or a standalone bassinet, it must fit your need, wishes, and possibilities.

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This guide is going to answer the following questions

Overview

Why is it recommended investing in a co sleeper bassinet for your newborn baby?

It’s recommended that your baby sleeps in the parents’ bedroom (in a separate bed that’s adapted to the baby’s needs) during the first year of a baby’s life to reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

I don’t recommend co sleeping in the parents’ bed, as there is an increased risk of the baby getting tangled up in the parents’ blanket or it being pulled over the face by mistake.

It also leads to an increased in the baby’s core temperature, which also increases the risk of sudden infant death.

For breastfeeding moms, the bassinet is an absolute blessing.

Without having to get up at night, the breastfeeding mom can lift her baby into her bed, breastfeed it, and put it back into its bedside bassinet.

A great thing if the baby wants to be breastfed several times during the night!

With its small lying surface, the bassinet offers a comfortable, safe environment in which your baby will not feel abandoned.

You have to remember that your little darling has been living in a minimal space for the last nine months, and this limited space provided security and well-being.

Now that your baby is born, it will quickly feel uncomfortable if you put him or her in a spacious crib to sleep.

Besides, the crib has the disadvantage that as a nursing mum, you have to get up every time to lift your baby out of bed instead of getting him or her directly into bed.

Therefore, I recommend getting a bedside bassinet for the first months (or as long as your little darling has enough space).

Baby Bassinet Safety: Recommended measures to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths

  • To reduce the risk of SIDS, infants should be placed for sleep in a supine position (wholly on the back) for every sleep by every caregiver until the child reaches 1 year of age. Side sleeping is not safe and is not advised.
  • Use a firm sleep surface.
  • Breastfeeding is recommended.
  • It is recommended that infants sleep in the parents’ room, close to the parents’ bed, but on a separate surface designed for infants, ideally for the first year of life, but at least for the first 6 months.
  • Keep soft objects and loose bedding away from the infant’s sleep area to reduce the risk of SIDS, suffocation, entrapment, and strangulation.
  • Consider offering a pacifier at nap time and bedtime.
  • Avoid smoke exposure during pregnancy and after birth.
  • Avoid alcohol and illicit drug use during pregnancy and after birth.
  • Avoid overheating and head covering in infants.
  • Pregnant women should obtain regular prenatal care.
  • Infants should be immunized in accordance with recommendations of the AAP and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Avoid the use of commercial devices that are inconsistent with safe sleep recommendations.
  • Do not use home cardiorespiratory monitors as a strategy to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended to facilitate development and to minimize the development of positional plagiocephaly.

To sum up: Which is the best and safest co sleeper bassinet to prevent SIDS?

A bedside bassinet, with a firm, well-ventilated lying surface, and a firm mattress. A Matching sheet, without moisture protection (this reduces air circulation) and mindful parents who ensure that the baby is placed on its back, without toys, pillow or blanket.

The ultimate guide to buying the best co-sleeper bedside bassinet for your newborn baby!

What are the different types of co sleeper bassinets?

The first fundamental difference you can find in co sleepers is whether they can connect to the adult bed or whether they are freestanding.

The significant advantage of a connected bassinet is that there is no gap between the side bed and the parents’ bed, and you can lift your baby safely from A to B.

But you have to consider that the baby can roll over or crawl from the side sleeper into the parents’ bed.

Many manufacturers offer guardrails to prevent this from happening.

What is important to consider: There are different side beds for box spring beds and classic beds. For box spring beds, you need a different connecting mechanism.

A Freestanding bedside co sleeper, on the other hand, can only be “close” to the parents’ bed and must offer the possibility to open the guardrail easily and quickly by the mother. Ideally out from the parents’ bed, to be able to carry the baby into bed for breastfeeding.

The other difference between the most common bassinets is, whether it is a bassinet with wheels, or can only be used stationary.

Stationary beds for newborns have the advantage that there is no risk of moving away unintentionally (For example, if the brakes are damaged or didn’t close properly).

You can use a mobile co sleeper as a bassinet, and you always have your baby close to you when he or she sleeps, even during the day.

Unfortunately, in our case, a co sleeper with wheels was not an option. Our bedroom wasn’t spacious enough to get around with a bassinet.

So we opted for a space-saving, non-moveable bedside bassinet attached to our bed.

What else is essential to know for finding the best co sleeper bedside bassinet?

A good co sleeper should always be height-adjustable and firm. There are several different bed hights on the market, and nothing is more annoying then buying a bedside bassinet, which isn’t adjustable to the hight of the parents’ bed.

When it comes to the bed’s stability, the co sleeper shouldn’t wobble around before it is attached to the parents’ bed.

Parental sleep is already a rare thing in the baby’s first year of life, so as a new mom, you don’t want to worry that your little darling will break the side bed in parts due to the slightest movement. 🙂

In order not to keep anything from you, there is another variation of side beds: The portable play yard with bassinet.

This type of product is basically a foldable play yard with a removable bassinet. Some of them, as I call them “travel system with bassinet”, offer an attachable changing unit.

The most popular is called “Pack and Play on the Go Play Yard.”

A similar one, but from a different brand, was a gift for our family vacations. What a disappointment!

It was so flimsily, and the provided add-ons like changing table and bassinet were absolutely useless (I was worried all the time that it would break in half)! That’s why we never took it with us for another trip.

Maybe we just had bad luck with this particular model. I went over many recessions on these travel system bassinets, and many are so popular that I can’t believe it!

So I would like to introduce to you the most popular ones, with incredibly good reviews. (Pay attention to stability and quality before purchasing).

  • Graco Pack and Play On the Go Playard | Includes Full-Size Infant Bassinet, Push Button Compact Fold, Pasadena
  • Baby Trend Nursery Center, Tanzania
  • Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard Snuggle Suite LX, Abbington
  • Graco Travel Lite Crib | Travel Crib Converts from Bassinet to Playard, Manor
  • Baby Trend Nursery Center, Tanzania

What is the best bassinet for your baby?

Find here a variety of opportunities for finding the best bassinets for newborns. Back then, we were using the co sleeper from Babybay.

Friends and acquaintances had bought different bassinets for various reasons and kindly shared their experiences with me so that I can tell you about them.

  • Babybay Bedside Sleeper (Pure White Finish) (Box Springs Bed) (36.00 x 20.00 x 37.00 inches)
    • Made only from sustainably sourced beech wood
    • Safe certified by JPMA ASTM and TUV/GS
    • For use up to six months of age
    • Recommended by lactation consultants, optimal for breast & formula feeding
    • Babybay Classic Comfort Mattress Pad
    • Babybay Cooling Comfort Organic Jersey Sheet
  • Babybay Maxi Tall Bedside Sleeper Bundle (Grey) (37.8″ W x 21.25″ D x 38″ T) (fits taller beds with a boxspring)
    • The Bundle includes Babybay Bedside Sleeper, Classic Mattress Pad and 1 Jersey Sheet
    • 100% eco-friendly, sustainably sourced beechwood, Boxspring Resistance Plate included
    • Suitable for twins
  • Mika Micky Bedside Sleeper Easy Folding Portable Crib,Grey
    • For use up to six months of age
    • Seven hight positions to suit the parents’ bed.
    • Built-in wheels with brakes
    • Two breathable mesh sides
    • Useable as a bedside sleeper or standalone bassinet
    • Suitable for traveling, as it can be folded up very tiny.
  • Baby Delight Bedside Me Dreamer Bassinet & Bedside Sleeper (37″ x 22.5″ x 30.75″ )
    • For use up to 20 lbs or five months of age.
    • Six hight positions
    • Breathable mesh walls
    • Useable as a bedside sleeper or standalone bassinet
  • HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Premiere Series Bassinet, Luna
    • For babies up to 20 lbs or five months of age.
    • Rotates and swivels 360 degrees
    • Nightlight included two levels of vibration, three soothing sounds, and three lullabies with volume control, all with 30-minutes auto-shutoff.
    • Breathable mesh walls
    • Fits most beds from 24″ to 34″.

Infant sleep: One of the most significant concerns that will keep the first-time mom occupied. 😉 That's why it's so important to think carefully about: "What will be the best bassinet for my precious baby and me?"

Bassinet Accessories

To support your baby’s back properly and prevent the risk of SIDS, I recommend a firm mattress. Usually, the manufacturers offer a matching one. The same applies to the bassinet sheet.

Therefore, I recommend buying the bassinet, mattress, and sheet (if possible) in a set.

Now you have the essential components for the baby bed.

If you want to save yourself further expenses, you are on the safe side with those three products.

What accessories do you need besides the bed itself, a mattress, and the matching fitted sheet?

As expected, manufacturers offer a lot of accessories. The question is, do you actually need those accessories? Or is it more a visually attractive thing for the parents?

I have listed all the accessories I know of so that you grasp what is available here.

But, most of them your baby won’t need. It’s just nice-to-have.

Crib Bumper / Crib Liner

It’s an optical utensil that offers little added value. Many manufacturers claim that the bumper/liner protects the baby from injuries. Considering that this occurs, your infant needs to be mobile. So, in the beginning, you won’t need the bumper/liner at all.

Later on, if your baby starts to become more agile, or is a restless sleeper, you can always get a bumper eventually.

However, it should fit the bassinet. Otherwise, there is a risk that the bumper (particularly the liner) folds over the face of your little darling.

Furthermore, the liner, like the bumper, reduces the side ventilation of your co sleeper. A circumstance that you want to avoid.

Canopy

The canopy is actually a relict from ancient times and was designed to protect the baby from falling vermin. Something that shouldn’t be an issue nowadays.

Nevertheless, it looks super cute and offers protection against light drafts.

There are unique mosquito canopies. These are more permeable to air than the ordinary sleep canopies. Keep in mind that they have to be installed correctly to provide adequate protection against mosquitos!

Cushions and Blankets

Both have no place in a newborn’s bassinet! An infant baby should be laid flat on a firm mattress. Besides, pillows and blankets harbor the danger that they can impair your newborn’s breathing should they slip over its face during nap time.


Ideally, the baby should wear a sleeping bag and is the perfect outfit for its sleep. You can find more about this here.

Musical Box / Mobile / Baby Activity Arch

At night, this stuff isn’t useful at all. Your little darling should get rest and sleep, not being distracted by the activity arch or mobile. The same applies to the music box. These products are more suitable for playing together during the day.

Sleeping Support Pillow / Positioning (Wedge) Pillow

Such support pillows may only be used if prescribed by the pediatrician. So please keep your hands off of them.

Moisture Protection for Baby Mattresses

Those are not advisable. Think about the following: You’ve got yourself a fantastic bassinet with perfect air circulation and a matching breathable mattress.

Well done!

Now, you insert an airtight, water-repelling protection sheet between the mattress and the bassinet sheet and scotch your efforts for a perfect and safe bassinet for good. ;(

Please keep your hands off the moisture protection!

Conclusion

The Best bassinet to buy

All the mentioned bassinets have a firm, well-ventilated lying surface and you can buy separately a firm fitting mattress and matching sheets.

So they all could be a perfect match for you.

What you need to figure out for yourself now

  1. Do you want to move the bassinet around or not?
  2. Does the bassinet fit into the bedroom?
  3. Is it compatible with your bed?
  4. Should it be made out of wood or fabric?
  5. Do you find it visually appealing?
  6. Is it within your budget?

These questions will make it a little easier for you to find and buy the ideal bedside bassinet.

Enjoy your shopping! 🙂

 

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2 Comments

  • Nicole

    Love the extra info about safe sleep practices and what is and isn’t necessary! So many new parents just don’t know!

    • Nora Breyer

      Thank you! I think, especially as a first-time mom, you have so many concerns about the safety of your baby’s sleep. That’s why it’s so important for me to inform moms in advance.

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