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The Best Bassinets And Co-Sleepers

If a crib is the most important piece of nursery gear you can buy for your newborn, a bassinet or co-sleeper is a close second. Although it might not seem like it, newborns sleep up to 16 hours a day in their first few months. (“Day” is the key word; they hate sleeping at night.)

Bassinets are specifically designed for newborns up to 3-5 months (whenever they can push up on their hands) and, thanks to their size, are easy to move from one room to another. Co-sleepers go a step further and attach to your bed or lay right in it, reducing your distance from a walk down the hall to “Quit mouth-breathing on me, dad!” So in those early days, you can put your kid down for a nap in any room in the house or let everyone share a bedroom to keep tabs on them while they rest and simplify midnight diaper changes and feedings. The 8 options here are some of the best on the market today, but first, a few key notes:

Materials & Safety

Essentially, you’re shopping for a miniature crib, so it should check the same boxes: 1) Sturdy, chemical-free materials and finishes with no VOCs or carcinogens. 2) Meets constantly evolving safety standards of the CPSC, Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association, and the ASTM International. 3) Big and strong enough to hold your kid (they grow faster than you think) with an elevated sleeping area and firm mattress.

Features

In this case, take “no frills” literally, since anything soft and ruffly in the bassinet could be a suffocation hazard. Add-ons like canopies or aprons are okay but should remain out of reach or fastened to the shell, and always be new, not aftermarket. Today’s bassinets often rock, fold, or vibrate; make sure any movements are small and slow, not jostling.

Best Bassinets Co-Sleepers BabyBjorn Cradle

The All-Around: BabyBjörn Cradle

Pros: BabyGearLab’s Editors’ Choice for design, quality materials, versatility, and safety surpassing all U.S. standards. You can rock it with your hand or foot, or let your kid do the work; it rocks it as they move. The mattress is firm, the wide base makes tipping over practically impossible, and the cradle is surrounded by high-quality, clean mesh in case your kid’s face finds the sides. (They always find the sides.)
Cons: The canopy requires a separate purchase on top of what is already one of the more expensive options. Depending on your kid’s sensitivity and temperament, the “rocks as they move” feature could be a hindrance.

Dimensions: 31 x 23 x 26 inches
Product Weight: 13 pounds
Maximum Weight Recommendation: 18 pounds
BabyBjörn Cradle ($275)

Best Bassinets Co-Sleepers HALO Swivel Sleeper

The Bedside Best Bet: HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper

Pros: The NightLight made this their top pick, BabyList called it the most innovative bassinet, and BabyGearLab reviewers tapped it as ideal for mothers recovering from c-section since it’s specifically designed for ease of use from bed. Such features include adjustable height (several Amazon reviewers noted it goes high enough to sit flush with a king-size bed), press-down sidewall for easy access, and 360-degree swiveling. It’s basically a combination bassinet and safe co-sleeper, best suited as the latter.
Cons: At 50 pounds, it’s essentially unportable, and thus less versatile than other options on the list. The large, bulky base also requires a fair amount of space under or around the bed. The height is adjusted by hand-tightening a knob, which could result in the bed slipping if your grip strength is subpar. Get ye to a crossfit!

Dimensions: 35 x 19 x 12 inches
Product Weight: 50 pounds
Maximum Weight Recommendation: 30 pounds
HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper ($200)

Best Bassinets Co-Sleepers Babyletto Bowery

The Traditionalist: BabyLetto Bowery Bassinet

Pros: Another highly rated pick by The NightLight, the Bowery combines safety and stability with some of the finest design in this category. The only thing more attractive than that sustainable New Zealand pine frame in espresso finish is the price. Also makes a great storage bin once your kid outgrows it.
Cons: The most common complaint from Amazon reviewers is the mattress not fitting the basket or most standard sheets. Height doesn’t adjust and sides don’t push down. If you want anything more than a bare-bones, traditional bassinet, look elsewhere.

Dimensions: 37.4 x 19.2 x 36.5 inches
Product Weight: 21 pounds
Maximum Weight Recommendation: None listed (Until baby can push up or 5 months)
BabyLetto Bowery Bassinet ($160)

Best Bassinets Co-Sleepers Stokke Sleepi Mini Bundle

The Convertible Splurge: Stokke Sleepi Mini Bundle

Pros: Unique oval shape (a Stokke trademark) creates a nest for Junior that’s still narrow enough to glide through doorways on lockable swivel wheels. Beechwood frame is sturdy and beautiful. The standout feature, though, is convertibility. Rather than chucking your bassinet after 5 months, this one expands into a crib, toddler bed, and even a pair of chairs, so your kid could potentially use it until they’re 10 years old.
Cons: About that extension kit — it’s sold separately. And the base unit isn’t exactly cheap.

Dimensions: 32 x 36 x 34 inches
Product Weight: 35 pounds
Maximum Weight Recommendation: None listed (Until baby can push up or 5 months)
Stokke Sleepi Mini Bundle ($600)

Best Bassinets Co-Sleepers Graco Pack N Play Reversible Napper & Changer

The Utility Infielder: Graco Pack N Play Reversible Napper & Changer

Pros: Usable throughout the first year as a bassinet and changing table, and then a packable playpen. Push-button fold makes for easy closing and supreme portability. The diapering station is made of mess-resistant, wipe-clean fabrics, which is … important.
Cons: The reversible bassinet/changing table insert is convenient, but it’s spot-clean only and you can’t remove it without taking apart the whole unit.

Dimensions: 40 x 28.5 x 33.2 inches
Product Weight: 28 pounds
Maximum Weight Recommendation: 15 pounds
Graco Pack N Play Reversible Napper and Changer ($85)

Best Bassinets Co-Sleepers Arms Reach Mini Arc Co-Sleeper

The Innovator: Arm’s Reach Mini Arc Co-Sleeper

Pros: Arm’s Reach basically invented a new category by having one side of their infant beds attach directly to an adult bed, putting the kid (wait for it) at arm’s reach. They’ve quickly become the consensus top pick for co-sleepers. Baby Gear Lab named it their Best Value, citing ease of use and versatility. It can still be a standard bassinet if you can trick the kid into sleeping in another room, and transforms into a play yard when they’re too big for a bassinet.
Cons: Tough to pack and could require an additional riser kit depending on the height of your bed. It’s also not the most attractive option on the market, although in your bleary-eyed condition you won’t be able to see the design details anyway.

Dimensions: 34 x 20 x 32 inches
Product Weight: 24 pounds
Maximum Weight Recommendation: None listed (Until baby can push up or 5 months)
Arm’s Reach Mini Arc Co-Sleeper ($160)

Best Bassinets Co-Sleepers The First Years Close And Secure Sleeper

The Bed Share: The First Years Close and Secure Sleeper

Pros: If you’ve decided on an in-bed positioner (a process that comes with its own pros and cons list), The First Years Close And Secure offers the right combination of size, strength, and comfort. Like the HALO, this basket will be easy to use for mothers recovering from c-section, as the sturdy mesh walls allow for visibility and easy access with minimal extraneous movement required. It also folds for convenient travel.
Cons: The kid is right next to you, so there’s potential to roll over them or cover them with a blanket, although The NightLight reviewers seem confident that this unit would prevent such accidents. However, it’s gonna take up space in your bed no matter what, so it’s probably to be avoided if you’ve got anything smaller than a king. Another size-related complaint, at least for several Amazon reviewers: the length of the product could be quickly outgrown, and the wedge at the foot of the unit is not removable.

Dimensions: 17.5 x 16.5 x 6.2 inches
Product Weight: 3 pounds
Maximum Weight Recommendation: None (Until baby outgrows)
The First Years Close and Secure Sleeper ($36)

Best Bassinets Co-Sleepers Dock-A-Tot Deluxe Dock

The Versatile Snuggler: DockATot Deluxe Dock

Pros: Similar to The First Years Close and Secure Sleeper but designed for multiple uses in addition to co-sleeping, from tummy time to diaper changes or even as an in-crib sleep positioner. Exceeds US and European materials safety standards. Clasps at the bottom open to give Junior some extra leg room. Available in a range of interchangeable cover designs, one of which is sure to please your little aesthete.
Cons: Lightweight and flexible is the opposite of sturdy and rigid; if you associate those 2 qualities with safety, you may not feel this is the safest option.

Dimensions: 18 x 29-34 inches (clasps closed vs. open)
Product Weight: 3 pounds
Maximum Weight Recommendation: None (Until baby outgrows)
DockATot Deluxe Dock ($185)