A bassinet will provide your newborn with a safe, small space to rest within the first few months. Bassinets are easy to move from room to room, which makes things a lot easier on parents. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), bassinets placed in the bedroom with the parents are the safest option for babies. However, bassinets with solid sides should not be used once babies can roll around, as they then pose a suffocation hazard. The AAP wrote that the bedding should be firm enough that babies should not leave an indent in the surface, and be free of all extra bedding like pillows or bumpers. A simple swaddle for newborns or warm pajamas for babies will suffice.
Each of the bassinets on this list has been thoroughly-researched by our editorial team. We looked at popular models in each category to make sure they fit within the safer sleep guidelines created by the CPSC and AAP, and then determined which were the best-reviewed and most talked about. Then we developed a cross-comparison strategy to determine the best bassinets worth buying today.
This gender-neutral bassinet is simple in style, but it’s complex in its advanced technology, which allows you to calm baby down as you take care of things around the home, or kick back with some Netflix. (Bridgerton beckons, we get it.)
How does it work? It lulls your little one back to sleep with gentle rocking motions. It’s not the hard sway of a cradle of the past. Instead, it’s more like what they would get if they were, say, in their magical car seat. It’s the barest back and forth, and babies love it.
The bassinet is super light, so you can bring it with you from room to room. Plus, it responds to your baby’s motions, so it’ll start rocking your baby when they start fussing. We love the soft, meshy sides that are smooth and won’t get baby’s tiny toes or fingers trapped.
BabyBjorn Cradle Bassinet
This bassinet is the perfect size to tuck into luggage or carry on its own with its foldable and easily transportable design. The bassinet is comfortable for baby, yet breathable thanks to the mesh exterior. The tubular steel frame is double-locking, so it won’t budge until you want to fold it up.
The bassinet includes a fitted, water-resistant mattress and sheet, so you won’t have to purchase any extra parts to make sure your little one is comfortable enough for a serious snooze. Bassinets like these are perfect for when you don’t want to lug around a pack and play, but you want a comfy, covered sleeping area for your baby when you’re out and about in the great outdoors. (If you’re into that sort of thing.)
Munchkin Fold N’ Go Travel Bassinet
This affordable bassinet is next-level. This modern bassinet by Fisher-Price will entertain your little one until he falls asleep thanks to tons of built-in features. It’s like the hottest nightclub for babies.
It has soothing vibrations, very chill music, a projectable light show, and soothing, soft mood lighting in the form of a gentle nightlight. In this bassinet, your baby is cooler than you are, and they’re also sleeping, which is also something you are likely not doing much of if you have a baby in a bassinet.
Fisher-Price Soothing Bassinet