Why You Should Consider Choosing a Baby Bassinet
Sleeping is a necessity of every human on earth, and this is especially true for newborn babies who sleep up to 18 hours a day.
It’s important for newborn babies to have complete ample sleep hours, as this will ensure they’ll healthy and promote growth. Their day will never be well spent without getting ample sleep lounging around in a comfortable, safe space.
So, what is the “comfortable, safe space” we’re talking about? We bet you’ll say, “A crib!”. While a crib isn’t incorrect and is easily another excellent choice and the more traditional bed space for babies, we are talking about the alternative for newborns that parents love: the baby bassinet!
Bassinet vs. Crib
A bassinet is constantly compared to a crib as the usual sleeping place of a new little kiddo, so we understand your first guess. Nonetheless, a bassinet should be considered as an alternative option to complete a nursery room. Before you go ahead and buy a crib, consider choosing to buy a bassinet first for the infant.
This article will outline everything to do with baby bassinets so that you may make an informed decision on what’s best for you and you child.
What is a Baby Bassinet?
A bassinet is a sleeping area intended only for infants that looks kinda like a stroller without wheels. Generally, they have stationary legs instead, but some bassinets do have wheels for easy mobility around a room. There are also models that can be swung or rocked to comfort your child, making it easy for your baby to fall asleep. Bassinets are surrounded by shock absorption materials to wholly protect the infant from getting hurt (and newborns are really fragile at this stage, as all parents will tell you).
For the new parent’s sake, a bassinet is a great tool to aid in caring for a child right after birth. Laying down and getting out a baby is much easier through a bassinet, as they’re made shallower than cribs, and most are designed to easily be placed within arm’s reach.
Uses of a Baby's Bassinet
Throughout your newborn’s early life, a bassinet has some significant uses to offer. Whether it’s at home or out and about, a baby bassinet can be one of the most useful baby products out there. Without further ado, below is the list of the different usages one can expect from bassinets.
Your Baby's Bed
Foremost, and perhaps most obviously, bassinets can be used as your baby’s bed. A baby can comfortably and safely sleep next to their mother or father and always be within proximity whenever they need further care.
As bassinets are primarily created for newborns whose bodies are still developing, they’re generally much more compact and cozy than their crib equivalents. It’s fairly common for most bassinets to offer more protection than a crib at this age would provide. Because of the soft edges and how they’re built, bassinets are incredibly suitable for your infant. In fact, they’re so cozy and supportable that newborns often sleep for longer uninterrupted in their bassinets compared to crib equivalents.
Protection from SIDS
Because of the additional support and the fact that parents can quickly react better from a bassinet nearby than a crib, bassinets often act as the most certain support for a newborn baby against sudden infant death syndrome (or SIDS). SIDS is a very real risk that happens when using a crib or otherwise that allows a newborn baby to roll over and fall asleep. Although this can be prevented in cribs often by adding additional padding that prevents newborn kids from rolling and being unable to breath, bassinets can provide a peace of mind, as they’re compact and much less likely of allowing an infant to roll. Plus, you’ll really love having the baby next to you in the event you do have to act.
Your Baby Carrier
Bassinets that detach from their main parts are common and are also easier to move from room to room to let the baby have a tour inside the house. You can even allow your newborn outside the house through either lugging the carrier around or by using a compatible stroller, too. Using the baby carrier to help your child move around in his or her early days is is a great way to enhance the baby’s stimulation during their early stages which can provide a head start on critical cognitive and physical skills later on.
Your Baby's Car Seat
When you have to go out and drive, many bassinets are also compatible with infant car seat bases. Many bassinets can even quickly be clicked into place via a pre-installed infant car seat base for the most convenient experience. Moving from bed, to stroller, to car seat will prove that early travel with your newborn doesn’t have to be a hassle at all.
Your Baby's Stroller
Some strollers also come in bassinet forms. These are especially great for parents of newborns, as it means that they can get some much-needed sunlight while you yourself also start regaining your strength. Bassinet strollers also come with canopies to protect your newborn from being in direct sunlight for too long, so you and the baby can stay out for as long as you’d like. Also, some strollers even are compatible with the baby carrier and infant car seat bassinets pieces, which makes going from one place to another even easier.
How Much Weight Can Your Bassinet Hold?
Before obtaining a bassinet for your baby, knowing its weight capacity is very important to maximize the cost of purchase and allow you, the parent, decide if it’s worth it in the long run. The exact amount of weight that each bassinet will vary and you can see whether it can hold enough weight for your baby for by viewing each respective bassinet manufacturer’s description.
However, since bassinets are designed for newborn babies who obviously have the most minimal of weights, one cannot expect many to last as long as a crib might. The most sturdy and effective bassinets out there often can last from six months to a year. The weight capacity, however, typically depends on how bulky the bassinet is. Bearing this in mind, the average weight a mid-range bassinet can hold is about 18-25 pounds, with some bassinets lasting up to 35-45 pounds.
Thanks for reading, bassinet lovers!