Bassinet Shopping Guide

Filed under: Babies, Baby Essentials, Gear Guides: Pregnancy, Gear Guides: Babies

Bassinets come in several varieties. Credit: Getty

Cozy little beds perfect for newborn babies, bassinets are portable cribs you can carry from room to room so your sleeping baby is always close by.

If you're bassinet shopping, consider the range of styles of these baby cradles -- from a multi-use bassinet to a contemporary stylish bassinet to a travel bassinet. Once you've checked out the features of each type of bassinet, you'll be better able to select the perfect one for your baby.

Multi-use: Since babies quickly outgrow sleeping in a bassinet, it makes sense to shop for a bassinet with multiple uses, such as The First Years Carry Me Near 5-in-1 Sleep System in Nature's Peace. This baby cradle may be used as a portable sleeper with an ergonomically designed handle for easy carrying; a typical bassinet that you can rock back and forth or lock into place; a bedside sleeper that attaches securely to the side of your bed; a play seat complete with fun plush animals that dangle from the canopy; and a changing table with a separate surface from the sleep area that's easy to clean, making it a versatile piece of nursery furniture. With soothing vibrations and five peaceful audio selections, your infant will find sweet slumber in this bassinet.

Another multi-use bassinet, the Kolcraft Contours Classique 3-in-1 Bassinet has a classic and elegant look, allowing it to easily blend into your child's nursery. This bassinet can transform into a Moses basket with handles, as well as a changing table that attaches securely on top of the bassinet's rails. To keep your baby gear organized and convenient, use the included hanging deluxe organizers and diaper stacker. This bassinet comes with a thick, vinyl-covered mattress with a washable terry cloth fitted sheet.

Contemporary: For a bassinet that looks contemporary and chic, the Fisher-Price Zen Collection Bassinet will make your child's nursery look like it's set in the Caribbean. Part of the exclusive high-end Zen Collection, the wood accents and earthy colors of this baby cradle give it a sophisticated look. Featuring automated head-to-toe gliding motion, you can control its movements with a variable speed control knob. With two wheels to allow you to move this bassinet from room to room, you also can lock the wheels to keep it from rolling. Plus, with 15 songs and a collection of sound effects, you're sure to find the perfect tune to soothe your baby to sleep.

Travel: If your family travels often, you may want to consider doing some travel bassinet shopping. The Kolcraft Tender Vibes Travel Bassinet with Music folds up compactly for easy travel and storage. A great option for grandparents to keep at their homes, this bassinet features five classic lullabies and vibrations to soothe the baby and two soft toys to hang from the canopy. With soft quilted and padded interior fabric, the mesh side windows allow for increased airflow. Included with this bassinet is a vinyl-covered mattress with a washable fitted sheet.

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