Bassinets are a wonderful item for you to have when you have a newborn baby, because they give you somewhere safe to place baby when you need to get something done, or just to give your arms a break! Bassinets work best for newborns because they can only be used until baby can move around on their own (about 4 months of age).
What to Consider When Purchasing a Bassinet for Your Newborn
- Make sure it is safety certified and has JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufaturers Association) approval.
- What features do you want? Do you need storage? Lights or sounds? Do you want it to be able to rock?
- Where will the bassinet be located? Does it need to be portable? Or will it stay in one place?
- What kind of bedding does the bassinet have? Look for bedding that is machine washable.
- Do you want it to have a canopy?
You want a safe and comfortable bassinet for your baby. Follow these tips to find the best bassinet for your newborn.
- Choose a bassinet or cradle with a sturdy bottom and a wide, stable base.
- There should be no sharp points or edges on the inside or outside or small parts that could be a choking hazard.
- If the bassinet or cradle is made of wood, it should be free of splinters.
- Make sure the mattress or pad is smooth and extra firm and fits snugly.
- The mattress or pad in a bassinet or cradle should be no more than 1½ inches thick.
- Look for a bassinet with mesh sides for breathability.
- Keep the receipt and all packaging and materials that come with the product. You’ll need them in case you decide to return the bassinet or cradle.