Bassinet or Co-Sleeper

Bassinet or Co-Sleeper

Bassinet or Co-Sleeper

The Best Co-Sleepers and Bassinets

  • When an expectant woman is almost due, one of the questions that cross their minds is where their newborn would sleep. Should they buy a bassinet or a co-sleeper for their little ones? Sharing a bed with an nfant is not an option as it has been shown to be a cause of some Sudden Infant Deaths. A crib is also not an option due to the proximity of the mother to the baby.
  • In most cases, the crib would not even fit in the same room as the mother’s room. Newborns and babies up to the age of 9 months require attention from their mothers so the best option would be either a bassinet or a co-sleeper. These two are designed in unique ways even to enable them be fitted in small spaces.
  • However, the co-sleeper and bassinets are different and some may prefer one to the other. Buying an Arm’s reach co-sleeper bassinet comes in handy. In addition to providing the baby with a comfortable and safe environment, this product can be used as both a bassinet or a co-sleeper.

In case you make a decision to buy a co-sleeper, some of the advantages you will get include:

  1. The co-sleeper can be attached to the mother’s bed. This allows the baby to me close to the mother at all times.
  2. The co-sleeper gives the child its own space, yet close to the mother.
  3. For women practicing dream feeding, a co-sleeper is handy as it allows the mother to feed the newborn during the night.
  • The co-sleeper however has one major disadvantage which is immobility. Co-sleepers are stationary and cannot be moved from one room to another. When people come to visit the baby, the mother has to carry the baby in her arms for them to see.

Two of the top rated co-sleepers include:

1. Summer Infant by your side Sleeper

SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper
  • Mesh sides provide a clear view of baby and help air circulate to protect baby from overheating
  • Sturdy metal frame fold flat for travel
  • Soft, comfortable fabrics

  • This co-sleeper is a product of the Chinese baby products company, Summer Infant. This co-sleeper is JPMA certified to ensure the safety of the baby as they sleep. This co-sleeper is able to protect the baby, should the baby roll while asleep. The mother is also able to keep an eye on her child throughout due to the mesh sides.

2. Lulyboo Baby Lounge Lights and Music

Lulyboo Indoor/Outdoor Cuddle & Play Lounge - Metro
  • Transforms into a backpack in one motion, super-lightweight construction at less than four pounds
  • Includes removable activity bar with 2 toy loops and textured plush toys
  • Removable canopy and extra pads included, also includes clips and shoulder straps for quick and easy travel

  • This co-sleeper is incredibly fitted with melodious music player to soothe the baby.
  • For a mother who prefers a co-sleeper, the above are some of the advantages they would have. A parent that brings home a bassinet gets the following advantages:
  • A bassinet is mobile. The mother can move from room to room within the house.
  • A bassinet provides the baby with a cozy and secure environment as they sleep.
  • Most bassinets come with melodious music that would calm fussy babies.
  • A bassinet can be used with another baby. A woman planning to have more than one baby can use the same bassinet for both of them.
  • Like the co-sleeper, a bassinet has one major disadvantage. It has been known to be a cause of some Sudden Infant Deaths which questions the safety of the baby.

Two top bassinets known for their safety include:

1. Halo Bassinet Swivel

  • Soothing sounds and gentle vibrations create a peaceful environment for your little one to rest safely and comfortably at your side. Includes amber nightlight, amber floorlight, two levels of vibration, and four soothing sounds: heartbeat, white noise, babbling brook, and rainforest (all with auto-shutoff)
  • Two convenient storage pockets keeps baby’s necessities within reach. Now, your little one can rest safely and comfortably at your side.
  • Sturdy four-point base provides maximum stability and easily adjusts for bed heights from 22″ – 34″. Base legs tuck under bed and require only 32″ clearance from the wall, making it ideal for small spaces.

This bassinet can be attached to the bed and can help the mother to reach to her child without the need of getting out of bed. With Halo Bassinet Swivel, the mother is able to soothe a crying baby quickly. The product company, Halo, has a JPMA certification.

2. Graco Dream Suit Bassinet

Graco Dream Suite Bassinet, Mason, One Size
  • Complete bedside care center features reversible bassinet and changer all-in-one
  • Extended use changer allows for more diaper changes, up to 30 lb
  • With two speeds of vibration to choose from, you can find just the right setting to soothe baby

  • This bassinet is a trusted product of Halo. It saves money as it can be converted to a changer. The  bassinet is also made with vibrations to soothe the infant.
  • Whatever the parent settles on, a co-sleeper or a bassinet, they should ensure that the safety standards as required by JPMA are in place. Both the co-sleeper and the bassinet provide a sleeping solution for the newborn.
  • Both the co-sleeper and the bassinet should be well supported at the bottom and also have a wide base to ensure that they do not cause a hazard by toppling. Parents should also comply with the manufacturer’s limitation in terms of weight and age of the baby as they are designed to only support up to a weight of 20 pounds.

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