At one time, bassinets were more popular for infants than the crib. A bassinet isn’t a baby necessity like diapers or a stroller, but a lot of parents have been turning to them lately. Many parents are using bassinets in their bedrooms now, instead of putting baby down to sleep in another room.
Here’s why many parents opt for a bassinet instead of a crib:
- You plan to travel and need a consistent place for baby to sleep.
- You have family and friends visit often and will move your baby to your room to accommodate them.
- You don’t have enough room for a crib.
- You want to be able to move your baby around without disturbing him/her.
- You had a C-Section and want to keep baby close while you heal.
- Most common: you just want your baby to sleep nearby (co-sleeping).
When you look for a bassinet to buy, here are some things you should consider.
“Mesh is best”
For the siding material, you should only consider bassinets that use mesh. Mesh allows for adequate air flow so your baby doesn’t breathe his exhalations. This ensures that your baby will be safe if he/she leans his/her face against the walls. It also normalizes the pressure with the rest of the room.
A thin and firm mattress
A thin and firm mattress is one the best ways to protect your baby from SIDS. If the padding is too thick and cushy, baby could suffocate in the material.
Size and weight
If your plan is to use a sleep space that’s mobile, you’ll want to make sure that it’s light enough to move around. Some bassinets are quite ornate and heavy. You’ll also want to be wary of its size, especially if you plan to leave it mostly in your bedroom. Be sure it fits down your hallways, through doors, and can be carried up and down stairs.
Rocking and motion
Before your baby is born you won’t know exactly what will put them to sleep, so it’s nice to have some tools available. Some bassinets will rock, sway, vibrate and even play soft music. You’ll have to decide for yourself if any of these features are appropriate.
Easy to clean
Messes happen; it’s a part of parenting. Ideally, you want a product that can be easily taken apart for cleaning. If there’s no way to separate pieces, a mess may get inside and never come out. You should be able to remove the mattress and any linings at the least.
Written by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the Woombie Baby Swaddle
Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.
Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.
Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!
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