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In this best baby bassinet comparison, you can find out what the Tell Me Baby community thinks are the top baby bassinet on the market.

Baby bassinet comparison chart

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$479.00
 
15

"We got this bassinet as a co sleeper. It looks fantastic and definitely a quality build. Very spacious."

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$479.00
 
(15)

"We got this bassinet as a co sleeper. It looks fantastic and definitely a quality build. Very spacious."

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18

"The snoo smart sleeper allows you peace of mind with the safety of your baby, which is essential for any parent."

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(18)

"The snoo smart sleeper allows you peace of mind with the safety of your baby, which is essential for any parent."

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$322.46
 
15

"Super easy to fold up and take away on trips, and comes with a convenient carry bag."

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$322.46
 
(15)

"Super easy to fold up and take away on trips, and comes with a convenient carry bag."

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$249.99
 
36

"Love the way this allows baby to be super close for breast feeding during the night but also safe."

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$249.99
 
(36)

"Love the way this allows baby to be super close for breast feeding during the night but also safe."

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$499.00
 
19

"Perfect for co sleeping, I love that I can see him or get him without having to get out of bed."

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$499.00
 
(19)

"Perfect for co sleeping, I love that I can see him or get him without having to get out of bed."

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$139.99
 
21

"Easy to wheel around the house and a big basket underneath for spare wraps, bibs etc."

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$139.99
 
(21)

"Easy to wheel around the house and a big basket underneath for spare wraps, bibs etc."

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$199.00
 
19

"pretty easy to assemble and move around the house with ease"

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$199.00
 
(19)

"pretty easy to assemble and move around the house with ease"

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$172.47
 
12

"It was a very pretty bassinet, very breathable and a great size."

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$172.47
 
(12)

"It was a very pretty bassinet, very breathable and a great size."

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$209.99
 
22

"Great bassinet for newborns and beyond. Good features such as rocking, vibrating and plays a few different sounds."

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$209.99
 
(22)

"Great bassinet for newborns and beyond. Good features such as rocking, vibrating and plays a few different sounds."

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What you need to know about baby bassinets

Cot vs bassinet? While it’s perfectly fine to put your baby straight into a cot, Red Nose recommends room sharing (not bed-sharing), for the first six to 12 months to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. 

Red Nose’s Chief Midwife Jane Wiggill says: “Room sharing reduces the risk of SIDS. Therefore Red Nose recommends sleeping with your baby in a safe cot next to your bed.” So if your cot fits, go for it!

For many parents, there isn’t enough room for a cot, so they choose a bassinet for their baby instead. They’re smaller than a cot and easy to move around the house during the day if that’s something you want to do.

Shop cots & bassinets. Read baby bassinet reviews.

How long can I use a baby bassinet for?

Bassinets are great for newborns until they can to roll and move around, usually between four and six months. Then it’s time to move to a cot.

Must-have baby bassinet safety features

The most important thing for parents to be aware of is that there are currently no Australian safety standards for baby bassinets. CHOICE says that some “products claim compliance with the older standard for rocking cradles AS/NZS 4385:1996. Other standards to look out for that manufacturers tend to have their bassinets tested to include:

  • the European standard EN 1130
  • the US standard ASTM F2194.”

With that in mind, here are some safety features to consider buying a bassinet for your newborn.

Firm, flat mattress

The mattress should be firm, flat and fit snugly in the bassinet. There shouldn’t be any gaps between the mattress and the sides, or any areas where your baby could get their hands or feet caught. Make sure the sheet you use is tight-fitting. 

Avoid padding

Padding or any material around the edges of the bassinet that could cause suffocation should be avoided.

CHOICE says, “We only recommend bassinets and bedside sleepers with adequate breathable zones on all four sides to eliminate suffocation risks and provide enough ventilation for your baby. 

“There are no official international requirements for breathable zones in bassinets or bedside sleepers, so you will find many models that don’t meet this specification. We think this is a crucial element of a bassinet purchase.”

Brakes 

If your bassinet has wheels, make sure it comes with a good set of brakes that are attached to at least two of the wheels. If your bassinet rocks, make sure there’s a lock to give you the option to keep it stationary. 

Depth

Depth is also an important feature to check before purchasing.

“The vertical distance between the top surface of the mattress and the upper edge of the bassinet enclosure should be no less than 250mm,” says CHOICE.

Easy to clean

Babies poo, they drool, and they vomit, so it’s essential that your bassinet is easy to clean.

Size

Size matters when it comes to placing a bassinet in your bedroom. Make sure it fits comfortably, but also that it’s easy to move around if needed.

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