The 8 Best Bassinets of 2021

Keep your newborn safely snuggled while sleeping

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Our Top Picks
You not only get a soft spot for your baby to sleep, but also a nightlight and floor light.
A lightweight bassinet with a fold-down design and double sleeping canopy makes it easy for parents to check on their baby.
The SNOO is equipped with smart technology via an app. For budget-minded parents, you can also opt into the SNOO rental program.
Perfect for easy storage and on-the-go use, this bassinet is lightweight and breaks down to fit into a small bag.
The bassinet has five different motions, five speeds for rocking and swaying the baby to sleep, and has a sound machine.
Thanks to a mattress large enough for two babies (with a mesh divider), this bassinet keeps twins sleeping safely together.
Best Stroller-Compatible:
UPPAbaby Stroller Bassinet at Amazon
Suitable for infants up to 25 pounds, this bassinet features a vented base and mattress as well as an extendable UPF 50+ sunshade.
This popular collapsible play yard includes a bassinet insert and a removable toy bar for extra visual stimulation.

During those first weeks of parenthood, sleep deprivation can make things seem like a blur. Selecting a bassinet that will be comfortable enough to help your baby stay asleep and easy enough for you to manage as you stumble around in the dark for overnight feedings and diaper changes is a top priority. Thanks to technological advancements in baby gear, the top picks for bassinets include options that have settings to help soothe your baby while maintaining a safe sleeping environment to reduce the risk of SIDS.

To help both you and your baby get a decent night's sleep, here are the best bassinets on the market.

Good to Know

  • To ensure safe sleeping conditions for your baby, review the American Academy of Pediatric’s guidelines here.
  • Check your bassinet's weight and age guidelines, but your baby may begin rolling or sitting up before they meet those guidelines. Monitor them closely—you may need to transition to the crib sooner than the bassinet manufacturer states.
  • The AAP recommends parents and caregivers share a room with their baby for the first six months of life, ideally through the first year.

Best Overall: HALO BassiNest Swivel Sleeper Premiere Series

HALO BassiNest Swivel Sleeper
What We Like
  • Four-point base for stability

  • 360-degree swivel design

  • Convenient for breastfeeding parents

What We Don't Like
  • Heavy

With this bassinet, you not only get a soft spot for your baby to sleep but also a nightlight and floor light, a sound machine with volume control, and two vibration levels to help with soothing. The bassinet bed rotates 360 degrees so you can easily access your baby without disturbing them. It’s built with several safety features to reduce the risk of SIDS and accidents, and it comes with a fitted bedsheet. Its weight capacity is 20 pounds, and it is safe for baby to sleep in from birth.

Product Weight: 30 pounds | Product Dimensions: 36 x 45 x 45 inches | Weight Limit: 20 pounds

Best Budget: Dream On Me Karley Bassinet

What We Like
  • Lightweight and easy to move

  • Adjustable double canopy keeps bugs away

  • Compact folding allows for easy storage in small spaces

What We Don't Like
  • Height is not adjustable

  • Mattress cover sold separately

Available in several color options, this bassinet is lightweight, has a fold-down design, and has a double sleeping canopy with mesh panels so parents can still check on their infant while also giving baby a little extra shade and protection while they sleep. The bassinet has a 25-pound weight capacity, a durable metal frame, and a plush sleeping mattress that will keep baby cozy and safe.

Product Weight: 12.4 pounds | Product Dimensions: 33 x 19.5 x 37 inches | Weight Limit: 25 pounds

Best Splurge: Happiest Baby SNOO Smart Sleeper Baby Bassinet

What We Like
  • Convenient smartphone/tablet app for tracking and remote parental controls

  • Responsive technology automatically adjusts to soothe your baby

  • Sleek, mid-century modern design

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Height is not adjustable

If you’re looking for the top-of-the-line innovation for your bassinet (in an attractive mid-century modern design), you can't beat the SNOO. This bassinet senses when your baby is making noises in its sleep or crying, which triggers the bassinet to gently swing and rock the baby while also playing white noise for even more soothing.

The SNOO features convenient parent controls that can remotely adjust its motion, sound, and cry sensitivity via an app on their tablet or smartphone. The app also tracks baby's sleep progress and will alert parents if their baby needs more attention. All of these smart features contribute to the high price, but notably SNOO also offers a rental program to make it more accessible and affordable for parents.

Product Weight: 38 pounds | Product Dimensions: 30 x 16 x 32 inches | Weight Limit: Not Listed

What Our Editors Say

"Totally worth it! Rent it, rent it, rent it. For three months, this kept my newborn snug and sleeping long stretches. (And yes, she transitioned to a non-rocking crib just fine). The noise machine that's built in is amazing, and the swaddles were easy to use (velcro). The app also allows you to track their sleep patterns. It's a genius invention." — Lauren Levinson, Editorial Director, Verywell Family 

Best Compact: Fisher-Price Stow 'n Go Bassinet

Fisher-Price Stow 'n Go Bassinet
What We Like
  • Battery-powered vibrations for soothing

  • Compact design is ideal for small spaces

What We Don't Like
  • Height is not adjustable

Measuring 33 inches x 18 inches x 26.5 inches, this bassinet has a 25-pound weight capacity, is lightweight, and easily breaks down to fit into a small bag for easy storage and transportation. When set up, the bassinet has a soft mat for baby to sleep on, is lined with mesh for breathability and visibility, and has a button to turn on vibrations for soothing.

Product Weight: 11.48 pounds | Product Dimensions: 33 x 18 x 26.5 inches | Weight Limit: 25 pounds

Best for Soothing: 4moms mamaRoo Sleep Bassinet

What We Like
  • Height is adjustable

  • Smartphone app remotely controls motion and sounds

  • Assembly requires no tools

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Heavy

The 4moms mamaRoo is designed to not only give your baby a safe spot to sleep until they are 25 pounds but also help soothe them so they can get better quality sleep. The bassinet has five different motions and five speeds for rocking and swaying the baby to sleep and offers four different white-noise options. It is also designed with a timer feature to help develop a bedtime routine for baby and can be controlled by parents via smartphone.

Product Weight: 30 pounds | Product Dimensions: 24 x 34 x 39 inches | Weight Limit: 25 pounds

Best for Twins: HALO BassiNest Twin Sleeper

What We Like
  • 360-degree swivel design

  • Includes waterproof mattress pads and two fitted sheets

  • Height is adjustable

What We Don't Like
  • Heavy

Twins can safely sleep (sort of) together with this bassinet designed specifically for them. It has a large mattress that can safely fit two babies, with a mesh divider down the middle, so the twins are in their own separate beds but can still snuggle up close to each other like they did in the womb.

The mattress rotates 360 degrees, and both sidewalls drop down, giving parents the ability to easily pick up one baby without disturbing the other. It has an adjustable height and is equipped with six sound and lullaby options, a nightlight, two vibration levels, and a “back to bed reminder.” It has a 40-pound weight capacity meant for two babies up to 20 pounds each.

Product Weight: 55 pounds | Product Dimensions: 36 x 23 x 12 inches | Weight Limit: 40 pounds (20 pounds each)

Best Stroller-Compatible: UPPAbaby Stroller Bassinet

What We Like
  • Extendable UPF 50+ sun shade canopy

  • Included bug shield

  • Perforated mattress and ventilated base for breathability

What We Don't Like
  • Bassinet stand sold separately

Compatible with the popular Uppababy Cruz stroller (and sold with the Uppababy Vista stroller), this lightweight bassinet is a great choice for parents that want an option they can use overnight and on the go. Suitable for infants up to 25 pounds, this bassinet features a vented base and mattress as well as a UPF 50+ sunshade and canopy that unzips for improved airflow. The Uppababy bassinet can be placed on a flat, stable surface, elevated on the Uppababy Bassinet Stand (sold separately), or simply click it onto the stroller for naps around the neighborhood.

Product Weight: 8.8 pounds | Product Dimensions: 30.25 x 16.6 x 24.75 inches | Weight Limit: 25 pounds

Best Play Yard: Graco Pack 'n Play On the Go Playard

Graco Pack 'N Play On The Go Playard
What We Like
  • Easy pack-and-store design for portability

  • Wheels on the base for maneuverability

  • Removable toy bar for visual stimulation

What We Don't Like
  • Height is not adjustable

Graco's Pack 'n Play is a popular collapsible play yard thanks to how easy it is to set up, take down, and transport. This style includes a bassinet insert, which makes it safe and easy to use from birth up until your baby weighs 15 pounds. The removable toy bar provides extra visual stimulation for your baby.

Product Weight: 22.9 pounds | Product Dimensions: 40 x 28.5 x 29 inches | Weight Limit: 15 pounds

Final Verdict

During the newborn days, any bassinet that will keep your baby sleeping for longer than an hour at a time is worth buying. If you’re looking for the best of the best though, buying or renting the SNOO Smart Baby Bassinet is worth the investment. And based on our research, you can’t go wrong with the HALO Bassinet Premiere Series Swivel Sleeper.

What to Look for in a Baby Bassinet 

Size 

While many baby bassinets are much smaller than a standard crib, you’ll still want to think about the size of the bassinet before purchasing. Whether you’re buying before or after your little one arrives, plan ahead on where you plan to use the bassinet. Take measurements of the space to ensure you’re not buying a bassinet you will have to eventually return because it didn’t fit. 

Some bassinets are foldable, portable, and collapse, like the Graco Pack ‘n Play On the Go Playard (view at Amazon). While not ideal, if you’re limited on space, you can simply set up the Pack ‘n Play or other bassinet where it’s needed for naps and nighttime and then put it away when necessary. Overall, you just don’t want the bassinet too close to the bed in case any pillows or blankets were to fall off in the middle of the night from your bed.

Added Features

Many bassinets are more than just a sleep space for babies thanks to their modern designs and additional features. Some additional features include a canopy, playard, stroller attachments, and music. These additional features aren’t necessary, but definitely come in handy whether you’re traveling or trying to get baby to sleep at home, so you’ll want to consider if you can live without them or absolutely need them. 

For example, the UPPAbaby Stroller Bassinet (view at Amazon) has a sunshade, attaches to a stroller, can attach to a bassinet stand, and even comes with a bug shield. These additional features on this particular bassinet are great for families who like to be outdoors often as the bug shield and sunshade will keep baby safe on a hot day. Or, it can be used at home for naps and bedtime instead.

Purpose

It may feel like a no-brainer that a bassinet is meant for baby to sleep in, but what many parents and caregivers don’t realize is that considering the purpose of the bassinet will ensure you get the most bang for your buck. Some bassinets are best for travel while others have rocking features or are supposed to mimic co-sleeping but in a safer way as bedsharing is not recommended for any babies, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

For the bassinets aimed at keeping you close to your little one, one of the sides can be zipped down for diaper changes, feedings, or even play time. You just want to ensure all sides are up while baby is sleeping. There are also bassinets designed with rocking or vibrating motions to help put baby to sleep, like the Fisher-Price Stow ‘n Go Bassinet (view at Walmart). 

So, while you want to keep safe sleep in mind first, also consider your lifestyle and if the bassinet can be used for other purposes outside of the home. If your family likes to travel, think about bassinets that are travel-friendly and can fold easily while on the go.

FAQs

How long can my baby sleep in a bassinet? 

How long your little one can sleep in a bassinet will depend on many factors, such as their age, weight, and the milestones they’ve hit. Many bassinets have age and weight restrictions, so it’s important to follow those guidelines. Going beyond the recommendations from the manufacturer could lead to injury, especially if your child is over the weight and age limit and has reached certain milestones. 

Your best bet is to read your bassinet’s manual thoroughly to ensure you understand all recommendations. There are bassinets on the market that want parents and caregivers to discontinue use once baby starts rolling, which can surprisingly happen very quickly after birth for some babies. 

Can my baby just skip the bassinet and go straight to a crib?

In short, yes. There’s no requirement for you to use a bassinet. They are great for travel, space convenience, and the additional features are a necessity to some parents and caregivers. However, babies can start sleeping in a crib immediately after birth. You’ll just want to think about your lifestyle and what will work best for your family. If you don't have the space for a crib just yet, a bassinet is a perfect alternative option for a safe sleep space.

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