You’ve found a super-safe car seat, easy-to-clean high chair and ultra-portable stroller. The next big-ticket item on your baby registry? The bassinet. But you don’t want just *any* bassinet. You want the coolest, prettiest, chicest bassinet. You want a bassinet that’s a comfy spot for your bb to snooze but won’t be a GD eyesore for the next six months.
Bassinets are a must-have if you’re planning on room-sharing with your little one before transitioning them to the bigger crib in their nursery. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ safe sleep guidelines recommend room-sharing for the first six months. Using a bassinet is a safe way to keep baby close without actually co-sleeping, and most can be easily moved around for daytime naps.
If your bassinet is going to be taking up oh-so-precious living room/bedroom footage, it should at least be beautiful. And, hello, babies’ style sensibilities are forged at even the formative age of 3 weeks (*not science), so you’re just being a good mom. We’ve rounded up the best in modern bassinets that are truly functional and won’t horribly clash with your earth-tone aesthetic (garish primary-hued bouncers, we’re looking at you).
If you’re firmly planted at the intersection of form and function, please see the BabyBjorn cradle. The swoon-worthy sleeper is made of breathable mesh and has a gentle rocking movement that’ll lull your LO to sleep in no time. It’s also fairly lightweight, making it easy to move from room to room. TBD on whether it can fold your laundry or keep baby from screaming while you try to rinse shampoo out of your eyes.
Technically a travel crib, this sleek and chic portable bassinet from Chicco is a little more contemporary than some of its travel-crib counterparts. We love the slim profile that handily folds up in seconds, meaning you can cart it from home to the grandparents’ without breaking a sweat.
The Halo is like the OG bassinet: It’s designed to sidle right up to your bedside so baby is practically co-sleeping with you, but in her own cozy nest. The Halo has a small footprint with slim feet that slide partially under your bed and has a fold-down side barrier and a smooth swivel so you don’t even have to physically get up and out of bed to feed at 3am–just lean over and pick ’em up. Easy!
The mini footprint of this portable bassinet makes it a top contender for that coveted registry spot. The Ingenuity Foldaway folds up easily, has a partial canopy for daytime naps and offers two modes, rocking or stationary.
Sculptural art object or baby bassinet? You be the judge. We’d never say no thanks to the super modern Ever Simple White Bassinet that fits in nicely anywhere, whether you’re a neutral-everything purist or love a pop of color. Bonus points for the shelf underneath to hold extra pacifiers and swaddles.
This breezy rattan bassinet wouldn’t look out of place in a tropical locale, which almost makes it a cure for wanderlust (almost). We love the compact design—you can totally tote this around your pad, no problem. Perk? The mattress is included.
If you want to keep bb snoozing in maximum style, look no further. The splurge-worthy Monte Rockwell Bassinet is as chic as they come, but features some very baby-friendly finishes. The handmade basket and stand are sustainably crafted with machine-washable fabric and solid walnut rocking feet. Plus the basket itself is removable, making it easily transportable to the in-laws’. It also comes with a waterproof mattress and two fitted cotton sheets.
If you consider yourself a minimalist, you’ll love this modern wood bassinet that does double-duty. It’s a great spot for bb’s nap time *and* can easily transition into a cute toy storage solution for when he’s outgrown the crib.
If you’re extra aesthetically-minded, you’ll appreciate the soft tones and pretty birch stand of this modern bassinet. The L-shaped legs allow it to serve as almost a sidecar to your bed, so you can easily lean over and watch your newborn breathe at any time of the day/night (not just us, right?!).
An easy-access sidebar makes this bassinet a dream for C-section recovery—no awkward bending/leaning. This bedside sleeper is also a little lower, which makes it perfect for platform beds, notes Laura on Amazon: “We have a low bed so other cosleepers were too tall. This works perfectly!” It’s a no-frills setup (no extra pockets or storage), but there are six adjustable height settings and it offers a gentle gliding motion, a feature most other co-sleepers don’t possess.
The Simmons Kids City Sleeper doesn’t snooze on the added features. With a sweet starry mobile, nightlight, vibrations and twinkle lights, it’s a one-way ticket to dreamland for your LO. It’s kitted out in a sleek gray herringbone tweed that’s sure to look right at home next to your couch.
OK, so maybe if allll your friends go in on this group gift it’ll make the price tag not so shock-inducing, but people LIVE FOR this high-tech bassinet. Created by Dr. Harvey Karp (of Happiest Baby on the Block fame), The Snoo is guaranteed (there’s a 30 day money-back trial) to turn your tiny human into a sound sleeper. Thanks to its smart rocking, shushing and swaddling sensibilities, the Snoo steps in so you can get some much-needed shuteye. Can you put a price on more sleep? You can, and it costs about as much as a Snoo. (Worth it, we say!)
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