The Best Stylish and Safe Bassinets for Baby

Bring your newborn home to a sweet cradle that's pretty, practical and most importantly, safe.

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July 26, 2021

The early months of babydom have a tendency to throw your life into a topsy-turvy mess. (A cherished, wonderful mess, but a mess all the same.) Your home's style doesn't have to suffer, though, and, of course, safety is of utmost importance.

How to Choose a Bassinet

Most bassinets are designed for newborns to 4 months of age or around 20 pounds. Check your bassinet purchase for its specific guidelines, and once your little one starts rolling over, it's time to move them to a crib to keep them safe.

Safety Standards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has safety standards for any infant product on the market, including bassinets. As an additional safety measure, we highly recommend looking for a bassinet that meets the ASTM Standards or has the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Associations Certification Seal, which independently tests the safety of baby and children's products.

And remember, bare is best. Keep all pillows, stuffed toys and blankets out of the bassinet, and only used the fitted sheet designed specifically for your bassinet.

Bassinet Benefits

One of the benefits of a bassinet instead of a crib is the portability so that you can easily move their sleeping quarters into different areas of your home or have them nearby your own bed.

Movement is another advantage of bassinets. Whether they have rocking, gliding or vibrating capabilities, bassinets help soothe infants during their fourth trimester. Some bassinets also have comforting womb-like, heartbeat or nature sounds.

Short-Term Solution

Another key element to keep in mind is that bassinets are only for a moment in time, so you'll want to consider how much of an investment you want to make.

These seriously stylish bassinets deliver unmistakable charm to your space while keeping your newborn close by so that you don't miss any of those incredibly exhausting but fleetingly precious moments.

Best Overall Bassinet


This is the only bassinet that rotates 360 degrees for the ultimate in convenience and safety. Now, your little one can sleep as close as you like while still safely in her own separate sleep area. In addition to bringing baby close, it swivels to make getting in and out of bed hassle-free. Its unique design means baby is visible at your eye level, allowing you to soothe your baby quickly, while mesh walls provide maximum breathability. Another incredible perk? Its side wall lowers and automatically returns, allowing you to tend to your baby while still in bed.

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Best Budget Bassinet


With more than 6,500 five-star ratings, the Karley bassinet is lightweight, quick to set up (no-tool assembly) and very gentle on the wallet. It's the most affordable bassinet on our list and has a quick-fold mechanism that makes it easy to move from room to room or even outside. The adjustable double canopy provides shade and protects from bugs.

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Best Bassinet With Mobility


Each baby has his or her own preferences, and the mamaRoo bassinet has a wide variety of motions and sounds so that you can figure out what works for your newborn. With five motions, including car ride, kangaroo and tree swing, as well as five speeds, your baby will feel comforted and you'll all get better sleep. Additionally, all the features can be controlled via Bluetooth with the app.

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Best Bassinet With Playard


For a system that will last you after the newborn months, this combo has a full-sized playard for toddlers to rest and play. The portable domed bassinet can be used on or off of the playard and folds up in its own carrying bag, so you can easily tote it wherever you go.

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Best Portable Bassinet


The Chicco LullaGo creates a comfortable home-away-from-home with a sleek yet roomy design, breathable mesh side panels and a padded mattress with a zip-and-wash cover. For ultimate portability, the LullaGo can be disassembled and folded in less than a minute and includes a matching carry bag for on-the-go convenience. The best part? All fabrics are removable and machine-washable, including the zip-off mattress pad. That's a major Mom win.

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Best Co-Sleeper


Co-sleepers are often not the most stylish bassinets, though they provide wonderful convenience. This streamlined bamboo one has a modern aesthetic, keeps your baby close so you can sleep soundly knowing she's safe and allows you to reach her easily for nighttime feedings.

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Best Bassinet for Small Spaces


The Mini Ezee Co-Sleeper allows you to pull your baby close for nighttime feeding, soothing or just straight-up cuddling. The bassinet comes with two modes: bedside bassinet mode and freestanding bassinet mode. It has a small footprint, making it great for small spaces, and even comes with a carry case to take anywhere you need to go. Plus, it comes with everything you need to get started — a mattress, fitted sheet, carry case and a strap-and-plate set to fasten to the bed for added safety and security.

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Best Bassinet With Storage


Providing a soothing sleep environment for baby, the sophisticated features of this bassinet's electronic mobile include a nightlight, vibrations and twinkle lights to help lull your little one to sleep. Dangling plush stars that rotate add an extra dose of sweetness. Breathable mesh on the adjustable (and removable!) canopy ensures healthy airflow and ventilation. A generously sized storage basket underneath makes it easy to access diapers, burp cloths and more.

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Best Foldaway Bassinet


The base on this clever option has two modes: rocking for calming baby and stationary for sleeping. Breathable fabric creates a cool, comfy space and diffuses light to create a dimmer sleeping environment. The quick foldability allows for ease of storage and carrying.

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Best Bassinet for Travel


Designed with tall walls covered in soft mesh for breathability and air circulation, this compact bassinet is perfect for keeping baby nearby as you move throughout your home and also makes for a handy diaper changing station. Its greatest advantage is its portability, though. Simply fold it up into a small carrying case and take it with you when you travel.

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Best Bassinet for Twins


Double the kiddos mean you need double the sleeping space. This modern z-shaped frame slides under the base of your bed so that your babies have a safe, separate sleep spot that's near you. Mesh side panels provide ample airflow and allow you to clearly see inside.

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Best Bluetooth-Capable Bassinet


An impeccable combination of fresh colors, cozy fabrics and modern technology are combined to create the perfect atmosphere for a peaceful rest. Bluetooth technology lets you choose your favorite sounds to lull baby to sleep, a soft nightlight provides a soothing glow, and a monitor tracks the room temperature. Plus, a collapsible fold allows for easy transport or storage.

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Best Contemporary Bassinet


The circular quilted design with matching sheer panels on each side for airflow adds a mod geometric touch to your bedroom, while the soft, neutral shades work with any color palette. Custom-designed wheels are hidden in the rockers so you can lift and glide the bassinet with ease.

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Best Traditional Bassinet

Go completely classic with this woven bassinet that can be customized with different skirts — tailored, ruffled or pleated — all of which create a timeless appeal. There's a shelf underneath for extra storage, which can be removed so you can carry it throughout the house.

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Best Modern Bassinet

Elegant and streamlined, this bassinet's style starts from the ground up with walnut rockers and a copper-plated steel frame. The handcrafted base is topped with a micro-suede cover that's removable and machine-washable — always a plus with anything involving a baby.

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Best Luxe Bassinet

While this may be the priciest bassinet on our list, the revolutionary design has parents in love with its safety and sleep training features. The included swaddles attach to the bassinet so that baby stays sleeping on her back, reducing the risk of SIDS. Then, the cradle uses white noise and gentle rocking motions to help her go to sleep. It even adjusts the settings if she gets fussy or you can customize them from the built-in app. The gradual weaning feature helps your newborn transition from the bassinet to the crib.

Want to give it a test run without paying full price? Rent the SNOO for $149 a month and return it when your little one outgrows it.

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