One of the first places bubba will sleep (apart from snuggling into mumma’s chest), a baby bassinet is an important purchase for any new parent. There is nothing sweeter than a newborn snoozing soundly, cosily tucked in their own sleep space.
Whether bunking with bub for the first few months or popping baby into their own room, there are plenty of bassinets available.
Most bassinets are lightweight and portable, making moving from room to room a breeze.
What to look for when buying a bassinet
Here are some key features to consider when buying a bassinet:
Location: Where will snuggle-bunny be sleeping? Will the bassinet be in your room or the nursery? Some parents start with bub sleeping in their room with a plan to move into the nursery at a later date. If this sounds like the right idea for your family, choose a bassinet that can be moved with ease.
Space: What size is the room? Again, whether it’s the master bedroom or the nursery, measure the space and make sure the bassinet (and the accessories that come with it) will fit. For a helping hand, use our handy nursery planning guide.
Safety: Safe sleeping is the highest priority, so be sure to check that the bassinet complies with Australian standards.
Quality: Safety and durability are determined by quality. Choose a well-made bassinet that will keep your little one sleeping safe and sound.
Nursery design: Is there a particular theme or other furniture that the bassinet needs to compliment? Many bassinets are available in sets so that the cot, change table and dresser all match too.
The best bassinets for 2019
To help you find the best bassinet for you and your baby, we asked our Pregnancy and Baby group members to recommend the best bassinets available in Australia and these are the brands they recommend to their friends.
This sleek co-sleeper lets little angels sleep soundly right by your side, with a simple yet sturdy design that oozes Scandinavian style. Made from European birch, the stunning baby bassinet is available in three timeless colourways.
The award-winning SnuzPod is a clever 3-in-1 design. It can attach to the side of your bed for co-sleeping (there is a nifty zip-down side for easy access to bub for feeding), use it as a stand-alone crib or lift the bassinet from the rocking base and use it for daytime naps around the home.
“I had a Snuzpod for my last baby. I slept with the side down. It’s detachable from the base, so you can move it to another room. If I did that or was using it through the day, I would put the side up.” – Lizzi D
The Bednest is so clever – it feels like bae is sleeping in your arms, without actually sharing a bed. With adjustable height and positioning, simply lower the mesh side for easy comforting and feeding.
“I’ve got a Bednest. I like that it can be tilted if needed. We have coslept/bedshared with our toddler since birth but wanted something separate to the bed for the newborn.” – Margaret R
This stunning cradle suspends from the ceiling for sweet nursery slumber or from a tripod for napping around the home. Made from super-soft cotton, the cradle folds down for easy storage and sways in every direction to rock bubba to bye-byes.
Bassinet, change table and storage all rolled into one. The Tidy bassinet is made with solid and sustainable wood, chosen for its premium quality and beautiful natural grain. The perforated, washable mesh basket allows for maximum airflow and that all-important visibility.
“I loved my Boori bassinet with my first and I’ve got another one for this bub. I love the breathable mesh used to make it safer if the baby rolls. Plus it has wheels, so it is easy to move around the house as needed.” – Rebecca A
The unique oval shape of this smart bassinet creates a cozy nest-like environment giving bubba bear a sense of security. Lockable swivel wheels plus variable height positions and the ability to grow with your child make this a supremely flexible sleeping solution.
6. Baby Bjorn
Compact in design, this cradle’s gentle, soothing rocking is similar to the motion of a pram to help settle your little one to sleep. The low height and transparent mesh fabric also allow parents to peek at poppet day or night.
Now when they say “smart”, they mean it! Designed for babies up to the age of six months, the SNOO uses microphones to tell when bub is crying or fidgeting. And while Mum and Dad stay tucked up in bed, the SNOO gets to work playing white noise and rocking bub back to sleep. This beauty definitely deserves a spot on our best bassinet list.
“We have the SNOO bassinet… and it is amazing! Our fourth baby and easily our most settled” – Melissa C
8. Incy Interiors
Individually handcrafted from New Zealand pine, the mid-century inspired Maxwell Bassinet is classic luxury at its best. Despite the solid and structured design, it’s light enough to transport easily and effortlessly as needed.
9. Il Tutto
The CoZee bedside bassinet can be used for co-sleeping or as a stand-alone bassinet. The innovative 30 second open and fold mechanism allows you to quickly set up a safe sleep environment for bubba, anytime, anywhere.
10. Sacred Bundle
All of your rattan bassinet dreams come true with this beautiful French-inspired babe. This light and compact bassinet demands little space and makes for stunning decorative storage when bubba outgrows it.
11. McMullin & Co
A raw beauty, this baby bassinet is 100% handmade and crafted from chemical-free materials. The organic shape and natural materials contribute to a soothing environment allowing little ones to drift soundly to sleep.
Convenient, stylish and portable, the Cariboo bassinet is a versatile addition to any room. The safe and sturdy base folds easily, allowing it to be moved and stored when not in use. Choose from four base colours and four fabric colours to create the perfect bassinet to match your dream nursery.
13. Love N Care
Create a little fairytale for your sleeping beauty with this ethereal baby bassinet. Complete with designer quilt set, pillowcase, mattress and mattress protector, this practical carrycot converts to a crib on wheels for the ultimate flexibility.
Hello gorgeous. Stunningly simple, this Royce Nelson design has the versatility to blend beautifully to any decor. Style meets functionality – beneath the soft basket sits a storage shelf that can comfortably hold all of baby’s essentials. Check International shipping costs on this one.
15. Dutch Warehouse
The beautifully unique shape of the Sol rattan bassinet will take your nursery to new heights. Handcrafted by a team of Indonesian artisans, this is the perfect piece to pass down from generation to generation with its timeless design.
16. Luke Miller Studio
No, you are not imagining the number of zero’s in this bassinets price tag. If money is no object (lucky you!) how incredible is this statement piece? Crafted from laminated sycamore, this conch-like cradle creates an oasis of tranquillity and ultimate comfort for your special one.
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