One of the first places bubba will sleep (apart from snuggling into mumma’s chest), a 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. A co-sleeper becomes an extension of your own bed allowing quick and easy access for settling and feeding overnight. Prefer a little distance to make the heart grow fonder? Most bassinets are lightweight and portable making moving from room to room a breeze.
Bassinets come in all shapes, sizes, styles and materials, and that’s why we’re here to help mumma bear and baby bear find a bassinet that’s just right.
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 nursery 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
We asked our Pregnancy and Baby group members to recommend the best bassinets available and these are the brands they recommend to their friends.
Bednest Bassinet ($399.95): The Bednest co-sleeper bassinet is so cleverly designed, it feels like bae is sleeping in your arms, without actually sharing a bed. With adjustable height and positioning, the mesh side can be lowered to create a bridge to the main bed 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 (about to turn two) since birth but wanted something separate to the bed for the newborn.” – Margaret R
Fawn Bassinet/Cot System ($1,699): Growing with your child, this 2-in-1 bassinet and cot system offers practicality for all stages of babyhood. Transforming from a bassinet to a cot, the contemporary features and quality finishes compliment a contemporary nursery theme to a tee.
Troll Sun Bassinet ($349): 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 nursery staple is available in three timeless colourways.
Pottery Barn Kids
Wicker Bassinet ($429): A subtle throwback to nurseries of old, this wicker bassinet is the perfect combination of classic style with a modern slant. The strong base holds the basket proudly, with a handy shelf below to store everything on hand for quick changes.
Stokke® Sleepi Mini ($799): 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.
“I have a Stokke Mini… used it for my last two babies and will use it for this one.” – Milly S
Cocoon Bassinet ($199): Suitable for on-the-road or at home, this clever bassinet has an ultra-light aluminium frame for minimum weight and maximum stability. Whether it be out in the garden or at a friends place it can be set up in the blink of an eye. Little dreamers will be comfy and protected in this perfectly-sized sleeping pod.
“The cover can be used on and off and the whole thing folds down flat to be able to travel with.” – Patricia D
BabyBjorn Cradle ($449.95): 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.
“I was given the BabyBjorn harmony cradle. Doesn’t have removable sides but is light and can lift and shift around the house easily.” – Lisa H
SNOO Smart Sleeper ($1,160): 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. Brilliant!
“We have the SNOO bassinet… and it is amazing! Our fourth baby and easily our most settled” – Melissa C
The Rattan Collective
Yami Bassinet ($569): A beautiful bassinet perfect for a neutral-themed nursery. More than just good looks, the generous sizing ensures bubs won’t grow out of them too soon. We love.
Incy Interiors Maxwell Timber Bassinet ($399): 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.
Mother’s Choice Coco Basket Bassinet ($179.95): Made from sturdy pine timber for strength and durability, the foldable frame of this bassinet is super lightweight, making storage and transportation simple as can be. Breathable mesh allows for greater airflow and ventilation for your bundle of joy.
Tutto Bambini Cozee Bassinet Co-Sleeper ($399): 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 baby, anytime, anywhere.
McMullin & Co
McMullin & Co Lucie Cane Bassinet ($699.99): Raw beauty, the Lucie Cane Bassinet is 100% handmade and crafted from chemical-free materials. The organic shape and natural materials contribute to a soothing environment allowing baby to drift soundly to sleep.
Cariboo Folding Bassinet ($259): 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.
“I have a Cariboo – it’s onto baby number two and I love it. They last longer in it than a smaller bassinet.” – Tegan K
SnuzPod Co-sleeping Bassinet ($390): 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 baby 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
Boori Tidy Bassinet ($249.95): The Tidy bassinet is made with solid and sustainable wood, chosen for its premium quality and beautiful natural grain. The perforated, washable mesh fabric 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
Love N Care
Love N Care Complete Bassinet ($198.99): Create a little fairytale for your sleeping beauty with this etherial bassinet. Complete with designer quilt set, pillowcase, mattress and mattress protector, this practical carrycot converts to a crib on wheels for the ultimate flexibility.
Crate&kids Ever Simple Bassinet: 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.
Dutch Warehouse Sol bassinet ($549): The beautifully unique shape of the Sol rattan bassinet will take your nursery to new heights. Handcrafted by a team of Indonesian artisans, this will be a piece of furniture that could go from generation to generation with its super sturdy and timeless design.
Luke Miller Studio
Shell Crib ($28,000): 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.