Are you searching for alternatives to bassinet or you’re expecting and you don’t want your baby to use a bassinet? Well, many parents transit from one equipment to another due to one reason or the other. It might be because of money or they’ll like to try other options, it’s not bad. In the case of bassinet, there are several alternatives to it and you’ll see them in this article.
As known, the bassinet is similar to baby cribs but it’s smaller than cribs. Since parents can choose whatever they think is suitable for their baby, using an alternative to a bassinet is not a bad idea. As it is, there are various pieces of equipment where the baby can sleep and be happy. Many parents think the options are limited to cribs and bassinet but that’s not it, so sit tight and see alternatives to a bassinet.
Alternatives to a baby bassinet
1) Travel cribs
Travel cribs such as the Lotus Travel Crib are one of the best alternatives to a bassinet. These cribs are lightweight, compact, and portable- you can use them for traveling, which is the main reason behind the crib’s design. This crib has a simple set-up and you can easily dismantle it after use. It’s quite durable and you should also choose the travel crib made from non-toxic materials; choose the crib that’s free of phthalates, lead, PVC, etc.
Moreover, you can fit this crib easily in a backpack or a big purse and use it when the needs arise.
Pros of using Travel Cribs
i) Portable & compact
Travel cribs are quite portable and it’s easy for them around. Hence using Travel cribs in place of a bassinet will make it easy for you to move your baby from one room to another.
Travel cribs are durable and will last for a long time so choosing as your bassinet’s alternative will give you peace of mind.
Cons of using Travel Cribs
i) Travel cribs are a bit expensive though they’re cheaper than the regular dribs and some bassinet.
ii) The travel cribs don’t contain sheets and mattresses so you’ll have to buy, meaning additional money.
2) Floor beds
The baby delight snuggle nest harmony portable infant sleep is a good example of a floor bed for babies. It is also great for co-sleeping. It has a tall wall that prevents babies from rolling out and a cozy design to keep them comfortable and happy. It is also portable and can be moved from one room to another. Useful for Grandma’s house and vacations. But you should resist the temptation of adding pillows and other beddings to the floor beds- that’s to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Disease Syndrome(SIDS).
Pros of using Floor beds
i) It saves money
This alternative to bassinet saves money because you don’t need to buy a new mattress. An old one will suffice.
ii) Floor beds are durable and will serve well and your baby grows.
iii) It is affordable.
iv) Floor beds are portable and you’ll be able to move them easily.
v) You can add pillows and bedding when your baby is out of SIDS danger.
Cons of using Floor beds.
i) Your room must be baby-proofed to prevent choking and other related hazards.
ii) It’s easy for your baby to roll off the floor bed.
3) The use of a co-sleeper in bed
Co-sleepers can serve as a great alternative to bassinet because they’re lightweight and easy to move around. A good example of a co-sleeper found on Amazon is the Baby Delight Beside Me Dreamer Bassinet & Bedside Sleeper (shown above). You’ll put the co-sleeper beside you on the bed and lay your baby in it. The use of this equipment will make it easy to keep close supervision on your baby and give you peace of mind. Since it’s on its own, parents won’t get the chance to roll on babies so it’s safety-proofed. Moreover, co-sleepers are quite affordable.
Pros of using Co-sleepers in bed.
i) Co- sleepers are affordable and you won’t have to spend much to get one.
ii) They are lightweight and you’ll get to move them around easily.
iii) Co-sleepers are safety-proofed and allow comfortable bed-sharing.
Cons of using Co-sleepers in bed
i) Although Co-sleepers have sheets and mattresses, they’re not water-proofed.
ii) Co-sleepers might not last for long since your baby will outgrow them when she’s six months or more.
4. Play yard or pack n play
Pack n Play cribs such as the Graco Pack n Play are comfortable and designed for the safety of your baby. It’s rectangular, just like normal cribs, and has wheels for easy movement. Its sides are made with material that eliminates the risk of Sudden Infant Diseases Syndrome(SIDs) and has a durable frame.
Pros of Using Pack n Play
1) Outlook: The crib has a beautiful outlook that fascinates mothers and babies. It’s designed with several crib pallets that’ll intrigue and attract you.
2) Size: This crib is huge and can easily become your baby’s changing table.
3) Features: The crib has several features like a bassinet, mobiles, nappers, changers, etc., that’ll serve as a comfort to your baby.
4) Wheels: It has wheels that make it easy for you to shift it around the house. With its wheels, you can move the crib wherever you are to keep close supervision on your baby.
5) Toys: The crib has several sift toys that your baby can play with, and the visual stimulation will help him a lot.
7) Storage bag: It has a storage bag that you can keep toys, diapers, wipes, etc., and it does come in handy.
8) Efficient: Graco Pack n Play On-The-GO is quite efficient for laying your sleeping baby and perfect to keep babies safe and out of trouble.
Cons of using Graco Pack n Play On-The-GO
1) Graco Pack n Play On-The-GO might be too big to fit through your doors, especially if you live in a small apartment, unlike the Travel Lite crib that’s quite small.
2) Its height isn’t adjustable, and you might have to bend real low to change diapers or carry your baby.
3) The crib’s mattress doesn’t lie flat, and that might be uncomfortable for babies.
5. Moses basket
Moses basket is lightweight, and it is a cool sleeping space for your baby. It can be used in place of a crib or bassinet. It is long-lasting and portable. You can move it from one place to the other. Moses basket is made from Palm, Maize, or Wicker. Some Moses baskets are also made from strong, synthetic, and washable materials. Moses basket is suitable for newborns up to about 3 to four months old.
Pros of Moses Blanket
- It is lightweight and so it is easy to move from one place to another
- It makes it easy to reach out to the baby for night time feeds
- It is inexpensive
Cons of Moses Blanket
- Baby outgrows it quickly. Usually between three to four months
- Some babies may feel restricted because of a lack of space to stretch
- It is difficult to get the baby accustomed to a crib after using Moses basket.
Bassinets are a piece of equipment that serves as your baby’s little bed after birth but some parents want alternatives to this equipment. Thus, the above article contains some alternatives to bassinet such as Moses basket, Graco pack n play on the go, travel cribs, floor beds, and co-sleepers with their respective pros and cons.