The 10 Best Bassinets for Baby

Keep Baby Close and Comfy With a Bassinet

When your newborn comes home, you might notice the baby looks awfully small inside that full-size crib. Lots of parents choose to let baby snooze in a bassinet in their bedroom for the first few months. A bassinet is smaller and provides a little nest for a tiny baby. It's also nice to have the baby closer to you for those late-night feedings! Here are some fantastic bassinets that any baby would love to nap in. All bassinets are now subject to the same mandatory federal safety standards as...MORE of April 2014. Need more help shopping? Here's how to choose a bassinet for your baby.

Don't forget that adding extra, fluffy bedding to a bassinet can pose a suffocation risk. To learn how to keep your baby safe, please check out my tips for creating a safe sleep space for baby.

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    This sleek and modern bassinet is very sturdy and comes in a variety of colors to work in any space in your home. The Dream cot weighs 13 pounds, so it's easy to use for travel. The legs also convert from stationary to rocking, and also to be able to roll around the house if you need to switch rooms while baby is napping. All of the cloth pieces are washable, too. About $300.

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    For about $150, you can have a gorgeous classic wood bassinet made from sustainable New Zealand pine. The criss-crossed legs give nice visual interest and increase stability. This bassinet can be converted into a toy bin later on, as well.

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    This bassinet is a steal at about $75. It folds easily for storage or travel, and it provides just the right cozy space for a newborn to relax in. There are several fashions available, from simple neutrals to bears to classic pink and blue. It can rock or stand still, and some models have extras like attached teethers or on-board vibration. There's an incline mode for babies who aren't able to lay perfectly flat.

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    The graceful swooping arch of wood on the sides of this Summer Infant bassinet is just so pretty! The fabric accents in lime green, cream, and mocha make it a gender-neutral but not at all boring option. The bassinet costs about $160, and it includes a multi-speed, silent swaying motion, plus soothing sounds, music and vibration.

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    BabyBjorn's Cradle Bassinet has such a soothing look about it. This is like instant calming for your nursery! For about $350, this mesh-sided bassinet offers a plenty of fresh air flow in baby's sleep space and a light frame that you can easily move around your house. There's a gentle rocking feature, too.

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    Picci Cortina Bassinet

    Picci Cortina Bassinet

    Want something a little over the top? This elegant bassinet from Picci has all of the frills and details you'd expect in a royal nursery. Egyptian cotton and organdy provide a luxurious spot for baby to rest. The wheels allow you to move the bassinet easily. About $600.

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    This classic bassinet comes in under $150 but has plenty of features to make it a worthwhile purchase. It's made of beautiful solid wood with soft gray and white fabric accents. There's music and other soothing sounds on board, and there's a vibration mode for extra calming. The basket underneath helps keep baby's essential supplies close at hand.

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    If you're a fan of modern design, the Offi Nest Bassinet may be perfect for you. The simple metal frame is topped by a bent plywood and contrasting laminate top. Carry handles help you position baby wherever you need. About $1,000.

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    The classic wood and curves of this Cariboo bassinet will blend in anywhere. The fabric that comes with the bassinet is in solid cream, but you can dress it up with some extra covers for a new look. Once baby moves to a bigger sleep space, you can use this bassinet as a toy box or a storage basket.

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    At about $125, you get a lot of elegance and eye-appeal in this bassinet. The round shape fits nicely into corners, and the ruffles and drapes add a luxurious look. The fabric is washable, there's a storage shelf beneath the skirt, and there are lockable wheels for easy transport. Several color options are available in both the wood and fabrics.