2018's Best Portable Bassinets for Baby

2019’s Best Portable Bassinets for Baby

by Jennifer Doss |

With the risk of SIDS at the forefront of every parent’s mind, people are always looking for ways to reduce that risk. Keeping a bassinet next to your bed can reduce the risk of SIDS as well as help your baby feel secure, safe, and get better overall sleep. Bassinets are also easier to lift baby in and out after a C-section. A portable bassinet is just as secure as a normal one, and it can be easily folded and stored as well.

We’ve done the research and poured over the many online reviews. We’ve got all the specs that you need to make the best choice!

Here are 7 of the best portable bassinet choices:

Best Portable Bassinet
Why It Is Best Mom Rating
SNOO Smart Sleeper

 

Mimics the motion and sound of the womb, giving babies, and moms, better, longer sleep. ♥♥♥♥♥

 

Arm’s Reach Cambria Co-Sleeper Bassinet Keeps baby close for feeding, sides come down, storage underneath ♥♥♥♥
Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Bassinet The swivel feature moves the bassinet out of your way, is very sturdy, and has sounds and vibration for better sleep. ♥♥♥
Delta Children Sweet Beginnings Bassinet  This affordable bassinet is elegant and has soothing sounds, without a high price tag. ♥♥♥♥
BABYBJORN Cradle For a non-toxic option, this minimalist bassinet is perfect. Your baby is always low enough to be in full view at any time. ♥♥♥♥
Lily Pod Bassinet/Cradle by Green Frog With a modern, cozy look, this will look great in any room of your house ♥♥♥♥♥
Chicco Lullago Portable Bassinet  This portable bassinet is perfect for on the go, or as a bedside sleeper ♥♥♥♥♥

Best Portable Bassinets to Buy in 2019

1. SNOO Smart Sleeper by Happiest Baby

Image of the SNOO Smart Sleeper by Happiest Baby

While the cost of theSNOO Smart Sleeper by Happiest Baby may take your breath away, so will its amazing features. The SNOO sleeper responds immediately when your baby begins to fuss and responds by playing white noise and rocking gently, effectively putting your baby back to sleep. Babies respond within a few days and begin sleeping an additional 1-2 hours, or possibly even through the night. Additionally, it has “wings” that keep your baby safely on his/her back through the night, reducing the risk of SIDS or any other breathing difficulty. This could be the game changer parents have searched for since the dawn of time.

Best Bassinet by Far

Even the fussiest babies will love this bassinet. With the womb-like motion and sound, it magically lulls baby to sleep and keeps them asleep for hours. The added SNOO sacks that connect to “wings” are a fantastic added feature to keep babies in a safe sleeping position, or for keeping babies on oxygen or other medical devices from getting tangled. This is the solution to newborn sleeping problems if you can afford the high cost.

Why I Love This

  • Mimics Womb Sounds and Motion
  • SNOO Sack Attaches to Wings to Keep Baby on Back
  • Automatically Responds When Baby Fusses
  • App can be used to Adjust Sound/Motion/Sensitivity
  • Has a Wean Mode for Transitioning to Crib

Considerations

  • Very Expensive
  • No Extra Storage Options for Diapers etc.

 

2. Arm’s Reach Cambria Co-Sleeper Bassinet

Image of the Arm's Reach Concepts Cambria Co-Sleeper Bassinet, Natural

The Arm’s Reach Cambria Co-Sleeper Bassinet is perfect for new parents. The sides drop so it functions as a true co-sleeper, or can be used as a standalone bassinet to keep your baby secure. It is surrounded by mesh for visibility and safety and comes with a thin, firm mattress. Storage beneath the bassinet is an added feature for storing diaper-changing supplies. However, babies may find the mattress uncomfortable and it can be difficult to assemble.

Great Co-Sleeper

Having your baby nearby, but in its own space makes both baby and mom feel safe and secure. New parents can quickly hear and respond when the baby wakes. With baby so close, it reduces the risk of SIDS and provides peace of mind to parents. Check out our full Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper Review article for all the details!

Why I Love This

  • Drop Sides for Co-Sleeping
  • Mesh for Safety
  • Storage Baskets for Diaper-Changing Supplies
  • Can Be Used as a Stand-Alone Bassinet
  • Adjustable Height

Considerations

  • Smaller Than Other Co-Sleepers
  • Limited Color Choices
  • Mattress is Uncomfortable for Some Babies
  • Assembly Can be Difficult

 

3. HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Bassinet

One of the HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Bassinet’s most unique features is the spring-loaded sidewall that lowers with pressure from arms, making putting baby inside simple. The 360-degree rotation makes it easy to bring baby close and then swivels to allow a parent to easily get out of bed.  Baby is visible through the side mesh to alleviate sleeping fears. It can be used as a co-sleeper by dropping the side and sliding it under the parent’s mattress. The bassinet is very sturdy and hard to knock over. With lights and vibration, it helps babies sleep longer and better. There is also a back-to-sleep reminder to put baby back in bed, which is helpful for sleep-deprived moms after 2 am nursing/feeding sessions. The range of features makes this an especially good choice for C-Section moms.

Lots of Features

The legs of this bassinet fit easily under any couch or bed, putting your baby within arm’s reach. C-Section moms will love the swivel feature, which easily moves the bassinet out of the way when getting up or climbing into bed. Very sturdy base prevents tip over, even from eager pets or other children. The vibration, nightlight, and soothing sounds help baby sleep longer and better. There are also two storage pockets for diaper changing supplies, pacifiers, or burp cloths. You can see a full feature breakdown in our Halo Bassinest review.

Why I Love This

  • Spring Loaded Side Can Be Locked into Place
  • Mesh for Safety
  • 360-Degree Swivel Action
  • Soothing Vibration and Sounds
  • Adjustable Height
  • Nightlight for Diaper Changes or Feeding

Considerations

  • Baby May Roll to One Side
  • Thin Mattress May be Uncomfortable for Babies
  • High Price for Short Use Product

 

4. Delta Children Sweet Beginnings Bassinet

Image of the Delta Children Sweet Beginnings Bassinet, Falling Leaves

The Delta Children Sweet Beginnings Bassinet has an elegant, sleek look. This product is much more affordable than other bassinets, but still has a few bells and whistles of its own. It has a canopy to keep light from bothering baby along with extra storage underneath, which is perfect for diaper-changing supplies, blankets, burp cloths, or a change of clothes. The bassinet plays soothing sounds and lullabies to help your baby sleep. Locking wheels let you take it where you need it and then lock it in place.

Bargain With a Few Fancy Features

This is not the highest tech bassinet out there. Its simplicity and elegance are the perfect addition to any décor. Moving the bassinet is easy and once it is where you need it, you can lock the wheels in place. If you need a convenient place for your baby to sleep without an exorbitant cost, this is the bassinet for you.

Why I Love This

  • Affordable
  • Simple Design
  • Easy to Move Around the House
  • Soothing Sounds/Lullabies
  • Added Storage Basket

Considerations

  • Not Likely To Last Through Multiple Babies
  • Height is not Adjustable
  • Canopy Does not Provide Enough Coverage

 

5. BABYBJORN Cradle

Image of the BABYBJORN Cradle - White

This is a simple, no frills bassinet. The BABYBJORN Cradle is surrounded by removable, breathable mesh that can be washed. The low height allows easy supervision of baby from any angle. It may be too low to be used as a co-sleeper, but is a terrific place for little ones to nap. It has a rocking and bouncing motion to soothe fussy babies and is light enough to be carried around the house. The materials used in this bassinet have been tested and are certified to be non-toxic.

Simplicity

There is nothing fancy about this bassinet, except its functionality. It features a minimalist design that is suitable for any baby and is able to easily be moved from room to room. If you need just the basics but with high quality, non-toxic materials, this bassinet will put you at ease. Plus, you will always have a full view of your new addition at any angle.

Why I Love This

  • Certified Non-Toxic
  • Lightweight
  • Simple Design
  • Made to Last
  • Rock and Bounce Features

Considerations

  • No Soothing Sounds
  • Very Low Height

6. Lillypod Bassinet/Cradle by Green Frog

The modern design of the Lillypod Bassinet/Cradle by Green Frog is eye-catching and pleasant to look at. A premium-comfort mattress is included to cushion your baby as he/she sleeps. It is portable and easy to rock with your foot or by your baby’s movements. The quality materials ensure that this bassinet lasts for years to come.

Modern Look for Modern Babies

The best part of this is the beautiful design. The neutral colors fit in with any design and it provides your baby with a stylish sleeping area. It is light enough to carry to any room of the house and comes with a premium-comfort mattress. The mesh on the sides allows for plenty of airflow.

Why I Love This

  • Modern Design Fits in With Decor
  • Premium-Comfort Mattress
  • Rocks to Soothe Baby
  • Lightweight and Easy to Move

Considerations

  • Mattress May be too Soft for Newborns
  • Difficult to See Baby Through Sides

 

7. Chicco LullaGo Portable Bassinet

Image of the Chicco LullaGo Bassinet, Grey Mist

The portability of the Chicco LullaGo Portable Bassinet allows you to store it away easily when not needed, take to gatherings, or take while traveling. Set up is quick and easy and the carry bag is large, allowing you to easily tuck all pieces in. It is the right height to sit next to most beds and the breathable mesh allows baby to breath even pressed up against it. Its roomy interior is good for large or small babies.

Great, Portable Bassinet

This sturdy, portable bassinet is perfect for on-the-go families, but can also be a great bedside sleeper.  Mesh along the sides keeps baby safe while sleeping. It is easy to take apart and put back together. This is the perfect option for an on-the-go family.

Why I Love This

  • Easy Assembly and Tear Down
  • Portable for Travel
  • Mesh Sides for Air Flow
  • Can be Used as a Bedside Sleeper
  • Affordable

Considerations

  • Can be Wobbly
  • Travel Bag is too Large

 

Guide to Selecting a Portable Bassinet

When searching for a bassinet for your new baby there are many considerations. Of utmost importance are safety features such as the weight limits, materials used, firmness of the mattress and more. Also, consider the space you have available for a bassinet. Doing these things will ensure a functional, safe sleeping space for your baby. And remember, “Back to Sleep” is the safest sleep position.

Stability

Any bassinet should be sturdy and resistant to tip over, even if a child or pet leans or pulls on the side. It is recommended to always supervise children and pets around any baby, but make sure they can’t accidentally cause a dangerous fall.

Mattress Firmness 

For infants, it is vitally important that they use a firm mattress to sleep. Soft mattresses may obstruct breathing and can contribute to SIDS and other breathing problems. Infants should sleep on a firm mattress with only a fitted sheet and no other bedding.

Product Recalls 

With any product, you should check the CPSC recall page before purchasing and register any new purchases so you will receive notices if any product is recalled. Products are recalled for a variety of reasons, so even if your product seems to be working fine, follow the recall instructions to keep you and your family safe.

Check out the full guidelines on the Consumer Product Safety Commission Page.

FAQ’s about Portable Bassinets

  • Until what age can a baby sleep in a bassinet? Babies under six months of age can sleep in a bassinet, but check weight limits on each bassinet, as many babies outgrow the bassinet’s weight limit before six months of age.

 

  • Can I buy a used bassinet? You definitely can buy used, but extra safety precautions must be taken. Look for a JPMA or ASTM safety certification. Check the recall list at the link above for any notices. Any bassinet made before 2014 was not subject to the same stability and durability standards as newer bassinets. Measure the distance between the slats, if there are any, and make sure you cannot fit a soda between them. Make sure the mattress is firm and doesn’t have any dips or indentations, also make sure the mattress has a solid support underneath, such as wood, or non-flexible plastic. If you decide to buy used, check for warping, and clean all parts of the bassinet thoroughly before use. These tips will help ensure the safety of the bassinet you are considering.

 

  • Are bassinet mattresses waterproof? Most are waterproof and able to be wiped clean, however, check the specs of your mattress to ensure proper cleaning of the surface.  

 

  • Are bassinets safe for babies to sleep in?  Bassinets that adhere to safety standards are safe for babies to sleep in. Do not put anything in bed with a baby, such as blankets, pillows, or bumpers. These create hazards for an infant. Follow all safety recommendations to keep your baby safe.

 

  •  Can I add blankets or bumpers to a bassinet? You should never add ANYTHING to a bassinet or crib, other than a baby. Babies should be properly swaddled or clothed as to not need a separate blanket that could end up covering a baby’s face. And always follow the American Association of Pediatrics’ guidelines for safe sleep practices for infants.

 

Final Word

Only you know what is best for your baby and home. The portable bassinets listed here are high rated by parents just like you. Although these are great options, not all will work for every household. Research size, features, and safety to find one that is right for you. Make sure to follow all safety precautions and safe sleep practices to get the best night’s sleep. Maybe you’ll even sleep like a baby.

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Jennifer Doss
Writer and editor of everything from kid’s fiction to nonfiction articles. One-quarter Disney buff, two-thirds momma bear, three-fourths trophy wife, one-half avid reader/writer, one-eighth movie watcher. Does that add up? Hey, I’m a writer, not a mathematician. Jennifer lives with her husband and two of her four fabulous children in the state of Indiana. Her other children somehow became grown-ups and started their adult lives.

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