Bassinet/crib question?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I had the same thoughts about a bassinet with all the padding.  So we used an Arms Reach brand co sleeper as a bassinet.  It has mesh sides.  I didn’t attach it to the bed as an actual cosleeper, we used it as a freestanding bassinet.  IMO, it’s more sturdy than the other bassinets I’ve seen as well. 

Also, the weight limit is higher than a normal bassinet.

Post # 4
3360 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Yeah, I have the same concern about bassinets – it just doesn’t seem safe.  I don’t plan to buy one, just because it seems like a purchase that wouldn’t get enough use to be worth it.  What we plan on doing is using the bassinet portion of a Pack ‘n Play until we transition them to a crib.  Something like this.

Post # 5
416 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think it might just be because bassinets are only used until babies are capable of rolling/moving, and until that point you don’t really have to worry about them suffocating against the sides and stuff.  That’s my guess at least.  I have an Arms Reach co-sleeper like @SummerGirl21:  as our bassinet in our room, and the Pack and Play downstairs, so the mesh sides are there.  But DS is a month old, so it’s not like he can roll against the sides at this point.

Post # 6
370 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We are using the bassinet or raised portion of a Pack ‘n Play in our room, as well.  We don’t have room for baby to have an actual crib or his own room yet, but eventually we will get a crib.

Post # 7
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

We’re also using the bassinet portion of a Pack n’ Play as our basinette!

Post # 9
759 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I have a bassinet that the sides are made out of wicker?  The cover is made out of cotton but not padded. The entire cover is washable and is one piece that goes under the mattress and then down to the floor like a bed skirt. It’s not padded like crib bumpers used to be. The bassinet is a family heirloom and its actually ridiculously adorable, I like the fact that my siblings and myself all used it and now my child will as well.  My SIL had a new cover custom made out of organic cotton and lace to make sure it was secure and safe. It will also be nice to pass to my grandchild someday. I like having a bassinet for the first few months so that the baby can sleep in my bedroom at night, initially, and I also like bringing the bassinet downstairs during the day for naps. Do you need one, no but I’m not a co-sleeper and I like the smallness and portability of a bassinet for the first few months as opposed to a crib.  Then again, I have a changing table both upstairs and down stairs so I guess I like things that make my life easier. 


I don’t think you need a bassinet but if it makes you feel more comfortable, go for it!


Post # 11
2184 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

We love our bassinet.  The sides are mesh and built into the bassinet…. I think that’s safer. Regardless, it’s fantastic having her in our room, still, at 7 weeks.

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