(Closed) Bassinet and MIL… advice please!

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
811 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

All three of my babies slept in a cradle made by a great grandparent over a hundred years ago. My sisters all used it too and I am assuming my baby sister whose baby is due in October will use it.

None of us have ever had any safety issues or worries. I wish I had a picture of the cradle because it’s so simple, but beautiful because of all the babies in our family throughout generations having slept in it.

Post # 4
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m using a cradle my dad made when I was a baby. As long as their head can’t get stuck, I have no issues with it. It’s beautiful and I’m honored to have it!

Post # 5
9956 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I understand your concern but most likely the bassinet will be ok.

What I would do is take it to a pediatrician to examine it to be sure it is safe enough for use now.

Post # 6
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

As long as its sturdy and not some rickety old thing with wobbly legs, you should be fine. I personally found them to be a waste as they outgrow them so quickly, but many people like them and find them useful. There’s no rule you can’t just use it for a week or so, is there? She’ll be happy and you won’t be lying about her grandbaby using it!

Post # 7
494 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Honestly, I was offered the same thing from my Mother-In-Law. I’m planning on telling my husband about it and whether or not we’ll take it. For me, we’ve been offered a bassinet from my brother that’s about 5 years old. I’m more comfortable with it than the one that’s been sitting in inlaws living room for ages. I’m okay with not accepting the old bassinet out of safety and clutter purposes. My husband doesn’t have much sentimental attachment to items in general, so I’m prepared for us to accept the 5 year old one compared to the 34 year old one.

Post # 8
1185 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

What is it made of? If it was all wood, I probably would use it after finding a new mattress/liner for it. If it had plastic or metal parts, probably not.

Post # 9
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I don’t think it is a problem to use it as long as there are no wide slits where baby can get stuck.  I think they are so cute and I still see them in stores.  I saw a few bassinets in Babies r Us.

I would suggest you have your baby sleep in your room for the first couple months at least.  I had a pack and play that also had the bassinet on top in our room.  I didn’t put my daughter in her own crib till she was 4 months old.

You are going to want your baby really close by just to constantly check on and feed of course!  I slept with one eye open for months! ha ha

You could also put the bassinett in your living room and have your baby sleep in it during the day where you can keep an extra eye on the baby.  You can use something else in your room.

Post # 10
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

I would look into safety guidlines for bassinets, depending on the style- spaces inbetween rails, sturdinessof the legs, etc. If it is in good condition I would use it.

Post # 11
5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

I, personally, wouldn’t do it. We registered for a JPMA certified bassinet. After reading an article last week that another Bee posted on how bassinets are not held to the same federal regulations as cribs, I looked into it and we decided we will only get a bassinet that is JPMA certified. So that is what we are doing. It just isn’t worth the risk to me, no matter how small the risk is…I just found the article so you can read it if you are interested.


Post # 13
385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I think it depends on the type/construction of the bassinet. If it was commercially made over 30 years ago, I would consider not using it (to me the sentimental value of something that old that is “store-bought” isn’t as great). 

My Father-In-Law handmade a wooden bassinet (that rocks!) over 30 years ago, which my husband and his sisters slept in. We are absolutely using it. It is sturdy, well-made, and the sentimental value is enormous. I don’t think that, just because something is old, it automatically means its unsafe.

Post # 14
622 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

This sounds terrible, but I would probably take the bassinet since it seems important to Mother-In-Law and then not use it… Unless she’s coming over everyday, she’ll never know that you dont use it on a daily basis, but it’ll make her feel good thinking that all of her grandchildren have used it. Maybe I’m a bad person..haha.

Post # 15
1645 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Based on how you described the bassinet, I wouldn’t use it. My father built a cradle for us, but it had solid wood sides with no bumper. He used a woodworking plan for the cradle, so it was a standard basinet size and the mattress fit tightly in the cradle bottom with a tightly fitting sheet. It was very sturdy and we used it for almost 3 months until DS started moving around a lot more. DS was also 99% for height and weight, so as we neared 3 months he was looking pretty big in it.

I would be weary of any fabric in the basinet. You don’t want there to be any loose fabric. If you take the “bumper” out, I would worry about the texture/feel of the wicker and wonder if it could scratch your LO. You could look into a new mattress (or find a foam one you can cut to fit snugly) and custom make a sheet, but it might be more work than you want to do.

Post # 16
1301 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

The bassinette your Mother-In-Law gifted you sounds a lot like the one we’ll be using for our baby coming October. My bassinette is at least sixty years old but my Mum is getting a new mattress and “dressing” fabric for it and the actual wicker bassinette itself is in good condition.

Maybe you could get some sort of baby professional to take a look at it?  Maybe your midwife or a well child nurse etc?

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