Post # 1
My Father-In-Law is a great craftsman and has graciously offered to build us a bassinet for baby Hannah who is due in October. I did a little research and found a style that I love. I sent him the picture and he said it looks great, but wants to know the dimensions we want it to be. We know we want the height to be a little higher than our bed, which it will be next to. Hannah will sleep in this for the first 4 months, approximately. After that we will start transitioning her to her crib in the nursery.
My question is, what would you suggest for dimensions of the bassinet? We don’t know how deep it should be, length or width. I want it to be a size we can easily find a crib pad for, but be big enough for baby in her first 4-ish months of life. I’m kind of at a loss! I know we aren’t carpenters here, but any suggestions are welcome! Picture below, it’s very similar to the Shaker style that Amish wood workers build. (according to Father-In-Law, that is).
We will not do wheels on the bottom, and I’ve asked for a shelf to be added on the bottom to hold diapers, wipes and other goodies that will be helpful.
Post # 2
I think your best bet is googling bassinets meant for newborns-4 month olds and getting the dimensions from those + googling the matress you plan on using and then deciding on how big it should be from there.
Also take into account any family history of big babies. My SO’s family has a history of 8-10lb new borns). If either of you, then I’d plan for that as well.
And of course read and ensure that the safety guidelines for bassinets are followed (which just reccently was updated)
Post # 3
What a wonderful gift! I did some googling, it wasn’t that easy to find anything specific but I did find this sit that has a bunch of free cradle plans on it and should give him some info.
Or here is one as well. Looks like 14 inches deep is plenty big enough by 37 ish inches long. Some I saw were up to 50 (seems a bit excessive)
Post # 4
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The_Future_KB: I love it! What a precious idea for it to be made by your FIL! I would suggest buying the pad that you want. I’m sure sheets come in pretty much one specific size so I would find that stuff first and then build it to fit.