A bassinet, or cradle is simply a large bed specifically designed for babies in early infancy to approximately four months old. Bassinets tend to be very basic in design and can come in one, two, and three bedroom layouts. Most bassinets generally only have two fixed posts or wheels at the front of the bed. However, some bassinets have single fixed posts and some even have three fixed posts and two removable ones. The bedding of a bassinet varies greatly, as well.
A bassinet has many benefits for your baby. One of these benefits is that it offers your baby safe, secure, comfortable sleeping quarters. The safety of the bassinet will extend past the simple fact that your little one is sleeping in a bassinet. A bassinet offers protection against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), as well as other common sleep disorders. As a result, buying a bassinet is often the best choice for a new baby.
The size of the bassinet may also be a major factor in determining which one you buy. There are full-size cribs that accommodate crib mattresses up to 45lbs. These bassinets may not have drop sides, a trundle, or other features. The safety regulations for cribs and bassinets still differ a great deal.
Some parents also find that bassinets offer a great alternative to traditional sleeping arrangements for infants. Traditional sleep positions often pose several hazards for infants that are unable to free themselves from their bed in the early months. For example, many infants who are unable to fall asleep on their own and who are held up by their cribs, may become excited or agitated when they hear loud noises outside or while they are unattended. By holding a baby in a bassinet during the early months, these children can sleep in peace and quiet without worrying about waking up to go to the bathroom. However, babies that sleep in the bassinet alone may have a much more difficult time settling down and remaining asleep.
Another benefit of bassinets for infants and toddlers is the ability to use them for several months before having to transition to a standard crib. This is particularly beneficial if the parents already purchased a bassinet for their child, or if the family already has a small nursery. It is generally recommended that bassinets and cribs are used for at least three months before a baby is placed into a crib. This allows the baby to become accustomed to the weight limits of the bed and mattress, as well as the comfort of being in a safe, secure place.
Choosing a bassinet can have significant benefits for your baby, both during the first few months of life, as well as later on. A bassinet allows you to keep an infant or toddler safely snuggled up within the safety and security of a high-quality, sturdy structure. Bassinets allow babies to sleep in a natural and secure position and to quiet their crying, just like they would in a high-quality nursery. In addition, they allow a parent to rock a baby to sleep, which is an essential part of bonding with your baby.