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Our Favorite Bassinets of 2021

  1. Product image of Guava Lotus Bassinet Kit + Crib Bundle
    Best Overall

    Guava Lotus Bassinet Kit + Crib Bundle

    Pros

    • Can transform into a pack and play

    • Compact

    Cons

    • Expensive

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  2. Product image of Chicco LullaGo Portable Bassinet
    Best Value

    Chicco LullaGo Portable Bassinet

    Pros

    • Washable

    • Portable

    Cons

    • Not many features

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The Guava Lotus Bassinet is effective and portable.
Credit: Guava Family

The Guava Lotus Bassinet transforms is versatile and portable.

Best Overall
Guava Lotus Bassinet Kit + Crib Bundle

There’s a lot to love about the Guava Family Lotus Bassinet. Not only is the Lotus great at being a bassinet, but it can transform into a pack and play as well. While it’s on the expensive side, if you add up the price of buying a high-quality baby bassinet plus a separate play yard, the Guava Family Lotus makes for a sweet package deal for $299.

In addition, the Lotus has the best and most compact fold of any product we tested. Did we mention that it folds up into a backpack—which is also included? While portability isn’t important to everyone (and not all bassinets we tested even had a way to fold-up) the compact design is easy to move and great for traveling with your newborn or your toddler—or even just for setting up in the living room. It’s also quite convenient for when it’s not in use, as it makes storing it especially easy in even the smallest apartments.

Pros

  • Can transform into a pack and play

  • Compact

Cons

  • Expensive

The Chicco LullaGo bassinet is a reasonably priced option.
Credit: Chicco

The Chicco LullaGo bassinet is a budget-friendly option.

Best Value
Chicco LullaGo Portable Bassinet

The Chicco LullaGo is an excellent option that is priced at $120. While you won’t have the high-end features like Oeko-tex breathable mesh side panels, vibration or sounds, it does pack up well and it comes standard with a lot of extras. We liked that every piece of the LullaGo is machine washable, and that it can be folded and tossed into a carry bag when needed. If you’re looking for something portable and less expensive, or even as a secondary option, this model is a great choice. With that in mind, if you’re looking to maximize space, an all-in-one bassinet and pack and play like the Lotus may be a better option.

Pros

  • Washable

  • Portable

Cons

  • Not many features

How We Tested

The Tester

Hi, I'm Katie Reising. I'm a new mom to a 5-month-old baby girl, as well as a Forensic Scientist. In our most recent round of testing, my daughter and I evaluated the new Bliss Evi Smart Bassinet. This guide was first written by Matthew DeLauder, whose bio follows.

Hi, I'm Matthew DeLauder. I spent 10 years working in the juvenile product industry in a retail setting, where I was able to see how new and innovative products can really make a difference in parents' lives. My experience with these products not only prepared me to write about them, but also to use them as a parent with a newborn at home.

The Tests

Even though as parents we have different spaces, wants, and needs, we’re all looking for the same basic criteria when it comes to buying a bassinet. In researching the category, we started by selecting best-selling and highly-rated bassinets. We also looked at some of the newer options that had unique features and designs. We tested each product, and asked participants to fill out a questionnaire on their experiences. After each one was handed in, we calculated the scores and found our winner. We focused on stability, how easy these were to set-up, and how well they folded and adjusted for different situations. We added a few more questions to our tests, including how our testers felt about the fabrics and materials, and if there were any special features that stood out.

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What to Consider When Selecting a Bassinet

It Should Fit Your Budget

Like most other baby products, you can spend as much as you want, but that doesn’t guarantee better performance—or extra sleep in the middle of the night.

Consider the Features

Your bassinet should have an elevated sleeping position that makes it easy to get your baby in to and out of and a firm mattress with plenty of support. Lastly, your bassinet should be utilitarian in its design. Avoid frilly canopies and padded sides, as these can ultimately become a hazard for your child as they start to roll over and pull up. Special features like fold, adjustable height, and vibration are great extras—so long as they work.

Is it Easy (and Affordable) to Buy Accessories?

All of the options we tested had optional extra sheets, and most had waterproof pads you could buy. It’s best to stick with the manufacturer’s options, which may be pricier, but you’ll know that they will fit.


Other Bassinets We Tested

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TruBliss Evi Smart Bassinet

The TruBliss Evi Smart Bassinet is a great option for parents looking for something that allows hands-free operation, is aesthetically pleasing, and easy to use.

The bassinet comes with three functions—sound, rocking, and light—that can be controlled by Alexa or Google Home, or via the Smart Life App. I like that I can operate it completely hands free, or, if I don’t want to make any noise, I can use my phone. The app also controls the other smart devices in our house—no need for an additional app to find and open when operating on a sleep deprived brain.

The sound feature has three noise options: white noise (my favorite), a heartbeat, and nursery music. The gentle rocking motion soothes a baby that is accustomed to motion from being in the womb, and the light gives off the perfect amount of glow for late night feeds or gentle waking.

While maybe not the most important feature in a bassinet, I appreciate that it is also nice to look at. The TruBliss has a slightly larger footprint than some other bassinets, but provides a bigger sleeping space. This is key if you plan to follow the AAP guidance of room sharing for six months to a year. The TruBliss Evi is not easily portable, but that wasn’t a necessity for me, as we have the bassinet set up beside our bed and no need to move it. The basket underneath is great for storing extra swaddles and burp cloths. It’s large enough to also hold changing supplies, extra clothes, and even a breast pump. I love that this bassinet essentially provides an extra set of hands and holds everything I need.

My only criticism would be that the sound, rocking motion, and light operate on a timer that lasts a maximum of one hour. I wish this could be set for as long as the baby sleeps, as it would be great if one could program a scheduled wake time. Additionally, you have to shuffle through the sound options each time, I’d like a more convenient way to select the sound. These issues are minor in my opinion, especially since neither have caused my baby to wake as far as I can tell.

Overall, this is a great option for parents who are looking for a bassinet that is high-tech without a price tag quite as high as that of The Snoo.

Pros

  • Smart home compatible

  • Functional design

  • Generous size

Cons

  • Expensive

  • Not portable

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4moms mamaRoo Sleep Bassinet

The 4Moms mamaRoo Sleep Bassinet gives parents who like high-tech bassinet features an alternative to the Snoo. The mamaRoo integrates with an app, just like the Snoo, but comes in at a fraction of the price. While still an expensive option, we liked that the bassinet offered vibration, but that it includes the option for varied motions, similar to the popular 4moms mamaRoo baby swing. Given that it’s common for babies to fall asleep on mom and dad and wake when placed on a sleep surface, it’s super helpful to be able to set the bassinet into gentle motion to keep the baby sleeping. Overall, the footprint is pretty small, and we liked that the bassinet can extend up to 39” high. The app and bassinet took a few minutes to set-up, but overall it was a simple task, and the interfaces are simple and easy to use. For those who don’t need the portability afforded by our top pick, this is a great option for all parents.

Pros

  • Easy to set up

  • Affordable

Cons

  • None we can find

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Halo Bassinest Essentia Swivel Sleeper

The Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper is a well-known, highly recognizable freestanding bassinet that performed well in our testing. Even though the Halo isn’t portable, there are a lot of features that make it stand out in a crowded market. First, all of Halo’s Bassinest models have a lockable push-down side that can be secured when you don’t need it. This feature makes it easier to get the baby in and out of the sleep area, and is especially practical for moms recovering from C-sections, or anyone with back issues.

The one thing that stood out the most to us was how sturdy and secure the Halo Swivel Sleeper felt when in use. For starters, the base is a lot heavier than you might expect. This enables it to swivel 360 degrees and adjust without the danger of tipping over. The unique figure-eight maneuverability of the bassinet allows for it to extend over the edge of the bed, making it a great bedside bassinet option.

A few things we didn’t like on this bassinet were the price (over $200 before sheets, waterproof pads and accessories), the weight of the product, and that it’s a bit complicated to put together and take down.

Pros

  • Sturdy

Cons

  • Expensive

  • Heavy

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Happiest Baby Snoo Smart Sleeper

Invented by Dr. Harvey Karp of The Happiest Baby on the Block fame, The Snoo has been a top choice for parents since it was released three years ago. While it’s an excellent and sturdy bassinet, it comes with the biggest price tag of any model we tested. You could buy all three of our top picks for less than one Snoo. We’ll admit, the phone connectivity, built-in white noise, and the sleek design may make new parents swoon, but we feel that there are better options at better price points available. The Snoo has the same general lifespan as the other models we tested, and it doesn’t offer the portability or future functionality that we saw in our top picks. Like the Halo Bassinest it’s quite heavy and large compared to the folding models we tested.

Pros

  • Sturdy

Cons

  • Expensive

  • Large and unwieldy

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Moba Basket + Stand

Moba is a British brand that has created a 100% recyclable, TPE (a medical-grade rubber polymer) bassinet that has a 3D-printed look to it. It has 300 holes for airflow and breathability, a polypropylene mattress, and the outer material is all wipeable. The mattress cover and fabrics are all cotton, and we liked the unique style and design. While not inexpensive, the Moba still compares well to the other top picks, but it lacks some of the basics. The stand—sold separately for $75—is unique in that it can gently rock the bassinet back and forth, or keep it still. As with many new products, we’re always interested in seeing how it holds up over time, but Moba is definitely a brand to watch.

Pros

  • Made of recyclable material

  • Unique design

Cons

  • None we can find

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Arm's Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper

Arm’s Reach is aptly named—their products are designed to keep your newborn within arm’s reach—while following all of the latest safety guidelines. With a vast product catalog, we chose the Vue, one of their most popular models, to test out. While this doubles as a co-sleeper for parents who prefer to bed share, or a bassinet, it didn’t do either that well, and it lacked the security and stability of other models. We gave it low marks for the caliber of fabrics, sturdiness, and build quality. We never felt that it was as secure as the other models, and while it gets the job done, it doesn’t offer the same aesthetic properties that other models we tested did.

Pros

  • Doubles as a co-sleeper

Cons

  • Lacks security and stability

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MiClassic 2 in 1 Bassinet

The MiClassic received the lowest marks of the bassinets we tested. For starters, we never felt like it was fully-open when we unfolded it. There always seemed to be a dip in the middle of the mattress, which we felt could cause a baby to roll or slide. While inexpensive, it didn’t have the sturdy feel of other models, and the quality of the fabric and materials was low as well.

Pros

  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • Not sturdy

  • Low quality material

Meet the testers

Matthew DeLauder

Matthew DeLauder

Contributor

Matthew DeLauder is a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and baby gear expert with a decade of experience in the specialty product space.

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Katie Reising

Katie Reising

Contributor

I am a Florida girl turned Utahn. I live in the Salt Lake City area. I'm a Forensic Scientist working in the Biology Section at the Utah State Crime Lab and a new mom to my 5-month-old baby girl.

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