• Guava Lotus Bassinet Kit + Crib Bundle

  • Chicco LullaGo Portable Bassinet

  • How We Tested

  • The Tests

  • What to Consider When Selecting a Bassinet

  • Other Bassinets We Tested

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Our Favorite Bassinets of 2019

  1. Best Overall

    Guava Lotus Bassinet Kit + Crib Bundle

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  2. Best Value

    Chicco LullaGo Portable Bassinet

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Guava Lotus Bassinet
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 too. While it’s on the expensive side, if you add up the price of buying a high-quality bassinet plus a separate pack and play, 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 great for traveling with your newborn or your toddler. It’s also quite convenient for when it’s not in use, as it makes storing it especially easy in even the smallest apartments.

Chicco LullaGo
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 fabrics, 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 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.

How We Tested

The Tester

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.

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.

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

Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper

The Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper is a well-known, highly recognizable 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 not you don’t need it. This feature makes it easier to get the baby in and out, 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 and adjust without the danger of tipping over. The unique figure-eight maneuverability of the bassinet allows for it to even extend over the edge of the bed.

A few things we didn’t like on this bassinet were the price ($265 before sheets, waterproof pads and accessories), the weight of the product, and that it’s a bit complicated to put together and take down.

Happiest Baby Snoo Smart Sleeper

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, included sleep sacks, 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.

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 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 rock back and forth or be stationary. 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.

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 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.

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.

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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