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The Best Bedside Bassinets on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about the best baby-shower gifts, a certain Google doc filled with baby essentials, and even the best pregnancy and maternity pillows, here we’re looking into the best bedside bassinets that you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best baby in-bed bassinet

SwaddleMe by Your Side Sleeper (Original)

“I never thought we would co-sleep, but with a fussy baby, it was easier to keep her in bed with me during the night. My husband bought me this co-sleeper so I could sleep being reassured that I wouldn’t roll onto our baby. The metal frame gives more support than the other models with foam siding, and the mesh sides allow you to see your little one while they sleep … This was the best investment and a great price. We will use it when we travel because it folds to only a few inches in height and is so easy to transport. The padding is a little cold, so I put a sheet on it, but other than that, zero complaints.”

Best bedside bassinet

Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper — Premiere Series Bassinet

“This is well worth the price. It hovers over the side of the bed so you’re basically co-sleeping with your baby. It swivels out of the way to make it easier for you to get out of bed or make the bed in the morning. The drop-side is so convenient for getting baby out and putting her back in after feedings. The low nightlight is perfect for checking on baby, and the brighter one is great for peeking at baby while she eats. This product is awesome!”

Best bedside bassinet

SwaddleMe by Your Bed Sleeper

“We absolutely loved this SwaddleMe bedside sleeper. We are older first-time parents and wanted to have the benefits of co-sleeping without the risks. This bassinet exceeded my expectations. The mesh allows for baby to see around the room and is not vision-limiting. Our girl seems to enjoy the curvature and head elevation even on the lowest setting, which seemed dramatic at first, but she seemed to love it … If I had another kid, I would most certainly use this again. I really do think we got the best of both worlds: co-sleeping without bed-sharing.”

Best in-bed sleeper for babies

DockATot Deluxe+ Dock (Pristine White)
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DockATot Deluxe+ Dock (Pristine White)

“This thing! Ridiculously expensive, but worth it. I never worry about co-sleeping anymore. My husband and I keep him in the middle, and he has his own little space. We can’t roll over on him, we tuck the blanket under so it can’t suffocate him. It’s super breathable, and he fits snugly, so his arms can’t jerk and wake him up. The end opens so he can grow and still use it, and I’ve washed the cover twice so far with no problems. It’s the safest way to co-sleep. I breastfeed and wake up through the night; the DockATot allows me the convenience of scooping him up, feeding him, and putting him back in his own bed without having to get up at all. No big, bulky bassinet or crib, just the perfect size little bed for my little man.”

Best in-bed sleeper for toddlers

DockATot Grand Dock (Pristine White)

“I could sing about the praises of our DockATot for days; it is incredible. We got ours when my daughter was 5 months, and at that time, I would rock her or hold her every time she would take a nap or at night. As soon as we got the dock, she started putting herself to sleep. I seriously tell everyone it’s made of magic. I’ll lay her in it, and she turns her head and falls asleep. It’s so cozy, and I think she feels so safe and warm in it. We use it for co-sleeping, but I also take it with me when I go to my parents’ house, to a hotel, to the beach, really everywhere! She naps like a champ because of it, and I seriously don’t know what we would do without ours.”

Best portable in-bed sleeper

Baby Delight Snuggle Nest Harmony Portable Infant Sleeper Baby Bed

“If you’re looking to co-sleep with your baby, this is your No. 1 choice. The nest is the biggest I’ve seen, so you’ll be able to use it for at least three months. The rigid walls make it secure, your baby won’t wiggle her way out of it in the middle of the night, and you won’t be worried about invading your baby’s space. Best of all, it’s portable, so it’s super easy to put baby to sleep where you are. This is especially useful when living in a two-story home or for those first visits to grandma. Also, the cover is fully washable. Just toss the thing in the washer and hang it out to dry. It dries super fast.”

Best baby bassinet that attaches to bed

Arm’s Reach Concepts Cambria Bassinet, Natural

“We think this is an awesome product and highly recommend it, especially for breastfeeding moms. With this by the bed, our son doesn’t even wake up fully for nighttime feedings. He’s so close that I hear him when he first starts to grunt, so I can pick him up early enough that he normally dream feeds and goes right back to sleep. That means we all get more sleep. There are mesh sides for good breathability. Wheels function well and have a brake. [It] attaches to the bed via an adjustable length strap that goes under the mattress (long enough for King), but can also be used as a stand-alone [bassinet].”

Best baby bedside crib with storage

Arm’s Reach Concepts Clear-Vue Cocoa/Fern

“We love this co-sleeper. The drop-side is fantastic for accessing baby in the middle of the night. The storage under the bassinet is very ample and great for keeping diapers and supplies. There is a strap that secures the bassinet to the bed as well that gives you extra security that the baby bed won’t tip. Recommend this bassinet to any new parents that want baby close for the first few months and easy access.”

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The Best Bedside Bassinets, According to Amazon Reviewers