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The Best Bassinets on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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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 products and single out the most convincing reviews. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

While we’ve written about the best baby-food-makers, baby turban trends, and the best toddler beds before, here we’re going deep on the best bassinets on Amazon, according to the people.

Best-rated bassinet

SwaddleMe by Your Bed Sleeper

Reviewers liked that this bassinet allowed them to sleep close to their babies without worry. “Newborns just want to be close to you, and this lets us be inches apart but in a much safer way,” says one new mom. Another reviewer likes that this bassinet has a few options for incline to combat reflux: “My husband and I just had our first child. She has really bad reflux and also hated being swaddled, and refused to lay in any kind of bed that wasn’t my chest/arms or my husband’s. This bassinet thing SAVED us.” The base of this bassinet allows it to get right up close to the side of a bed. This reviewer likes how close it is for night feedings: “We’ve been using this bassinet every day since bringing our little one home from the hospital. It’s good for the bedside. We put it at the foot of our bed so either one of us can get her in the middle of the night.”

Best-rated (less expensive) bassinet

Delta Children Deluxe Sweet Beginnings Bassinet

This bassinet is popular among reviewers who like that it has wheels that lock when needed: “I’m a new mom, and this has been so ideal. It rolls on carpet and hardwoods and also has a firm locking system.” They also loved that it isn’t so spacious as to hinder newborn sleep: “I purchased this when my son was 1 week old out of sheer desperation. He had been sleeping in a pack’n’play bassinet that was about 10 times the size he was, so he seemed to feel really insecure in the big space. The small size helped him feel at ease in his sleeping space.” “I absolutely love that it’s on wheels. I’ve toted him all over the house in his bassinet,” writes another reviewer. “The little under basket thing is great for storing extra blankets, binkys, or whatever else you might need to grab easily during bedtime.”

And now for some micro-picks for every type of bassinet you might be looking for.

Best rocking bassinet

2 in 1 Rock & Stay Bassinet One-Second Fold Travel Crib Portable

Parents who review this bassinet really like the rocking function, which you can use by shifting the horizontal rods on the base: “The rocking function is amazing, I use it more often than the normal mode.” This mom with a big baby likes the roomy size: “This bassinet was a lifesaver on our recent vacation. We have a very big 4-month-old baby (18 lbs.) and loved how spacious the dimensions are on this bassinet — it’s much larger than other similar products.” Other reviewers like that it folds up easily. “I absolutely love this little bassinet, it folds up so easy. We took it to camping with us and it was super-easy to fold up and it even comes with a bag to put it in. Don’t know why people spend $300 on a bassinet that stays in one place. Also it’s actually pretty big. My son could probably sleep in it until he’s a 1-year-old.”

Best gliding bassinet

Graco DreamGlider Gliding Swing and Sleeper

“I regret not buying this sooner. Our daughter sleeps so comfortably and soundly through the night!” says one happy parent. “I bought this for my fifth baby and boy do I wish I’d had it for the previous four. My baby is now 3 months old. I often lay her awake in this bed/rocker while I brush my teeth and then find her asleep in just a few minutes. She loves the mobile, the rocking/gliding and the vibration feature,” says another reviewer, who wishes she’d found it sooner. One very candid reviewer has this to say: “I friggin’ love this thing! I got drunk and messaged another mom of a newborn who told me she had the same glider as me in my photos and we literally spent 20 minutes talking about how amazing it is and comparing the different sounds and classical music our newborn daughters prefer.”

Best portable bassinet

Lulyboo Bassinet To Go Classic

Reviewers of this bassinet that can be worn like a backpack love the versatility of it. “We have a 10-week-old boy, and when his grandparents come to visit for the weekend, he sleeps in our room. With this portable bed, he can safely sleep between us in our bed or on the couch without rolling off.” Another reviewer likes that it comes with a little built-in mobile: “Possibly the best baby purchase I’ve ever done. I put my 2.5-month-old in there with the canopy and the toys and she stays entertained for a long time, and then when I notice she’s getting sleepy, I take the toys on the canopy off and she falls asleep BY HERSELF.” One parent who uses this around the house likes that it gives his arms a rest during the day. “This portable bassinet makes my daily life so much easier every single day. While I already have a bassinet upstairs for overnight sleeping and a bassinet in his playard, this portable bassinet makes it much easier to get things done around the house and let my baby rest no matter where I am when he’s tired.”

Best bassinet with mesh cover

Brica Fold N’ Go Travel Bassinet

Reviewers of this mesh folding travel bassinet like how they can see their baby through the sides: “The mesh sides are awesome because you can look across the room and see if baby is awake/moving or not. It’s also got a solid backing, so you can pick the whole thing up and move it without baby sagging in the center.” Another reviewer who uses it as a co-sleeper likes that the sides are flexible. “Doesn’t give us much space on our queen bed, but it provides plenty of breathing and growing room for my son. The elastic mesh sides make it easy to pick him up if I’m sitting next to the bassinet. Love having this!” Another mom who uses it in bed likes that she doesn’t have to move much to reach her baby at night: “I had a C-section and wanted to keep my baby near me, but the bed is so high a bassinet would be too low for me to reach my baby. I put this on the bed and I can check on him through the night. As soon as he’s rolling and moving around more, I don’t think it’d be safe on the bed, but it’s perfect for the newborn stage.”

Best bassinet with changing table

Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard Snuggle Suite

Reviewers love that this bassinet has lots of uses and grows with their baby: “I love that you could take the inclined bassinet out and use it around the house and she would nap well wherever in the space she was used to. She has now graduated to the higher, flat bassinet and she sleeps wonderfully on it. The changing table is fantastic, we love the high sides.” This reviewer likes that it comes with a changing table. “The changing table is a lifesaver. It’s very easy to remove and install, and the curves keep my little one from going over now that he’s bigger and able to wiggle more.” Another reviewer says that this saves them time by having everything in one place. “Our baby slept in this for the first few months of her life when she was in our room and waking up multiple times at night and I am so glad we had the diaper changing station right there — it saved us so much time and everything is within arms reach with the caddy on the side that can easily hold 10-20 diapers, wipes, cream, and then some.”

Best bassinet with canopy

Dream On Me Karley Bassinet

Because of its sturdy canopy, this bassinet is popular with new parents who are also cat owners: “I have two cats who love my daughter, which is fine while we are all awake and I can make sure she isn’t being smothered, but at bedtime it is unsafe, so we bought this in order to keep the cats away while she sleeps. One of my cats has taken to sleeping on top of the cover. The first time I woke up and saw it I freaked out because I was worried it would bend or collapse, but after several nights of waking up to see it and once of watching my cat take a running jump onto it without it collapsing I stopped worrying about it.” Another reviewer likes that it lasts a really long time. “We used this until my son was about 9 months old and too big for it, and then I gave it to someone who needed a bassinet and she got just as much mileage out of it as well.” And this cat owner likes that it’s the perfect height for using by the bed: “My cats are big snugglers. The zip top cover will keep the baby safe while she sleeps and keep my cats from shedding all over her. The height goes to right about perfect bedside height, and it is very lightweight and easy to move around.”

Best looking bassinet

BABYBJORN Cradle

Most of the people who reviewed this bassinet like it for its combined style and function. “We were looking for a safe, nontoxic bassinet that would rock and bounce, and this does both. It also looks very nice, and I like that the mesh is removable and washable.” This reviewer mentions that the mesh sides are safer in case her baby turns to the side at night: “Beautiful, functional, light! Baby sleeps great in this and we rest well at night knowing she is in her cradle safe and sound. The mesh allows baby to breathe even if she turns to the side.” And a happy customer says that she got her money’s worth and more: “I’ve used this little cradle for two of my babies and a friend used it for one of hers and it’s still in great condition. The simple design is aesthetically pleasing and very functional. I don’t regret splurging on it!”

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The Best Bassinets on Amazon According to Reviews