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 ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
Best-rated (and least expensive) bedside bassinet
For parents who want to keep their babies in bed with them at night but are worried about safety, the SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper is the best option and one of the more affordable for co-sleeping. “This bassinet style co-sleeper allowed me to have him in bed, but protected in his own space,” says one reviewer, a sentiment that was echoed in comany of the product’s reviews. “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,” explains another reviewer, while another writes, “With the rigid frame, we didn’t have to worry about rolling over onto him or him sliding out, which was a concern with others of this style.” Other reviewers also noted the portability of the bedside bassinet, like one who says that it “folds to only a few inches in height and is so easy to transport.” Another writes, “it travels well and is essentially a portable safe sleep space for your baby.” Another perk? “The price is a steal, too,” making it the most affordable option on this list.
Best soft-sided bedside bassinet for babies
The DockATot lounger is another popular choice among parents who choose to co-sleep with their babies. While it comes with a steep price tag, people swear by it: “This thing! Ridiculously expensive, but worth it,” says one reviewer. “I never worry about co-sleeping anymore. 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,” she continues. One of the biggest draws of the DockATot is the way that it mimics the coziness of the womb, creating a snug space for the baby, a feature that parents say help their otherwise fussy children sleep better: “This thing saved our lives. My baby wouldn’t sleep in his bassinet because it felt so cold and big. The DockATot safely nestles him making him feel so cozy. Our nights are totally different.” This reviewer agrees: “The DockATot has given us back the magic of sleep.” “[My daughter] is used to being cuddled by mommy, so she wouldn’t sleep in bassinet or crib alone for more than 30 minutes. Since we got the DockATot she sleeps all night in it,” writes another reviewer.
Best soft-sided bedside bassinet for toddlers
The DockATot Grand Dock is a popular bedside bassinet for babies between 9 months and 36 months. The larger version of the DockATot Deluxe, it has the same cozy features that make it ideal for co-sleeping. “My son loved the Deluxe but outgrew it so we had to buy the Grand, as it is the only thing we can get him to sleep in,” says a reviewer. “He loves feeling nestled and secured.” Other reviewers agree: “Once again, DockATot delivers. Super roomy and snuggly. My dreams have come true … literally, now baby sleeps and so can I.” Like the Deluxe, reviewers also found it to be a safe option for co-sleeping: “This was the only safe, quality product I could find for over 6 months. My baby outgrew his much less expensive sleeper at 6 months and he would not sleep in his crib or Pack n Play.” Reviewers also noted that it helps with the transition from the parents’ bed to the baby’s own crib: “My baby loves to sleep and it made the bed-to-crib transition easier.” “A must have for any new family member transitioning to a crib and soon to a bed,” says another review.
Best adjustable bedside bassinet
While this is technically a bedside bassinet, the fact that it swivels 360 degrees and can be arranged to hover just above your bed makes it an ideal solution among parents who want to co-sleep with their babies without worrying about safety issues: “I splurged and purchased the Halo Bassinest and it has been one of the best decisions and worth it. I prop one side over the bed so he sleeps beside me safely. The sides are mesh so I can easily see him and not worry about him suffocating if he gets up against the side. The swivel feature is great too because I can easily get out of bed or move it to make the bed and change the sheets. I don’t know how I would get any sleep without this. I can easily get him out during the night to feed and put him back.” This reviewer agrees: “One of the best features of the HALO Bassinet is how it offers parents a safe but at the same time an extremely convenient way of co-sleeping.” With sides that pull down and pop back up automatically, it allows parents to bring their babies into bed without getting up: “It makes it so much easier to breastfeed during the night without getting up,” says one reviewer. “For new moms who will be breastfeeding, but aren’t comfortable co-sleeping this is what you need,” says another.
Best bedside bedside bassinet
Here’s another popular co-sleeping option among reviewers looking to keep baby by their side but not in bed. “The drop-side is fantastic for accessing baby in the middle of the night,” explains one reviewer, and many other parents like that they can bring the bassinet flush to their bed and provide easy access to the baby. “I love the co-sleeper because it allows me to lie down next to baby and watch him fall asleep,” says a reviewer. “It is so comforting and easy to have the baby attached the bed. I can just roll over and check on her versus getting up. I also know she is safe from being laid on accidentally,” says another. This reviewer agrees: “I love how it straps securely and flush to our bed. I love the ventilated sides.” And because it has wheels, it’s portable, too: “I’d just roll this bed wherever it was convenient for baby to nap each day until she got to where she’d sit up and then we had to move her permanently to her crib with higher sides.”
Best portable bedside bassinet
Here’s another bedside bassinet with rigid sides that is a popular choice among reviewers who value portability and the ability to travel with a bed, as it folds up into a compact carrying case. “If you’re looking to co-sleep with your baby, this is your No. 1 choice. 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,” says one reviewer. “Could not survive without this. We used this product for both children and they both slept great. We bring it downstairs for naps and with us when we travel or visit friends,” reports another reviewer. “Effective and efficient. The quick folding makes for quick packing and the handle makes for easy transportation,” agrees another.
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