The 7 Best Bassinets for Your Newborn

Three of the best bassinets at Walmart Editor's picks

crib probably springs to mind when you think about your newborn’s sleep space, but when it comes to comfort, emotional connection and convenience, a bassinet should be the first item on your list.

Typically used for infants up to six months old, the best bassinets can easily tuck next to a bed or couch so baby is nearby for feeding, soothing and cuddling at any time of day (or night!). A bassinet may only get around six months of use per child, but it can have immeasurable health benefits[1] for a worn-out mama and her new sidekick.

Since there are so many models to choose between—from portable bassinets to co-sleepers—we’ve gathered all the details so you don’t have to. Here are the seven best baby bassinets for every budget.

(Have more questions? Our bassinet buying guide has you covered.)

Our editor’s picks

Assembly required: Partial

Assembled weight: 29.7 pounds

Collapsible: No

Wheels: Yes

Extra features: Three speeds, two-speed vibrations, white noise, dimmable light settings

  • Airy, mesh sides

  • Requires loud cry to activate

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Assembly required: Yes

Assembled weight: 20.5 pounds

Collapsible: No

Wheels: No

Extra features: Vibrations, nightlight, soothing sounds, overhead mobile

  • Portable light projector

  • A little low to the ground

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Assembly required: Yes

Assembled weight: 32.6 pounds

Collapsible: No

Wheels: No

Extra features: 360-degree swivel, lowering bedside wall, adjustable base, storage pocket

  • 360-degree swivel

  • A bit bulky

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Assembly required: Yes

Assembled weight: 12.7 pounds

Collapsible: No

Wheels: Yes

Extra features: Easy to assemble, breathable mesh windows, under-bassinet storage

  • Incredibly lightweight

  • Vibrations and sounds only play for five minutes

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Assembly required: No

Assembled weight: 16.5 pounds

Collapsible: Yes

Wheels: Yes

Extra features: High-quality material, plush mattress pad and sheet

  • Machine washable

  • Sits low

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Assembly required: Not listed

Assembled weight: 9.07 pounds

Collapsible: Yes

Wheels: No

Extra features: Mesh sides, rocking or stationary, machine-washable cover

  • Folds flat

  • Larger than average

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Assembly required: Partial

Assembled weight: 22 pounds

Collapsible: No

Wheels: No

Extra features: Rocking base, easy to assemble, two sheets included

  • Beautiful modern design

  • Cloth sides aren’t removable

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In this guide
Do you need a bassinet?

A bassinet is a small bed that’s specifically designed for newborns and infants up to around six months old. While a bassinet isn’t an absolute necessity, it’s designed to fit beside your bed and research shows that infants who share a room with their parents have a lower risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).[2] Many bassinets are also light enough to move around the house (meaning you can switch rooms and always see baby!).

Types of baby bassinets
A rocking bassinet from Walmart Vibrating or rocking bassinet

This type of bassinet rocks back and forth, vibrates or is suspended so that it gently sways in response to your baby’s movements.

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Bedside bassinet from Walmart Co-sleeper or bedside bassinet

You can push this type right up to your bed so that your baby has a safe space to sleep within arm’s reach. This type is great for moms who’ve had c-sections.

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Portable or travel bassinet Travel bassinet

A portable or travel bassinet folds down to make it compact enough to throw in the car for weekend getaways or a visit to grandma’s house.

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Features to consider
  • Depth: Options that enable you to easily lean over and place your baby in the bassinet are ideal—especially when you’re recovering from a c-section and significant movement is discouraged.
  • Mesh sides: Offering better ventilation, airflow and an unrestricted view of your baby, mesh walls are a great safety feature.
  • Collapsibility: If you plan to use your bassinet while away from home, investigate whether or not it folds or disassembles easily.
  • Canopy: Some bassinets come with a built-in, adjustable “hood” for blocking light and helping baby sleep, which may be a good feature to have if you live in a light-filled space or plan to travel with the bassinet.
  • Washable fabrics and materials: A bassinet with a washable mattress and an easy-to-wipe frame will make inevitable messes easier to clean.
  • Wheels: If you want to move your bassinet from room to room, wheels will help.
Bassinet safety tips
  • Check product recalls: All new or used cribs, cradles and bassinets sold in Canada must meet a set of safety regulations. To determine if the model you’re considering is safe, visit this site.
  • Pay attention to mattress thickness: Bassinet mattresses must be 1.5 inches thick and under. If you’re thinking about purchasing one that’s used, ensure that it’s not soft or overly worn before you buy.[3]
  • Check for wheel and rocking locks: If your bassinet has wheels and/or rocks, check that it has a locking feature to limit movement by curious siblings or pets and, eventually, by your baby.
  • Follow the instructions: Always follow the manufacturer’s manual when assembling—never make modifications!—and check and tighten bassinet hardware often.[4]
  • Carefully choose its placement: Place the bassinet away from windows, patio doors, curtains, lamps, window blind cords, extension cords and electrical plugs.[5]
  • Keep the mattress area clear: Skip comforters, pillows, bumper pads, stuffies or any items that could present a hazard (think: necklaces, scarves, elastic bands or pacifiers on long cords).[6]
  • Watch the weight limit: While 15 to 20 pounds is the average weight most bassinets will hold, pay attention to the recommended limit or age range listed in the manufacturer’s guidelines of your specific model.[7]
  • Know when to retire the bassinet: Health Canada cautions that you should move your baby from a bassinet to a crib once they have reached the manufacturer’s weight limit or when they can roll over[8]—whichever comes first.
Best bassinet overall
Graco Sense2Snooze Bassinet with Cry Detection Technology Graco Sense2Snooze Bassinet with Cry Detection Technology Graco Sense2Snooze Bassinet with Cry Detection Technology Graco Sense2Snooze Bassinet with Cry Detection Technology Graco Sense2Snooze Bassinet with Cry Detection Technology Graco Sense2Snooze Bassinet with Cry Detection Technology Graco Sense2Snooze Bassinet with Cry Detection Technology
  • Assembly required: Partial

  • Assembled weight: 29.7 pounds

  • Collapsible: No

  • Wheels: Yes

  • Extra features: Three speeds, two-speed vibrations, white noise, dimmable light settings

With a built-in microphone that hears baby’s cries and prompts a head-to-toe motion, song and sound response, this bassinet is designed to find the ideal recipe to help soothe your baby.  Once determined, parents can save the sound-and-movement combo for future use. Brilliant!

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • Its airy, mesh sides are ideal for airflow and baby visibility.

  • The reversible canopy blocks light for easier napping.

  • Integrated storage for baby gear adds to its convenience factor, though the pockets are on the smaller side.

Cons
  • Cry detection may not activate without a loud cry from your child.

  • The lowest rocking speed may be too fast for some babies.

The draw
The Graco Sense2Snooze is a great bassinet. Lots of useful features. Has good rocking motion that helps with a fussy baby.
-Lilo, originally posted on gracobaby.com
The downside
Storage in the skirt is tight so I could only put four diapers in a pocket and they didn’t seem large enough for a brand new packet of wipes.
-Faithisbelief, originally posted on gracobaby.com
Best value bassinet
Fisher Price Soothing Motions Bassinet Fisher Price Soothing Motions Bassinet Fisher Price Soothing Motions Bassinet Fisher Price Soothing Motions Bassinet Fisher Price Soothing Motions Bassinet Fisher Price Soothing Motions Bassinet Fisher Price Soothing Motions Bassinet Fisher Price Soothing Motions Bassinet Fisher Price Soothing Motions Bassinet
  • Assembly required: Yes

  • Assembled weight: 20.5 pounds

  • Collapsible: No

  • Wheels: No

  • Extra features: Vibrations, nightlight, soothing sounds, overhead mobile

While it may not have wheels or a canopy like the Graco model, this Fisher-Price bassinet features plenty of bells and whistles to soothe your baby to sleep. Not only does it vibrate and play music, but the main attraction is a light projection unit that fills the ceiling with stimulating nighttime stars. Even better? The projector can be removed and used on a tabletop once your child outgrows the bassinet.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • This Fisher-Price bassinet is a good value for the price, considering it comes with extras like a mobilebassinet sheet and portable projector.

  • The variety of mobile toys, motions and sounds help promote your baby’s sensory development. Keep in mind that it takes batteries.

  • It’s super easy to assemble and use.

Cons
  • Some reviewers say it’s a little low, making it uncomfortable to lift baby in and out.

  • It doesn’t have wheels, which means it’s harder to move if your baby is already in position.

The draw
Amazing for the price! My little one loves it. As soon as we bought this he went from sleeping two-hour stretches to four-hour stretches at three months! it does everything and he loves the mobile attachment!
-Anonymous, Walmart customer
The downside
I love it, except for how low it is. When you're sore after giving birth you really have to lean low to comfort baby when falling asleep and get baby out of the bassinet.
-Sar11, Walmart customer
Best bedside bassinet
Halo BassiNest Swivel Sleeper Premiere Series Halo BassiNest Swivel Sleeper Premiere Series Halo BassiNest Swivel Sleeper Premiere Series Halo BassiNest Swivel Sleeper Premiere Series Halo BassiNest Swivel Sleeper Premiere Series Halo BassiNest Swivel Sleeper Premiere Series Halo BassiNest Swivel Sleeper Premiere Series Halo BassiNest Swivel Sleeper Premiere Series Halo BassiNest Swivel Sleeper Premiere Series
  • Assembly required: Yes

  • Assembled weight: 32.6 pounds

  • Collapsible: No

  • Wheels: No

  • Extra features: Lowering bedside wall, adjustable base, storage pocket, vibrations and sound

It may be one of the pricier bassinets on our list, but it also doubles as a two-in-one sleeper: a free-standing bassinet and a co-sleeper depending on how you use it. Co-sleeper bassinets (a.k.a. bedside bassinets) provide peace of mind by pulling up alongside your bed while maintaining your baby’s separate sleep area, which reduces health risks associated with bed-sharing.[9] Another big perk is the one-touch soothing panel featuring a nightlight, four calming sounds and two vibration levels to help relax your child before sleep. Don’t need the vibrations and sounds? Try this Halo BassiNest model, which is a bit more affordable and still swivels.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • In co-sleeper mode, the drop-side makes it easy for you to reach your baby without getting out of bed—an especially important feature if you’re experiencing post-childbirth pain.

  • Convenient pockets keep diapers and wipes handy for late-night diaper changes.

  • The swivel feature means you can move the bassinet smoothly, which allows you to get in and out of bed without disrupting your baby’s sleep.

Cons
  • It’s sturdy, but it also may be too large for some spaces. You’ll need at least 32 inches of space from a wall.

The draw
I am using this bedside for my newborn and it definitely helps in bonding. The height of this bassinet is adjustable and makes it super comfortable to breastfeed or take care of the baby from bed.
-Ayaan, originally posted on Halo Sleep
The downside
Wish the base was a little smaller. Seems kinda bulky.
-Krika717, originally posted on Halo Sleep
Best bassinet on a budget
Delta Children Sweet Slumber Bassinet, Garden Path Delta Children Sweet Slumber Bassinet, Garden Path Delta Children Sweet Slumber Bassinet, Garden Path Delta Children Sweet Slumber Bassinet, Garden Path Delta Children Sweet Slumber Bassinet, Garden Path Delta Children Sweet Slumber Bassinet, Garden Path Delta Children Sweet Slumber Bassinet, Garden Path
  • Assembly required: Yes

  • Assembled weight: 12.7 pounds

  • Collapsible: No

  • Wheels: Yes

  • Extra features: Easy to assemble, breathable mesh windows, under-bassinet storage

With an attached (and adjustable) electronic mobile that features soothing sounds, vibrations, twinkle lights and spinning toys, your baby will sleep easy in this roomy, sturdy and easy-to-move bassinet.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • It’s ultra-lightweight and compact.

  • The entire unit is easy to clean.

  • It features a nightlight that’s perfect for diaper changes or feedings in the wee hours.

Cons
  • Some parents find the mesh windows hard to see through.

  • The sound and vibration features are programmed to play for just five minutes.

The draw
I love this bassinet. I was looking for something simplified that I could use as a first-time mom, and this does not disappoint. It was easy to assemble and fits perfectly next to our bed! I am very pleased with this bassinet.
-Nicole, Walmart customer
The downside
It’s a great bassinet for the price, but the only thing I don’t like is the mobile is kind of loose on it.
-Cierra, Walmart customer
Best portable bassinet
Dream on Me Palm 3-in-1 Bassinet Dream on Me Palm 3-in-1 Bassinet Dream on Me Palm 3-in-1 Bassinet Dream on Me Palm 3-in-1 Bassinet Dream on Me Palm 3-in-1 Bassinet Dream on Me Palm 3-in-1 Bassinet Dream on Me Palm 3-in-1 Bassinet Dream on Me Palm 3-in-1 Bassinet Dream on Me Palm 3-in-1 Bassinet
  • Assembly required: No

  • Assembled weight: 16.5 pounds

  • Collapsible: Yes

  • Wheels: Yes

  • Extra features: High-quality material, mesh sides, plush mattress pad and sheet

Ideal for small spaces, this option grows with your baby, conveniently converting from bassinet to rocking cradle to playpen. Even better: It features breathable mesh fabric on all sides and its plush, insulated foam mattress pad comes with a sheet.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The bassinet is available in two patterned colours: black and pink.

  • Its mattress cover is easy to remove and is machine washable.

  • The bassinet can be disassembled for travel.

Cons
  • Some parents have found the bassinet sits lower than they’d like.

  • In some models, the zipper can be faulty.

The draw
Great bassinet/playpen. Doesn’t take up too much space and is comfortable for the baby!
-Jax24, Walmart customer
The downside
I don’t love how low the bassinet [sits] but I could get used to it.
-Chandra, originally posted on dreamonme.com
Best rocking bassinet
Ingenuity Wood FoldAway Rocking Bassinet Ingenuity Wood FoldAway Rocking Bassinet Ingenuity Wood FoldAway Rocking Bassinet Ingenuity Wood FoldAway Rocking Bassinet Ingenuity Wood FoldAway Rocking Bassinet Ingenuity Wood FoldAway Rocking Bassinet Ingenuity Wood FoldAway Rocking Bassinet Ingenuity Wood FoldAway Rocking Bassinet Ingenuity Wood FoldAway Rocking Bassinet
  • Assembly required: Not listed

  • Assembled weight: 9.07 pounds

  • Collapsible: Yes

  • Wheels: No

  • Extra features: Mesh sides, rocking or stationary, machine-washable cover

Stylish and spacious, the Ingenuity Wood FoldAway is our top pick for rocking bassinets. It has a smart-locking design that allows it to easily convert from a stationary bassinet to a rocker depending on your baby’s mood. The wooden legs are also foldable for easy storage or moving the bassinet from room to room.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • This rocking bassinet is the only one on our list that has a classic wood design for a sleek, contemporary look.

  • It folds flat so you can easily store it in a closet or under the bed.

  • It’s lightweight and easy to move around.

Cons
  • While many reviewers like that the bassinet is larger than most, finding bassinet sheets to fit the unusual proportions can be tricky.

  • Works well on carpet, but doesn’t rock so well on hard surfaces.

The draw
This stunning bassinet is so sturdy and has lots of room inside it. It also folds up very easily for travel or to slide out of the way temporarily. This is a winner and a must-have.
-Steponme, originally posted on kidsii.com
The downside
The rocking feature isn't that great unless the bassinet is on a high, soft carpet.
-Mo24, Walmart customer
Most stylish bassinet
Concord Baby Harlow Bassinet Concord Baby Harlow Bassinet
  • Assembly required: Partial

  • Assembled weight: 22 pounds

  • Collapsible: No

  • Wheels: No

  • Extra features: Rocking base, easy to assemble

With its mid-century modern design, this sleek option features a grey linen-blend basket on a stylish arched metal base. Its cozy siding keeps your baby nestled and its waterproof mattress comes complete with two machine-washable fitted sheets for added comfort and convenience.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The modern finish looks chic in any space.

  • It’s easy to tote from room to room.

  • This model provides high quality at a reasonable price.

Cons
  • The bassinet fabric may be tricky to wash if messes happen.

  • Some parents find that the included sheets aren’t as soft as they’d like.

The draw
This sleek, mid-century modern–inspired piece fits so well within our aesthetic and we don’t have to compromise baby's comfort, as the underpad is wipeable and comes with two thick canvas cotton material sheets that wash and dry well.
-kendallerica, Walmart customer
The downside
The bassinet sheets are removable but not the fabric on the sides. If baby has an accident on it then it will be difficult to clean. Wish the fabric of the bassinet was washable.
-Yass Z, Walmart customer
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Liz Bruckner is a seasoned writer and editor who has been writing about all things lifestyle for more than 15 years. She’s contributed to Today’s Parent, Canadian Living, House & Home, The Toronto Star, The National Post and more. She lives in Central Ontario with her husband and three rambunctious boys and may or may not be known for her deep love for baked goods.
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