Bassinet vs. Crib: Which Is Better For Your Baby?

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August 6, 2021 by Marjorie R. Rogers, MA (English), Certified Consultant

Where should a newborn sleep? If you are welcoming a newborn soon, one of the hardest decisions to make as a parent is where the baby should sleep. You will have to choose between a bassinet and a baby crib.

Babies spend most of their time sleeping, and their sleep safety and comfort should be your priority when choosing between the two. If you are puzzled on which one is better for your baby, understanding the difference and weighing in the pros and cons of each will help you make a better decision.

What is a bassinet?

This is a bed specifically designed for babies’ tiny babies of age 0-4 months old. They are like a small basket shield with breathable mesh walls attached on legs with wheels that are lockable from sides to sides. They are smaller, lighter in weight, and easier to move around.

Bassinets (Link) come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. They come with a canopy to protect the baby from bags. Modern bassinets have exciting features like songs and light to keep the baby entertained when they are awake.

Pros of Bassinets:

  • Made of baby-safe materials
  • Easily portable from one room to the other
  • It comes with added features like sounds and lights
  • Reduced risk of SIDS
  • Ideal for small living spaces
  • Easier lay down your baby as it raises bed level to an adult’s waistline
  • It weighs less than a crib
  • Cheaper than a crib
  • Can be used for newborn straight away
  • Versatile in terms of shapes, designs, sizes, and quality

Cons of Bassinet

  • Need to be replaced once the baby is about 4-6 months
  • Weight limit

What is a Crib?

A baby crib is a bigger, highly stable, durable baby bed designed to accommodate bigger babies up to 3 years old. Cribs have high-sided walls that safely surround the mini-sized mattress to keep babies in their beds.

A crib is a great investment, especially when babies start growing and weighing more. Just like the bassinets, cribs come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles.

Pros of a Crib

  • Used for longer years
  • Stable, sturdy, and safe
  • Has no weight limitations
  • Convertible designs available
  • Adjustable height

Cons of Cribs

  • Higher initial cost
  • Requires a larger space because of their size
  • Difficult to move
  • It cannot be used straight away after a baby is born

Which One is Better for Your Baby?

Since both the bassinet and baby crib are safe for your kid, the decision to choose which one is better is within your capacity. Examine the advantages and disadvantages of each, your budget, how much space you have, and you will choose one that suits your needs.

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About Author (Marjorie R. Rogers)

The inspiring mum of 6 who dedicates her time to supporting others. While battling with her own demons she continues to be the voice for others unable to speak out. Mental illness almost destroyed her, yet here she is fighting back and teaching you all the things she has learned along the way. Get Started To Read …

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