You’ve heard stories from each side, but you still can’t come to a decision on whether or not you should add a bassinet or a crib to your baby shower registry. There are some mothers who started their newborns off in a bassinet and later transitioned them into a crib, while others simply purchased a crib. The good news, there really isn’t a right or wrong answer, it’s simply a matter of preference. To help you make a more informed decision, here are some things you should know about opting for a bassinet vs a crib.
Bassinets Are Ideal for Co-sleeping
Some parents don’t want their newborns to be very far from them during the first few weeks. It’s a lot easier for them to share the same room. Rather than having the baby in the bed with you which creates a bunch of safety hazards, you could instead have a bassinet in your master bedroom. Their compact size makes them easy to place in a corner out of the way.
Babies Love Snugg Spaces
Your newborn just came out of the womb and more than anything wants to feel that closeness as much as possible. Cribs, which are larger in size, make this impossible. Bassinets are smaller in size and, therefore, are easier to provide a snug environment for your baby.
Easier Access to Your Baby
Delivering a baby takes a toll on your body. If you happened to need a c-section or other procedure during labor, this only adds more stress. As you’re recuperating from childbirth, having easy access to your baby is ideal. Cribs are high and require you to unlatch locks to remove the baby easily. Bassinets are lower and, therefore, easy to place the baby in and pick them up as needed.
Whether you want to roll the baby into the office while you complete some work or you want to take them for a visit at your parent’s house, bassinets are easier to travel with. Newer models make it easy to fold and transport wherever you’d like. Cribs, unfortunately, have to stay where they are.
Your Baby Won’t Sleep in it Long
The one factor that could be considered a con to some parents is the fact that your baby will not sleep in the bassinet very long. At best, they can sleep in it for the first 3-6 months, but then eventually, they’ll need more space to sleep in. This is why some couples opt to spring for a crib.
Bassinet and Crib Shopping Tips
Whichever you decide, again, should be based on your personal preferences. As you’re shopping for products to add to your baby shower registry, keep these pointers in mind:
- Check reviews – your baby will be sleeping in the crib or bassinet and you want them to be safe. The best way to make sure you’re getting the right product is to check reviews. You can find sites that list the best baby bassinets and cribs online for you to review opinions, details, and features of a particular product.
- Convenience – invest in products that are most convenient. Some factors you may consider are the proximity of your room to the nursery, your budget, travel frequency, room size, and more.
There will be a lot of things you’ll have to fret over once your baby arrives, so don’t get too wrapped up on deciding whether to purchase a bassinet or a crib. As you can see from above, there are plenty of advantages to either and there isn’t a right or wrong answer. It comes down to determining what’s most convenient for you and safest for your baby. Now that you’ve gotten the hard part out of the way you can begin shopping for bedding.