Not sure whether to buy a crib or a bassinet? Deciding what’s best for your baby is tough so here’s everything you need to know about the two to make the best choice.
Infants tend to spend a major portion of their day sleeping which makes their sleeping place an important commodity in the household. One of the first products that come to parents minds when buying their infant’s furniture is cribs and bassinets.
You need to exclusive while selecting your infant’s furniture and that is why we have compiled data that will help you decide to buy a crib or a bassinet. If you are still confused between crib or bassinet, you can either go for a convertible car seat which can be converted to both crib and bassinet.
Round 1 (comfort)
While the cribs can be comfortable too but the infants prefer the snugness and the comfort of a bassinet more. Bassinets are fluffy which provides more comfort to the child.
Bassinet leads cribs by 2-0.
Round 2 (Co-sleeping)
Bassinets win here because of the size. They are comparatively smaller than cribs and hence can be put up in the same room as the parents. Studies indicate that co-sleeping between parents and infant reduce the chances of SIDS in infants by 50%.
Parents are more comfortable when their child sleeps close to them, and it is more convenient for the midnight feeds but it is not recommended to sleep in the same bed together, sleeping off a baby in a crib or bassinet is better.
Round 3 (Portability)
Bassinets are smaller in size than cribs and hence are more portable than cribs. It is easier to put the baby in a bassinet as opposed to a crib. Cribs can become a real headache if the sides don’t come down and you will have to lean over to put the baby in it.
And moving or changing the location of a bassinet is much easier than moving a crib. Therefore a bassinet is more portable and can be moved around easily.
Round 4 (longevity)
Cribs take all the points here as cribs are long lasting and can outdo bassinets for over 2-3 years. Cribs are made up of hard wood which helps them last for the whole infancy of your child and much more than that.
- Bassinets have hood and covers which help in blocking of the sun or artificial light.
- Bassinets are more affordable as you can find them for less than $50, but crib comes no less than $100.
- Bassinets have a limit for weights whereas a crib does not face this problem.
- It also decides the parenting relationship between you and your child. If you want a close relationship with your infant, you will choose a bassinet, but if you want your child to be independent of day one then you will surely go for a crib.
If you are still confused, don’t worry lots of parents still find it hard to make this decision so fast. Take your time and evaluate your options. The bassinet is more comfortable and is more portable, but a crib lasts more. I hope you take a wise decision.