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Best Bassinet of 2021

We tested bassinets from BabyBjorn, Uppababy, Lotus, Baby Delight, and others to find the best
It is easy to reach in for little ones when using the HALO bedside.
Credit: Abriah Wofford
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team
Tuesday June 22, 2021
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Is a bassinet on your list of baby gear to purchase? We've purchased 21 options for testing selecting our favorite 13 for 2021. We include a wide range of options, from the most gadgety high-tech sleepers to more classic and straightforward setups. We used a combination of metrics such as breathability, ease of use, sleep surface, quality, and eco-health to produce our results. We found that each bassinet may appeal to a different family, depending on what your needs and priorities are. We can help you narrow down the options to make the best decision for your baby.

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Pros Natural materials available, adjustable height, easy to reach babyMesh breathability, swivel versatility, easy access to baby bedsideGood at soothing, stylish, effective safety featuresSturdy, travel crib, easy to open/closeVery breathable, machine washable
Cons Expensive, hard to moveSpot clean only, hard to move from room to roomConcerning EMF, expensive, may not work for every babyHard to move from room to room, priceExpensive, easy to compress mattress, MDF board
Bottom Line Easy access to baby in a quality wood co-sleeper that looks greatGreat for c-section moms and parents who'd like a safer alternative to co-sleepingA well-built bassinet that might help soothe but we feel the EMF exposure is riskyTravel crib bassinet that is easy to unfold but hard to use and moveNice bedside cradle with machine washable mesh and mattress
Rating Categories babybay Bedside Sle... HALO Bassinest Esse... SNOO Smart Sleeper 4moms Breeze Bassinet BabyBjorn Cradle
Ease Of Use (35%)
6.0
6.0
5.0
3.0
5.0
Breathability (25%)
10.0
8.0
10.0
5.0
9.0
Sleep Surface (20%)
7.0
8.0
9.0
4.0
6.0
Quality (15%) Sort Icon
10.0
9.0
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8.0
8.0
Eco Health (5%)
6.0
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Specs babybay Bedside Sle... HALO Bassinest Esse... SNOO Smart Sleeper 4moms Breeze Bassinet BabyBjorn Cradle
Assembled Weight 28.6 lbs 33 lbs 35.1 lbs 28.9 lbs 12.1 lbs
Open Dimensions 37.1"H x 36"L x 20.7"W 36.9"H x 45.3"L (base) 33.8" (bassinet) x 21.8"W (bassinet) 31"H x 35.5"L x 20"W 29"H x 45.8"L x 32.6"W 26"H x 31.5"L x 18"W
Age/Height/Weight Limit 5 Months
Discontinue Use When Infant:
Pushes Up On Hands And Knees
Discontinue As An Attachable Baby Bed When Infant:
Rolls Over Or Pulls Up To A Kneeling, Sitting Or Standing Position
5 Months or 20 lbs
Discontinue Use When Infant:
Pushes Up On Hands And Knees, Pulls Up, Rolls Over, Sit Unassisted, Can Move Out Of The Security Of The Walled Sleep Area
6 Months or 25 lbs
Discontinue Use When Infant:
Pushes Up On Hands And Knees
18 lbs
Discontinue Use When Infant:
Pushes Up On Hands And Knees
6 Months or 18 lbs
Discontinue Use When Infant:
Pushes Up On Hands And Knees
Product Care Wipe Down Sheet: Machine Wash
Base and Mattress: Spot Clean
Sleep Sack, Sheet: Machine Wash, Tumble Dry
Mattress: Spot Clean
Spot Clean Machine Wash
Bassinet Mattress Height Above Floor 3"-27"
Adult Mattress Height
10"-31"
26.5"-33" 22" 20.5" 15.4"
Special Features Made From Solid Wood Rotates 360 Degrees, Sidewall Lowers SNOO Sack Attaches To Safety Clips, 3 White-Noise Sounds, Rocks Baby When Baby Cries, Adjustable Settings, Mobile App For Alerts, Reports and Settings, Ambient Light Sensor Travel Crib Accessory Springy Movement
Modes Bedside Sleeper Bassinet
Bedside Sleeper
Bassinet Portable Bassinet
Chemical Flame Retardant Free Yes Yes Yes Not Specified Yes
Portable Design No No No Yes No
Wheels No No No No No
Mesh Sides Wood Slats Yes - Full Yes - Full Partial - Fabric in Corners Yes - Full
Included Accessories None Fitted Sheet Snoo Sacks (Small, Medium, Large), Fitted Sheet None None
Available Accessories Classic Mattress, Cooling Comfort Mattress, Eco-Organic Mattress, Cloud Comfort Mattress, Cooling Comfort Jersey Sheet, Snuggle Comfort Terry Sheet, Dry Comfort Mattress Protector, Classic Comfort Mattress Pad with Cotton Cover, Cooling Comfort Mattress Pad with Dry Comfort Mattress Protector, Organic Comfort Mattress Pad with Dry Comfort Mattress Protector, Cloud Comfort Mattress Pad with Dry Comfort Mattress Protector, babybay Organic Babynest, babybay Patterned Babynest, babybay Solid Colored Babynest, Bassinet Conversion Kit, Rolling Casters, Canopy Holder, Organic Canopy, Patterned Canopy, Solid Colored Canopy, Bed Frame Anchor, babycare Organizer Fitted Sheet, Mattress Pad, Mobile Sleepy Owl, Mobile Whimsical Birds, Storage Caddy, Newborn Insert Snoo Sack, SNOO Smart Sleeper 100% Organic Cotton Fitted Sheet, SNOO Leg Lifters (2-pack), SNOO Shorty Legs None Fitted Sheet, Canopy
Set Up Time 39:14:00 27:10:00 9:12 7:19
Materials Beechwood, Water-Based Finishes, CFC Polyurethane Foam Polyester Fiber, Polyester Fiber Batting, Polyurethane Foam Sleep Sacks: GOTS certified organic cotton and polyester mesh
Fitted Sheet: 100% Organic Cotton
Mattress Cover: Polyester, Polyurethane
Mesh: Nylon, Polyester
Polyester, Polyurethane Foam Polyester, Cotton (website), Polyurethane (Manual)


Best Overall Bassinet


Baby Delight Beside Me Dreamer


77
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SCORE
  • Ease of Use 8
  • Breathability 8
  • Sleep Surface 8
  • Quality 7
  • Eco-Health 5
Weight: 17.5 lbs | Dimensions: 26-30.5"H x 39"L x 27"W
Co-sleeper capable
Breathable
Lightweight
Not good for all beds
Some flex in frame when used as bassinet

The Baby Delight Beside Me Dreamer is a semi-portable, lightweight bassinet you can use as a co-sleeper or standalone product. Attach it to the side of a parent's bed for quick nursing or soothing in the middle of the night without getting out of bed, or you can move it to other locations to use as a napping sleeper when you want to keep an eye on your little one during the day. This product is quick to set up, comes with a cover you can machine wash and dry and is relatively budget-friendly compared to the competition.

Depending on your bed's style or height, this option may not work as a co-sleeper, and we experienced side-to-side flexing when the unit was a standalone bassinet. Overall, we think this is a good choice for families looking for a closer nighttime connection to their baby and want the flexibility of using it as a stand-alone option.

Read review: Baby Delight Beside Me Dreamer

Quality Co-Sleeper at a Premium Price


babybay Bedside Sleeper


78
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ease of Use 6
  • Breathability 10
  • Sleep Surface 7
  • Quality 10
  • Eco-Health 6
Weight: 28.6 lbs | Dimensions: 37.1"H x 36"L x 20.7"W
Beautiful
High quality
Top-notch breathability
Premium price
Hard to move from room to room

The babybay Bedside Sleeper is a high-quality, thoughtfully designed bedside-style co-sleeper with a minimalistic yet lovely look. It can attach to your bed and offers some height adjustability for a "just right" fit with a sleeping area for the baby that is easy to access while mom is in bed. The babybay Classic Comfort Mattress Pad with Cotton Cover comes with the bundle and fits the sleeper frame nicely, but there are many mattress options from which to choose to customize your decision-making. Instead of fabric sides, this bassinet has wooden slates and feels very similar to a crib. Overall, the babybay is a sturdy and durable sleeping environment for babies, and it is stylish enough to work with any nursery decor.

As one of the most expensive among the competition, this bassinet may not appeal to families with tight budgets. But we think it is a standout heirloom-style option that will be well-loved and used through the long haul to welcome new members of the family for years to come.

Read review: babybay Bedside Sleeper

Ideal for Post-Cesarean Section Moms


HALO Bassinest Essentia


73
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ease of Use 6
  • Breathability 8
  • Sleep Surface 8
  • Quality 9
  • Eco-Health 5
Weight: 33 lbs | Dimensions: 36.9"H x 45.3"L (base) 33.8" x 21.8"W (bassinet)
Ultra adjustability provides easy access to baby
Breathable mesh sides
High quality
Very heavy
Substantially-sized base
Harder to clean mesh

The HALO Bassinest Essentia is a niche option that is great for post-cesarean section moms. It features a unique swiveling sleep surface that allows you to move the Essensia directly over or away from the bed for best access or convenience. The side rails also dip down, making it far easier for a bed-sitting mom to reach her baby. It features breathable mesh sides and natural swaying to help provide comfort and a soothing movement for little ones. It is a well-constructed option with high-quality materials and a sturdy base to keep it in place.

The HALO is significantly heavier than other options in this review and not designed to move from room to room, so if you need something somewhat portable, you should look elsewhere. Also, the base is large and can stick out depending upon its location and your bed type. This design means you need to use caution to avoid tripping when you move around it. Despite its weight and size, we believe this is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to keep their baby within reach while staying in bed, particularly after a Cesarean or late-night feedings.

Read review: HALO Bassinest Essentia

Best Bang for the Buck


Graco Pack 'n Play On the Go Bassinet


50
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ease of Use 4
  • Breathability 4
  • Sleep Surface 7
  • Quality 7
  • Eco-Health 3
Weight: 22.8 lbs | Dimensions: 28.8"H x 41.1"L x 28.6"W
Budget-friendly
Versatility for use from newborn to toddler
Also a travel crib
Poor ease of use
Fabric ends limit breathability
May need off-gassing before use

The Graco Pack 'n Play On the Go is a versatile option for sleep and play. This budget-friendly travel crib comes standard with the Pack 'n Play making it useful from newborn to toddlerhood in various ways. The On the Go is easy to move from room to room with two wheels, and it comes with a toy bar and a storage bag suitable for travel.

While the Graco is heavy, large, and harder to use, its price point and versatility as both a bassinet, playpen, and travel crib are hard to beat. Plus, while it does not fit the traditional criteria as a bedside co-sleeper, it can be positioned near your bed for first-hand infant monitoring. One thing we will note is that Graco brand Pack 'n Plays tend to have a strong odor fresh from the box, so we strongly recommend letting the product off-gas or air out in a well-ventilated area before using it with your baby.

Read review: Graco Pack 'n Play On the Go Bassinet

Stylish Free Standing Cradle


BabyBjorn Cradle


67
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ease of Use 5
  • Breathability 9
  • Sleep Surface 6
  • Quality 8
  • Eco-Health 5
Weight: 12.1 lbs | Dimensions: 26"H x 31.5"L x 18"W
Breathable mesh sides
Lightweight
Quality materials
Expensive
Lacks wheels for moving

The BabyBjorn Cradle is a free-standing wood-framed sleeper that uses high-quality materials, including full mesh sidewalls giving it 360-degree breathability. The Cradle is lightweight and is easily moveable by lifting and carrying the whole thing, though this method is not as easy as wheeled options. Nonetheless, it can work for parents who plan to keep their baby nearby in almost every room. Machine-washable components also give BabyBjorn an upper hand in ease-of-use and make any major blowout or throw-up easy to clean.

The Bjorn Cradle may not be the best choice for those on a limited budget, particularly considering its shorter lifespan. However, we feel parents searching for a stylish, free-standing product will like the look of this option and gain peace of mind with the 360-degree breathable mesh. There is also an accessory BabyBjorn Canopy for Cradle if you want something a little more fancy or added shading and coziness for tiny sleepers.

Read review: BabyBjorn Cradle

Best for Long-term Use


Lotus Bassinet


62
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ease of Use 5
  • Breathability 9
  • Sleep Surface 4
  • Quality 7
  • Eco-Health 6
Weight: 13.8 lbs | Dimensions: 25.5"H x 47.9"L x 32.1"W
Breathable mesh
Lightweight
Converts to a travel crib
Mattress and mesh can shift and move
Must use with travel crib frame

The Lotus Bassinet can be purchased as an accessory to the Guava's Crib-to-Bassinet Conversion Kit or as a bundle purchase with Guava's Lotus Travel Crib. Whichever way you choose, the bassinet only functions if you already have the Lotus Travel Crib frame, raising the overall cost. We appreciate the full mesh sides for maximum breathability and low VOC and the lack of flame retardant used in this option. It is also one of the few we've seen with a rocking feature that clicks onto the bottom of the travel crib's legs. The Lotus is light enough to move around your home and folds into a small bundle perfect for traveling. Overall, this option is a great versatile package that can work from newborn to toddlerhood and double as a travel crib.

As mentioned, you must have the travel crib to use the bassinet feature; you can not buy the two separately. It is convenient to have the entire bundle; however, if you already own a travel crib or have your sights set on something different, this is probably not the best option. Nonetheless, the Lotus is a high-quality choice with thoughtful details that matter for health.

Read review: Lotus Bassinet

Notably Disappointing


UPPAbaby Bassinet and Stand


53
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ease of Use 7
  • Breathability 1
  • Sleep Surface 7
  • Quality 6
  • Eco-Health 5
Weight: 18.4 lbs | Dimensions: 33.3"H x 30.8"L x 18.5"W

The UPPAbaby Bassinet and Stand is a unique option that converts from a stroller attachment to an at-home sleep solution for early infancy. It goes from stroller to sleeping area by removing it from the stroller frame and clicking it into the UPPAbaby Stand. While this multi-tasking innovation might feel like a no-brainer for some parents who own the Vista Stroller, we have some reservations about a few of the design features. Because it is intended for strolling outdoors, it understandably includes fabric sides to limit wind exposure and other weather hazards from reaching the baby while outdoors. As a result, the sidewalls aren't as breathable as the competition designed specifically with in-home, regular, overnight use in mind.

We are hesitant to use the UPPAbaby, as the design has much in common with items identified as potential SIDS risks (i.e., crib bumpers). While fine for strolling use with continued supervision, UPPAbaby's attempt to increase the versatility by selling a compatible in-home stand fails, in our humble opinion, to consider adequate breathability in the side materials. The potential for impaired breathability makes this option notably disappointing for us, and we do not recommend it for use as a regular at-home sleep location.

Read review: UPPAbaby Bassinet and Stand

Not Recommended


Co-sleeping in Parent's Bed


BabyGearLab does not recommend using ANY "in bed" co-sleeping device or accessory designed for use in/on the parent's bed. Studies show co-sleeping is unsafe. For safe sleep, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly recommends that babies be placed on their back, in their own sleep space, on a firm, tight-fitting mattress with only a fitted sheet and no other bedding or items included in the sleeping area. These items include, but are not limited to, pillows, blankets, crib bumpers, sleep positioners, stuffed animals, and toys, etc. In our opinion, and the opinion of sleep experts, the DockATot and other sleep devices designed for use in a parent's bed for co-sleeping carry certain dangers, and we do not recommend them.

Notice the above &quot;How it Works&quot; depiction from the DockATot website...
Notice the above "How it Works" depiction from the DockATot website does not explicitly discuss sleeping. However, multiple pages on the site explain safe sleeping and co-sleeping using the DockATot, indicating it is a product designed for in-bed co-sleeping with an adult.
Credit: DockATot

We Don't Recommend the DockATot Co-sleeper


One example of an "in-bed" style of co-sleeper is the DockATot. It is for use within the parent's bed or around the house as a "monitored" sleep device for your baby. This product's actual intended purpose is somewhat vague, depending on which part of the company website you read and how much effort you put into determining the product's intended use. DockATot appears to be a device for sleeping with your little one in the same bed, as outlined in the company's message on co-sleeping. This arrangement is potentially as dangerous as sleeping with your baby without the DockATot, something not recommended by the AAP. It can increase the risk of SIDS and other potential injuries or complications. The DockaTot website even states, "The American Academy of Pediatrics has determined that the safest place for a baby to sleep during the first year of life is in a crib, bassinet or play yard in the parents' bedroom." From rolling over onto your baby or bedding/pillows falling over the baby's face, there are multiple dangers involved with having a baby sleep in your bed.

DockaTot recently updated its website and removed some of the vague and conflicting statements that used to appear there. While this clarifies the product's intended uses, it is now even more concerning because it is now clearly marketed as a safer alternative to sleeping with a baby in your bed with no additional device. Using this product in your bed, with or without bedding and pillows, will conflict with the safety standards outlined by the AAP, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and the FDA. We suspect the majority , considering the DockATot, are not aware of this strict recommendation.

In our opinion, in-bed co-sleepers and the DockATot specifically are NOT safe sleeping options for babies if the adults are asleep or could potentially fall asleep while supervising.

Related: Buying Advice for Bassinets



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Score Product Price Our Take
78
$290
Editors' Choice Award
Functional wood bassinet you can use from your bed
77
$200
Editors' Choice Award
Good for co-sleeping and a free-standing bassinet for most families
77
$1,595
Innovative and seems to help soothe, but we feel the EMF exposure is a no-go for us
73
$240
Editors' Choice Award
Safer alternative to co-sleeping and perfect for moms with c-sections
67
$390
Top Pick Award
Eco-friendly fabrics cover this high-quality, breathable, freestanding bassinet
62
$300
Top Pick Award
Mesh surround bassinet you can also use for travel
55
$150
The unstable mattress and hard to use design trump the lower price point
53
$340
Fabric sides covered in canvas lend to suboptimal breathability
50
$100
Best Value Award
Budget minded choice that gets the job done
45
$300
Sturdy option that is hard to move and isn't great for bedside sleeping
44
$100
Inexpensive option but it has a below average performance in every metric
44
$49
Fabric side panels impact the breathability of this cheaper poor quality option
42
$150
Disappointing design impacts breathability and causes a tilting mattress

Access to a great co-sleeper or bassinet, like the HALO Bassinest...
Access to a great co-sleeper or bassinet, like the HALO Bassinest Essentia, can make the early days of parenthood easier.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Why You Should Trust Us


Our analysis of the best bassinets was completed by a team of experienced moms, dads, and caregivers. Leading the product selection process and guiding our testing metrics is BabyGearLab founder and board-rtceified pediatrician, Dr. Juliet Spurrier. As a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and mother of two, Dr. Spurrier is highly conscious and knowledgeable of best infant sleep practices. Senior Review Analyst and father of 7, Bob Wofford, did the hands-on work for this review, measuring, weighing, and researching each product individually and comparing the results. Senior Review Editor, Wendy Schmitz is a mother of 2 and has brought a scientific product analysis perspective to the BabyGearLab team since 2014. She has evaluated thousands of baby products during that time, including categories such as travel cribs, crib mattresses, and bassinets.

We complete research and measurements for this category in-house at BabyGearLab and spend time testing the sleepers with infants in real life. We go in-depth to parse out the materials and examine the overall eco and baby health considerations for each option in our review. We measure mattress thicknesses, assess stability, and carefully inspect each product for quality construction. We even performed EMF testing for the smart sleeper. Our tests allow us to examine every feature and functionality to select the top options available.

The Cradle has a sleek and unencumbered design that would look great...

Related: How We Tested Bassinets

Analysis and Test Results


Babies sleep a lot, but they also wake up frequently at night for feedings and diaper changes. Modern-day parents have various choices regarding sleeping accommodations for babies, and more parents are choosing products that keep little ones in the same room with them or within reach. This kind of arrangement allows you to keep an eye on your baby and meet their needs with less disruption to your sleep habits. If keeping your baby nearby for bonding or easier nighttime feedings is something that sounds interesting to you, then finding a free-standing sleeper or co-sleeper that attaches to your bed may be the key to regularly achieving a better night's sleep.

The Arm&#039;s Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper and the babybay Bedside Sleeper...
The Arm's Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper and the babybay Bedside Sleeper are the top-ranked co-sleeping bassinets that attach to the parent's bed for secure night time accessibility.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Can you survive babyhood without purchasing this type of gear? Of course. However, we think it is convenient to keep your baby close for peace of mind, bonding, and better sleep. This kind of gear provides a compact, safe, and secure environment for your baby while meeting your grander goals.


Keep reading to see what we learned about the products in this review from our extensive testing process and which products we feel would be a much-appreciated addition to your life.


Value


While the price of a quality product can be high, and in some cases, greater than an ordinary crib, we feel alternative sleeping products serve a purpose and can feel invaluable if they increase sleep for you or your baby. The product that offers the most for the price is the Graco Pack 'n Play On the Go Bassinet. It provides a versatile sleeper that can function as a standalone bed, a travel crib, or a play yard. It is easy to use and has a longer lifespan than some of the competition.

Overall, the Baby Delight is a delight to use.
Overall, the Baby Delight is a delight to use.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


When testing ease of use, we consider each product's features and functionality and the impact these things have on daily use. Many of the options earned similar scores in this metric but had different strong suits. This one metric includes multiple factors, so you know what exactly we considered when evaluating each item.


Accessibility


Accessibility is our measure of how much work goes into retrieving a baby. Is it possible to get the baby in and out of the sleeping area while you're in bed? Or is it best done from a standing position? Some options are designed for use while you remain lying down. Others are free-standing and require either sitting up or getting out of bed.

The HALO Bassinest Essentia is a unique side sleeper that can swivel...
The HALO Bassinest Essentia is a unique side sleeper that can swivel over the bed for superior access to your bad bedside.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The HALO Bassinest Essentia earned the best results for this test with a swiveling sleep area, adjustable height, and a sidewall that dips down effortlessly so you can reach in to pick up your baby or offer comfort. The babybay Bedside Sleeper also offers excellent accessibility by way of attaching directly to the side of your bed and being height adjustable. It has no sidewalls to contend with, but still offers a separate sleep surface for your baby. The Baby Delight has a drop-side on the parent bedside of the crib for easier accessibility to the baby. All have a sidewall with a lower height that allows you to reach over the side to comfort little ones easily without getting up. The hardest options to get baby into and out of are the free-standing Graco Pack 'n Play on the Go and the Chicco Lullago. These typically have higher sides than many beds, and you need to stand up to retrieve or replace your little one from the sleeping surface safely.

The Lotus bassinet is an attachment accessory for the Lotus Travel...
The Lotus bassinet is an attachment accessory for the Lotus Travel Criband is therefore very portable.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Portability/Mobility


There are two components to a product's mobility. First is how easy it is to move from room to room, allowing you to always have a safe surface for to keep your infant nearby throughout the day. The second portability feature is how well it travels outside of your home to another location. Because this type of product is not typically viewed as a travel product, only a few options in this review were suitable for travel, and most of these were crossover options that are travel cribs by design that happen to have bassinet kits included. Examples include the Lotus and the Graco Pack 'n Play on the Go. The Baby Delight doesn't offer wheels or a cool carry bag, but it is lightweight enough to move it around the house, and you can easily disassemble it into a fairly flat package if you plan to travel by car.

The 4moms Breeze bassinet is the largest option in the review (left)...
The 4moms Breeze bassinet is the largest option in the review (left) while the BabyBjorn Cradle is one of the lighter choices with a much smaller footprint.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Any product that has a wood frame or substantial base is not suitable for travel. Examples include the BabyBjorn Cradle, HALO Bassinest Essentia, and the Snoo Smart Sleeper. Some of these are also a hassle to move from room to room. Most heavy or large products are best used in a single location.

The floor of the babybay sleep area can be moved up or down for...
The floor of the babybay sleep area can be moved up or down for better accessibility to the baby from the parent's bed.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Additional Features


Some of the products in this review come with additional features that can increase convenience or versatility. None of the products lost favor for not offering extra gadgets beyond a safe sleep zone. Still, added features can make life simpler, increasing their overall ease of use. Examples of these features include height adjustability, wheels, travel crib conversions, flexible sidewalls, and soothing vibrations, lullabies, or sounds. The top-performing products often have hinged or removable sides that make them into co-sleepers and height adjustability like the Baby Delight. However, extra bells and whistles are not they key to outperforming the competition. The HALO Bassinest Essentia has a moving sidewall that greatly increases its convenience. The lower scoring Delta Children Deluxe Sweet Beginnings has a soothing center with vibration and sounds that can act as a sound machine for babies.

Cleaning


Only a handful of the products in our tests are machine washable, and only a few were hand washable. On most, the fabric cannot be removed from the frame, and it is wipe or spot clean only. When housing a baby who may explode at any minute from either end, we think you will appreciate the convenience of removable fabric. The Snoo Smart Sleeper has a machine washable lining and mattress sheets (which is a big deal), and the fabric on the Baby Bjorn Cradle, UPPAbaby, and the Lotus are also machine washable. The outside cover and sheet on the Baby Delight are machine washable and dryable, making it one of the few with a quick turnaround time for cleaning. Being able to clean sheets, covers, or other parts of a sleeping area is important when you're dealing with a tiny person who can make big messes.

Some of the award-winning products in our review. All of these...
Some of the award-winning products in our review. All of these sleepers offer superior breathability and functionality.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Breathability


To assess breathability, we considered the sidewalls that surround the sleeping area. Can a baby breathe through the material? Are there any components that could potential impair the baby's breathing? Is there a design feature that might allow a baby to scoot into a position that inhibits their ability to breathe? In order to enhance breathability, most of the products have mesh sides with varying sections of solid fabric panels. Mesh is one of the most breathable materials, depending on the weave's tightness, and the more mesh in a design, the higher the score for breathability. Breathability is also highly dependent on the location and thickness of the fabric panels found in mesh/fabric designs. Options with wooden slats are an alternative option and also very breathable. Be sure to choose a product without a solid fabric surround. These can mimic crib bumpers, a product the American Academy of Pediatrics[AAP] has advised you don't use to avoid a potential SIDS risks.


The babybay Bedside Sleeper and the Snoo Smart Sleeper are some of the group's high scorers. The babybay has a wooden slat design similar to that of a traditional crib and offers excellent breathability due to the open spaces and lack of fabric that could cover a baby's nose and mouth. The Snoo has sidewalls that are 100% mesh, and the attached swaddle sack keeps the baby in the center of the mattress and on their back, eliminating any risk of the baby's face getting pressed up against the mesh fabric. The BabyBjorn Cradle, Baby Delight, HALO Bassinest Essentia, and the Fisher-Price Soothing Motions all have very breathable mesh and minimal stretches of solid material.

The UPPAbaby has a cushioned fabric liner on the inside and a canvas...
The UPPAbaby has a cushioned fabric liner on the inside and a canvas cover on the outside that limits breathability. We believe that this design is suitable for strolling to protect baby from the elements, but it is not optimal for unmonitored overnight sleeping because baby's ability to breath could be severely impacted should their nose and mouth become pressed against the side.
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The Delta Children Deluxe Sweet Beginnings is an option we don't care for, as it has fabric ruffles that fall over the side of the bassinet, similar to a crib bumper, and one of the least breathable options. The UPPAbaby is the worst, with a padded inner liner and canvas-covered exterior sidewalls that could severely impair a baby's ability to breathe.

The Snoo sleep surface is one of the best in the group.
The Snoo sleep surface is one of the best in the group.
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Sleep Surface


A good safe sleep surface is one of the key metrics in our scoring process. We examine the functionality of the mattress by looking at mattress compression, how well it fits in the frame, and overall stability. This metric is also where we flag any potential safety issues related to the mattress's design or sleep area.


The Snoo Smart Sleeper earned a high score of 9 for sleep surface. The HALO Bassinest Essentia and Baby Delight Beside Me Dreamer also earned above-average ratings, albeit slightly lower with 8s. Both have suitable sleeping surfaces with limited compression and minimal movement within the frame. The Lotus and the Fisher-Price Soothing Motions earned some of the lowest scores for these tests due to compression and fit problems during testing.

We were impressed with the quality of the materials used to...
We were impressed with the quality of the materials used to construct the HALO and the apparent attention to detail in the manufacturing process.
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Quality


Not all competitors are created equal. With variable materials and construction methods, there is quite a range when it comes to quality. Some products have a clear quality advantage over others and could be a much more attractive addition to your home. Others are sub-par and feel on par with a child's toy rather than a suitable sleeping space.


The highest scoring options for this metric are the babybay Bedside Sleeper, the Snoo Smart Sleeper, and the HALO Bassinest Essentia, all of which will withstand long-term use through multiple children. The sturdy construction of these products and the close attention to detail make them easier to use and more pleasant to look at. There are very few design elements that we would change about these sleepers, and all three stand out in the crowd of options we tested.

While some parents might like the style of the Delta, it uses lower...
While some parents might like the style of the Delta, it uses lower end materials that result in a flimsy rickety product that does not feel sturdy.
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The Delta Children Deluxe Sweet is anything but deluxe. It earned one of the lowest scores for quality with a design that is reminiscent of a child's toy for a doll, not a sturdy sleeping bed for a real baby. We believe this product has a flimsy frame with tiny wheels, and it has a significant amount of flex and movement when you push on the top rails.

Given the amount of time your baby will be breathing deeply in their...
Given the amount of time your baby will be breathing deeply in their bed, the kinds of materials surrounding them are very important. The BabyBjorn Cradle uses mostly healthier materials, but the use of MDF under the mattress gives us pause.
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Eco-health


To assess eco-health, we consider each product's listed materials and how easy it is to determine the manufacturing process. We place greater importance on materials that come into direct contact with your baby such as mattress or sidewalls. For some brands, determining the materials is easy, as they offer a transparent look at their products and provide information on which, if any, chemicals they use. Unfortunately, not all of the manufacturers are transparent about this information. Finding information for some of the products proved difficult, and for many, we had to resort to emailing the company to ensure the accuracy of information. Very few of them responded.

If a company uses organic materials, has a chemical-free product, or has any certifications, they usually like to bang their own drum loud enough for the world to hear to let you know about it. In other words, if the information is true and accessible, it will likely be very easy to find. If a company does not provide transparency about the manufacturing process or materials, we assume that they only meet required safety standards and omitted any additional eco-benefits.


None of the options in this review performed that well for eco-health, largely because they all use some form of polyurethane foam in their sleep surface. Despite the claim that some are low VOC, hypoallergenic, GreenGuard Certified, or Oeko-Tex® certified, they are all similar. We feel that many of the descriptors are primarily an attempt to "green-wash" a product and make parents feel warm and fuzzy about their purchase. In reality, many of these terms mean virtually nothing as many descriptors have no industry agreed-upon definition.

Smelly Surfaces?
If your new purchase has a "new" or offensive smell, we highly encourage letting it off-gas in a well-ventilated area for several days or until the smell subsides before using it. While a lack of odor does not mean it is no longer emitting VOCs, it does decrease exposure to some of the initial, stronger emissions.

babybay Bedside Sleeper earned one of the highest scores for eco-health. This result is largely thanks to their Oeko-Tex® certification, use of organic cotton, beechwood, non-toxic materials, and the fact that they offer (purchase separately) a completely natural mattress with no polyurethane (though we bought the Classic mattress, which is polyurethane foam). We like that this sleeper doesn't include toxic glues, cheap fillers, plastics, or other harmful chemicals, and all the materials have Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Class 1 certification. The Lotus is another top scorer as it tests low for VOC and is free of PVC, lead, phthalates, formaldehyde, and heavy metals (Cadmium, Arsenic, Mercury, etc.).

The Summer Infant has a mesh bottom, but the fabric side walls...
The Summer Infant has a mesh bottom, but the fabric side walls remind us of crib bumpers which are discouraged by the American Academy of Pediatrics as a potential SIDs risk.
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Several lower-ranking products include the Graco Pack 'n Play On The Go, Graco Dream Suite, Fisher-Price Soothing Motions, and Chicco Lullago. These manufacturers offer little or no information concerning what their products contain, but they all have a polyurethane mattress that potentially contains chemical flame retardants.

EMF and the SNoo
The Snoo works with WiFi and your smart device, so it emits EMF as a result. While the EMF we recorded during testing is on the lower side, it is still more than competing bassinets (which produce none) and is something we think parents should consider before committing to the Snoo. If your little one struggles to reach deep sleep and needs more or constant soothing, this EMF level could feel acceptable compared to the alternative of you both getting less sleep or non-restorative sleep. Overall, we prefer to limit or avoid exposing little ones to EMF whenever possible, and we wish the Snoo included an EMF-free functionality. Keep in mind that even though the EMF level is lower, it is higher by the power button, and your little one is experiencing exposure to EMF elsewhere in your home. It potentially has an accumulative effect over time.

Many of the most popular bassinet options were chosen as part of...
Many of the most popular bassinet options were chosen as part of this extensive hands-on review.
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Conclusion


With so many bedside sleepers to choose from, it can be challenging to determine which product will be best for you. Ultimately, your chosen design should prioritize your sleeping goals and parenting style. Products range from co-sleepers to free-standing styles or travel crib conversions and each one has its benefits. We've included various options from each style to help you find the one that will best fit your lifestyle.

Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team

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