Best Overall Bassinet
Though we rated several phenomenal products, the BabyBjörn Cradle
was the clear winner; it is the
one we would recommend to a friend who is looking for an all-around great product. It is simple yet elegant, lightweight yet sturdy and appropriately sized for a newborn. We found it to be hands down, the absolute safest option for your most precious addition, and we don't make that claim lightly. For example, although the Cariboo
is beautiful and also constructed of high-quality materials, we found that its base was not as sturdy as the Björn, and thus we didn't rate it as highly under the safety metric. The BabyBjörn Cradle
holds the absolute highest certification available, the Oeko-Tex Standard 100, Class 1, assuring your infant is not breathing harmful chemicals while he sleeps. Although the mattress rests on an MDF board (manufactured wood), this cradle is compliant with CARB Phase 2 standards, which means it emits the least amount of formaldehyde. Even though many of the units we rated made attempts to limit chemical exposure to your little one, none
took strides as great as BabyBjörn, which we felt says a lot about their integrity.
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Best Bang for the Buck
Arm's Reach Mini Arc Co-Sleeper
So long as you feel alright with the national safety standards that are already in place, the Arm's Reach Mini Arc Co-Sleeper
is another great option. Though Arm's Reach did not outshine BabyBjörn in regards to chemical
safety, they certainly designed it with structural
safety and versatility in mind. The Arm's Reach does also follow the CARB Phase 2 standard which assures it emits a lower amount of formaldehyde. Truly a versatile option, which converts from a free-standing unit to a structurally sound co-sleeper that attaches flush against your bed, this product can make those feedings in the wee hours of the night a little easier. It also breaks down, and though in a slightly complicated fashion, conveniently stores in a bag with a handle for easy portability. If you aren't able to splurge on the more expensive BabyBjörn Cradle
which is more eco-friendly, we are confident you will be pleased with the Arm's Reach Mini Arc
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Top Pick for Post C-Section
HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper
If you plan to or have had a C-section, you may want to seriously consider the HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper
as an option for your needs. Although it was the least
portable of the units we reviewed, as it is extremely heavy and not designed to be moved from room to room, we couldn't deny that it was perfectly designed with the healing mama in mind; every last detail oriented towards allowing you to cherish your baby's earliest days, right from the comfort of your own bed. We loved the side rail that bends down so that you can easily pull your baby into your bed with you to nurse. It also includes a comfort module that plays music to soothe your little one, which we found to be surprisingly pleasant for adults as well! The height of the HALO easily adjusts, allowing for you to have your baby at whatever height works for you, and the cradle portion swivels 360 degrees, which makes it easier to get to baby and well as get in and out of bed.
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With it's easy-access side, it is the perfect bedside companion for a mother who needs extra rest, such as while recovering from a C-Section.