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A Guide to Bassinets & Baby Cots

A Guide to Bassinets & Baby Cots

Creating your nursery to welcome your baby and deciding on a sleep option for them, can be confusing as they are many options to choose from. Baby Little Planet has curated a guide to ensure when building a nursery, you and your family consider the safety, verstaility, quality and ease-of use when selecting your bassinet and/or cot.

Differences between Bassinets & Baby Cots

What is a Bassinet?

A bassinet is a bed created specifically for babies, and is the perfect sleeping spot for your baby from birth to between 4-6 months old. The amount of time that a baby sleeps in their bassinet will depend on their growth patterns.

There are a few different choices to take into consideration when purchasing a bassinet. Bassinets usually have a mesh side and sunken pouch to boost air circulation and airflow for your baby. Bassinets are designed to be small enough to fit in the smallest of spaces, great for those who have smaller living spaces. Most bassinets also have castors or wheels, making it easy to move where you need it to be around the home.

An advantage of a bassinet is that the height of the bassinet base is levelled to the average adult’s waistline or otherwise usually adjustable to the same height as your bed. This extremely helpful for parents in taking extra care to lay or pick their baby up from an appropriate height. Another advantage is that it allows your baby to be sleeping safely close to you in the crucial first few months, wherever you are in your home.

Bassinet Recommendations

Snuzpod 4 Co-Sleeper Rocking Bassinet

Sleep safely, feed easily and be closer to your baby with the Snuzpod 4 Co-Sleeper Rocking Bassinet, which will allow your baby to have a great sleep every time. The Snuzpod bassinet always allows you to be by your baby’s side, for a safe bonding experience. Safety tested to the latest Beside Crib Standard, SnuzPod4 is crafted with care to allow you to sooth your little one day and night. Features include: Half-height zip-down for easy access, regulation of your baby’s temperature with its innovative ComfortAir system and base ventilation designed to increase airflow and breathability.

4Moms Mamaroo Sleep Bassinet

Soothe and comfort your baby with the 4Moms Mamaroo Sleep Bassinet, with its natural bounce and sway motions that move just like parents do, to help your baby stay asleep longer. Height is also adjustable, for optimal visibility and accessibility to create a safe sleep environment for your baby.

Features include: 5 unique motions (car ride, wave, kangaroo, tree swing, and rock-a-bye), and 5-speed options to find the perfect combination baby loves. You can also play one of the 4 white noise options (rain, ocean, fan, and shh).

Boori Neat Beside Sleeper

The Boori Neat Beside Sleeper is designed for those early stages, giving you a piece of mind with your baby sleeping soundly close by to you. Features include: solid wooden guard rails which allow it to be used as a standalone bassinet or by removing one guard rail, the bassinet can be pushed up to the parents’ bed to be used as a beside cot. The beside sleeper also has lockable castors which allow for easy mobility between rooms.

What is a Baby Cot?

Featured: Leander Linea Cot

A baby cot is a small bed created specifically for infants and young children. When your baby has overgrown their bassinet, can roll over on their own or reaches between 9-10 kilograms; a baby cot will be required instead of a bassinet. There are quite a few options to choose from when transitioning from a bassinet to buying a baby cot – a regular cot, compact cot or a convertible cot. An advantage of a baby cot is that the cot base is usually adjustable to the changing needs of your child. You are able to raise the base during infancy and lower the base as your child grows.

What is a Baby Compact Cot?

Featured: Boori Turin Compact Cot

A baby compact cot is a great option when selecting a baby cot for your nursery and when working within a smaller space. It has the same functionality and practicality as a regular cot, however it is a space saver.

An advantage of a compact cot is that it is designed to fit within any space in your home and designed to fit seamlessly through the standard door. It is especially great for those who live in an apartment or need to minimise space in their home, while still providing an suitable sleeping option for their little one once they have outgrown their bassinet.

What is a Baby Convertible Cot?

Featured: Babyletto Gelato Convertible Cot

A baby convertible cot is versatile and has been crafted with longevity in mind. It is able to sustain many significant milestones and grows with your baby from birth to around 5 years. This creates a perfect sleeping space of comfort and familiarity for your little one.

An advantage of a convertible cot is that it has the ability to transform or ‘convert’ from a bassinet, to a baby cot, a full-sized bed and even a sofa. This functionality means that you will be able to maximise the use of the cot, as it will become part of your child’s bedroom furniture even past the age of 5.

Baby Cot Recommendations

You can refer to our blog on our website on our favourite and best-selling cots of 2021 to assist you and your family! https://www.babylittleplanet.com.au/blogs/baby-products/best-baby-cots-of-2021

If you have any questions about bassinets or baby cots or any from the Baby Little Planet range, leave us a comment below or email info@babylittleplanet.com.au

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