When it comes to baby’s first bed, many moms prefer the cozy comfort of a bassinet for the first several months of baby’s life. It's an especially good option if you plan to have baby sleep in your room—which the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends for at least six months—since many bedrooms can't accomodate an adult bed and a full-size crib. Plus, today's bassinets come complete with handy features you won't find in your average crib, from built-in white noise and vibration modes to the ability to rock, swivel and even fold for unbeatable portability. Here, we've rounded up the best bassinets out there so you and baby can sleep easy.
Happiest Baby SNOO Smart Sleeper
Can you put a price on sleep? It might be just over $1,000. Created by baby sleep expert Dr. Harvey Karp, the SNOO automatically responds to fussiness with noise and movement that simulates the womb, calming most cries in under a minute—and alerts you if more attention is needed.
Buy it: $1,160, HappiestBaby.com
Baby Bjorn Baby Cradle
This sleek bassinet may look minimalist, but its innovative design lets you rock baby to sleep with your hand or foot—and even transfers baby's movements into gentle swaying. And thanks to the mesh fabric, you can easily keep an eye on baby without hovering.
Buy it: $280, Walmart.com
Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Luxe Plus
You want to be able to quickly soothe your crying baby in the middle of the night, and if you can do that without getting up from bed, even better. This bassinet hovers right over your bedside and features a 360° swivel, mesh see-through walls and a collapsible side wall for easy access. The luxe model features soothing sounds, a nursing timer, a nightlight and a floor light for mom and dad.
Buy it: $335, Jet.com
Monte Ninna Nanna Bassinet
With a decidedly minimalist design, the Ninna Nanna bassinet is a sleek addition to baby’s nursery (or your room). It's also decidedly cozy. Plush and comfortable, the removable cradle rests in a solid birch rocker base and can double as a portable bed. It's available in two neutral color options that will match any décor.
Buy it: $295, Jet.com
Babyhome Dream Cot
Cozy and compact, the Dream Cot is a smart, simple sleeper that’s portable (with its own carrying case and wheels) and rockable. Perhaps best of all, nearly every part of the Dream Cot is washable, which will no doubt save you some angst after that inevitable blowout.
Buy it: $175, Jet.com
Graco Dream Suite Bassinet
This bassinet is definitely more than meets the eye. It easily converts to a changer, saving you coveted nursery space. Plus, a built-in two-speed vibration helps soothe baby.
Buy it: $146, Jet.com
UPPABaby Bassinet Stand
Already have an UPPABaby (one of our favorite travel systems), complete with the cradle component? Then this sleek and sturdy stand—in espresso or white—is a no-brainer, transforming the carriage bed into a snug and secure at-home bassinet with a safety-checked lock-in system and easy folding for stashability.
Buy it: $150, UppaBaby.com
Who says bassinets can't have storage? This classic wooden frame holds large fabric storage compartments and mesh sleeper for better breathability.
Buy it: $183, Jet.com
Chicco LullaGo Portable Bassinet
This travel-friendly bassinet should last baby through the first year, or up to 20 pounds. And it holds up no matter what happens on the road; that fabric is machine washable.
Buy it: $99, BuyBuyBaby.com
Fisher-Price Deluxe Rock 'n Play Sleeper
Feature-packed but ultra portable, the Rock 'n Play is a cozy alternative when you're not ready to transition to a crib. It rocks head to toe when you give it a push and vibrates for additional soothing.
Buy it: $75, Amazon.com