March 25, 2020 3 min read

FIRSTLY, WHAT IS A BASSINET?
A Bassinet is a small bed for newborns that is normally used only for the first few months before babies become active. After that time, it is safer to move your baby to a Cot. You do not have to use aBassinet before using your Cot, but it does make it easier if you want to have your baby sleep in your bedroom.


DO I NEED A BASSINET?
One of our most asked questions at Quirky Bubba is “Do I need a Bassinet if I already have a cot, and if so, why?” The straight answer is No. You do not NEED to buy a bassinet if you already have a cot. However, bassinets can make your life a hell of a lot easier!! Let us expand...

BASSINETS ARE SMALL
Hands down, the biggest reason people choose to buy a bassinet is because they are much smaller than a cot, and this comes with a lot of advantages. Perhaps the biggest one is that you can easily have the baby in your room with you. Middle of the night feeds and nappy changes are a lot easier when you don’t have to move around the house when you’re half asleep.


BASSINETS KEEP YOU CLOSE
The other advantage of having your newborn in your room with you is simply that you are closer to them. With new motherhood can come a bit of anxiety, and a lot of new mums feel much safer and more comfortable when their little loves are close to them, especially during the night.


BASSINETS MOVE AROUND
As well as being small, bassinets are often mobile. Both our Besse Bassinet and our Amanda Bassinets come with lockable wheels, so you can easily wheel your bub from the lounge room to your bedroom, anywhere in the house really -with ease. Again, this is a big win for new mummas.

BASSINETS ALLOW CO-SLEEPING
One more advantage of our Bassinets is that they allow you to co-sleep with your baby and this can make the world of difference for a lot of new families. 


BUT, BASSINETS AREN'T ESSENTIAL...
All of our cots come with both newborn and toddler mattress heights, meaning it’s absolutely safe and ok for your baby to start sleeping in a cot from the get go. The thing is, a newborn baby will look absolutely teeeeeny-tiny in a cot, there is no issue with this from a safety point of view, however a lot of new mumma’s don’t feel as comfortable with this option when they see it in real life. The smaller size of the bassinet means your newborn bub might look more comfortable, and this can help with that new mumma anxiety. However, this is purely preference.


BASSINET PRO'S & CONS
The decision is ultimately yours, we’ve made a pro’s and con’s list to help you decide whether a bassinet is for you... We hope it helps.

PRO
Small. Will fit in bedroom
Transport easily around the house
Will look proportionate to your newborn

CON
The expense -in addition to a cot
Only use for 4-6 months
Have a cot already that can be used

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BASSINET SAFETY

  • As a rule Bassinets shouldn't be used once your baby can roll over or pull themselves up (or over) the side – which is usually around four to six months of age.
  • Bassinets with wheels make it easier to move them around. Ensure that the wheels are lockable (at least two wheels should lock).
  • Look for a Bassinet that has adequate breathable zones on all four sides to eliminate suffocation risks and provide enough ventilation for your baby.
  • There are no Australian Standard for Bassinets.
  • The Bassinet needs to be deep enough so your baby will not fall out. Ensure that the distance between the top of the Mattress & the top of the Bassinet is no less than 250mm. 
  • The Mattress should fit snugly so there are no gaps. All Quirky Bubba Bassinets come with complementary mattress that perfectly fit the frame.
  • Mattress should be firm & only use the Mattress that is supplied with the Bassinet.

 

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