Is a Bassinet Really Necessary for a Baby?
You’ve packed your overnight bag for the hospital and are waiting for your due date with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Are you ready to bring your little bundle of joy into the world?
Feeling emotionally ready to be a parent is one thing but do you have everything you will need physically to ensure that the next few months are as easy as possible?
One question that is often asked is, "Is a bassinet really necessary for a baby?". We’ve put together this short article to highlight some of the benefits that having a bassinet can offer, as well as a few other handy items that will make your lives easier as new parents.
Your Baby’s First Months
The first few months of your baby’s life can basically be split down into four different areas of needs: sleep, feed, poop, and play. Below, we’ll discuss each of these areas briefly.
We hope, for you and your spouse’s peace of mind, that your baby is a good sleeper. If you get upwards of four hours of sleep in a row and more than six hours in one night, then you’ve got a great sleeper on your hands and should really feel quite blessed (and make the most of it!).
When you first have your baby, you don’t want to let them out of your sight. Having just been carrying him with you everywhere you go for nine whole months, this behavior won’t just stop overnight. Your baby will come to the bathroom and shower with you, to the kitchen to make a drink, to answer the door with you—basically, everywhere you go.
This begs the question whether or not is a bassinet really necessary for a baby. Well, if you ask us, we definitely think so! Having a bassinet makes your life so much easier.
A bassinet is smaller and more portable than a crib and can, therefore, be moved from room to room with you. Your baby can sleep comfortably and safely, wherever you (and he) go. While not strictly an essential, a bassinet is hugely helpful, and you will never regret owning one.
Whether you are breastfeeding or not, you will get through an awful lot of bottles in the space of a day. Every time your baby wakes up, they will want to feed. Even if you are breastfeeding, you still may find that you have to top them up with a bottle if you aren’t producing enough milk. Plus, there may also be times that you want to express milk and feed them later.
It is always good to have a large supply of bottles on hand, and you will see lots of use out of them for many, many months to come. A large supply of cloths to mop up barf is also handy as you’ll go through a fair few of these per day as well.
What will make your life much easier is a bottle sterilizer. Even breastfeeders swear by these time-saving machines. As long as you have space on your kitchen counter, you will find yourself using your bottle sterilizer at least once a day, if not more.
To be honest, sometimes, it will feel like what all your baby does when they are awake is feed and poop! Certainly not the most glamorous part of being a parent, but soon you’ll be changing your baby’s nappy so quickly that you won’t even register the odor.
Sometimes, it takes a little longer of course, but the whole process of changing a baby can be made much easier with a well-stocked changing bag. Both the bassinet and the changing bag will pretty much go wherever the two of you go, and some new parents even start using the changing bag to carry their keys, purse, and phone in order to avoid carrying around a handbag as well.
4. Awake time
Lastly, this is the time that will be most cherished by you and your spouse. This is when your baby learns to focus their eyes on you and when they recognize the sound of your voice. You may want to invest in one or two cuddly and sucky toys, but more important than that is holding them and entertaining them one-to-one while they learn to hold their own head up!
Aside from a bassinet, another thing many parents swear by is a bouncer. You can use the bouncer for many months, and it’s really a great help that you can put the baby down in a supported sitting position and talk to them while having your hands free for other chores.
Is a Bassinet Really Necessary for a Baby?
If you come to think of it, then, sure, successful parenting has been happening for millennia without them. Then again, the same can be said about a lot of products that are targeted towards new mothers and their newborns—from disposable diapers to pacifiers.
Hence, to answer the question, bassinets are not strictly necessary, but they do exist to make your life much easier. All of the products featured here can be seen as luxury items, depending on who you ask. As a new mother, however, your time will be all the more precious, so we recommend getting all the help that you can get.