Why Do You Need a Bassinet?
Preparing the nursery before your baby arrives can be a really exciting yet confusing time. You’ve bought a changing table, a million nappies, bottles, baby bath, a crib, and the list goes on! Surely, you don’t need all these things?
In an effort to reduce your shopping list, you may find yourself having second thoughts about buying a bassinet when you already have a crib. The list of things you are told you need when you are having a baby is not exhaustive, so it helps to consider how each item will help you as a new parent rather than taking each item as gospel.
In this article, we look at all the reasons why a bassinet makes the essentials list for many new mothers to answer the much-asked question: why do you need a bassinet?
Why Do You Need a Bassinet?
When choosing between a bassinet or a crib, there are a couple of things that you need to take into careful consideration in order to make a well-informed decision. After all, it is you and your baby who are at stake here.
The most obvious difference between a bassinet and a crib is evident in their size. A bassinet is much smaller, so it won’t take up a lot of space in your room. In the first few months of your baby’s life, you will want to keep them as close to you as possible, which is what a bassinet can do for you.
Just getting used to such a precious being, existing outside of your body is a pretty daunting prospect as your newborn baby is suddenly so much more vulnerable to the world around them. The ability to put your baby down to sleep right next to you, wherever you are, is a very comforting ability to have. A bassinet is sized just right so that it is set up right by your bedside.
Thanks to the size of the bassinet, you can also move your sleeping baby from room to room with ease, as you move around in your home doing chores. Even though all of the advice you seem to be getting is to try and sleep when they are sleeping, that’s not always possible when you don’t have a housekeeper to keep on top of other house chores such as the laundry and dishes.
3. Ease of Access
A bassinet has much shallower sides than a crib, and because of this, it is much easier to put your baby down to sleep and pick them up when they wake. The sides of a crib can seem a long way down when repeating this process over and over.
It is for this reason in particular that a bassinet is crucial for some new mothers who have had a hard or complicated labor, many stitches, or had a cesarean section. You will be picking your baby up and putting them down to sleep many times each day in their first few months of life, so you definitely want to make this as easy as possible.
The amount of money you spend when your baby is first welcomed into this world to buy all of the essentials can be hard on your budget. Having a bassinet in the first few months of their life can help you save up some extra money to help buy the crib you have your eyes on, a few months down the line.
Your baby will feel and look so much cozier in a bassinet than they will in a huge crib. Also, imagine putting yourself in your baby’s shoes. He has just emerged from your made-to-fit, ultra-cozy womb! Hence, you may find that he is able to settle easier in a bassinet than a crib.
Whether you choose a bassinet or a crib for your baby’s first few months, it is important to ensure that you make it as safe as possible. The mattress should be flat and firm, and you shouldn’t use any pillows or sleep positioners at all to decrease the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).
How Long Can You Use a Bassinet for Baby
You can safely use a bassinet until your baby is around four to six months old. The key indicator for needing a crib is when your baby starts gaining more control over their limbs, which allows them to sit up and roll over.
As soon as they are able to move about freely, the low sides of a bassinet are no longer a safe option for your baby. When this time comes, you will know that you need to move them to a crib immediately.
The main reason why you will benefit from having a bassinet for your baby is that it can make your new mom-life easier. The size and portability of a bassinet make it much easier to have your newborn baby close to you at all times of the day.
The low sides make it much easier to pick your baby up and down. Having the ability to pick your baby up, time and time again, without having to extend your arms over the high sides of a crib, is helpful and sometimes crucial, after a complicated birth. A bassinet may not be an absolute necessity to some mothers, but it sure is a blessing.