Crib or Bassinet, Which or Both

Woman reads as baby sleepsOne of your earliest decisions in designing your baby’s nursery is whether to start your newborn’s nursery life with a crib or a bassinet, or both.

Portability:

A crib is designed to be installed in one place, not designed to be moved around from room to room like a bassinet.  This means that if you wish to sleep right next to your newborn or infant, you will want to consider a co-sleeper crib, positioned next to your bed.

Bassinets often have wheels so they can be moved easily from room to room. When selecting a bassinet, make sure that the wheels can be locked in place for safety and the rocking motion can be carefully controlled or stopped altogether.

Use:

Your newborn baby will outgrow a bassinet quickly.  Bassinet sleeping surfaces are not as large as a crib and their wall sides are not designed for babies who can get up onto their hands and knees.

A crib has protective rails and a larger sleeping surface, and are designed to protect babies who have begun to move around on their own.

Cost:

A crib may cost more than a bassinet. However, the right crib can be equipped with conversions to evolve with the child’s growth, offsetting the need to buy new larger beds for toddler and onward.

Size:

A crib takes up more space than a bassinet. However, the bassinet often has storage space beneath its bed area.

On the other hand, bassinets are not designed for larger infants. You will need to move the growing baby to a crib for sleep after a few months.

Realistically speaking, for most new parents,  the choice is not whether to get a crib OR a bassinet.  It’s whether to buy just a crib, or buy both crib and bassinet at the same time or to buy a bassinet first then get the crib as soon as the baby starts to creep on hands and knees.