When baby is born he needs to feel protected and safe. Once out of mom's protective womb, some babies may feel a little lost in a crib. In this case, they often prefer to be in their arms or in a deckchair because they feel better wrapped up in it. Unfortunately it is difficult to hold your baby all day... And it is not good to put him in a deckchair or he will not be comfortable enough to sleep.
The solution: the baby bassinet, which offers a cozy little nest that reminds the child of its mother's belly.
The advantages of the baby carrier
Its small size helps reassure baby who feels like he is in a cocoon, reassured, he falls asleep more quickly and sleeps better.
The bassinet is mobile, it is light and can therefore be easily transported, it allows you to keep baby under supervision throughout the day, it can be placed close to you in the living room, then transported and placed directly in the crib.
In the evening at a friend's house, it's an ideal little extra bed, however, it should never be used to transport baby in the car!
The bassinet can be used from birth to around 6 months, depending on the model chosen and baby's growth.
Disadvantages to be aware of
The duration of use of the bassinet is relatively short, since by 6 months baby will be too big to sleep in it. It should no longer be used as soon as baby can sit up by himself.
It requires constant supervision, unlike a fully secured slatted bed in which baby can sleep alone all night long, the bassinet is less stable, less rigid and less high, so it requires more supervision. It is an extra bed that parents must keep close to them.
The mattress of a bassinet is often very thin, it is important to choose a model with a mattress at least 3 cm thick for better sleeping comfort.
Which bassinet to choose?
There are different types of bassinet in very different styles
The wicker bassinet
It has an authentic charm totally in the trend of the moment. Very decorative, it is equally at home in the baby's room, the parents' room and the living room.
Rigid, it can be easily transported from one room to another even when baby is sleeping.
It is advisable to choose a wicker bedding with organic cotton interior to offer baby a 100% natural bedding suitable even for allergic children.
For extra comfort, there are special mattresses for the baby cot, thicker and more comfortable, adapted to the exact dimensions of the cot.
The wicker bassinet is an excellent idea for a birth gift.
The fabric bassinet
It is a flexible, light and very easy to carry when empty. It is often well padded to protect baby, but its flexible structure does not allow it to be carried when baby is lying in it. The fabric bassinet is also much less stable.