Bassinet, Cradle, or Crib?




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One of the most important decisions you have to make as a new parent is what your baby will sleep in. You’ve probably heard of bassinets, cradles, and cribs but have no idea what the differences are and which one is right for you and your baby. While safety and price are certainly the most important factors to take into consideration, some things will just depend on personal preference. Here are the pro’s and con’s of each to help you decide.
 
Bassinets
Pro’s:
  • Compact
  • Portable
  • Least expensive
  • Fits in parents room
Con’s:
  • Can only be used for a short time (3-5 months or baby weight limit)
  • Risk of being pushed  or tipped over
 
 
Cradles
Pro’s:
  • Compact
  • Portable
  • Rocking motion calms baby
  • Bigger than bassinet
  • Smaller than crib
Con’s:
  • Takes up more space than bassinet
  • About same limited use time frame as bassinet
  • Heavier
 
 
Cribs
Pro’s:
  • Lasts much longer
  • More size and style variety
  • Best for nursery
Con’s:
  • Bigger/ takes up more space
  • Usually immobile
  • Most expensive
 
These points will at least give you an idea of which direction to go with the type of furniture your baby sleeps in. If you want your baby to sleep in your room, a bassinet or cradle would be your best choice. If you’d rather your baby’s sleep furniture last for a longer time, a crib is definitely the way to go. Deciding what features are most important to you and then making your choice based on that will make the process much easier.


By: Alecia Stanton



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