There’s something dreamy and romantic about a bassinet (also called Moses’ basket) that almost no nursery is without one. It’s convenient too. Unlike a crib, a bassinet can be carried from room to room, making your baby’s bed portable.

Here are some tips when buying a bassinet:

  • Think stability
    • One of the first things you should look at is how steady does the bassinet stand. Make sure that pets or other children wouldn’t be able to knock it over. This aspect is critical especially for bassinets that fold up, or needs assembly. Screws and bolts must be secure, the base should be stable. Wheels must have locks.
  • Make sure it’s a real bassinet!
    • Okay, this one may seem a little funny, but the thing is, there are many makeshift bassinets out there. These baskets are just meant for the baby to sleep in, but they are not sturdy enough to carry your baby around. To be certain, stick to the trusted brands. You don’t want to end up buying a simple craft project!
  • Check the mattress.
    • You need a comfortable place to sleep in, and so would your baby. Check mattress quality. Is it strong enough? Is it made of material that’s easily soiled? Is it re-washable? Press into it; is it thick and firm enough that you don’t feel the metal structure underneath? Make sure too that it fits snugly in the frame; otherwise it can become a suffocation hazard.
  • Feel for sharp edges.
    • This is especially advisable if you’re buying a bassinet made of wicker or bamboo. Thoroughly check if there are parts that are poking out, rough areas, or sections in danger of unraveling.
  • Double check the weight capacity.
    • Don’t buy a bassinet that has no advisory tag on how much weight it can support. A bassinet is generally for use of infants 3 months and below; but babies grow at different rates. Some infants are heavy for their ages, and imported brands can have a different weight standard.
  • Take a moment to visit the net.
    • There are hazards that you may not be able to spot just by physically inspecting a bassinet. For instance, is the material hypoallergenic? Perhaps it’s made from potentially toxic materials. To be safe, go online and investigate the credibility of the company and the product before making a purchase. A bargain may not really be a bargain!
  • Critically assess if accessories are potential choking hazards.
    • Again, what looks good may not necessarily be safe. Some bassinets contain all kinds of lace trimmings, small bells and colorful buttons for effect. Don’t forget, infants have amazing grasping reflexes. If these add-ons are not secure in their place, they can end up in your baby’s mouth.

Given that a bassinet will house your most precious infant, it pays to know what to look for apart from the aesthetics. So take your time and consult as many people as you can. It’s better to be safe than sorry!