Crib vs Bassinet Guide: Which Is Better & Why?

Crib vs Bassinet Guide: Which Is Better & Why?

It’s amazing the things what you learn when you become pregnant.

Who knew there were so many items that a baby needs to function on a daily basis?

Two things I had no idea about were cribs and bassinets. Weren’t they the same thing?

Apparently not.

If you are confused about the two, let me give you the low down on each so you are much more informed and aware than I was!

The Pros of Buying a Crib

A crib can come in many shapes, styles, colors, and finishes.

It can be used to hold a brand new infant, or an older toddler child.

A crib is an enclosed bed that is lifted off the ground, and can be set at different levels, based on your baby’s height, weight, age, and activity level.

Cribs have slotted sides that allow air to travel though. This helps babies breathe at night and it reduces the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

A crib is sold as a frame, and it needs a crib mattress to be inserted onto its platform base. Some cribs are able to convert into a toddler bed when your baby is old and ready to sleep without a side frame on.

Cribs are generally safe, but they do have a few downfalls. From time to time, babies can get their legs or feet stuck in the side of the crib. Bumpers are usually placed around the edges to prevent this from happening when your baby is older and more active.

Cribs are generally very sturdy, and usually come in a non-toxic finish. So if your baby chews on the railing (which many do); they will not ingest anything harmful. Some cribs even have wheels (although this is not recommended when your baby gets to be toddler age), allowing them to move room to room easily.

Cribs are very popular baby purchases and have been around for centuries!

Our Top Crib Recommendation

Stork Craft Tuscany Convertible Crib

The Pros of Buying a Bassinet

Some moms choose to go with a bassinet instead, and they do have some things working in their favor as well.

Bassinets are smaller than cribs. They also have a weight limit (this varies from bassinet to bassinet).

Generally, they are used to hold infants and babies up to about four months of age, though some larger ones can accommodate babies up to about six months of age.

Bassinets are enclosed and are shaped similarly to a basket. Parents choose to put their newborns in bassinets for a number of reasons. They may want to keep a close eye on their baby overnight due to the risk of SIDS. They may also plan to co-sleep with their baby, so a bassinet allows them to pull the piece right next to their bed.

Nursing moms also like using a bassinet. This way, you can quickly access your baby in the middle of the night.

Bassinets are extremely helpful for moms who have cesarean sections and may have difficulty moving up and down the steps, especially at night with a baby.

Bassinets come in a variety of colors, shapes, styles, and finishes. They usually resemble the cart that your newborn was kept in, in the hospital. Parents like this because it helps the baby to sleep and feel enclosed and secure, like they felt in the womb. They typically come with a bassinet pad that is soft and safe for the baby to lie on.

Many bassinets have a cart underneath the bed component, so you can change your baby’s diaper or clothing without removing them from the basin. They are also designed with a hood feature. This will block light from their eyes and shield them from the sun if you are planning on taking your baby outdoors.

Bassinets are easy to move from room to room, which is helpful if you want to keep your baby nearby but do not want to lift them and carry them if they are sleeping.

Our Top Bassinet Recommendation

Dream On Me Karley Bassinet

Wrapping Up

When choosing between a crib and bassinet, it really comes down to what you need. While neither one is better than the other, they definitely are different.

Consider the features of each in order to help you decide if you need one or both pieces in order to function with your baby in your home!

Happy shopping!

Kate Trout

Hi there, I'm Kate! I started Maternity Glow to be a place for new and expecting moms to come to for practical pregnancy advice, parenting tips, and baby care tricks.

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