After my first baby was born, I couldn’t help but think about the new baby and the possibility of my next pregnancy being accompanied by a moving bassinet. In order to keep the baby’s body warm and protected, I had to find something to keep the baby on in the room until I was ready to leave. Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible and I ended up having to go to an out-of-town hospital.
My husband and I had several family and friends visiting us during the two weeks I was there, so it was never an issue of safety reasons, as long as the baby stayed put in the room. This baby is now almost two years old and has become a part of our life in many ways; he is my next baby, after all.
After my stay at the hospital, I found myself wondering if a moving bassinet was really necessary. That thought was correct, but not in the way I thought.
Since then, I have owned several portable bassinets, and I always enjoy them when I go out of town for a couple of days. On the days I’m away, they’re great for keeping baby warm and happy when I am in a hotel. However, when I’m home, I still needed a moving bassinet, and I found one with the cradle notches.
It was fairly simple to put the bassinet on and off, and the chair is comfortable for both mom and baby. I even like that the frame of the bassinet is easy to lift and carry around. With this bassinet, and a few other such bassinets, I can take my little one for a walk, without him feeling that he is going to be left on the floor for the duration of the walk.
After my experiences with my first bassinet, I decided that a cradle-and-chair bassinet would be just as good as the original one. The chair makes it much easier for my husband to carry my little boy around.
The bassinet is very comfortable, though it can be rather heavy for the younger babies. It is a bit more on the heavy side, which is why I never felt the need to use it as a moving bassinet while in town.
The only con I had was that it didn’t have easy adjustments. Most of the bassinets only come with single bar height adjustment, and it can be a real challenge when you are running through your children in the shopping mall. But for those of us who have a toddler, and are used to sleeping in a crib all night, having more adjustable height will make things more convenient.
The frame of the bassinet, along with the chair, makes it easy to turn the bassinet from side to side. So, if you need to, you can easily flip the bassinet so the baby can get into bed. The cradle also allows you to slide the bassinet off of the chair.
As for the chairs, they offer quite a small stage for keeping baby still, so he or she doesn’t disturb the adults. With the side cradle, the bassinet can be slid further back, so the baby can rest in his or her crib, and you can still have an open look at the baby while sitting in the chair.
While most portable bassinets are made to hold a single baby, these versions can hold two, or three in addition to the parent and baby. So, if you have more than one baby, the bassinet will be comfortable and portable enough to carry each of them.
Today’s portable bassinets are not only portable, but extremely durable. And, as long as you are conscious of the safety aspects of having your baby on their chests, the whole experience is safe and secure.