Your baby registry is really shaping up. Changing table? Check. Baby monitor? Check. Tons of adorable onesies? Check. But do you really need a bassinet for your newborn baby? Well, no, not technically. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that newborns sleep in the same room as their parents, but in a separate sleeping space, until at least six months old (and ideally a year old) to prevent SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths. So if your bedroom has no space for a crib, a bassinet can be a worthy (and life-saving) investment. Plus, we don’t know about you, but the idea of getting up and walking all the way across the bedroom to pick up a screaming baby at 4 a.m. isn’t exactly our idea of fun.
Shelling out hundreds of dollars for an item you’ve never even tried feels overwhelming, to say the least. That’s why we polled dozens of parents, from first-timers to veteran moms of multiples, for their recommendations. Here, the seven best bassinets for every need.