When Is Baby Too Big For Bassinet and Other Questions New Parents are Asking

When Is Baby Too Big For Bassinet and Other Questions New Parents are Asking


New parents always have lots of questions and one of the most important ones is how to get some sleep.  According to the National Sleep Foundation newborns should get 14–17 hours of sleep over a 24-hour period. Even though that sounds like a lot and parents should be able to get some rest, constant feedings, diaper changes, and getting back to sleep can take up a lot of time.


Why use a bassinet in the first place?

Many new parents decide to use a bassinet for a variety of reasons.  A bassinet is different from a crib because it’s much smaller and is specifically designed for babies up to five or six months old. Bassinets are usually more mobile than a crib and take up less space.

According to experts, including pediatrician Dr. William Sears, a bedside bassinet, like those from Arm’s Reach®, offers optimal sleep distance from baby to parent. Babies are close enough for feedings and soothing, but are not in the same bed which can be a danger.

In addition, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents sleep in the same room – but not in the same bed as a baby-  preferably for at least the first six months. This is another reason to use a bedside bassinet.

It’s also great for breastfeeding moms and moms with C-Sections because they don’t have to bend over as much which can be uncomfortable.


How long can a baby use a bassinet?

Each bassinet brand might be slightly different, but most can be used until the baby starts pushing up on his hands and knees which is usually at about four or five months. This is the case with Arm’s Reach Co-sleeper® bassinets.


When is a baby too big for a bassinet?

Generally, a baby should be moved to another sleep area when they can push themselves up on hands and knees, which is generally around five months of age.


What type of bassinet is best for my family?

Arm’s Reach launched its first bassinet more than 25 years ago. The company has created several designs to best suit each family’s needs.

Mini Ezee™ 2 in 1 CO-SLEEPER® Bassinet has two modes: Co-Sleeper bassinet and stand-alone bassinet. It is easy to assemble and portable.

The Clear-Vue™ Co-Sleeper® allows for maximum visibility. It allows parents and the baby to sleep comfortably next to each other from the moment your baby arrives. This bassinet also has the convenience of a large attached storage basket.

The Cambria Co-Sleeper® bedside bassinet is an elegant bassinet choice featuring beautifully curved wooden ends. This bedside bassinet enables you to reach over and draw your baby close for comforting and bonding.

The Arm’s Reach® Co-Sleeper® Mini Ezee™ 3 in 1 is perfect for small spaces. It has three modes to use as the baby grows. It’s easy to assemble, portable and features pockets for storage.

The Arm's Reach Ideal Ezee 3 in 1 features side pockets for storage, a 4-inch sleeping nest height, and an attachment strap and plate to provide the safest sleep solution for you and your newborn.

The Versatile™ fits all types of beds and is ideal for small spaces. It features built-in adjustable leg extension mechanism that allows you to raise the sleeping nest in one-inch increments.

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