It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these product pick posts but I thought it would be fun to start this series back up again and share some of THE LBMF PRODUCT PICKS of the Week with you guys. I’m kicking things off today with my picks for at home & travel bassinets. Obviously, everyone has their own preferences and since there are so many baby products to choose from some of you have found it helpful when I share my specific products of choice. Disclaimer: I didn’t use a bassinet at all with my first child Rosie.. she slept right next to us in the Fisher Price Rock & Play while we were out in Montauk for the first month and a half of her life and then went directly into the crib (which was in our same bedroom) in the city at the time. After the news of the fisher price recall I knew I wanted to get Margaret a proper bassinet. We actually transitioned Margaret out of the bassinet into her crib and her own room when she was around 4 1/2 months old. I don’t know if it was the separation or that she was almost 5 months but she FINALLY started sleeping throughout the night after that transition.
THE AT HOME BASSINET
THE SLEEPSACK SWADDLE/ WEARABLE BLANKETS
At home Bassinet: Before the transition, Margaret slept right next to our bed in the Halo Bassinet Swivel Sleeper. I really am a big proponent of this bassinet (and this is coming from someone who didn’t use one the first time around) . Everything from the adjustable height to it’s 360 degree swivel motion + the retractable front side (which allow you to easily lower your baby in and out of the bassinet right from bed) This bassinet was clearly designed with MOMS in mind as well. Not having to get up out of bed or even having to reach all the way down in the middle of the night for feedings was a noticeable relief to me this time around. It may not seem like a big deal but when you’re in the thick of it little things like this are huge. I remember one thing that bothered me about the rock & play and most other bassinets were how low they were to the ground. The adjustable height on the halo does wonders for your back. Other Notable Features: Breathable mesh sides for the baby + two side compartments located on the outside of the halo bassinet stand which are great for storing burp clothes, diapers and swaddles as well as a music/sound machine… basically they’ve thought of everything! We used the bassinet in conjunction with this Halo Sleep Sack Swaddle . We had tried these SwaddleMe Velcro Swaddles at first which had worked fine with Rosie but Margaret ended up breaking free very easily and we found this particular swaddle worked best. Isn’t it crazy how one thing works great for one kid and horrible for another?! I also liked that this swaddle had an arms free option as well. Now that Margaret has transitioned from the swaddle and is in her crib she sleeps in one of these cozy wearable blankets. I researched a bunch of bassinet styles before settling on the HALO like the SNOO which in all honesty just didn’t seem natural to me (having the baby strapped in there like that) and on top of that incredibly overpriced so I quickly passed over that. I ended up selecting the HALO based on my own research and word of mouth from other mom friends.
THE TRAVEL BASSINET
Travel Bassinet: We purchased a budget friendly portable bassinet for travel while we were in Montauk last ummer. I landed on the Chicco LullaGo Portable version which one of my mom friends used as her living room bassinet so the baby could nap downstairs during the day. It’s super easy to set up and has a lightweight/compact nature. The Chicco bassinet would also be a great option to keep at a grandparents home or in your living room for naps. If you’re traveling on a plane this would not be my first choice because of the metal legs so I also have the 4Moms Breeze which works as a crib + bassinet + playyard (disclaimer: I’ve only used the crib & playard set ups with Rosie not the actual bassinet) The set up however is super easy (I’m not even kidding you can do it with one hand) I also liked that the crib/playard is lifted up above the ground where most styles like the version made by Baby Bjorne touch the floor which I’m not a fan of. Now that Margaret is out of the bassinet we will use the 4Moms Breeze for any foreseeable future travel. If you have any ??? about any of these products that I mentioned above or just to say hi always feel free to shoot me a DM 🙂
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