Jut wondering what you think is best for a newborn and why? Cot or bassinet? It seems a bit silly to have both...
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19-12-2011 12:07 #1
Cot vs Bassinet
19-12-2011 12:12 #2
We had both. Bassinet when Bub was newborn as she seemed to sleep better because it was more enclosed then the cot. As she started sleeping through the night (around 8 weeks) we moved her into the cot at night and the bassinet was in the lounge for during the day when she had her cat naps (so she wasn't on the floor with DD1 running around).
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19-12-2011 12:18 #3
We have both. We will use the bassinet for when bubs is a newborn (it's in our room at the moment) and then move them into the cot when they are a bit bigger.
19-12-2011 12:20 #4Senior Member
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Bassinets are handy but do have a limited useful life. We got ours from a friend of a friend in exchange for a bottle of wine. If you can get a second hand one or borrow one, then go for it. If not and you're working with a budget, bub will be fine going straight into the cot. Swaddled and tucked in, they don't really notice how big the cot is.
19-12-2011 12:29 #5Junior Member
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The pram I had converted from a bassinet to a forwards or backwards facing pram/stroller so we used that for the first 6 weeks or so in our room.
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19-12-2011 12:42 #6
I didn't have a bassinet with DS and really regretted it. It was one of my first purchases for this baby!
The bassinet allows the baby to sleep close to you - not just at night, which is convenient for feeding. Most are on wheels so you can move sleeping baby around the house.
We only paid $120 for ours, so not a big cost for the convenience of it!
19-12-2011 12:49 #7
There are a few options for newborns now and some depend on how you are financially and whether you are going to have more children. I've known babies to sleep in bassinettes, prams, hammocks, cots, mats on the floor and even in drawers! We went on holiday once and had our port-a-cot stolen. My newborn slept comfortably in our suitcase with a padded blanket on the bottom! I'm not recommending some of these as permanent solutions though. Our babies always came home from hospital to straight away sleep in a cot. You can still swaddle them and you place them close to the foot end of the cot so their feet are nearly touching the bottom. You don't need bumpers or anything around them and they sleep just fine. The down side is they aren't portable but mine always fell asleep for naps in a rocker or swing or bouncinette. The other thing is to find a cot that has adjustable heights so that you don't have to lean all the way into it with a newborn. If you want a bassinette or hammock/cradle, I agree with others and would try to pick one up second hand or on loan. They sometimes only hold baby for 4 to 6 months. Good luck deciding.
19-12-2011 13:16 #8
Subscribing! I have this dilemma which is even harder as we are on two levels so won't be able to wheel it around the house. But a cot is unlikely to fit in our room. Not sure what to do....
19-12-2011 13:46 #9
I brought a second hand can bassinet for my first ($20) (19years ago) DH threw it out 2 weeks before we found out we pg with no 6 cause we weren't having anymore. It would have still been good for this one. I love it so much that I made him buy me a new one from target for $70.
19-12-2011 13:48 #10
With DD we only had a cot. We didn't see an issue with it however in hindsight, she was a sh!t sleeper so that may have contributed somehow, but who knows.
We now have a bassinet for when bub #2 arrives, as our room now is alot smaller than the one we had when DD was born, and there's no way the cot will fit comfortably.
(We're moving when bub is a few months old).
We've brought a First Years Carry Me Near, you can take the cradle bit off the stand to carry bub around the house, although it's pretty heavy so I'm not sure how I'll go with it post c/s.
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