One of the biggest choices that new parents make is deciding if they want to purchase a crib and bassinet or only a crib. There are advantages and disadvantages to each choice. Many people love the idea of a tiny bassinet and they are easier to move from room to room and keep nearby whenever baby is sleeping.
Many people who chose to use a bassinet do it because they have a family heirloom or gift that they want to use. Some people also like bassinets because they make it easier to have baby in the room with you without having him in your bed. In addition, bassinets are small enough to work well in cramped living arrangements.
The main disadvantage of a bassinet is that it is only useful for a few months. Once baby is able to sit up, it is time to move to a crib. This means that you can be spending a lot of money for a bassinet and bassinet bedding and only be able to use it for a few months for each child.
If you do decide that a bassinet is right for your family or situation, don’t overlook the possibility of purchasing both it and the bassinet bedding used.
With enough time in advance you should be able to find a used bassinet in excellent condition for a fraction of the price of a new one.
Bassinet bedding can also be purchased used and washed in baby-friendly detergent before being put on the bassinet.
When it comes to choosing bassinet bedding, your best option is to go with what you like. You can choose bedding specifically to go with the theme of your room, or choose something more neutral in order to coordinate with multiple children.
Often, choosing bedding that is more neutral will enable you to get more use out of the bedding that you choose.
When it comes to babies many people try to justify every expense with, “but it’s for the baby.” As tempting as this might be, keep in mind which pieces of baby gear you will likely use over and over and which will be used for fairly short periods of time.
In general you will want to plan to spend more on things that will be used for the longest periods of time or by multiple children.
If you do decide to purchase a bassinet and bassinet bedding, try to choose something that is durable enough to withstand multiple children.
The best way to get extensive use out of a bassinet is to use it for multiple children. This could mean your children or it could mean sharing it with a sister or close friend.
Overall, purchasing a bassinet can make sense in some situations. For those families, bassinet bedding can be an excellent way to make the bassinet match the theme of the room or be neutral enough to be used by multiple children. Durability and flexibility are the key to getting the most out of these pieces of baby gear.