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Difference between a bassinet and a cradle

If you’re a new parent looking for bed supplies for your new baby, you’ll likely wonder whether you should buy a cradle or a bassinet. And then you’ll ask yourself what the differences are between a bassinet and a cradle. Many people tend to lump the two together, but there are some differences that new parents should be aware of.


Much of the time, bassinets are made of natural fibers like wicker and tend to be more portable than cradles. Bassinets are great for parents who travel a lot, live in a house with more than one floor, or are very active. In addition, they are usually smaller and lighter than a cradle, but the sizes do vary. Bassinet bedding can either be purchased or custom made to fit the requirements and tastes of the parents; new parents need to be aware that though there are similarities between Bassinets and cradles, they take different mattresses, sheets, and bedding.


Cradles are usually larger than bassinets and more stationary. They are usually made of wood and manufactured materials. Cradles come in many forms and with differing functions. There is a portable cradle that is smaller and more manageable that you can take on an extended visit to family or friends. Cradles are usually manufactured with a mechanism that will produce a side-to-side motion designed to comfort your baby and help them sleep. Most cradles have two floor rockers that allow a side-to-side rocking motion; others come with the frame suspended on hooks and gently sway rather than rock your baby. Baby bedding for cradles follows the same rules as bassinets: the bedding between the two is not interchangeable, so make sure you get the appropriate bedding for your choice of baby bed.

Whether you purchase a bassinet or cradle, remember to always buy a firm mattress that fits snugly and fits properly. You should not be able to stick more than two fingers between mattress and the side of the cradle or bassinet. Look for legs with strong locks to avoid fold-ins, smooth surfaces without wicker particles or outside hardware, and a sturdy, stable base that is both appropriate for the baby’s weight and wide enough to remain stable, especially in the case of a rocking cradle.

Ensuring your child has an easy transition into the world is hard enough without having to worry about how well they will sleep at night, Both bassinets and cradles are excellent choices for those with new baby’s—simply follow the guidelines and proper use for the cradle or bassinet, buy the correct baby sheets, bumpers, and liners, and buy the correct mattress. Figure out which option best suits your lifestyle and move ahead, confident and secure in the fact that your child will soon be sleeping safely and soundly in their new bed.

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