[UPDATED 05 NOVEMBER 2020]
A bassinet is one of the nursery essentials for your baby checklist, but there are many varieties out there and it can be overwhelming trying to find one that fits your needs.
To help you make an informed decision more easily, I’ve researched and found the best bassinets available in Australia that are highly rated, safe, sturdy, and good value for money.
Best Co-Sleeper Bassinets
The co-sleeper is exactly as it sounds – a bassinet that is designed for safe co-sleeping with your newborn. These bassinets are designed to be an extension of your own bed, so they often come with straps and are also height adjustable so the baby will be on the same level as you.
*Top Choice* Star Kidz Vicino Deluxe – $309
The Star Kidz Vicino Deluxe is my top pick for the best co-sleeper bassinet in Australia and it is the top-rated bassinet on ProductReview. It’s a mid-range co-sleeper in terms of pricing but offers the same range of features as more expensive brands.
In addition, its stand converts easily into a rocker, a bonus feature that not many brands have.
- Designed in Italy
- 6-position adjustable height
- Rocking function
- Recline feature
- Comes with wheels
- Lightweight aluminium frame
- 600D Oxford fabric with knitted fabric
This bassinet is just amazing! It can do everything you need it to. It rocks, has wheels to easily move from room to room, it can tilt for babies with reflux, turns into a co sleeper has vents on both sidesBee, Greater Melbourne
A great bassinet that provides all my needs. It is adjustable, light and easy to move . I can also use it during day when baby needs to sleep.Helen, Sydney
Tutti Bambini Cozee – $399
- Six height adjustments
- Innovative 30-second open mechanism
- Removable, washable fabric lining
- Incline option to help with congestion and reflux
- Deluxe foam mattress included
- Travel bag included
- Removable and lockable wheels (additional purchase)
Measuring at just 56 x 92 x 12cm when packed into the travel bag, the Tutti Bambini Cozee weighs only 10kg and can double-up as a portacot for travels or day trips.
It has a near-perfect 4.8 rating on Baby Bunting with 100% of customers recommending it.
It is simple to assemble & adjust height but the best part is how easy it is to put the bub in and out for feeds & also to do the occasional pat back to sleep when restless.Bec, Melbourne
First time mum, and this was the best thing I’ve ever bought.Teenie, Wollongong
The Ole Bedside Sleeper by Bebe Care is a highly rated product with 4.8 stars rating on Baby Bunting, many customers noting how soft and high quality it is.
As with most other bassinets, it has six height adjustments and the optional anti-reflux incline position. The assembly is very easy and requires no extra tools.
The best feature about this bassinet is that the fabric is full mesh with ventilation all around.
Love this bassinet. I love that the mesh ventilation was on all sides. I could adjust the height so my Miss 4 could look in on the baby.Kass, Sydney
This is hands down the best bassinet! It is large, stylish, strong and sturdy. It is adjustable and also has the option to adjust the head height for babies with reflux. Really good purchase at an amazing price.Nadia, Canberra
As a much loved Australian brand, Love N Care range of baby products are very affordable and offers the same versatility as the popular Chicco Next2Me.
Best Rocking Bassinets
It’s harder to find a rocking bassinet in Australia, but it can be a lifesaver for parents with babies who like to be rocked to sleep. It’s also an easy way of helping the baby go back to sleep when she wakes between sleep cycles.
*Top Choice* Love N Care Cosmos 3-in 1 – $269
The Cosmos 3-in-1 by Love N Care is an all-in-one bassinet. It has the features of a standard co-sleeper (two height settings, dropdown side, bed attachment straps) plus the added option of being a rocker.
It also quickly converts to a playpen when you unzip the middle section to make use of the bottom area. When used as a bassinet, the bottom area functions as a storage space for nappies and clothes.
It folds to a convenient size for travel and is easy to set up. At just 7.25kg, it is one of the lightest bassinets on our list.
Larger than a conventional Moses basket, the Chloe Rocking Bassinet by Childcare is a gorgeous tribute to Victorian design with a folding canopy, built-in vibrations, musical mobile with lamb characters, and white skirting.
It comes with wheels so you can easily move it around the house, but can also be locked for safety. The wheels are retractable so the base quickly converts to a rocker, which is handy for putting baby to sleep.
The bassinet comes with mattress included and is also quilted for extra padding and comfort.
Shnuggle Dreami Sleep System – $239
The Shnuggle Dreami is an award-winning Moses basket that comes with a convertible stand that folds and rocks. It’s stylish, functional, and very affordable.
Weighing just 4kg, it is the lightest bassinet available and is a great choice for an all-rounded multifunctional bassinet. The only downside is that it’s smaller than standard bassinets and most newborns outgrow it at around three month old.
BabyBjorn Cradle – $429
The BabyBjorn Cradle has soft sprung stands for a gentle swaying motion. It doesn’t rock conventionally from side to side but rather mimics the movement of a pram. It can rock along to baby’s movements, or be rocked by hand or foot.
It is a lightweight design so it can be moved easily around the home. Also comes with a mattress included. With a 4.7 star rating on ProductReview, this is one cradle you can’t go wrong with.
Best Portable Bassinets
The smaller, lighter version of portacots (portable cots), portable bassinets are designed for maximum ease when travelling or on-the-go, so they are usually one-piece designs that fold quickly and neatly into a carry bag.
*Top Choice* Star Kidz Compagno Baby Bassinet – $189
A relatively new design on the market, the Compagno by Star Kidz is a stylish and very travel-friendly bassinet that you can set up and pack away in a single step. In addition, it can also easily change to a rocker position.
The air mesh can be zipped up to keep the baby warm on cooler nights.
- Designed in Italy
- Mattress and carry bag included
- Easy one-step set up
- Converts to rocker
Sunbury Cocoon Bassinet – $239
The Sunbury Cocoon is one of the best portable bassinets around. It comes with a detachable hooded mesh to keep out bugs if the baby is napping outdoors, and it folds into a compact size that fits in the overhead compartment storage on planes.
Best Rattan & Wooden Bassinets
For the environmentally-conscious parents, wooden bassinets are the way to go. Not only are they durable and sturdy in design, but their natural look also adds to the aesthetics of a room. Rattan bassinets are less popular, but their rustic hand-woven appeal is easy to love.
*Top Choice* Tasman Essentials Rascali – $159
Made from plantation timber sourced from sustainable forests, the Tasman Essentials Rascali is a minimalistic and eco-friendly option that is highly affordable. Its finishes are non-toxic and lead-free so you can rest assured knowing your baby is safe from harmful chemicals.
It has a humble 4.5 stars rating on Baby Bunting and despite its simple features, many reviewers have commented on how durable and good value for money it is.
My mum bought us this bassinet 3 years ago for baby #1 and it was amazing. So easy to wheel baby around especially when I went for a shower etc and was so versatile. Fast forward 3 years and it has now been borrowed by 4 other mums (friends and family) who adore it.Tiggles, Mornington VIC
I originally had a co sleeper for my baby but was recommended by a midwife to try one of these, I purchased one and assembled it with no problems at all. I have been using it for a few weeks now and I feel that my premature baby is so much safer in this with the mesh air flow sides. Would highly recommend this amazing product.Moni, Canningvale, WA
Boori Bassinet Barley – $299
Boori is a well-received baby furniture brand in Australia and its range of wooden bassinets is a timeless classic that is very much underrated. Although simplistic in design, it’s highly functional and can be used further as a laundry basket or toy storage well after the baby has transitioned to a cot.
We have shared this bassinet for 6 newborns over 6 years. The breathable sides are excellent for when baby sleeps close to the sides without worrying about ventilation. Great design and wheels are very handy.Dank, Sydney
Willow Rattan Bassinet – $499
Beautifully handwoven from natural plant materials, the Rattan Willow Bassinet adds an instant Bohemian look and feel to any space. It comes with a firm foam mattress included.
Cot vs Bassinet – Which Does Your Baby Need?
In preparation for a newborn, the bassinet is one of the baby essential items parents will consider. So what’s the difference between a bassinet and a cot (or crib)?
A bassinet is cheaper and also smaller than a cot, so it saves considerable space for those living in smaller homes. However, many bassinets are designed and recommended for babies under six months, so it is not suitable for older babies who can sit up unassisted.
In addition, bassinets are often designed to be securely attached to the parents’ bedside, much like an extended safe sleeping space. This makes overnight feeds easier, particularly if you’re breastfeeding. You can simply roll over and feed baby, instead of having to get up.
There are also portable bassinets designed so they can be moved around the house with ease, or used for travel. This is handy in the first few months of newborn life when the baby has more fragmented and frequent feeding and sleeping periods.