Parents are always looking for baby products that will provide the best comfort and security for their new arrivals. One of the main questions that you’ll be asking yourself when you buy your baby’s first mattress is whether you should get a bassinet or cot. This article will compare these two types of beds and help you decide which one would be best suited to your little one’s needs. We will also look at some other benefits of bassinets and cots, so that you can decide if they would be good additions to your baby’s room.
What is a bassinet
A bassinet is a small bed, often made of wood or metal. It’s typically used for infants up to about six months old—until your child starts rolling over and getting into all sorts of trouble—as a place to lay them down during middle-of-the-night feedings, diaper changes, etc.
What is a cot
A cot, or a baby cot, is a piece of baby furniture that looks like a small bed. Most babies prefer sleeping in cots as they are softer and more secure than cribs which look like big beds with bars and can be intimidating for little ones to sleep in.
Comparison Between Bassinet and Cot (Reference)
Both cots and bassinets can be safe sleep choices for a newborn. However, they have several important differences.
Size is the most obvious difference — a cot takes up a lot more space than a bassinet, so a bassinet can be easier in a smaller room. Their smaller size also makes bassinets more portable. In addition, many bassinets have a hood or cover that you can pull over while the baby is sleeping. Bassinets are also easier to use for many parents. Their sides are lower, so you don’t have to lean over the rail to place the baby inside.
Cots, on the other hand, can be used for much longer — some even convert to toddler beds and can last for years. Bassinets have weight limits and usually can only be used for the first few months of a baby's life. Cots are typically more expensive than bassinets as well, but since they last longer, the total investment is lower if you go straight to a cot.
If you’re looking for a safe place to put your baby to sleep, one of these will do just fine! But if you’re concerned about your child’s movement and safety in bed, we suggest going with a bassinet. We also prefer bassinets because they feel more open, which can make them feel less claustrophobic for mom and dad.