There are bassinets that you put across the room, then there are those that you put right next to your bed.
If you'd want one that does both, the Milliard Side Sleeper Bedside Bassinet will be perfect for you.
Milliard Side Sleeper Bedside Bassinet
42.4 x 24.2 x 4.9 inches
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What We Love
You see, the Milliard Side Sleeper has two modes:
- Standalone Bassinet - where you place it independently anywhere in the room;
- Side-Sleeper Bassinet - where you attach it to your adult bed.
What this means is that you can use the bassinet according to what your situation demands.
Be it your main purpose is to use it as a co-sleeper or you intend to move it around much, the flexibility of this bassinet allows you to do it all.
Safe for Co-Sleeping
Speaking of which, when it comes to co-sleeping, many parents have their reservations, given all the myths surrounding co-sleeping and how it can be dangerous in some situations.
That is true, nevertheless, the benefits of co-sleeping are aplenty as well, with convenience (for breastfeeding at night) being one of the main reasons parents choose and love to co-sleep.
We wouldn't go too much into details the benefits of co-sleeping here, but mothers who bed-share with their baby are found to breastfeed for longer duration and maintain exclusive breastfeeding longer than those who do not co-sleep.
If you choose to co-sleep, it is very prudent that your co-sleeping vessel is safe to eliminate all associated SIDS risks that may exist.
In that sense, the Milliard Side Sleeper has done an excellent job.
Met and exceeded all US safety regulations for side-sleeper bassinets, this one here snugly attaches to your bed with no gap in between once you've tightened the straps as directed.
The legs will slide underneath your bed so that the bassinet can really be right next to your side.
This is very important because a lot of SIDS-related suffocation misfortunes happen because babies are trapped in a gap of some sort while they are asleep.
With the Milliard, baby will still have his own sleeping space even though he sleeps right next to you with no risk of suffocation or any other SIDS-related hazards.
Another aspect that we like about the Milliard Side Sleeper is that unlike most bassinets which have a fixed height, this one here has a completely adjustable height component.
Measuring from the top of your adult bed to the floor, this co-sleeper bassinet can accommodate bed heights of 23-31 inches.
That is a wide range, so even if you have a king-sized bed raised with a box spring, you will still be able to adjust your bassinet to be on the same level as you when you lie down on your bed.
If you co-sleep, you will know the preference it is to have baby side-by-side rather than him being on a different level from your bed because you get such peace of mind when you are able to listen to his breathing, glance over and check on baby without having to get up from the bed.
Baby would be so close to you that you can touch them or lift them towards you. You can easily reach over and lay your hand on her chest to soothe her, or put his pacifier back in his mouth etc.
Such convenience is even more the highlighted if you're breastfeeding.
And here is one simple trick if your baby has acid reflux - you can adjust one side to be higher than the other so that baby's head can be safely elevated for easier breathing, better digestion and overall a more comfortable sleep.
You can then slowly transition him into flat sleeping by gradually setting the incline lower when s/he is better or in preparation for the crib.
Nevertheless, we'd still advise that you measure the height of your bed first (from the floor to the top of your mattress) before purchasing to make sure that this bassinet could work for you as a bedside sleeper in the best way possible.
One thing that surpasses our expectation is the quality of this bedside bassinet.
For being so sturdy, it is also light weight enough that it is very easy to move around as needed. Its size may make it a bit unwieldy, however it is much easier to move around than say, a pack n play and it can fit through doorways easily.
The good quality does not stop at just the frame - the mattress it comes with is equally great in quality, as is the sheet that they provide.
The former comes with a waterproof mattress encasement while the latter is machine-washable for ultimate convenience.
And the best thing is - it is super easy to assemble with NO TOOLS REQUIRED. The instructions are clear and straightforward, just follow them and the bassinet will be ready for use in no time.
The Milliard Side Sleeper has pockets built on all sides, well, except on the side where you roll down to attach to your bed to provide easy access to your baby essentials.
From diapers and wipes to clothes and baby bottles, these different-sized storage pockets will keep your baby stuffs handy so you can easily retrieve them even in the middle of the night.
Things to Note
One thing to keep in mind is that the Milliard Side Sleeper leans towards the big side.
In fact, it is a common observance that parents found it to be bigger than what they expect and depending on the situation, this can be both good or bad.
The good is that you can use the bassinet for a far more longer duration than the usual standard small bassinet because it has the allowance to accommodate bigger babies.
You see, the one thing that's often associated to bassinets is how short a lifespan they have because babies outgrow them so quickly. This is why many have decided to totally skip this newborn cot stage and move straight to getting just the baby crib.
We can totally understand that, which is why it makes the Milliard all the more appealing because it can certainly grow with your newborn beyond the usual 6-month period.
The bad is, of course, the bassinet may not fit if you're tight on spaces.
There are many top rated bassinets available in the market but when it comes to being the best bedside bassinet, we think the Milliard Side Sleeper Bedside Bassinet takes the cake.
Not only is it very affordable, this bassinet also has the perfect amount of give for you to push (on the handles) to sway the bed back and forth so that your little one is naturally and gently lulled to dreamland.
Definitely the best co sleeper bassinet we'd recommend!