Is a bassinet necessary?

When you are pregnant for the first time, there are millions of questions in your mind. It was the same for us as well.

One of the questions we had was whether we really needed a bassinet or if we should just buy a cot. In Nepal, a cot or bassinet is a luxury and we as kids used to co-sleep with our mums.

But I strongly believe in not co-sleeping for so many reasons. I don’t trust myself not to roll over on to Chhori while I am deep in sleep.

When we went for our antenatal class, the midwife also discussed about the benefits of having a bassinet if cost is not a problem.

Lucky for us one of our friends gave us a bassinet as a baby shower gift. Normally a bassinet is used for maximum of 6 months. We started with Chhori sleeping in our room in the bassinet and then we plan to transition her into her cot later.


As most of the initial months of Chhori’s life were cold winter months, we really thought that the bassinet was great. It was cosy and warm for her. The bassinet we have has wheels so it was very easy for us to take her any where in the house during the day as well.

At night, I was able to feed her when she started to stir, rather than a full on cry as she was next to me in her bassinet. It was so much easier to settle her straight away.

So in my opinion, a bassinet is good to have but not necessary. When using a cot, just make sure that the baby is at the bottom of the cot and that the cot is completely empty.

What are you thoughts? Please do share.

M from nepaliaustralian



14 responses to “Is a bassinet necessary?

  1. We had one (though we call it a Moses’ basket here) and loved using it for both of ours. We also let them sleep with us some of the time too especially when ill or teething. Don’t worry, you won’t roll on to them as long as you avoid lots of alcohol – natural instincts prevent you from doing it!

  2. We are good here thankx. and you can imagine my pretty messy juggling life after completing maternity leave of 60 days. ๐Ÿ™‚ ya thats it. so you can imagine how difficult it is for me to snatch laptop and keep typing after returning at 6 pm frm office. ๐Ÿ™‚ will continue blogging for sure when time is favorable for me though.

    • You back to work already, must be hard. I have to admit that I am lucky to have one year leave. Guess having family around is a blessing for you. Thank you for still managing to read and comment on my blog. Take care…

  3. Good sleep habits go a long way M. Especially if it is just the two parents caring for the baby and if both of you are working. Sleep training baby is one of the best advice my friends gave me and I pass on the same advice to every new mom I meet. Babies as early as few months old can put themselves to bed. With twins and Abhi literally putting himself to sleep, every night for the first year (starting when he has 4 months old), It has been a life-saver for me. Because Achu was the exact opposite and would keep me up all night. So, my advice is do read, no matter you use a bassinet or a crib, some sleep help will be so good for all of you. Including the baby. Good luck. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I think a baby should be part of us for a while until she is 2 years of age. No any bassinet is required at all as they happily grow up surrounding us. Physical touch is divine for them as they feel more safe that way. I haven’t invested in a cot yet !! for both of my kids……:-)

  5. In the beginning we only had a box our son (check up The box is basically a crib for the first weeks)
    After two weeks we moved him to his own cot however we had also a lot of co sleeping. We were also afraid of rolling over him while sleeping but somehow you sleep very different with the baby in the bed. I moved much less while sleeping and I somehow felt when He was about to fall out of the bed several times!

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