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Top 10 BEST Portable Bassinets For The Minimalist Baby

Top 10 BEST Portable Bassinets For The Minimalist Baby

Traveling with kids is bulky.

I used to travel for months on end with nothing but a carry on and a backpack.

Now?

Now I have my bag and a diaper bag. Oh, and the baby’s overnight bag. The car seat, the stroller, the pack n’ play, and hopefully the shirt I’m wearing smells fresh enough to be in a confined space during a six hour flight.

So, yeah. I *love *portable baby gear, and have kind of become a connoisseur at finding the best, most portable baby gear out there for travelers that don’t compromise on those critical sanity-saving features.

So here it is. My gift to you…

Benefit from my foray into the world of portable baby bassinets, and learn everything you need to know about the very best portable bassinets on the market in 2017.

What to Look For in a Portable Bassinet

If I had to guess, I’d say that the most frustrating thing about shopping for things like portable freaking bassinets as a parent, is that there are just, So. Many. Options.

And they all seem too similar and too different at the same time, and it takes forever to finally figure out what’ll work for you. With portable bassinets, there are some pretty important particulars to pay attention to:

Portability
Look at how much it weighs and how big it is when it’s folded up (does it even fold up, bro?). Ask yourself if you can comfortably carry it while also carrying a diaper bag. Is it small enough to be considered carry on?

Style
Can’t stand the thought of your best friend seeing your baby in that bassinet? Then it loses huge style-points (#9 made us cringe). So we don’t think this category is superficial. Because no one should cringe at the thought of using their baby gear in public. So it’s definitely on our list of things to consider. We looked at design, colour options, and overall flare. And we didn’t just give our opinion. This rating is also based on reviews from other moms and dads from across the continent.

Function and Features
Ok bassinet, so a baby can sleep on you. But what else can you do? Can you rock a baby to sleep, adjust to an inclined position, fold up nicely, or provide a canopy or two? What is the weight limit? These are the kinds of things you need to pay attention to because…all bassinets are equal, but some are more equal than others.

Easy Assembly
‘Cause ain’t nobody got time for screwdrivers. Make sure assembly doesn’t require an engineering degree. We scoured the Amazon reviews section for first hand reports on how easily they come together and tear down.

Price
Price point is critical. Don’t overpay for something that doesn’t hack it. But on the same token, we’re ok* not* buying the cheapest option if it’s leaps and bounds better than the other products. So don’t worry, we got you covered. We compared prices so you’ll know if the product is worth the price tag.

I’ve vetted a lot of these babies, and now I’m saving you the headache.

So here they are—the best portable bassinets on the interwebs.

The Top 10 Best Portable Bassinets of 2017


best portable bassinet

Portability: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
Style: 4.5 Stars ( 4.5 / 5)
Function: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
Easy Assembly: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
Price: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Average:4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)

Okay, so yea, this one doesn’t rock, but you guys, it has bluetooth for your music (and a built in night light and air temperature gauge). If you’re going insane with nightly Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on repeat, here’s your chance to stick it to the man and put baby to sleep with some Devotchka instead. This one is *super *easy to stow and put together, and isn’t going to break the bank either. This portable bassinet gets our top marks because it does everything you want, in style (the only one we think is more sleek, is #2).

Pros

  • Electronics built in: bluetooth speaker, night light, and temp. gauge
  • Very light (second lightest at 10 lbs) and portable
  • Gender neutral colours available
  • Sturdy without being bulky.
  • Good weight limit of 20 lbs
  • Very easy setup
  • Excellent price point (considering everything it does)

Cons

  • Not rockable
  • No storage underneath
Chicco portable bassinet

Portability: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Style: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
Function: 4.5 Stars ( 4.5 / 5)
Easy Assembly: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
Price: 3.5 Stars ( 3.5 / 5)
Average:4.4 Stars (4.4 / 5)

Silly anecdote: When I first started researching when we needed a bassinet, my eyes read “Chicco Luggable Portable Bassinet” which I guess fits the bill (but it’s not).

Though a little on the spendy side for a travel bassinet, the Lullago is legendary in mommy circles for its stability, safety, and easy of cleaning/assembly. Easy snap on legs make this one come together in a couple of minutes, and the entire thing is light enough to carry comfortably in the shoulder bag (that’s included!).

If you frequently slump through airports and hotel corridors with a baby on your hip and pile of luggage strapped to you, the Lullago is what you need. And it looks clean and crisp. This travel bassinet was the only one to get full marks for style. I mean, just look at it.

Pros

  • Super sleek style (and the only one to get full marks)
  • Folds up nicely (and comes with a travel bag)
  • Good weight limit of 20 lbs
  • Very quick setup

Cons

  • A bit on the heavier side (at 17 lbs)
  • Isn’t rockable (but is super stable).
Fisher price rock n' play portable bassinet

Portability: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Style: 3.5 Stars ( 3.5 / 5)
Function: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Easy Assembly: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
Price: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
Average:4.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)

After the success of the fabled-among-moms Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, Fisher Price has brought a longer lasting piece of salvation to parents of kids that can never sleep without theirs. The real selling point on this one though? Baby can sleep at an incline in it—reflux babies rejoice.

It’s also the lightest portable bassinet on our list (at only 7.5 lbs) and sets up in seconds. But beware, it ends up being a little tall even when folded up (and so lost a point in portability). We also weren’t impressed with it’s overall appearance (we think it looks kinda cheap).

Pros

  • Very lightweight (at 7.5 lbs)
  • Easy assembly
  • Good price point
  • Can rock back and forth when pushed.

Cons

  • Kinda cheap looking (it’s made of plastic)
  • Few colors offered
  • Kinda tall even when folded up.
dream portable bassinet

Portability: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
Style: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
Function: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Easy Assembly: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
Price: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Average:4.2 Stars (4.2 / 5)

We were really drawn to this bassinet in particular because despite it having a double canopy, it’s really lightweight, and compact when folded up (and if you like to camp, the double canopy can act like a bug net for your sleeping babe). Though this one doesn’t rock, it snaps up in no time flat, and works with babies up to 15 pounds (the conservative limit of the two reported on amazon).

Pros

  • Lightweight (at 14 lbs)
  • Double canopy is standard
  • Collapses super small
  • Made of aluminum
  • Has undercarriage storage

Cons

  • Short bed length (only 21 inches long while others are 30+)
  • Doesn’t rock
  • May damage easily (given how thin some pieces look)
  • Only feminine colours available
fp portable bassinet

Portability: 4.5 Stars ( 4.5 / 5)
Style: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Function: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Easy Assembly: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Price: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Average:4.1 Stars (4.1 / 5)

Now here’s a seriously portable bassinet. The Stow ‘n Go Bassinet from Fisher-Price comes with a handy carrying bag and only weighs in at 11.5 pounds, even with a battery powered vibration feature on deck (although we’re not sure how well it works). Though the height and angle of this one isn’t adjustable, it has a nice flat mattress, mesh sides, and is suitable for babies up to 20 lbs., so it’ll last you awhile. This bassinet is perfect for those wanting minimalist but with good functionality.

Pros

  • Among the lightest (11.5 lbs)
  • Very compact and portable
  • Easy assembly
  • Made of aluminum

Cons

  • Not very stylish
  • Weary of the vibration feature (does it actually sooth a baby?)
  • No undercarriage storage.
ingenuity portable bassinet

Portability: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
Style: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
Function: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Easy Assembly: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
Price: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Average:3.4 Stars (3.4 / 5)

Okay, this thing is pretty cool. The Ingenuity bassinet is easy to put together, easy to take down and move, and even has this cool feature that allows you to flip the legs around for stationary or rocking mode.

Though it’s a bit heavy to lug around with you, it does fold down nice and compactly—just note that it doesn’t come with a carrying bag. Disappointingly, it’s also only rated to 15 lbs, which mean your little one might outgrow it quickly.

Pros

  • Solid construction
  • Rockable
  • Easy to fold up
  • Comes with a carry bag

Cons

  • Below average weight rating (of 15 lbs)
  • Among the heaviest bassinets (over 20 lbs)
miclassic travel bassinet

Portability: 1 Stars ( 1 / 5)
Style: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Function: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Easy Assembly: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
Price: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
Average:3 Stars (3 / 5)

Okay, so in my opinion, this thing isn’t portable. You can shove it from your living room to your bedroom, but forget lugging it at the airport. I almost feel like they put the word portable in there to lure moms like me into checking out the listing.

ALL THE SAME, this thing is pretty sweet. Co-sleeping moms can actually use this one bedside as a safe co-sleeping space, or zip up the panel to make it a stand alone bassinet. It’s completely height adjustable (and incline-able), and suits babies up to 33 lbs.

Pros

  • Great if you are a co-sleep (otherwise, there’s better options out there)
  • Heavy duty construction
  • One of the longest beds
  • Gender neutral colors available
  • Can sleep baby inclined.

Cons

  • Not portable (in the it doesn’t fold down)
  • Involved initial setup (screwdriver needed)
  • Does not rock.
badger portable bassinet

Portability: 1 Stars ( 1 / 5)
Style: 2 Stars ( 2 / 5)
Function: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Easy Assembly: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
Price: 3.5 Stars ( 3.5 / 5)
Average:2.7 Stars (2.7 / 5)

Another one that isn’t destined for a trip through the airport, the Badger Basket is wheeled, making it great for pushing between rooms, but not so great for travel. That being said, it is a hopelessly adorable bassinet (if you’re into this sort of thing), and the wheels even flip up to transform it into a cradle. With its wooden base and included toy basket, this one definitely has a sense of vintage charm, if nothing else.

Pros

  • Rockable (wheels flip in)
  • Mobile (from room to room using wheels)
  • Undercarriage storage available(and can turn into a toy box when baby outgrows it)
  • Average weight limit of 20 lbs

Cons

  • Not portable (because it’s huge!)
  • Heavy unit (coming in over 21 lbs)
  • Not very sleek looking
  • Hard to assemble (screwdriver needed)
dream portable bassinet

Portability: 1 Stars ( 1 / 5)
Style: 2 Stars ( 2 / 5)
Function: 2 Stars ( 2 / 5)
Easy Assembly: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
Price: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Average:2.4 Stars (2.4 / 5)

This bassinet is fairytale-esque, with all kinds of ruffles and a canopy. It also has a big basket in the bottom for toy storage. Adorable as it is, it’s pretty misleading. This bassinet is only rated for babies up to 10 lbs. That means your nugget might be too big for it at birth. And for that reason it loses big functionality points. Plus it doesn’t collapse down at all—so it’s only portable in the sense that you can roll it from one room to another.

Pros

  • Rockable
  • Has wheels that flip up and down
  • Under carriage storage

Cons

  • Not portable
  • Hard to assemble
  • Miniscule weight limit of 10 lbs
  • Not a fan of the style
big oshi portable bassinet

Portability: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
Style: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
Function: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Easy Assembly: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
Price: 1 Stars ( 1 / 5)
Average:3.6 Stars (3.6 / 5)

Similar in style to the Dream on Me Karley Bassinet, the Big Oshi is another double canopied portable bassinet that the internet is swooning for. But because it’s essentially a knock off of the Dream on Me Karley, we’ve plopped it down here. If you like this one, go back up and check out #4 (it’s the same and cheaper).

Pros

  • Double canopy is standard
  • Made of aluminum
  • Has undercarriage storage

Cons

  • Short bed length
  • Doesn’t rock

So there you have it. All the research you need buy the perfect portable travel bassinet…

But that doesn't mean your baby will sleep soundly 😉

Good Luck!

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