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#1 Duck-o-lah

Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:34 PM

I've had a quick look around the shops, but wondering if anyone can point me in the direction of an alternative to a traitional bassinette?

I'd like something sturdy, but portable. DH is a shift worker, so while it would be nice to set up the cot in our room I don't think it will be practical.

I find traditional bassinette so ugly, I'm very much a 'no-frills' person! I like the look of the Moses basket, and I've seen them sold with a stand, not sure how sturdy these are? Old fashioned wooden cradles are beautiful, but all I've seen are too dear for my budget.

Any suggestions appreciated original.gif

#2 Ice Queen

Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:39 PM

My SIl had these really nice plain dark wood ones with mesh for her twins.  They were on wheels, very modern looking and lovely.  Try Baby Bunting.  I think that is where she got them.

A basinette is GREAT.  I had one (but a borrowed old fashioned one) and they are great.  So flexible, whell them around the house to suit your needs.

#3 FlamingoG

Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:41 PM

We've got DD in a Pod Seed Organic moses basket, which is really sturdy. The stand isn't terribly portable, but I like how solid this makes it - in the early days we would carry the whole thing out to the lounge from our room, but as she got bigger we just used the basket for day time. And it's pretty without being frou frou!

#4 Ice Queen

Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:41 PM

That kindof thing.

#5 marple

Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:42 PM

We had a rectangular bassinet in a wooden frame on wheels. Fantastic, could move it  around the house, and it has mesh sides for good airflow. They grow out of them fast though. Google king parrot bassinet or check out boori ones

#6 bubbalee

Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:43 PM

We had a Boori Cradle for DD, best thing ever wub.gif

They are larger than bassinets and just look like a mini cot.

#7 cira

Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:44 PM

We used a baby hammock that came with an attachment to hang it from door frames or in a cupboard which made it very portable.

#8 Pssst...

Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:54 PM

We bought the Tasman Eco Amore Bassinette today for this bub. We like the simplicity of the look and it goes with the change table we have. It's also the only one recommend by Choice

#9 HurryUpAlready

Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:29 PM

What pram will you be using?

I have the Baby Jogger City Select and my DD slept in the pram bassinette until she was about 16 weeks old. I rolled up a towel and put it under the head end so it was on an angle (like the buckets the babies are in when they are in hospital).

It was great - portable & sturdy.

#10 jayskette

Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:32 PM

hammocks arent really portable - unless you have a spare hook from the ceiling or a door that the hosts don't mind a hammock being attached to the other side then they would have to realise not to bang/close the door...

how about a moses basket on a stand?

#11 Lokum

Posted 18 November 2012 - 12:50 AM

King parrot bassinet. It's no frills, portable, affordable, sturdy and on wheels. Should last longer than a basket as well.
Otherwise, you can rent the hospital style perspex ones.

#12 Libertine

Posted 18 November 2012 - 12:59 AM

I've got a Moses basket without a stand. I think it's lovely (I'm def a no frills person). I don't think a stand is necessary, I put basket on coffee table etc.

The only thing is that it's not very big, DD1 was only in it for a about a month, DD2 will use it for longer as she was small. Not really cost effective option.

With hindsight I would have hired the hospital style Perspex one. VERY ugly but very practical.
Wheels for easy moving, all your essentials underneath AND it doubles as a bath at a handy height.


#13 Futureself

Posted 18 November 2012 - 03:41 AM

QUOTE (Pssst... @ 17/11/2012, 09:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We bought the Tasman Eco Amore Bassinette today for this bub. We like the simplicity of the look and it goes with the change table we have. It's also the only one recommend by Choice

We have this one too - it is absolutely fantastic, you will love it!
OP, I highly recommend the Tasman Eco.It's safe, sturdy, so light and wheels smoothly from room to room. As PP said, it was also the only one recommended by choice and since there are no minimum Australian standards for bassinets, that helped!
It also looks fabulous and we get comments from everyone that visits how great it looks. It's bigger than moses baskets and traditional bassinets too so they can be in it for longer.

#14 Missmarymack

Posted 18 November 2012 - 04:36 AM

Both baby hammocks and pram bassinets are not recommended for babies to sleep in for long periods as they pose a SIDS risk. Just something to think about...

#15 Diana_Barry

Posted 18 November 2012 - 05:40 AM


We had a King Parrot version of this (this looks identical though!)

It was excellent. We just wheeled DS to wherever we were. I even used to have it in the bathroom while I was in the shower sometimes.

It looked nice in our living area, matched the other furniture! wink.gif

Once he'd outgrown it, it fit in a cupboard still assembled - waiting for #2.

#16 Tarantara

Posted 18 November 2012 - 05:54 AM

As with PP, I used the pram bassinet (strider). I didn't feel great about it but one of the reasons was that he was right next to me all the time - I would just park the pram wherever I was. At night we carried it upstairs. If I had a 1 storey house I'd have hired a hospital bassinet for those first couple of months.

#17 apple80

Posted 18 November 2012 - 05:55 AM

We found this pretty good - not too frilly. I don't think it is designed to be portable but it isn't heavy so easy to move between rooms as needed.


#18 Duck-o-lah

Posted 18 November 2012 - 12:34 PM

Wow, thankyou for all the replies!

The Tasman Eco Amore Bassinette is beautiful, as is the Boori one. It's more than I wanted to spend, but if it's on the bigger side could be worth it. I would buy one in a heartbeat if I was planning more bubbas.

DS grew very quickly, so perhaps due to size a Moses basket wouldn't be the best option. The other thing I worry about is that I have a cat who has a fetish for chewing baskets  mellow.gif

I used to sleep DS in his pram sometimes, but it doesn't have a bassinette attachment. Unfortunately he would slide down overnight. I slept him in there one night when we were staying at a friends and he slid out onto the floor! So won't be doing that again, also concerned about this point.
Both baby hammocks and pram bassinets are not recommended for babies to sleep in for long periods as they pose a SIDS risk. Just something to think about...

I had a thought today, I have a porta-cot that has a bassinette attachment, would this be suitable or is it the same deal with the SIDS problem? Hmm, not very maneuverable though.

I'll be having a CS, so something that wheels easily would be great. I had no idea you could hire the hospital ones, that would be perfect! This will be my last bubby, so I'd rather not invest in anything designed for the long term. Does anyone know where to hire them from? I'm in Canberra.

#19 PurpleNess

Posted 18 November 2012 - 12:37 PM


I have one of these & I love it,  folds up, very portable & great if its hot & you want to take bub outside as it has bug protection. We got because of our cats & found it fantastic.
Great ventilation too so in line with SIDS recommendations.

Also we sleep on a futon style bed so this was great,  I took the lower leg section off & it was the perfect height...

#20 Lokum

Posted 18 November 2012 - 12:44 PM

These seem to hire out bassinets.
Our Seed Organic Leaf Series bassinet is set up now for its 3rd baby to go through, and was around $200. But i belive they can be had for about $160.

#21 HurryUpAlready

Posted 18 November 2012 - 12:52 PM

QUOTE (Missmarymack @ 18/11/2012, 05:36 AM)
Both baby hammocks and pram bassinets are not recommended for babies to sleep in for long periods as they pose a SIDS risk. Just something to think about...

I have read this too. The hammock I can understand but I don't know how a pram bassinette is any different to a standard bassinette?
Happy to be educated if anyone knows the answer.

#22 Lokum

Posted 18 November 2012 - 10:07 PM

QUOTE (HurryUpAlready @ 18/11/2012, 01:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have read this too. The hammock I can understand but I don't know how a pram bassinette is any different to a standard bassinette?
Happy to be educated if anyone knows the answer.

They tend to be much smaller, with no airflow and often soft sides. I think it's the possibility of soft/padded sides, and poor airflow which make for the risk of sleeping accidents... but happy to be corrected.

#23 Feral_Pooks

Posted 18 November 2012 - 10:15 PM

We got one of these


I'm pretty sure it was from big w but can't find it on the website at the moment.

It was awesome. The bit they sleep in sort of suspends from the top, and has a nice rocking motion. Wheels around easily, plus I put a little basket on the bottom shelf bit with everything we needed.

#24 HurryUpAlready

Posted 18 November 2012 - 11:52 PM

QUOTE (Lokum @ 18/11/2012, 11:07 PM)
They tend to be much smaller, with no airflow and often soft sides. I think it's the possibility of soft/padded sides, and poor airflow which make for the risk of sleeping accidents... but happy to be corrected.

The bassinette on the BJCC is about the same size as a Moses basket and is sturdier in construction from what I have seen of a Moses basket, so I'm happy using it for the first few months.

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