The short answer to that question is no, you don’t really need a bassinet if you have an alternative safe sleeping place for your baby. However, there are several good reasons why you might choose to use one anyway.

Safe Sleeping …
Having your baby sleep in your room (but not in your bed) for the first 6 to 12 months reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) according to Sids and Kids.

A bassinet is usually the most practical, space saving option for your bedroom.

Portability …
There are lots of reasons why you may wish to move your baby’s bed around. If you have a large house, if you stay overnight at nanna’s a lot, if you travel regularly. Or you may just like having your baby sleep close during the day.

A portable bassinet will allow you to provide a safe and comfortable sleeping place for your baby wherever you need it.


Ease of use …
It is much easier to tend to a baby in a bassinet. They are higher so you don’t need to bend into a cot to tuck them in or comfort them.

Don’t underestimate how helpful this is to a new mum who has just gone through the ringer of giving birth.

Limited room …
Obviously if you have limited space, a bassinet for the first six months is much more practical than a full sized cot.

Comfort …
Your tiny new baby is used to being confined in a compact space and they look so small in a big cot. Sometimes you feel more comfortable putting your baby to bed in a smaller, more accessible place to sleep.

Important note …
There are no Australian Safety Standards for bassinets so follow the Australian Government guidelines for safe sleeping:

  • ensure your bassinet has a wide and stable base and sits on a stable floor
  • remove all ribbon and ties to prevent strangulation
  • the sides should be at least 300mm high measured from the mattress base
  • use a firm mattress that is a snug fit and not thicker than 75mm

Providing a safe place to sleep for your baby is the number one priority. SIDS prevention is critical. See the Sids and Kids website for the latest information.

Made 4 Baby Buying Tip
Make sure you follow the Aussie Government guidelines listed above.

Made 4 Baby Value Tip
Because of short periods of use bassinets are a great bit of baby gear to buy second hand. Check out eBay or your local Baby & Kids Market




Vanessa loves great design. Beauty, function and innovation get her excited. When she’s not hunting down the next big baby idea, she’s busy with her day job and being a mum to her 3 lovely boys.