Bringing home your newborn for the first time is exciting. After months of preparation, it is time to use the baby essentials you prepared.
As a mom, I know that a bassinet is one of the priority items. I started browsing for one in my first trimester.
Before my firstborn, the world of bassinets was new to me. Looking back, there were questions I asked then that made my current self giggle.
If you have been in the same spot, you are in the right company.
One of those questions was, are all bassinets the same size? After all, an average human baby comes in roughly the same size.
Or, so, I thought.
I later learned that bassinets come in different shapes and sizes, just like our babies.
While bassinets are roughly in the same dimension, models always differ in measurements and limits.
In this article, I will talk about the dimensional aspect of bassinets to consider.
Finding the right size and shape of your furniture is important for your baby’s safety. You would also want to invest in a furniture piece that fits your home space.
Finding the Right Size Bassinet for Your Baby
A bassinet is a popular sleeping space option for your little one. When compared with a standard crib, it offers many advantages.
Moms love bassinets because they are often cheaper, portable, and consume less space.
Bear in mind that a bassinet is designed for babies to sleep on their back. In any case, parents should pay close attention to the word of caution below.
Every bassinet manufacturer warns that babies should stop using one when they can roll over or pull themselves up on their own.
When choosing the right size bassinet for your baby, there are important things to consider.
My top 3 criteria for selecting the right size bassinet are the dimension and physical limits such as weight and age limit.
1. Bassinet dimension.
The product dimension of the bassinet matters. This is not just important for the baby’s safety.
But, you would want to choose furniture that blends in your home space.
However, the safety of our babies is the main priority. Every bassinet is designed to cradle newborns at an allowable weight.
But babies grow fast. At some point, you are going to wonder if it is time to transition your baby to a crib.
How can you tell if the size of your bassinet is too small for your baby?
There are many obvious answers to that. For one, you may notice that your baby is getting taller.
Their little feet are hanging over the bassinet edge. And their head is touching the top.
They may also wake up fussy and uncomfortable. During sleep, they seem to move around more often than usual.
If these happen, it can be a telltale sign that your baby is ready to transition to a bigger space.
But, you don’t have to wait until your baby gets uncomfortable to prepare them for transition.
Knowing the length of the bassinet can help you estimate when they should forgo the bassinet.
Let’s say that your bassinet is 30 inches. Ideally, you would transition your baby when they are 27 inches in length.
You can get their body length on the infant growth chart.
2. Bassinet weight limit.
All bassinets come with a weight limit. Most limits fall in the range of 20-25lbs, but a few can go higher.
I encourage all parents to adhere to the manufacturer’s recommendation on this.
It is not worth the risk to harm your baby’s safety to prolong bassinet usage.
So, check the weight limit of the bassinet of your choice. Ensure that your baby meets the requirements to avoid any accident.
The bassinet is also not tested above the maximum weight limit. So, you can pose your baby to risk by violating the recommended weight limit.
3. Bassinet age limit.
Not all bassinets come with an age limit. This is because a baby’s age coincides with both the developmental milestone and weight.
When a healthy baby starts to roll or sit, they would roughly be around 4-6 months old. By then, they should be transferred out from the bassinet.
Nevertheless, it is important to be aware of this physical limit. For your baby’s safety, always check if your bassinet comes with an age limit. And if there is one, be sure to comply with it.
Comparison of Bassinet Dimensions and Physical Limits
Under this section, I have compiled a graph of some of the top baby bassinets. Here you can view how they compare in dimensions as well as their physical limitations.
I find it helpful to show the comparison side by side. As you can see, these bassinets come in different lengths, widths, and heights.
So, no. Bassinets are not of the same size.
Product Dimension (L”xW”xH”)
Weight Limit (lbs)
Age Limit (months)
4moms mamaRoo Sleep Bassinet
24 x 29 x 39
HALO BassiNest Premiere Series Swivel Sleeper
37.6 x 18.12 x 10.83
5 months old
Fisher-Price Soothing Motions Bassinet
27.01 x 37.01 x 48.03
Fisher-Price Luminate Bassinet
8.66 x 14.37 x 12.8
Maxi-Cosi Iora Bedside Bassinet
40.55 x 22.44 x 7.28
Mika Micky Baby Bassinet
36 x 22 x 32.7
5 months old
RONBEI Baby Bassinet
26 x 32 x 15
6 months old
My Final Thought
Finding the right size bassinet for your baby is important. It is equally important to know when your baby is not the right size for the bassinet.
I believe the number one goal when utilizing a bassinet is safety. If you find a dependable brand and adhere to its physical limits, you are doing great!
Whether you choose a bassinet from this list or another, always remember the following advice.
Always ensure that it meets the federal safe sleep standards. Last but not least, always use a bassinet within the recommended weight, age, and mobility limits.