We love when we are introduced to a new product and can instantly see how much impact it can make in new parents’ lives. When I first learned about the Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper, I was intrigued by its many innovative features and excited to get a look at it firsthand.
I will get into all the details, but first things first—I absolutely love that baby can be so close to mom and dad while still remaining safe in his or her own sleeping environment. The adjustable height cleared my tall mattress with no problem, and the 360 degree swivel function allows you to adjust exactly where you want baby to be. Not to mention, it allows you to easily get in and out of bed without disturbing your little one.
Another breakthrough design feature is the patented retractable wall, which allows you to gently press down the wall to easily lift baby out of the Bassinest for comfort or nursing. As a former nursing mother, I can attest to how tiring it can be to get in and out of bed numerous times in the night those first couple months. Having baby at arms reach makes night feedings less disruptive to both of you. I would expect this would also be a godsend to mothers recovering from c-sections.
I would have loved to have the Bassinest for either of my babies, but especially my firstborn whom we brought home from the hospital to our tiny—I mean tiny—one bedroom apartment. We somehow managed to squeeze a crib next to our bed, but this would have been perfect for those few months before we moved into a bigger space.
The Nursery Center features a nightlight that shines in on baby for quick peeks in the night, lullabies, white noise (even womblike noises), a gentle vibration and a nursing timer. The timer alerts you after 15 minutes of nursing, again at 29 minutes and then shuts off at 30 minutes. This is meant to remind you when to switch sides and when to return baby back to bed. This seems like a great precaution for moms who might accidentally doze off during those middle of the night feedings.
The mesh walls allow air flow and also give you a great view of your little one, especially if you have the Bassinest raised to your eye level. Believe me, in those early months, you’ll love the peace of mind that seeing your baby so easily will provide. Babies can make some very strange noises in infancy, and having your little one close and easy to see will enable you to check that he or she is okay without having to jump up at every peep.
Halo has dedicated themselves to the business of safe sleeping for babies. I think this product is revolutionary in creating the perfect compromise of having baby as close as possible while maintaining individual sleeping spaces for baby and parents as is recommended.
The Bassinest comes in a gender-neutral gray pattern that will fit into any decor, and the mattress pad has a coordinating, machine-washable cover. The maximum allowance is 30 pounds or five months, but use of the Bassinest should also be discontinued if your baby begins rolling over or pulling up.
The Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper is available at select retailers. Find a store near you that carries it.
To ensure this product fit our readers’ needs, Project Nursery received a sample for review.