“We have a winner!”
HALO is pleased to announce that the HALO® Bassinest® Swivel Sleeper been selected as a 2016 winner of The Bump Best of Baby Awards. This prestigious awards program by The Bump, a leading pregnancy and parenting brand, honors excellent achievement in fertility, pregnancy and parenting products, and has quickly become the go-to list that every expectant and new parent consults when registering for baby.
Read why this bassinet is rated the best baby bassinet on the internet
A few years ago we were contacted by a reader who needed some help purchasing a bassinet or something like a cosleeper. This person didn’t just want any old bassinet for their baby they wanted the best they could get for their money they just didn’t know where to start.
Now we don’t sell baby products ourselves we research the products and pass the information on to you, the consumer. So we were able to assist our reader by providing unbiased recommendations based on what we knew at the time.
Some time later, this person contacted us to say she considered our recommendations but eventually went with a completely different bassinet which she was so pleased with that she couldn’t wait to tell us all about it. In fact, she was more than pleased, she was ecstatic! Our mistake… At the time we were researching brands like Stella and Brixy and really hadn’t much to do with the bassinest she was recommending and even though she raved about it, we didn’t take too much notice and just brushed it off as one person’s opinion.
How wrong were we! We had been focusing on what we thought were the best baby bed brands and totally missed this jewel in the crown. Once we finally got around to looking into this bassinet in more detail, we confirmed what the hundreds of reviewers from all over the internet were saying – that this was, as one reader put it, “All Clad quality without the All Clad price tag”. Now at this point you’re probably wondering what brand of bassinet we are talking about but bear with us as before you go racing off to buy it you need to know a few vital facts.
Don’t worry…there are only 2 quick and easy things you need to know but without this important information you may get sidetracked and spot a cheaper brand and think that will do the job. But believe me when I say that cheap baby furniture is cheap for a reason.
IMPORTANT: Don’t skip this next bit as without it you could be wasting money on your next bassinet purchase…
2 Vital Facts You Need to Know Before You Choose Your Next Bassinet
Before you even consider buying your baby’s bassinet make sure you know the 2 important points below. Learn them well as this knowledge will not only ensure that you buy the best bed possible but you also get the best bang for your buck.
Buy a bassinet that you can pull in close to you while you lay in bed.
A lot of bassinets set beside the bed, and after you have had a baby – especially if you had a C-Section – twisting over and leaning out to your baby is next to impossible. You basically have to sit up to tend to your baby. A lot of moms go with a cosleeper because of the trouble they have with their bassinet. The key is to buy a bassinet that is half cosleeper and half bassinet like the Halo Bassinest. It is built in a way that you can pull it over the bed and right up next to you.
Look for smart features that help you get to your baby without causing pain and disrupting your sleep
The Halo Bassinest has many great features but the one that makes the biggest difference stands out. Not only do you have easy access because the bed pulls up over your bed but you can also lower a bar on the side you are on and have access to the baby while you lay. Most bassinets require you to lean over and down into the bed to get your baby. This is a huge plus that you can not find anywhere else.
We Knew That We Had a Winner!!
So what is the bassinet that our reader raved about so long ago?… I almost feel like a drum roll would be appropriate here but let’s not stall any longer. The bassinet she was referring to is the Halo Bassinest Essentia Series.
This bassinet has all the attributes spoken about above and more. But not only that, this bassinet is consistently given a 4.5 star rating by consumers on the net. In fact, the lowest overall rating we have ever seen for this set is 4 stars. Google recommends it as one of the most popular among its readers. We knew then that we were on to a winner!
We check prices regularly and have always found the best price on Amazon.
However, they often sell out as this is a popular set so if you see it in stock on Amazon and at a good price it is worth grabbing.
Guest Post: The perfect bed for our baby!
The Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Bassinet was a purchase that my husband, and I decided to make based on the experience we had with the pack ‘n play we used with our first child. We decided to purchase the Premier Series, which they call Harmony Circles, because it had the Soothe Center. We bought it from Amazon and upon receiving it we set to work. One thing I was not looking forward to was the assembly, and I was pleasantly surprised to find it was super easy set up. It easily snapped together, and total time to completion was about 20 minutes.
Halo Bassinest Essentia vs Premier
As you all know with most bassinets to tend to the baby or lift them out you must get out of bed and lean over into to babies bed. With Halo’s Bassinest the baby is basically in the bed with you, but separate and in its own safe environment. When my baby was upset I could reach over and soothe her. When she needed a clean diaper, I could change her diaper without taking her out of bed. One thing I noticed with our first child is when I took him out of the pack ‘n play to change his diaper and then put him back his bed had cooled. What I mean is his body heat in the mattress and covers was lost, and it would wake him back up a little when I put him back in.
Here is a link to see the Bassinest and read reviews
Cesarean Section Friendly
The first thing I have to mention about the Halo Bassinest is how much I like the swivel feature. I had a Cesarean Section (C-Section) with both of my children. Bending over into a pack ‘n play was very difficult, and painful at times. I found this out using a pack ‘n play with my first child. Also when you get out of bed with any other regular bassinet you have to scoot down to the end of the bed to get out, and this is also a bit painful if you have had a C-Section. This feature enables you to get in and out of bed effortlessly, make the bed and more importantly brings the baby to you within arms reach. As I reached in to lift my baby out one thing I noticed was the little drop down was a little stiff. At first I thought of this as something I would not like, but the more I lifted my baby out the more I became used to it. In a way I began to develop a technique, and no longer noticed it as being stiff and more as being sturdy.
See Through Mesh
One thing that I truly love about the Bassinest is the see through mesh. I believe my baby liked it as well. There were countless times when she would start to stir, and I she would look over and see me and instantly relax. It made me feel at ease as well to be able to keep an eye on her easily without having to look over into the top as I did with our pack & play. Another thing I noticed about the mesh was the possible air circulation. I felt my baby could experience the same temperature that I was, and when she rolled over there was less of a chance of her suffocating.
Very Sturdy Bassinet
The base of the Bassinest is incredibly sturdy. It is a little on the heavy side, but in my opinion this is a plus. I will sleep a lot better at night knowing that I am not going to knock it and my baby over in my sleep. In order for the bassinet to be this stable the legs must extend out 32 inches. This seems like it might be something I could trip over, but I haven’t even come close to tripping on it yet. The legs are pretty low profile, and are really more out the way than I had expected after reading some of the reviews.
Halo Bassinest Reveiws
Typical Stiff Mattress
The mattress has always been a little bit of a problem with every bed I have ever seen. They are usually pretty thin and very stiff. My first child would seem to get sore from the stiff mattress, and wake up more often. I always had the urge to add padding to make it softer, but as we all know this is not safe for the baby. This can cause the baby to suffocate. This bassinet is no different, and for the safety of the baby it was made flat and subsequently stiff.
Check Your Bed Height
Before you purchase this bassinet one thing that should be considered is the height of your bed. This bassinet fits most beds from 22″ to 34″ tall, so I would take a quick measurement before you make your decision. Another point to mention is the fact that it is made from polyester that wipes clean with a damp cloth. Sheet is machine washable. Includes 2 storage pockets to keep baby’s essentials close by.
The Soothe Center
Halo Offers two models, the Premier and the Essentia Series. The Premier Series comes with what they call a soothe center. With this device you can turn a light that is built into the bed on and off. This is essential when your goal is to stay in bed. It provides enough light to see your baby, and changing diapers. There is another button that when pressed will play soothing sounds such as nature sounds and sounds of a womb. Another button beside it plays lullabies, and all of the sounds were very soothing to my baby. There is also a button for vibration, I do not use this very often. It works the way it should but I just choose not to use it. The final button is one that I have not had much success with, and that is the nursing timer. I could never get the timing right, and feel it should be more flexible.
I highly recommend this bassinet. You can move it to quickly to get out of bed easily. You can take care of the baby without taking him or her from the bed. I love the fact that my baby is right there beside you, but protected and safe. This is a great bassinet. I recommend it, and it is also recommended as one of the safest alternatives to bed sharing by the CJ Foundation for SIDS.
Arm’s Reach is another good option
The Arm’s Reach Co-sleeper has been marketing our Award Winning patented Co-Sleeper bedside bassinets since 1997. Since then, they have continued to update styling, but their product has remained true to its original mission. Like all of their Co-Sleeper bedside bassinets, the Co-Sleeper Mini Ezee 3 in 1 is a safe way to bond with your infant as soon as they come home for the first time. The Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper Mini Ezee 3 in 1 is the embodiment of what they’re all about. After years of customer feedback and product developments this is truly an ideal option for any concerned parent. The Mini Ezee 3 in 1 comes with more ventilation for even better breathability. Simple assembly that saves time and it’s portable. Side pockets for storage, a 4-inch sleeping nest height, and an attachment strap and resistant plate to provide the safest sleep solution for you and your newborn.
Here is a link to the Arm’s Reach on Amazon
Pack ‘n Play is the least expensive and most portable option
The Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard is designed to help you keep your child comfortable and relaxed, both at home or away. That means, no matter where you travel – whether it’s to grandma’s, on vacation, or even just to the living room – baby will be cozy and comfy with a special place to rest and play.
Easy Graco Pack ‘n Play Fold
Moms everywhere love the ultra-easy fold, a signature on Graco Pack and Play playards. This smart feature means that you can break down your baby play yard with the push of a button – it’s quick, easy and hassle-free.
The pack and play is made to stand up to whatever travel plans you have. It has a durable frame, so whether you’re putting it in the back of the minivan, or packing it into your car trunk for a family road trip, it will be up to the challenge.
Automatic Folding Feet
The automatic folding feet and wheels make traveling with this pack n play a breeze. Pulling up on the tag, in the center of the playard floor, automatically pulls in the feet and wheels to collapse the unit into a small, packable rectangle that can be easily stored or stowed.
Carry It Anywhere
This Pack ‘n Play comes with a convenient carrying bag, which fits snugly around the travel baby play yard when it’s folded. You can always carry it wherever you need, for simple storage and travel.
Pack ‘n Play Compact Fold
This Graco Pack ‘n Play is designed to make it easy to pack up and store simply. It features automatic folding feet and wheels, so it folds into a small, compact bundle and can be stored easily in a closet. You’ll love how this baby play yard is so easy to incorporate into your family.
Here is a link to see the Pack N Play on Amazon
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