When setting up Savya’s nursery, I came to the realization that he was going to need to be by my side for the first few months. I started looking around but nothing clicked all of my buttons, except for the Halo Bassinest.
The Halo Bassinest was my first choice when it came to a bedside cot for those first few months with baby. Sure, we had an entire nursery ready for little man, but with a newborn, I wanted it to be as easy as possible, especially with the possibility of getting a cesarean. When I ended up needing an emergency c-section, this bedside cot with its swivel capabilities saved the day (and night!).
- It’s heavy duty and worth it’s weight. I can honestly say I’ve never been worried about its sturdiness; it’s rock solid. The Halo Bassinest comes with instructions for assembly – DH Suraj was able to assemble it in 20-30 minutes.
- It swivels and rotates 360 degrees. Holy Mama, this is so important. You can place it on either side of the bed and it’s very sturdy. One side also squishes down when it’s required to take baby out to change or feed. You’re also able to lock this feature into place. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to get out of bed to wee, swiveled baby out of the way, and returned without interrupting his sleep. That my friends, you cannot put a price on.
- Ooooo, high tech buttons. There’s 5 different buttons on the Bassinest’s battery operated interface. One for light, another for volume, another for a variety of sounds from heart beats to lullabies, breastfeeding timer, and a vibration setting to lull baby to sleep. Not to mention, pockets on each side for storage (bibs, burp cloths, muslins, socks, extra clothes, diapers, etc).
- It has a removable mattress. Now I must admit I wasn’t thrilled about how thin and soft the mattress was; newborns tend to prefer harder surfaces. Savya took some getting used to the softer feel, but now he’s quite accustomed to it and sleeps quite well! In fact, he’s currently passed out in it. The mattress seems pretty waterproof; he’s spit-up and leaked a nappy on it before, which posed little or no clean-up problems. I would suggest getting a spare mattress cover though. I can’t tell you how handy it is has been to have an extra sheet available when one is in the wash.
Overall an absolutely brilliant buy! If you’re going to splurge on something, I’d suggest this bedside cot wholeheartedly. You cannot imagine how much easier it has made my life after my emergency c-section. Ideal for any woman postpartum, especially for those who have had a cesarean. You can only use it up to about 6 months of age, but it truly depends on baby. Wouldn’t use it once little one starts to turn over. By then, it’s time to transfer them to a proper cot.
NOTE: While I was pregnant, I looked all over for this item in England with no luck. While readily available in different prints at any Babies R Us in America, it was virtually unavailable in England. My amazing parents bought and lugged it out here when they came to visit, bless ’em! I’m very happy to say that John Lewis now stocks the item in a very pretty and neutral white/silver damask print.
Retail for USD (depending on color/print) is anywhere from $199 – $299.99; retail for GBP is £199.
I hope this helps anyone looking for options with what to buy when expecting your little ones! Much love to you all in your search for what’s best for your little one. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me about it. I’ll answer as best as I can.
Short video of Savya in his bassinest: