Let’s be honest, as much as you love those newborn snuggles, it can be back breaking and exhausting carrying your baby all day long. Every once in a while, you need to put your baby down, and that’s ok! But if not in your arms, where should baby go? In a bouncer? A rocker? Or a bassinet? There are so many options on the market, and each baby has different needs, so it can be hard to choose. But don’t you worry — we did our homework and have sorted through some of the best options out there. Whether you want a minimalist chair or a high-tech bassinet, here are 7 of our favorite places for baby to nap.
4moms, mamaRoo 4
The all new mamaRoo 4 will have you swooning over the details that went into this next generation seat from 4moms. There’s nothing babies love more than napping in your arms (aside from, you know, being fed every two hours), but when those arms need a break, the next best place is a bouncer that moves like you do. The mamaRoo 4 is equipped with five unique settings that replicate your natural movements. In addition to lulling your baby to sleep with the motion of his choice, choose from the four built-in sounds or play his favorite music with an MP3 plug-in. The mamaRoo 4 is also bluetooth enabled, meaning you can control the speed, volume and motion all from your compatible smart device. Buy here, $219.
Fisher Price, Jonathan Adler Deluxe Rock N’ Play Sleeper
Combine the beloved Rock ’n Play Sleeper with the design genius of Jonathan Adler, and you get one gorgeous place for your babe to snooze the day away in. The Deluxe Rock ’n Play by Fisher Price marries functionality and beautiful aesthetics; and with its modern design and plush fabrics, it’s practically a fashion statement for your home. SmartConnect Technology allows parents to control and customize speed, vibration and music settings with their connected smart device. And even better, once you find baby’s preferred settings, you can save them for future nap sessions. Buy here, $149.
Baby Bjorn Boucer Bliss
The BabyBjorn Bouncer Bliss will keep your little one comfortable and entertained from the newborn days all the way up to 2 years old. This chair is equipped with three positions for napping, lounging and playing. The Bouncer Bliss rocks naturally with baby’s movements. This means, no batteries or cords necessary! Not only does this chair grow with baby, it’s also lightweight and portable, and it folds flat for storing. Better yet, this bouncer is made with materials free from harmful substances, is ergonomically designed to provide ultimate comfort while stimulating the development of your baby’s motor skills. Buy here, $149.
Happiest Baby SNOO
If you’re in the market for a truly innovative bassinet, look no further than the SNOO from Happiest Baby. Designed by Dr. Harvey Karp, the author of The Happiest Baby on the Block, this bassinet accomplishes the 5 S’s with little effort on your behalf. Created to help tired parents soothe their fussy newborns, it’s packed with features you won’t find in any other bassinet. A built-in swaddle keeps baby safely on her back while the bassinet gently rocks her to sleep. When she awakes, the bassinet responds to her cries by rocking and shushing her back to sleep, like a night nurse, but at a fraction of the cost! Buy here, $1,160.
Chicco LullaGo Deluxe Portable Bassinet
Whether you’re looking for a bassinet that can be easily moved from room to room or taken on a road trip, the LullaGo Deluxe Portable Bassinet from Chicco offers the perfect solution. This bassinet has a quick and convenient fold as well as a roomy travel bag, making it easy to pack up and transport within minutes. The LullaGo Deluxe also features breathable mesh walls, an adjustable canopy and a unique two-tiered design, allowing you to raise baby closer to your beside during the night. Buy here, $99.
Bloom Coco Stylewood
If modern design is a high priority, then the Coco Stylewood from Bloom is sure to satisfy. A curved, single-piece baltic birch wood forms the frame of this stylish chair and is finished with a plush seat for baby. This simplistic chair uses baby’s own natural rocking motions to soothe. Not only beautiful, the Coco Stylewood is also a safe option, equipped with an adjustable 5-point padded harness along with materials that are all free of flame retardants. Buy here, $200.
The innovative design and versatility of the Dock-a-tot co-sleeper make it one hot registry item. The Dock-a-tot is designed to mimic the womb, providing baby a snug and soothing environment for napping, lounging, playtime and co-sleeping. The breathable, no-toxic materials mean that not only will this co-sleeper help baby sleep a whole lot longer, but it will also keep her safe while doing so. Available are upgrades such as the new toy arch, cloudtot technology and a chic travel bag. And if you’re not ready to give up your Dock-a-tot after baby outgrows it at 9 months, you can simply upgrade to the Grand size, which is suitable for babes up to 40 pounds. Buy here, $165.
Phil & Teds, Traveller
Baby can nap on the go too, and you don’t need to rely on hotel cribs, which may not meet today’s safety standards, for you and baby to rest easy while traveling. The Traveller from Phil & Teds has full breathable mesh sides, which means you don’t have to worry about baby’s face getting too close to the fabric and you can keep an eye on him while he sleeps. What’s more, at only 6 lbs, this travel cot is lighter than baby and compact enough to stash in a plane’s overhead bin or in your suitcase. And if it’s time for baby to play, unzip one of the crib’s side to give him an easy way out. Buy here, $199.
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