Due to how comfortable a bassinet is, many parents use it for their babies. Unfortunately, many parents find it a little difficult to set up a bassinet. This is why we have written this article that gives parents the necessary information on how to assemble a bassinet.
So, by the time you finish reading it, you’ll be able to set up different types of bassinets. We also discussed some important tips to apply when using a bassinet for your baby. We advise you to read it to the end. So, without further ado, let’s get straight to the heart of the matter right now.
What You Should Know About a Bassinet?
1. Know when to stop using it
A bassinet is very useful, but you need to know when your baby has outgrown the unit. This is for safety reasons. You should stop putting your baby in a bassinet when any of the following occurs.
- Your baby’s weight exceeds the maximum weight the bassinet can hold.
- The baby is 5 months old.
- When he begins to push with his hands and knees.
2. Check the maximum weight the bassinet can hold
Most bassinets can take a maximum weight of 20 pounds, while others can hold only 15 or 10 pounds. However, we have come across very few bassinets that can take up to 30 pounds of weight. When your baby’s weight exceeds the maximum weight his bassinet can take, he risks dropping down from the bassinet.
So, you need to know the maximum weight the basinet can take, and you should also monitor your baby’s weight. That way, you’ll know when to stop putting him inside the bassinet.
The maximum weight a bassinet can take is usually written on the body. If you can’t find it, you may need to call the supplier or manufacturer. It is very important to know it.
3. Test it within the return window
For some reason, a bassinet that looks and feels so good may not be comfortable enough for your baby. You can’t tell until he starts sleeping in it. So, if the bassinet is not comfortable for your baby, you can easily return it if it is still within the return window.
Hence, we will advise you to order a bassinet after your baby is born, so the bassinet can be tested within the 30-day return window.
4. Read its user manual
Parents often miss out vital information about the bassinet they bought for their baby because they would not take the time to read its user manual.
The instructions on how to set it up is usually in the manual. So, we will advise you to take the time to study the user manual before you set it up for your baby.
How to Set Up a Bassinet?
Here are the steps involved in setting up a bassinet.
1. Verify the accessories
The first thing to do is to remove the unit and all its accessories from the box. The accessories are usually listed in the manual. So, you should verify if they are complete, as listed in the manual. If they are not, you’ll easily find out and return it.
2. Attach the legs
There are numerous types of bassinets, and the steps to assemble them are slightly different. However, there are a few basic steps that remain the same. Many bassinets arrive with their legs attached to the bassinet’s underside.
If yours does not arrive that way, you should start setting it up by attaching the legs. Remember, steps required to assemble a bassinet are usually listed in their user manuals.
The legs are likely to have a brace or a couple of braces between them. So, you should insert the brace or braces as appropriate. If you get it right, the legs should lock at the joints. Remember, the bassinet will stand on the legs.
3. Insert the mattress and other bedding
When you’re through with the legs, you can stand the bassinet with the legs and place the mattress inside it. Position it the way it should be.
You may need to incline it to reduce reflux. Insert the liner and also cover the mattress with its cover. Ensure the mattress fits snugly. Never use a mattress that does not fit tightly in a bassinet as it could be sliding.
4. Install the hood
To install the hood, you need to locate the holes, knobs, or notches where the hood will attach to the bassinet. Once you are able to do that, the rest will be easy. The hood needs to rest on the edge of the bassinet at the head-side.
5. Fix all the accessories
You can now fix all the accessories. For example, some bassinets have hanging toys that are meant to attract your baby’s attention and prevent him from crying when he wakes up. They are part of the accessories. Hang them one after the other.
For many bassinets, you can assemble them without using any special tool. And if you will need any tool at all, it will be a screwdriver.
6. Inspect it
When you are done, you should inspect every part of the device to be sure you assembled it very well. The picture of an assembled one will be on its pack, and it may be in the user manual. Use the picture to assess your own to be sure you have assembled it properly.
After learning how to assemble a bassinet, it is also important to remember to clean it regularly. To avoid infections, you need to wash the bedding at least once a week. Some parents buy more than one set of bedding.
When they wash one, the other will be in use. As for the frame, you can clean it once in a month. Your baby hardly comes in contact with the frame of the bassinet. Nevertheless, you need to disinfect it to keep germs at bay.
To clean the bassinet, you need a gentle disinfectant, a spray bottle with warm water in it, a fresh sponge, and an infant-safe laundry detergent.