A baby bassinet is specifically made for babies, from newborn until four months. In general bassinets have fixed legs and not designed for any kind of rocking or gliding. On the other hand, carry cots are made to be carried and can site directly on the floor of any solid furniture. This option is not available in case of bassinets.
In comparison, an infant bed or cot or crib are small beds for babies, infants or very young children. It is generally also provided with options to stand for babies.
How can one decide what do you need?
Sometimes taking decision about nursery could be quite difficult and overwhelming. It’s hard to decide if a changing table or a rocking chair is needed? How much space that piece will take up? How will the nursery be exactly decorated so that everything is in the perfect order?
But the most important decision is where the baby will sleep. A newborn sleeps a lot so the space for sleeping should be comfortable and most importantly safe. Cradle and Bassinets both are generally considered as good for newborns for the first crucial months.
What points to compare?
A bassinet is always a better option if you have a smaller house as these are smaller in size and are portable as well. In that way, you can keep the baby close to you.
According to CDC, you should keep your baby in the same room after birth maybe not in the same bed. So, with bassinets, you can keep the baby close to you even at night. This is especially true if you do not have a big bedroom or house.
Bassinets have hoods that you can use while the baby is sleeping
Sides of the bassinets are lower, so nobody needs to lean over to put the baby inside. So, if you are just recovering from a difficult birth or a cesarean delivery bassinets might be better option.
Bassinets are also less expensive than cribs
Cradles are bigger in size compared to bassinets. Some can be converted to toddler beds and can last for long time even years. So, if you have space then cradles are better options. Also with high sides cradles are safer than bassinets.
Both Bassinets and Cradles have some negatives which are also important to know.
Bassinets have weight limits and they are will be good only for the first few months of the baby not after that. On the other hand, cribs can take up a lot of space and can be way more expensive compared to bassinets.
So, in the long run cradles are better ones to choose but if you have a budget and space issue bassinets are better for the time being.
Hence, depending upon budget, space and health this decision should be taken. Both have some advantage and some disadvantage. If you know what exact position you are, making the decision should not be very difficult.