We have been so thankful for the Graco Dream Suite Bassinet. It has done double-duty at our house—first as a sleep space in our room, and it has now found its place on our lower level for convenience as a nap spot and changing center.
The suite arrived somewhat put together. In total, it took my husband and me about 15 to 20 minutes to assemble. The instruction manual was very helpful providing step-by-step guidance with clear illustrations. There were a few ‘snaps’ and ‘clicks’ that were more difficult to accomplish, but it all came together with a little elbow grease and a Philips screwdriver.
Fully assembled, the bassinet is about 2 feet x 3 feet—small enough to squeeze next to a bedside, but large enough that if you have a smaller room it could be a challenge to maneuver around. It is very sleek and does not have any handles to bump into or feet sticking out to trip over. (I am very thankful for this at 2 a.m. feeding time!) The overall aesthetic appeal is clean, simple and with minimal pattern.
I was nervous to put our little into the new bassinet, as any parent knows a change in environment is tricky, to say the least. The first reaction I got was a smile—a very good start. After some time in the Graco Dream Suite Bassinet, I flipped it over to the changer. Even with baby in one arm, I was able to squeeze the handle and quickly turn it over. The mattress turns with it, so you don’t have to move that, too.
The Graco Dream Suite Bassinet has a firm, but soft mattress that can be wiped clean. The mattress cover is removable and machine washable! All other surfaces can be wiped down with a little soap and warm water.
The suite also has a two-speed vibration setting to help soothe, a canopy to shade extra light, and mesh sides for greater airflow and visibility. The bassinet sits on wheels for easy maneuverability, but they can also be locked in place. A great feature is that it holds up to 30 pounds, so we can continue to use it for diaper changes even when our little guy transitions to his crib full time. (It is not recommended to be used for infants lighter than 15 pounds or younger than 3 months, though.)
One of my favorite features is the large storage area underneath to keep extra diapers, wipes, blankets, baby clothes … all the must-haves. Overall, the structure seems sturdy and dependable.
This is not a product that I would recommend traveling with because, although it is not overly heavy, it does not fold compactly. It’s a great option for those who live in two-story (or three-story) homes or if you plan on room-sharing with your baby. It could even give baby a spot to sleep and be changed at the grandparents’ house.
We were pleased to see the price point on this item as we feel it offers great function ability. It comes in three styles: brown/cream, blue/green, and gray/green—all simple and inoffensive. I would recommend this product, particularly, if you’re looking to save space with its all-in-one capabilities.
Where to buy: amazon.com
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