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Ingenuity FoldAway Rocking Bassinet Travel Beds & Play Yards

Ingenuity FoldAway Rocking Bassinet

"Despite being light and nimble, the bassinet is very sturdy and gives me confidence that it is a safe haven for my son to snooze. It fits perfectly by my rocker in the living room. I use it daily, even though it's made for travel."

The Ingenuity FoldAway Rocking Bassinet arrives in three easy to assemble pieces. Instructions are simple and clear, but they’re not even necessary for assembly. The pieces logically snap together, and operation is self-explanatory, which is something every parent can appreciate. The bassinet is a simple one-step fold and carry solution—compact and portable—in other words, we love it.

I would compare it to our beloved play yard. The FoldAway bassinet, however, is much more portable and perfectly meets the needs of our 6-month-old. Because it’s super light and convenient, the bassinet readily finds its way into every room of our home.

Despite being light and nimble, the bassinet is very sturdy and gives me confidence that it is a safe haven for my son to snooze. It fits perfectly by my rocker in the living room. I use it daily, even though it’s made for travel.

I love the colors. Gray, teal, and orange are neutral, and—from the bedroom to the living room—it is quite attractive wherever we use it in our home. The pad at the base of the bassinet is supportive, not too soft and waterproof (or at least formula-proof, as we have learned). At either end of the bassinet are breathable mesh panels that help improve air flow, keep the baby cool and comfortable, and keep him in sight so my wife and I can rest easy.

When visiting family and friends, it pops into place quickly and creates a safe napping environment anywhere we go. It also requires a lot less space in a closet or trunk than the play yard and is much easier to setup and put away. I want to take a vacation with it somewhere because it’s so portable, but I don’t find myself traveling much with an infant.

Another key feature of the bassinet is that it can rock or stay stationary. The legs convert from one mode to the other with a twist of the base. We mostly use the stationary position with our little one because once I place my son in the basket, he immediately rolls and slumps into one side. If he rolls or moves in his sleep it rocks over to the other side and causes him to wake. But I could see the rocking option being a great way to help babies drift off while mom or dad is nearby to gently sway the bassinet. You just need to switch the base to stationary mode once they fall asleep.

I enjoy using the bassinet—and it seems like our son enjoys sleeping in it, too. It is a great alternative to a crib or bulkier play yard, particularly for younger babies. I only wish I could use it longer. (The manufacturer advises use from birth to 15 pounds.)

Overall, the Ingenuity FoldAway Rocking Bassinet is a great solution for newborns, so they can stick close to mom and dad—whether by their bedside at night or around the house during the day.

Price: $80

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