One of the most agonizing planning-for-baby decisions to make: Which stroller to get. There are “multi-function” styles that come with bassinet and umbrella attachments, “all-terrain” styles good for off-roading and “travel systems” complete with a car seat.
But though the multi-function models can be pricey, there are a number of reasons to consider opting for them. Such strollers generally can grow with your child and family (many transform into double strollers), and it’s a good idea to lay newborns flat in a bassinet for long strolling naps.
Today’s hint is one more way you can make these models worth the money: Use the stroller bassinet as your baby’s actual sleep time bassinet. By doing this, you can skip spending money on a special small place for your newborn to sleep, like a stand-alone bassinet or a co-sleeper.
In fact, for the first four months of her life, my daughter slept in the easily portable bassinet that came with the Uppababy Vista stroller we opted for. At nights, she slept in it in our room by our bed (we just placed the bassinet right on the floor) and during the day, she slept in it as well, whether in our living room or on strolls.
But is this safe to do? Uppababy says its bassinet can safely be used this way. According to the stroller manufacturer’s site, “the VISTA bassinet has been tested and approved for overnight sleeping,” meaning you can “detach the bassinet and carry your sleeping infant anywhere.” And the company sells a bassinet stand. Meanwhile, the Bugaboo site says the Cameleon bassinet can be used on the ground.
To be sure, whether this is safe will depend on the exact stroller bassinet model you have. In addition, not every newborn needs a bassinet. Some go right to the crib or sleep with their parents (though some safety experts advise against the latter). And how long you’d be able to use a stroller bassinet as an overnight sleep solution will certainly depend on the size of your child.
Still, if you’re in the market for a stroller as well as for a newborn sleep solution, I’d suggest checking both off your list with a multi-function stroller model.
What are other ways you’ve made strollers worth their money? What are your favorite stroller models and why?