If you are looking for the best non-toxic and organic bassinets for your newborn here is the complete guide.
I have compiled a list of all of the non-toxic bassinet, Moses basket, travel crib, swinging bassinet, mini crib, and rocking cradle that I could find. Every bassinet on this list is completely non-toxic and made from ingredients that you can feel good about using in your newborn’s nursery.
Do I Really Need a Bassinet for my Newborn?
While a bassinet is not necessary by any means, there are many reasons why you might want to choose a bassinet over a full-sized crib for your newborn’s nursery. A lot of people love the small size and portability of bassinets which make them perfect for baby’s who will be spending part of their time in other rooms such as living rooms, family bedrooms, or playrooms. Some moms even like using their bassinets as a changing table!
Bassinets are also a great choice for parents who are planning on co-sleeping or for parents who will have their baby sleeping in their room for the first few months of their baby’s life.
With the being said, a bassinet may not be a great option for you if you are tight on funds because most of them can only be used for a short period of time until your baby outgrows them.
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Baby Safe Sleeping Guidelines
Before we talk about which non-toxic bassinets are best for your baby let’s first go over some safe sleeping guidelines for your newborn very quickly.
- Your baby should be placed on his or her back to sleep.
- Always put your baby to sleep on a firm surface and remove all pillows, stuffed animals, or blankets to prevent any suffocation risk
- Always follow the safety guidelines on your baby’s bassinet. They all come with weight limits and age limits. Most of them are maxed out at 20 pounds or when your baby is 6 months old and able to roll over and pull himself or herself up. But again always refer to your own bassinet for actual limits.
- The safest place for your baby to sleep is always in their own crib or bassinet and not in bed between Mommy and Daddy.
Non-Toxic Bassinets Checklist: What to Look for Before Buying a Bassinet?
How do you know that the bassinet or rocking cradle that you are looking at is completely non-toxic and safe to use in your baby’s room? Here are important things to look for when choosing a non-toxic bassinet:
- Organic/Non-Toxic mattress: The mattress should be made from certified organic cotton, wool, or GOLS foam. Conventional mattresses are made from many toxic chemicals including PVC (Poly Vinyl Chloride), flame retardants, and phthalates. These chemicals may permeate through the fibers of the mattress making them hazardous for your newborn’s health.
- Solid frame: The frame should be made from solid wood with no toxic substances such as formaldehyde, VOC (Volatile Organic Compound)-based paints, adhesives or toxic dyes used in its manufacture. A metal frame is another non-toxic and safe option.
- Avoid flame retardants and synthetics: Avoid any mattresses or bassinets that are made from low-quality foams that often contain flame retardants, PVC or any types of VOCs which can off-gas toxic fumes over time.
Most Recommended Non-Toxic Bassinets: Organic, Safe & Affordable!
There are many different options when it comes to bassinets. I have found lots of organic and non-toxic options for actual bassinets, travel cribs, Moses baskets, rocking/swinging cradles, and mini cribs. I am including all of these under the category of bassinets. However, let’s start off with the standard bassinets though.
Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Bassinet
If you are looking for one of the most affordable non-toxic bassinets on the market then I highly recommend the Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper. This is an extremely high-quality, innovative product that works great as both a bassinet and a co-sleeper. The Halo Bassinest fits perfectly right next to your bed and because it has the ability to swivel 360 degrees, it is easily angled to help new Mommy’s who may have just had c-sections get to their babies without having to get out of bed. This bassinet is also super convenient for nursing mothers, as well, due to the retractable wall which lowers on its own when you reach in to pick up your baby.
The Halo Bassinest is made from breathable polyester fabric with the base being composed of steel, aluminum, and plastic. While not organic these are all considered non-toxic materials. The mattress pad is made from polyurethane foam that is free from all flame retardants. All of the components are lead, phthalate, and BPA-free. The sheet that comes with the Bassinest is made from polyester but can easily be switched out with an organic bassinet sheet like this one. My sister swore by this bassinet with her youngest and my little one even spent some time sleeping in this while on overnight visits. I can honestly say he slept like a baby in it.
Oeuf Fawn Bassinet
If you are looking for a bassinet that will stand up to the tests of time then the Oeuf Fawn Bassinet is without a doubt one of the most well-made, sturdy non-toxic bassinets on the market. It is Sustainably produced in Europe in an FSC from Baltic birch plywood and the company’s own eco-MDF which they have assured me is free from formaldehyde and any toxic glues. All of the finishes are non-toxic, water-based, and free of Volatile Organic Compounds. The bassinet is on casters so it easily moves from room to room and is also super convenient to move a fussy baby back and forth. This is also one of the coolest bassinets I have ever seen and would look perfect in any modern non-toxic baby nursery.
The mattress pad is made from a renewable, plant-based foam that is derived from a plant in the magnolia family, and also a portion of it is from food-grade polyurethane. The Fawn Bassinet mattress has an organic cotton cover and they use a layer of rayon underneath the top layer to act as a non-toxic flame retardant.
The Fawn Bassinet also comes with a crib conversion kit so that once your baby outgrows the bassinet portion you can then turn it into a crib. All you need to provide is the organic crib mattress. To make it even more eco-friendly the company also sells a toddler bed conversion kit so this bassinet can last you for many years.
Baby Rocking Cradles
These rocking cradles are perfect for newborns and small babies. They gently rock back and forth which is perfect for soothing that fussy infant especially in the middle of the night.
Baby Bjorn Bassinet/Cradle
The Baby Bjorn Bassinet is a perfect classic design and is from one of my all-time favorite non-toxic baby companies. This beautiful cradle is made from an airy polyester mesh fabric that is completely machine washable and the legs of the cradle are made of solid beechwood.
This cradle is unique because just the bassinet portion rocks while the legs are stationary. So it feels very sturdy yet super comforting for your newborn baby. It is also lightweight and compact so it is very portable and can be folded up as well- to save space. The mattress is made of non-toxic polyether foam and is naturally free from flame-retardants and PVC. This is one of my favorite non-toxic cradles on the market.
Monte Design Rockwell Cradle
If you are looking for a modern, sleek, and luxurious non-toxic bassinet then the Monte Design Rockwell Cradle is by far one of the best options. Seriously though I cannot stress just how luxurious this rocking cradle is. The basket part is made from a low VOC, Centri-Pure foam from Canada that is completely free from any flame retardants, phthalates, heavy metals, or formaldehyde. The outer fabric covering is Oexo-Tex certified and made from either cotton/linen or wool. The mattress pad is made from 100% polyester fill. Both the basket and stand are handcrafted in Canada. It also comes standard with 2 GOTS certified organic bassinet sheets. This cradle would look so good in any nursery.
Hussh Swinging Bassinet
This hanging cradle, from the Holland-based company Hussh, is something straight out of the lullaby Rock-a-Bye Baby. I discovered this swinging bassinet completely by accident when I was looking for a space-saving option while pregnant with my 6th baby a few months ago.
The Hussh hanging cradle securely hangs from your ceiling and gently swings back and forth. And can easily be moved from room to room or even outside. I am so in love with this one. It comes in a variety of options each one more stunning then the last, with my favorite being the completely handmade macrame option. All of the products are handmade by local Dutch artisans and the best part are the materials it is made from.
Per Hussh-cradles.com: “Our cradles are made using only natural materials such as coconut, natural latex, recycled wool, felt, linen, 100% organic, unbleached cotton, jute, and unpainted wood.”
This cradle is safe for use from 0-9 months so it has a longer usage period than your standard bassinet/cradle. And because it hangs from ropes you can lift the top slightly higher than the bottom to prevent any reflux in your newborn. This is seriously the sweetest swinging bassinet that I have ever seen. I honestly didn’t even know that hanging cradles actually existed until my husband suggested one for our nursery. This Hussh cradle is something out of nursery rhymes and dreams.
Travel Crib vs. Bassinet
While it may not actually seem like it, travel cribs and bassinets can be used pretty interchangeably. The main reason most people choose a bassinet is for its smaller size. Well, travel cribs are also small in size and very compact. And much like most bassinets they are also easily moved around.
The main difference between a travel crib and a bassinet is that the travel crib is designed to be taken down and put away while most bassinets are not.
So you can see that travel cribs make perfect bassinets because in addition to use in your home they are also completely portable for use at Grandma’s or on vacation or at the beach or basically wherever. And your baby is already familiar and comfortable with their bed!
Guava Lotus Travel Crib/Cradle
This is one of my favorite compact, and non-toxic, travel cribs. I personally own this one as well as the Baby Bjorn travel crib, which I will be talking about next. The thing that I absolutely love about this is that it is not just a travel crib. It comes with a bassinet set-up as well.
In bassinet mode, your baby sleeps up much higher and is not nearly as close to the floor as when they are in travel crib mode. However, the best feature about the Lotus Travel Bassinet is that you have the option of having it rock or you can flip the bottom into stationary mode. But the rocking option was very convenient and helpful for me and my baby, especially at night and naptime. If you are looking for organic sheets for the bassinet mattress I bought a couple of sets of these organic mini crib sheets and they worked out perfectly.
I do want to mention that one of the really cool features that the crib mode has is that one of the mesh sides zips down making it easy for your older baby/toddler to climb into and out of. You can also buy a sunshade for it which makes it perfect for a day out in the sun. We have the sunshade in a pretty aqua color and it is worth every penny.
The Lotus Travel Crib and Bassinet is made from a mesh polyester fabric and an aluminum frame. Guava family states that their crib/bassinet is free from PVC, Lead, Phthalates, formaldehyde, arsenic, mercury, cadmium, and flame retardants. And while what’s not in it is important. What is more important is what is in it. I did reach out to them to find out what the actual mattress is made of. This is exactly what they told me.
“Our mattresses are made from high-grade, low-VOC polyurethane foam, and covered with polyurethane coated polyester fabric on the top and polyester fabric on the bottom. The integrated mattress base is made of rigid polyethylene plastic. We do not add chemical flame retardants.” –Rachel, Guava Family
Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light
The Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light is the first travel crib that I ever bought for my oldest son. It has been used for multiple children and is still be used on overnight trips by my 2-year-old and has held up perfectly. As I mentioned above, Baby Bjorn is one of my favorite non-toxic baby brands, and this is clearly evidenced by the fact that this is their second appearance on this list. Let’s talk about the Baby Bjorn travel crib now.
The thing I loved most about this particular travel crib is that it is super lightweight and airy. It is also Oexo-Tex certified Class 1 for babies which is a huge bonus! This Baby Bjorn bassinet is very easy to set up and fold back down again.
This travel crib is made from all non-toxic materials. The fabric is 100% polyester fabric with mesh sides. The mattress is composed of polyether foam and free from all flame retardants and the crib frame is just painted steel. So it is very simple yet functional and high quality. I just use the same organic standard crib sheets that I use on my babies cribs on the mattress of the Baby Bjorn travel crib. They work really well- just make sure that you pull and wrap it tight underneath the mattress.
I do want to mention that this travel crib is designed for ages 0-3 and works perfectly for newborns. However, like other travel cribs it is low to the ground so if you want your newborn up a little higher when they are really young the Lotus bassinet/travel crib may work better for you.
Nuna Sena Aire and Mini
The Nuna Sena Aire is a very beautiful travel bassinet/crib that comes in a variety of designs. There are two versions the standard Nuna Sena Aire and the newer Nuna Sena Aire Mini. Both are made from the same high-quality materials one is just smaller than the other one.
The pros of the Nuna Sena travel crib are that it has a bassinet insert that sits up higher inside of the standard travel crib and is easily removable once your baby outgrows the bassinet part. I also really like how easy it is to pop up this travel crib and how it sits up off of the ground unlike the Lotus and the Baby Bjorn. It also comes standard with GOTS-certified organic sheets.
In case you are wondering what the Nun Sena Aire and Mini are made from I reached out to customer service to get the exact materials for you. The main components are polyester (making up the mesh, fabric, and foam), plastic, and aluminum. The actual mattress is polypropylene with a polyester fabric cover. There are no chemicals or flame retardants in either version. I really like this travel crib as well and think that it is also a great alternative to a traditional bassinet for your baby’s organic nursery.
Mini Crib vs Bassinet
You may be wondering what the differences are between a mini crib and a bassinet. The main difference is size and portability. Mini cribs are bigger in size than bassinets. However, they are significantly smaller than a standard-size crib. Just to get a better idea, a mini crib would be like if you crossed a crib and a bassinet. Mini cribs are usually stationary, so they do not have the portability aspect that many bassinets have.
If space is your only reason for choosing a bassinet a mini crib may actually be the perfect option for you. The main positive of a mini crib is that you can use them for the first few years of your baby’s life. So they are certainly more cost-effective and convenient.
If you are looking for a non-toxic bassinet that has all of the benefits of both a mini crib and a bassinet, then Bloom’s Alma Mini Crib may be perfect for your needs! There are so many pros of this mini crib. For example, it folds up and unfolds in one simple step. It is also small yet sturdy yet lightweight. The best part is that it is on castors so this mini crib can actually be wheeled from room to room. Another amazing positive is that you can use it for up to 12 months or even more depending on your baby’s size.
Bloom Alma Mini Crib
I absolutely love the overall look of this solid wood mini crib, and it can come in your choice of three different finishes to perfectly match the look of your nursery. This non-toxic crib is made from all solid wood with absolutely no MDF. It also has low-VOC finishes and is free from all formaldehyde glues.
As cool as this little crib is the mattress that Bloom makes is equally as cool. The mattress is made in the USA and is 100% breathable which they make from their own Bundle Fiber Core. I asked them to clarify exactly what their Bundle Fiber Core actually is and their customer service representative told me that it is derived from a PET food-grade polymer and converted into a densified polyester. It also contains no flame retardants at all. As an added bonus, the mattress is double-sided. So one side is firmer for newborns and the other side is softer once your baby reaches 6 months old. They also sell organic crib sheets in pretty designs to perfectly fit their mini crib mattress.
I think this is the perfect option for a non-toxic nursery if you are tight on space but still want something that looks really nice and is functional too.
Moses Basket vs Bassinet
Many parents choose a Moses basket instead of a bassinet. They both have similar benefits, mainly to keep your baby close to you while they sleep. The main differences are size and portability. As you may have guessed, a bassinet is larger than a Moses basket; however, Moses Baskets are very portable. Just be sure that your Moses basket is made from organic materials. Also, if you are going to be using a Moses basket as your baby’s bassinet be sure to get a basket stand as well. Another thing that is important to note is that Moses baskets can usually only be used up until your infant is about 20 pounds.
If you have limited space and want something that won’t take up too much room in your nursery or if you just like the idea of being able to easily move around with the bassinet itself then a Moses basket might be right for you.
Here are some Moses Baskets that are organic, non-toxic, and gorgeous!
Plum and Sparrow Moses Baskets
I absolutely love the whimsical designs of these Plum and Sparrow Moses baskets. These organic Moses baskets are handmade by villagers in Africa from elephant grass that is harvested by hand and colored using completely natural dyes that are derived from the land.
All of the different designs are gorgeous and because they are completely handmade no two designs are identical. You also have the option of getting your Moses basket with or without a hood.
Plum and Sparrow also sell a variety of bassinet stands made from solid wood. They have two different options that rock and also an option that is stationary but all are very high quality and heirloom pieces.
Zuri Rose and Co. Moses Baskets
If you are looking for a very high-end Moses basket, then Zuri Rose and Company is a really good option. These beautiful baskets also come in some stunning designs.
Per Zuri Rose and Co.: “Our African Moses baskets are 100% Authentic and ethically handmade by our weavers in Ghana (Fair Trade Program) using natural grass known as “Elephant grass”. This natural material has bamboo-like robustness that provides long-lasting sustainability and durability. To achieve the rich colors, baskets are dyed using natural products like sorghum and other colorants derived from plants.”
Zuri Rose and Co. sells a solid wood rocking basket stand, as well, that perfectly fits their Moses baskets.