We found this bassinette after about 2 months of looking at all the stores in our area. We didn’t know if we were having a boy or girl so we wanted a neutral style/color bedding, but we were also on a pretty tight budget so spending over 200 dollars on a bassinette baby was only going to be able to sleep in up to 15-20lbs was not an option. I also Do NOT like the new playpen, changing table, bassinette combos they sell and I didn’t like the plastic ones that seem to be everywhere now, I wanted a wooden one…I know…picky me!
WE FINALLY found this Eddie Bauer Bassinette at Toys-R-Us. It was on sale for $139.99…I believe it was normally priced at $199.99. These kinds of baby furniture items change so fast now days I am not sure what’s available where...but I did see this same one in another Toys-R-Us store recently. Unfortunately I do not have the box anymore and so i don't have a model # for you!
It has a light colored wooden frame, included bedding-dust ruffle canopy, mattress and “sheet” for it. The mattress is about an inch and a half thick.
It is kind of a cradle style…you can rock the cradle (manually) or lock it into place. There is a music box included that attaches to the top of one side of the cradle (battery operated). There is also a “storage shelf” underneath so that you can store bedding. The bedding theme is teddy bears, with mini beige/tan checkers. It also has plastic wheels on the legs which makes moving it around easy.
It all came in a box; we had to assemble the thing. My husband did this; it was very easy to put it all together. I believe it took him all of half an hour. The wooden frame is arched and barred…stands a little over 31/2 feet tall at its tallest point. The cradle/bed section is about 3 feet long and 16 inches wide and about 10 inches deep.
There are 2 things that I didn’t like about it. The first being that the music box plays 8 different nursery rhymes BUT the music is kind of high pitched and twangy, NOT soothing at all, so we NEVER used it! The other thing is that the mattress seemed REALLY thin and hard to me…I know, this is what they say we want for newborns…It’s safer, but man and inch and half? It didn’t seem like it would be very comfortable.
After all the searching and excitement wouldn’t you know it! Baby only slept in the darn thing twice, and only for about 15 minutes each time! I gave up trying about 2 weeks after we brought him home! Every time I laid him down in it, he would wake up…or cry...or both. I’m not sure if it’s because it was uncomfortable or if he was just spoiled rotten from the get go! He would stay asleep if I laid him on my bed, or the couch.
So, those were my “issues” with this bassinette.But, I would recommend it. I think that for the price it was very well made, it is sturdy and was pretty much what I wanted (except for the music)…baby just had other ideas.
Update On Jun 03, 2008: Just so everyone knows...my son is now 7 months old...what has become of the Bassinette? WEll..it is a stuffed animal and baby blanket storage area now! LOL! We are saving it for the next baby !