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Better than the Arm's Reach
on March 3, 2015
I am a mom of 5 and have used quite a few bassinets in my day and this one is the hands down best. Better than a traditional bassinet, better than the Arm's Reach cosleeper, just fantastic.
First things first, let's get things straight. The bassinet has the light and vibration unit in the center of the bed. So, of you put your baby's head in the center of the bed, it will vibrate right on their head and the light will shine on their eyes. I don't know about you, but when I sleep, I don't put my head in the center of my bed. I put my head at the head of my bed. If you put baby's head at one end of the bassinet, the vibration is strongest by their bum and belly, and the light shines on their butt area, right where you would want it for night time diaper changes. I don't use the light much, but the music and vibration have been very helpful so I think they are well worth the extra $30 that this model costs over the stripped down version.
The spring loaded side wall works great. The weight of my baby in my hands plus my weight resting on my forearms as I lean over to put him in is more than enough to lower the side. This is a huge convenience over traditional bassinets where the rigid side basically forces you to stand up to get your baby in and out unless you are in a super tall bed. I also prefer this to the missing side rail set up that the Arm's Reach cosleeper uses. With the Arm's Reach the baby is lower than your mattress and the side next to your bed is missing. It was pretty easy to get babies in and out of that, but because the baby was low and the side was missing, I was constantly having to worry about bedding getting pushed over the side and onto baby. With the Halo my baby is equally easy to access from bed, but safer.
The spring side wall is my favorite feature, but the swivel is nice too. It makes it much easier to get in and out of bed, so I don't have to crawl/scooch to the bottom of the bed to get out.
One tip: The mattress isn't made of waterproof material (I wish it was, though most play yards and the Arm's Reach are the same way) so please do yourself a favor and put a waterproof bassinet sheet/pad under the fitted sheet to protect the mattress. I would not recommend machine washing and drying the mattress so you really want to try to keep it dry.
All in all this is worth every penny, a great investment (and I suspect it will have a great resale value), very sturdy, well made, and useful.