HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper review


Halo bassinest swivel bassinet review

It’s recommended that newborns and babies sleep in the same room as you. But it isn’t recommended for them to sleep in the same bed as their parents, and that’s where the Halo bassinest swivel sleeper really shines, making it one of the best co-sleeper bassinets.

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The Halo bassinest swivel sleeper is a great quality bedside bassinet that lets you get your baby close to your bed at night. And it’s collapsible sidewall lets you get to your baby without needing to get out of bed. The swivel sleeper is height-adjustable and also the only bassinet to have a 360 swivel action to make getting out of bed easier, making it one of the best bedside bassinets for breastfeeding moms.

This bassinet is almost silent when moving it around which means you won’t wake your little bundle of joy. Mom’s that have had a C-section also recommend the Halo swivel bassinet because you don’t put extra strain on your cut or stitches by needing to get out of bed to soothe or feed your baby at night.

The halo swivel bassinet comes with a waterproof mattress and sheet included, but you can purchase additional mattresses and bassinet sheets separately (Halo bassinets only take a specific mattress).

The Bassinest is stable and sturdy with its single stem pole and four low base legs. This makes it extremely difficult to tip over by mistake. It also means it’s quite heavy at 30 pounds, which makes moving it around more difficult without wheels. I suspect you won’t need to move it much so this shouldn’t be a problem, and I’m happy to compromise on that for safety.

Pros and Cons

What We like

  • Great quality
  • Very stable base (won’t tip over)
  • Can get the baby very close to your bed (just lower the sidewall to take the baby out to breastfeed in bed)
  • Easy to get out of bed (swivel the bassinet 360 degrees out of the way)
  • Height adjustable to any bed
  • Silent wheel movement

What can be improved

  • Needs a specific bassinet mattress (but comes with a mattress included free)
  • Tad more expensive than some other bassinets (worth it for quality and the easier breastfeeding ability)

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Halo Bassinest Swivel Series Comparison

The Halo Swivel Bassinet’s come in 3 different models – Essentia, Premiere, Luxe and Luxe Plus. The Halo bassinest swivel Premiere includes a ‘soothing centre’ with a nightlight, 3 soothing sounds, 3 lullabies, a back to bed reminder and vibration (with a 30-minute auto shut-off feature).

The Luxe models includes the soothing centre plus some extra features like two pockets to store things like cloths, bottles, nappies, creams and pacifiers. And the luxe series includes a floor light as well, to see a bit easier at night – for the small price difference it’s worth getting the Luxe plus version.

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HALO Bassinest Swivel Features

  • Bassinet rotates 360 degrees so you can get closer to your baby from any angle
  • Sidewall can be lowered to see to your baby easily while still in bed
  • Great for caring for baby while recovering from childbirth. Age & Weight Limit
  • Takes babies up to 20 lbs in weight. 
  • Nice stable 4 point base
  • Bassinet’s base wheels can easily roll under your bed to get it closer to you

Collapsable bassinet side wallBest bassinet for breastfeeding moms

The Halo bassinet lets you get to your baby easily and quickly while you’re still in bed by being able to swivel the bassinet 360 degrees and having a collapsable sidewall that you can just pull down to get to your baby – the wall gently springs back into place afterward by itself. This makes the Halo swivel a perfect companion for those moms looking for a good breastfeeding bassinet.

Base feet can be pulled under your bed to get closer

The wheelbase of the Halo swivel bassinet has four wheels which are low enough to allow it to roll under most beds when it’s pulled closer to the bed. This allows the bassinet basket itself to overlap and partially rest on top of your bed, making it easy to take the baby out without needing to get up – which is super convenient!

Height Adjustablehalo swivel bassinet height adjustable

Being a tall bedside bassinet it’s perfect to keep next to your bed at night. Luckily you’re able to also adjust the height to match what’s most comfortable for the height of your bed.

Most other bassinets are a pain since you have to get one that is just the right height to match your bed, but this bassinet will match just about any bed easily.

It can fit mattresses heights between 22-34 inches by simply turning a knob near the middle of the centre pillar till it’s loose enough so that you can adjust the height up or down – when it’s the right height you simply tighten the knob again.

Swivel Bassinet Mattress and Sheet

It comes with a thin custom mattress and a sheet included for free.

The mattress and sheet are specific to the hourglass shape of the swivel bassinet, but it’s always good to have extra sheets to put into the laundry wash so we recommend that you buy more using the link below. The sheets are soft with a 200 cotton thread count and pre-shrunk. And they’re designed to not come loose while your baby sleeps on them.

You don’t necessarily need the newborn insert for the Halo swivel bassinest. But if you want to give your newborn a more snug feel then you can get it. It’s designed to make your newborn feel cozy without ‘hugging’ or suspending your baby in the air.  The idea is that it provides a slightly smaller space that almost ‘cuddles’ them more, which your newborn could find more comforting.

The newborn insert has sturdy hooks that can be attached easily and safely to the bassinet and you don’t need to take the insert out when lowering the bassinet sidewall during the night. It’s also made with a breathable, padded mesh material. For comfort and safety, this is the only newborn insert recommended use with the swivel bassinet.

How to assemble the Halo Swivel Bassinet

I’m not a “handyman” (handy-woman?) by any means, but I’m usually able to assemble most things with some instructions. The Halo Bassinet comes with an owners manual and assembly instructions included, and I could get most of it figured out using the instructions but I used the video below for some of the parts I was a little unsure about. It’s actually just easier to follow along using the assembly Youtube video, to be honest.

When should you stop using Halo Bassinest?

It’s suggested that you use the Halo Swivel bassinest for your baby up to about five months old or till they weigh around 20 pounds (maximum recommended weight is 30 pounds). Generally, you can use it from birth till your baby can pull themselves up, sit up by themselves or push themselves onto their hands and knees.

Be sure to also check out our article on the best bassinets to buy.

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