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Bassinest swivel sleeper FAQ

Product Features

Why is the HALO Bassinest® swivel sleeper ideal for nursing moms?

The Bassinest swivel sleeper supports nursing moms in two important ways:

  • Its swivel design and retractable wall feature make it easy for mom to reach in and lift baby while in bed (vs. stationary and attached bassinets, which often necessitate mom getting out of bed to lift baby). After nursing, it also allows mom to return baby to his separate sleep area without requiring her to get out of bed.
  • The Bassinest swivel sleeper also comes with a unique nursing wake-up button, which allows mom to set a gentle alert so if she should fall asleep it reminds her to return baby to his bed.

Why is the Bassinest swivel sleeper ideal for any mom, but especially moms after a C-section?

Approximately one-third of all moms in the U.S. have a Cesarean Section birth. Recovery from this surgery can make any movement painful and difficult – including lifting her baby, or having to get in and out of bed to take care of him. Unlike stationary and attached bassinets, the Bassinest swivel sleeper’s 360-degree range of motion allows mom to tend to many of her baby’s needs without having to get out of bed. And when she does have to get in or out of bed, the swivel design allows mom to gently reposition it to accommodate her – so getting in or out of bed can be done easily and with minimal discomfort.

Why is it easier for moms to get in and out of bed with the Bassinest swivel sleeper?

Stationary or attached bassinets are hard to work around. When positioned right next or attached to the bed, moms often have to get in or out of bed by crawling around them. This can be hard to do, inconvenient, and even painful (especially for moms who have had a C-section birth). The Bassinest swivel sleeper makes getting in and out of bed easy, convenient and comfortable. Unlike traditional or attached bassinets, its 360-degree range of motion allows mom to gently move the baby’s sleep area aside, so she can rise or sit down with ease.

How does the Bassinest swivel sleeper enhance mom’s bonding with baby?

With the Bassinest swivel sleeper, mom can safely sleep close to her baby – closer than with any other bassinet or co-sleeper. This close proximity allows her to more easily reach in and soothe her baby; the retractable wall makes it easier to pick up her baby, and the mesh sides mean that she can better see her baby. All this culminates in a closer, more intimate sleeping relationship between mom and her baby while ensuring that baby is still sleeping safe and sound in his own, separate sleep area.

What are all the ways the Bassinest swivel sleeper can move?

No other infant sleeper on the market moves like the Bassinest swivel sleeper. Its dual-swivel design rotates a full 360 degrees from two distinct pivot points, allowing mom to position baby just where she wants him; the four-point, tip-proof base is universally adjustable to accommodate bed heights from 24”- 34” (60 – 86 cm), and the patented retractable sidewall feature moves down, then returns automatically to allow mom easy access to her baby.

How does the Bassinest swivel sleeper’s retractable sidewall work?

The Bassinest swivel sleeper’s patented, retractable sidewall lowers easily when mom reaches in to lift or soothe her baby. Its auto-return safety feature automatically returns the sidewall to its original, upright position when the pressure is removed, ensuring that baby is always sleeping safely. If desired, the side wall can be locked in the upright position.

Can the Bassinest swivel sleeper be used on either side of the bed?

Yes, the Bassinest swivel sleeper’s 360-degree range of motion means that it can be positioned and used on either side of an adult bed.

Can it be used with all kinds of adult beds?

The Bassinest swivel sleeper’s low-profile, four-point base is designed to accommodate virtually all bed heights and constructions, with the exception of platform beds. It can be used with beds from 24”–34” (60-86 cm) in height with only 2” (5 cm) clearance from the floor required.

Can it be used on bare or carpeted floors?

Yes, the Bassinest swivel sleeper can be used on bare or carpeted floors. If using with an area rug, please ensure that all four legs are placed either on or off the rug for maximum stability.

What special features come with the Bassinest swivel sleeper?

The Bassinest swivel sleeper comes with a 2-level nightlight, 3 nature and womb sounds, 3 music selections, 2 levels of vibration and a nursing timer. Each features an automatic shutoff after 30 minutes of use, and the volume of the sound features do not exceed 65dBA. Is it easy to move from room to room? While the Bassinest swivel sleeper is easy to move, it is not designed to be a portable infant sleeper.

Is there an incline feature on the Bassinest swivel sleeper?

No. Inclining a baby is potentially dangerous and not recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics as he can tend to slide towards the foot of the inclined sleep surface. Studies show limited benefit of inclining a baby to treat colic or reflux.

Can the bed portion be removed from the stand and used without the stand?

No, the Bassinest swivel sleeper bed should NEVER be used without the stand. Only remove the bed from the stand when storing or moving the unit when not in use.

Can the side wall lock feature be used to lock the wall in the “down” position?

The lock feature will only lock the wall in the upright position. It does not lock in the “down” position due to potential safety issues.

Is the Bassinest swivel sleeper easily portable so that I can use it in other rooms of my home?

The Bassinest swivel sleeper can be moved to another room. The “cradle” disconnects easily from the base. So the base and cradle can be moved in two pieces. Please note that the “cradle” of the Bassinest swivel sleeper should never be used alone without the base.

Can I use the Bassinest swivel sleeper for my twins?

To ensure your children’s safety, the Bassinest swivel sleeper should not be used for more than one infant at a time. Check out the HALO® Bassinest® twin sleeper for a safe option for twins.

Can I use a mattress other than the one provided with the Bassinest swivel sleeper?

The unique, hourglass-shape of the Bassinest mattress is designed to fit optimally into the Bassinest swivel sleeper. It is not recommended to use any mattress other than the one provided, as doing so could create a poor fit and result in an unsafe sleep environment for the baby.

Does the Bassinest swivel sleeper come with a fitted sheet? Can I buy more?

Yes, the Bassinest swivel sleeper comes with a custom fitted sheet. You can purchase additional fitted sheets on


Product Safety

How does the Bassinest Swivel Sleeper promote safe sleep?

The American Academy of Pediatrics and safe sleep experts advise moms that, to reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) or accidental suffocation, infants under 12 months of age should room share, but should always sleep in their own, separate sleep area. These recommendations are warranted: According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), accidental suffocation accounts for nearly 1,000 infant deaths every year. In addition, according to the American Journal of Public Health, 64% of sudden unexplained infant deaths occurred when the babies were sharing a sleep surface with someone else.

The Bassinest swivel sleeper’s unique, moveable baby bassinet allows mom to bring the baby’s sleep area into her bed and position it at eye level, as close to her as she wants, without the risks posed by bed sharing. The Bassinest allows for the close sleeping and optimal visibility of baby that many moms desire, yet keeps baby sleeping safely in his own separate space.

Is the Bassinest swivel sleeper safe?

Yes, the Bassinest swivel sleeper is completely safe. It has been rigorously tested and is recommended for babies up to five months of age or 20 pounds (9.1 kg.). The sidewall panels are constructed of mesh fabric for maximum visibility and breathability. The Bassinest swivel sleeper meets or exceeds all ASTM and CPSC standards for bassinets in the US, and all Health Canada requirements for bassinets in Canada.

What safety standards does this meet?

The Bassinest swivel sleeper meets all applicable CPSC, ASTM and Health Canada requirements for bassinets as detailed in ASTM F2194-16e1 (Specifications for Bassinets and Cradles) in the U.S. and SOR/2016-152 (Cribs, Cradles and Bassinet Regulations) in Canada. It carries the JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association) certification seal.

What age and size of baby can use the Bassinest swivel sleeper?

The Bassinest swivel sleeper is recommended for babies up to five months of age or 20 pounds (9.1 kg.). Discontinue use of this product when the child is showing signs of being able to pull up, rollover, push up or sit up unassisted, or is able to move out of the security of the walled sleep area.

What are the Bassinest swivel sleeper dimensions?

Fully assembled, the Bassinest swivel sleeper’s dimensions are:

  • Base: 32” x 32″
  • Legs: 21” each (43” total)
  • Overall height: 36” (at its lowest position)
  • Bed exterior: 33.5” x 22”
  • Bed Interior: 30” x 18.5”
  • Sidewalls: Front height (upright): 10.5” | Front height (retracted): 5.5″ | Back height: 12.5”
  • Weight: 30 lbs.

How much space does it require?

The space-saving Bassinest swivel sleeper requires approximately 32” (81 cm) from the edge of the bed and/or perpendicular wall. Its low-profile legs can fit under nightstands and beds with 2” (7 cm) clearance.

Are batteries required? Are they included?

Yes, three AA batteries are required for Premiere, Luxe and Luxe Plus Series models. They are not included.

What is it made from?

The bed portion of the Bassinest swivel sleeper is made from 100% polyester fabric. The fitted sheet is a soft polyester knit. The base portion is made from steel, aluminum and high-impact plastic.

Are any flame retardants used in the making of the Bassinest swivel sleeper? Is it Phthalate and BPA-free?

The polyurethane foam mattress pad and fabrics used in the Bassinest swivel sleeper do not contain any toxic flame retardants. Additionally, all the plastic and paints used on the Bassinest are lead, phthalate and BPA free. The Bassinest is independently tested and certified to meet all Consumer Product Safety Administration and California chemical standards for flame retardants.

Product Care

How do you clean the Bassinest swivel sleeper?

The sides of Bassinest swivel sleeper are made from 100% polyester material that easily wipes clean with a damp cloth. The removable, coordinating fitted sheet is machine washable. Do not use bleach. Do not machine wash mattress. Do not use harsh or abrasive cleaners.

Is the mattress waterproof? How do I clean it?

The mattress is water resistant. The mattress should be cleaned regularly by using a mild cleaning solution and a damp cloth. Do not use bleach. Do not machine wash mattress. Do not use harsh or abrasive cleaners. Wipe clean with water to remove residue. Allow to dry completely before replacing sleep pad and/or use.

What if it breaks, or I need replacement parts?

If something on the Bassinest swivel sleeper breaks, please discontinue use and contact us at 888-999-HALO or to discuss replacement or repair. The Bassinest swivel sleeper screws can be found at most hardware stores, and the screw sizes are as follows:

Leg screws: M6 x 25 1 Pitch
Soothing center screws: M4 x 16 .70 Pitch

We also sell them directly. If you would like to purchase them from us, please call 888.999.4256 ext. 1. We are available between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CDT Monday through Friday.

What is the warranty?

The Bassinest swivel sleeper is covered by a one-year limited warranty. View Warranty Details.

How can I completely remove any adhesive residue left from decals or stickers on the Bassinest swivel sleeper fabric?

If you find there is residue left on the fabric after you’ve removed all stickers, we recommend that you use a piece of packing tape and rub it (sticky side down) over the area of the fabric with excess residue. This should remove any excess adhesive.

The Bassinest swivel sleeper is not staying at the desired height. What can I do to keep it from moving down?

A small amount of lubricant is used during assembly. There may be a slight residue remaining on the Bassinest swivel sleeper stand/tower. Please try using a cloth and a cleaner like Windex to wipe any remaining lubricant on the tower. (Please do not use any wipe or cleaner containing Aloe or moisturizer, however). Wipe the tower with the towel to clean excess lubricant. It might take a second round of wiping after reducing the height and putting it back up again, but this should resolve the issue.

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