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Uppababy Bassinet and Stand Review

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If you’re anything like me, and every one of my five friends who had their first babies within six months of me, you have considered or already decided on the UPPAbaby stroller and MESA car seat system for your upcoming little one.

The question you are asking yourself now is: “Is it worth it paying a bit more to get Vista instead of the Cruz to also have the bassinet?”. After lots of research I decided to go with the Vista stroller and bassinet combo, and I don’t regret that decision one bit.

The Uppababy Vista Package- A Short Summary

Let’s start by breaking down the Vista stroller/bassinet combo. The Vista stroller is very similar to the Cruz stroller. The main differences are that the Vista comes with the famous Uppababy bassinet and it allows for mounting 2 seats (with the addition of the upper adapters and lower adapters).

vista upper adapter 1
vista lower adapter 1


The Uppababy Vista is a very solid choice and an all-around great stroller. It can go up head-to-head with some of the more expensive brands and still come out on top. It is made of good quality materials such as aluminum and leather and it just feels so smooth to push around. 

So once I decided to go with the Uppababy stroller my next thought was “for an extra few hundred bucks I can have a bassinet for the room AND on the go? Deal!”.

The added bonus of interchangeability between the stroller, car seat and the bassinet stand was another check mark for me.

In the end, even though I thought I would be bringing the bassinet with us everywhere we went and using it as a stroller AND a bed, the reality was that the Bassinet stayed parked in the bedroom 99% of the time.  We used it as his bed every single night for 3 straight months until my son grew a little too long for it.

The Uppababy Bassinet

The Uppababy bassinet is a well built bassinet that can be used at home or on the go. It boasts impressive features and is in my opinion the most versatile bassinet in the market right now. You can easily use it for the first 3 to 5 months or even longer depending on how fast your baby grows.

Here are the main specifications and allowable limits of the Uppababy bassinet:

The Uppababy Bassinet Specifications

Size/Dimensions

10″H(24” with handle up) x 16″W x 31″D

Materials

Cotton and Polyester

Max Child Weight Allowed

20 lbs(9kg)

Max Child Length Allowed

25″ (63 cm)

Bassinet Features

  • Suitable for up to 20 lbs or until your baby can push up on hands and knees
  • Perfect for overnight sleep
  • Extendable, UPF 50 sunshade
  • Features a longer mattress making it more comfortable for a growing baby
  • Canopy unzips for added air flow
  • Removable, breathable mattress pad
  • Vented base and mattress for breathability
  • Machine washable mattress cover and zip-out liner
  • Bug Shield included
  • Compatible with VISTA 2015-later and all CRUZ strollers
  • Fits onto Bassinet Stand (sold separately)

Here is what we like and dislike about this bassinet:

Pros

  • Approved for overnight sleep
  • Overhead canopy keeps it dark and cozy for better sleep
  • Easily attaches to Uppababy strollers
  • Folds flat for easy transport
  • Lightweight
  • Rated up to 20lbs (6 months)
  • Sturdy and stable

Cons

  • Fixed height
  • Not designed to be accessible from bedside

Everyday Use

The latest model of the Uppababy bassinet is very light, collapsible and easy to transfer from the stand to the stroller. It fits all Uppababy strollers starting in 2015 or newer. This bassinet should always be used on the stand or attached to an Uppababy stroller, not on a flat surface.

The bassinet is made of premium cotton and polyester making it feel sturdy and soft to the touch. It comes with a breathable mattress and mattress cover. You can put the baby directly on the mattress cover like I did, but there are also sheets you can get to make changing and washing them easier. I wish I had some when I would find some spit up on the cover and would have to do a load of wash just to make sure the baby had a place to sleep that night.

Setting it up or collapsing it flap are both very simple and quick. Just lift the mattress and pull on the tabs attached to the two metal rods causing them to slide and unlock or lock in position.

It also comes with a UPF 50 sunshade and a bug net that are both great for outdoor use.

Safety

The breathable materials used make it perfectly safe for newborn sleep. On top of that, Uppababy made the mattress perforated and the base vented for further airflow and breathability. Another neat feature is that the canopy unzips for additional airflow throughout the bassinet.

It is rated for babies up to 20lbs or 25”. They also mention that if your baby can pull himself onto his hands and knees, it’s time to stop using the bassinet.

Set up and assembly

The bassinet comes flat in the box. Simply lift it holding it by the handle, and slide the 2 rods at the bottom away from each other until they click into position and the side material looks taut.

Open the stand and push down lightly with your foot until the bottom shelf is flat and place the bassinet aligning the clips on the sides until you hear a click

If you push up and down on one side of the bassinet you will notice that it moves slightly and that is normal. This play is expected and is not an issue.

Quality

As with anything from Uppababy, the quality and the materials used are great! Everything one the inside of the bassinet is very soft to the touch and breathable. The outside feels soft yet sturdy.

The sunshade pulls out from under the top and works well but can become a little flimsy overtime.

All of the moving parts click when in position which gives you great feedback that everything is properly assembled. 

Footprint

The bassinet is 31” by 16” which makes it just the right size for everyday use. My son became too big for it at around 3 months of age which we were slightly disappointed in since we expected to use it for longer. However, if the bassinet was any larger it would not make it for easy transportation so I think they got the sizing right.

Cleaning

The outside and covers are very easy to wipe down. The material is very strong and does not get dirty or stain easily.

The inside comes fully apart. The walls, mattress, mattress cover are easy to remove and put in the washer. I would suggest getting some extra sheets so if you baby spits up it’s an easy swap instead of an emergency wash before the next sleep.

Using the Bassinet on the Stroller

The beauty of the Uppababy system is that each accessory is compatible with each other. With this in mind they made sure the bassinet can be used at home on the stand, or on the go attached to the stroller.

The Bassinet on a Walk

On the third day home from the hospital with our son, we decided it was time to go on a short walk around the block. As first-time parents, this was a HUGE deal. The only thing we had done up to this point was drive from the hospital to our home so we were a tad nervous but also excited to try out our fancy new stroller.

I looked at the shiny Vista stroller all set up and ready to go and realized it was not suitable for our three-day-old yet. It completely skipped my mind that a newborn needs the infant snugseat attachment before being able to use the full-size stroller. I eventually got the insert but at that moment I just wanted to go for a walk, so I looked at my wife and said “we have the bassinet! Let’s pop it on the stroller and go”, and so we did.

snugseat

To my disappointment, our teeny little guy did not seem safe in the bassinet as we pushed the stroller on the sidewalk.

First, every little bump and crack we went over made it seem like an earthquake for him. He was bumping up and down so much we had to go extremely slow. Second, the baby is not attached in any way inside the bassinet. This means that when you take a turn, the baby rolls. You do not want that to happen with a three-day-old.

Needless to say our walk lasted no more than a few minutes minutes. We turned around, got home and ordered the infant snugseat right away.

The conclusion is that for a young newborn that is only a few days or weeks old, the bassinet is not the best choice for a walk unless on a really smooth surface (maybe a mall or indoor space) and at very low speeds. For anything else, please make sure to get the infant snugseat which supports the newborn's body and head. 

The Bassinet on the Go (Stationary)

Now this is where the Uppababy bassinet shines! If you are going to a friend's or family members' house and plan to spend nap time there with your newborn you have to make sure to not forget the bassinet at home.

This beautifully portable bassinet folds flat for transport and opens up in second to provide your baby a nice and cozy space to nap or sleep the night.

I have used the bassinet many times for this exact purpose and have never been disappointed. Not only is it already a familiar setting for your baby, since he already sleeps in it at night, but it is also extremely convenient and portable. Fold it flat, pop it in the car and pull it out when he starts to get tired. What else could a parent ask for?

Even if you already have a bedroom bassinet or mini-crib, this feature alone makes the Uppababy bassinet worth its price tag.

The Uppababy Bassinet Stand

The Uppababy bassinet stand does what it's supposed to without any bells and whistles. It easily opens and closes for quick and compact storage making life very easy for the parents when you need to clean the room or  move things around.

The Uppababy bassinet locks in from the top and unlocks with the easily accessible button in the middle of the handle.

Here are the stand specifications:

The Uppababy Bassinet Stand Specifications

Size/Dimensions

Open: 28.25″H x 29″W x 19.25″D
Folded: 33.5″H x 30.5″W x 5″D
Tray: 15″W x 27″D

Materials

HWPW (Hardwood Plywood)

Max Child Weight Allowed

20 lbs(9kg)

Max Child Length Allowed

25″ (63 cm)

Stand Features

  • Elevated fixture for Uppababy bassinet to keep baby off the floor
  • Bassinet snaps and locks onto the stand
  • Easy open and close
  • Fold compactly for stand storage
  • Convenient bottom tray
  • Available in Grey, Espresso and White
  • Fits UPPAbaby Bassinet 2015-later, VISTA 2015-later Bassinet, and all CRUZ Bassinets (Does not fit VISTA Bassinets model year 2014 and earlier).

Everyday Use

If you plan on using the bassinet for night sleep with your newborn, I strongly suggest you get the Uppababy bassinet stand. The other option is to have the stroller in your room, which some people choose to do.

It’s worth to get the stand just for the convenience of not having to lug around the stroller around the house every single day before bedtime.

The Uppababy stand is as basic as they come. It’s an “X” frame that folds and is easy to put away against a wall or in a closet. It comes assembled and is easy to open and close. Just lightly step on the bottom tray once it’s open to ensure the stand is fully locked in the open position, and use your foot to push up in the middle of the tray from the bottom to close the stand.

It is light enough that anyone can move it around the room whether the bassinet is attached to it or not. Make sure the baby is not in the bassinet if moving the stand.

The one thing that I noticed with this stand is that even once the bassinet clicks in there is still some play in the connection between the bassinet and the stand, which allows you to very slightly tilt the bassinet back and forth. The actual movement translated to the bassinet is vey minimal so it’s not enough to cause any issue with the position of baby but I expected a tighter fit.

The button on top of the bassinet handle allows you to unlock the bassinet from the stand and easily remove it.

NOTE: The Uppababy MESA car seat does NOT fit on the Uppababy bassinet stand even though it looks like it should, so please don’t try to make it fit because you may damage something in the locking mechanism.

Manufacturer Video

Conclusion

The Uppababy bassinet and stand were certainly the right choice for us when room-sharing with our newborn.

The portability came in handy many times when we were able to easily collapse the bassinet, shove it in the trunk and have a bed for our baby anywhere we went.

The stand felt sturdy and safe even when our little guy was getting a bit too big for the bassinet. He would sometimes kick and try to roll around when he woke up and we never felt it was unsafe, even for a second.

Cleaning and taking it apart was a breeze as well. Zippers and clips make the whole cleaning process simple and quick.

We never really used the bassinet on the stroller as we didn’t feel it was appropriate for a newborn while in motion. There is a bit too much free space for baby to slide and roll around when we were moving and he could have ended up face down.

This bassinet was not ideal for having access to you baby while in bed since the height is not adjustable and you are unable to bring it close enough. You can definitely see your baby from the bed (depending on the height of your bed) if you keep the bassinet close by.

For anyone with reduced mobility such as mom’s who had C-Sections we would recommend a bedside bassinet such as the Mika Micky bedside bassinet which does a great job for these situations.

My conclusion is if you decided to go with the Uppababy stroller and car seat system I would very strongly suggest you get the bassinet and stand since they offer additional flexibility you just won’t get with any other brand out there.

They are also great for travel, everyday use when not at home or on the go.

For more help on how to choose the best bassinet, check out our full guide on the best bedside bassinets.

Uppababy Bassinet and Stand

Uppababy Bassinet

The solution for newborn sleep whether at home or on the go. Folds flat for easy transport and sets up in seconds. Fits  Uppababy strollers (2015 and up) and the bassinet stand.

  • Great for night sleep and on the go
  • Folds flat for transport
  • Cozy, dark and safe

Uppababy Bassinet Stand

The Uppababy bassinet stand is solid yet light enough to easily store and move around. It does exactly what it should and is the safest way to use the Uppababy bassinet.

  • Simple, safe and easy to use
  • Closes for easy storage
  • Easy to clean and practical

Uppababy Vista Stroller

The Vista Stroller is a beautifully designed piece of equipment that's made to last. It is lightweight, rolls smoothly and is extremely versatile.

  • Comes with the bassinet
  • Safe, reliable and easy to store
  • Grows with your family
  • Great for everyday use