How to Build a Bassinet

Having a baby is an exciting, anxiety-ridden time. After all, there is so much to consider from toys and clothes to furniture and formula. Most parents are eager to have everything in place before their little one ever comes home from the hospital. One of the most important pieces of furniture to have in order to accomplish this task is a bassinet. A bassinet is a basket that can be placed around the house for the baby to sleep in, either next to the bed at night or in the living room when you're up and around during the day. Luckily, you can build a bassinet yourself from thrift store items, if you don't have the money to buy a brand new one. You might even have everything you need in your attic or garage. Here are some tips on how to make a creative, cozy creation.

How to Build a Bassinet

Step 1

Find a large, sturdy oval basket at a thrift store or in your storage area. The bottom of the basket should measure at least as long as a newborn baby, which is about 19 to 22 inches. Babies only get bigger, so the longer the basket is, the longer you'll be able to use it.

Step 2

Purchase some foam from your fabric store. It should be two inches thick, and at least 22 inches long for the bottom of your basket. Buy a square of foam slightly larger than your basket bottom, so you can cut it to fit perfectly. If you don't buy foam, use an old pillow, cutting and resewing it into an oval shape to fit the bottom of your basket. Foam is a better choice as it isn't as lumpy. While at the fabric store, pick up a few yards of white eyelet material to line your bassinet and make it look delicate.

Step 3

Place the foam into the bottom of your basket. Then, cut it as needed in order to make it fit. Take it out and place the bassinet sheet over the foam. It should look like a little oval mattress now.

Step 4

Insert the eyelet material, or another baby-patterned sheet, into the basket first. Push the center of the sheet down into the bottom of the basket, poking it into the corners. Let the rest of the sheet flow up and over the inside of the basket, draping over the top edges.

Step 5

Place the oval foam mattress into the bottom of the basket. Be sure the sheet is snugly attached. Now your bassinet should look cozy and inviting! Place the bassinet next to the bed for the baby.