How to Clean a Bassinet (Easy & Quick Way)

A bassinet is a small bed for newborns. A bassinet can be used for both naps and nighttime sleep (although most babies will graduate to cribs around six months of age). Cleaning your bassinet is essential for the safety of your child.

It is important to clean the inside of the bassinet, but you also need to make sure that all its accessories are cleaned too. Many new parents are wondering how to clean a bassinet.

This is understandable, as most people don’t have experience with cleaning baby furniture! It’s fortunate for you that it’s not too difficult. It’s easier than you think to keep a bassinet clean!

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In this article, we will explain how to clean a bassinet and its accessories. We will also give you some helpful tips to ensure that your baby stays safe.

Bassinet and its Accessories

A bassinet is a small bed for newborns and usually consists of a small basket attached to a stand. The purpose of the baby’s bassinets is to keep them close, but at an arm’s length from their parents’ beds during nighttime sleep. During the daytime, it may be used as a place where your baby can play or nap.

There are three categories of bassinets: the stand-alone, drawer type, and arm’s reach co-sleepers.

1. The stand alone bassinet

It is the most common type of bassinet. It’s basically a small bed enclosed by bars or mesh on four sides. The bottom is usually made up of metal, not fabric as it would be too hard to clean! You can find stand alone bassinets in almost any baby store and they are also available online.

2. Drawer type bassinet

It comes with an open front but has storage space at the back for diapers, wipes, and other supplies you may need during nighttime diaper changes or feedings when your arms simply cannot stretch out far enough anymore! It doesn’t have much “maneuverability” so if you plan to move it from one room to another often then this isn’t the best model for.

3. Arm’s reach co-sleepers

This is the latest type of bassinet that has become extremely popular due to its benefits. It’s basically a sleeping space for your baby attached to the side of your bed.

This allows you and your partner to sleep closer (and cozier) together without having to climb out from under covers or rollover in order to check on the baby throughout the night!

It may not be suitable if you have an active sleeper though, as it can result in kicking off all his blankets making him cold during winter months!

Basinites in each category can be made of different materials, such as wood or steel. Each cleaning technique is different. We will discuss all of them.

Bassinet accessories are those items that come with the purchases of new parent sets such as canopy netting, mesh, bassinet fabrics, Bassinet frame, sheets, and mattress pads, etc.

When To Clean a Bassinet

The bassinet is a significant part of your baby’s time in the first few months. They provide the baby with a cozy place to sleep, play and spend most of his/her early hours in.

A comfortable baby bassinet can make your infant grow faster, but it requires some amount of effort to keep the baby safe from dust without compromising on comfort.

It’s important to give your baby bassinet a thorough cleaning, but it can be difficult when you notice buildup or dirt on the surface. To keep babies healthy and immune from bacteria in their environment, there are some guidelines for how often they need to be cleaned:

Some recommend washing baby’s linens 1 – 2 times per week, while others say as little as once every three days is enough if there isn’t much buildup or dirt on the bassinet frame itself.

How to Clean a Bassinet and its Accessories

1. Disassemble a Bassinet

Before you clean a bassinet, it needs to be disassembled. The below-mentioned parts can be easily taken apart.

  • Bassinet frame
  • Bassinet mattress
  • Baby’s bed linens
  • Bassinet sheet/pad/cover/protector
  • Baby Bassinet Canopy

Depending on the material, different parts of your bassinet may need to be cleaned. For example, the mattress cover can be machine washed, the mattress can be hand-washed, and the frame can be dusted.

2. Things that Need to Clean the Bassinet

You can clean your bassinet with the supplies that are already available in your home! 

  1. Antibacterial Soap.
  2. Water and Bleach (only for white bassinets)
  3. Fresh sponge, cloths, and/or dusters.
  4. A spray bottle with warm water.
  5. Baby wipes or Lysol disinfectant spray.
  6. White Vinegar, & Lemon essential oils.

3. Cleaning process

(A) Cleaning process for Metal & plastic frame bassinet

1. Wipe down the surface with antibacterial soap, water, and a fresh sponge to remove all the dirt. Don’t rely much on paper towels which can leave behind some fibers.

2. Dip your cloth in white vinegar and wipe down the frame so that it removes any foul odor of plastic or metal and leaves it new again.

3. You can use bleach for cleaning the bassinet if it has stains and smells of rotten food and milk because bleach gives extra whiteness to your bassinet’s frame even after washing by hands. For adding freshness you can add few drops of lemon essential oil into its bucket filled with warm water during the cleaning process.

4. For some reason, the sides of some Plastic Bassinets feature plastic cushions. Warm water and Anti Bacterial Soap mixture can be used to clean the cushions.

(B) Cleaning process for wooden frame bassinet

1. Wipe down the surface with a fresh sponge and antibacterial soap, water to remove all the dirt.

2. Use wood oil on a wooden frame or you can use lemon essential oil which gives it a nice smell & enhances its whiteness instead of using bleach.

(C) Cleaning process for Bassinet’s Sheet, Mattress & Mesh Cover

All of the Bassinet Mattresses ( Polyester Material ) and Sheets available on the market, in my experience, are machine washable.

Simply take it off and toss it in the washing machine. Make sure you always use Baby Laundry Detergent because other chemical detergents can cause allergies to baby skin.

The Bassinet Mesh Cover can be removed and washed in the washing machine too, but make sure to use a gentle cycle.

(D) Disinfect the hood

Use white distilled vinegar diluted with warm water ( about 50/50 ) and using a new sponge, rub the entire outside of the Bassinet. Wipe it down around all crevices of the hood, base, mesh cover under the base, and around where your baby will lay their head. Then wipe dry with a towel or paper towels.

How to Completely Dry & Re-Assemble the Bassinet

Air Drying the Bassinet

For faster drying, place a bath towel on a hard floor and place the assembled bassinet with the hood facing down.

Open up all 4 mesh sides of the bassinet base, so there is lots of open area for air to circulate inside.

The hood should be open as well. Leave dish towels or paper towels under each leg to raise it off from any moisture absorbed into the carpet or wood floors. Then let it sit overnight if possible. In warm weather climates, you can leave it out in direct sunlight throughout the day if the drying time is more than 12 hours.  

Hang dry your Bassinet Sheets and Mesh Cover twice a year IF they start to look dingy.

Using a Drying Rack for the Bassinet

Use a drying rack designed to lay your baby’s clothes on, so you can air dry the entire Bassinet at once. Make sure it has slats close enough together that no water will drip through onto your floors or carpet.

Re-assembling the bassinet is the crucial last step.

It’s important to make sure your new bassinet is assembled properly.

A lot of them collapse due to various reasons, and infants death can result from this lack of safety measures put into place by parents who are simply cleaning their baby’s bassinet too quickly without taking the time necessary for assembly or even worse- not at all!

1. Place the Bassinet Mattress back on top of the base and make sure it’s fit snugly inside.

2. Put the Plastic Sheet Back on Top of the mattress to protect it from becoming wet again if any water gets onto the hood or mesh sides of your baby bassinet during re-assembly or storage (which can happen depending on how you wash it).

3. Now stack your completely dry sheet, comforter, and pillow back into position on top of your plastic sheet and mattress. Finally, place your Bassinet Mesh Cover over all that and put each leg back into its own slot and snap them insecurely. Make sure no loose strings are hanging off anywhere as they may get caught somewhere while moving around with a baby in it.

Additional Tips and Advice on Cleaning Bassinet

Cleaning a bassinet

*Don’t forget to clean the hanging toys in the bassinet with a mixture of white vinegar and hot water; you can add lemon essential oil drops to hide the vinegar smell.

*To brighten fabrics, add Oxiclean to the detergent solution.

The Bottom Line

The immune system of a newborn baby is not completely developed and it can be an easy target for germs, viruses.

It is therefore very important that you clean your baby’s bassinet thoroughly every week to avoid the risk of transferring harmful germs to them while they are sleeping.

I hope some of these suggestions will help you create a germ-free sleeping environment for your baby and keep them safe from SIDS as well as other Infant Diseases.

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