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Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Review

I originally wrote about the Halo Bassinest when it first came out. It was new and exciting then, and I was very impressed with the idea when I wrote my post on the best bassinets for room sharing and breastfeeding

Since I wrote that post, I needed to check it out thoroughly and give it a review of its own.

Now, the only way to honestly know how something will work for you is to use it for months, but my kids are way past the bassinet age, so I will have to rely on my experience. 

I will give you my thoughts based on my bassinet and newborn experience.


There are now three main models of the Halo Bassinest as well as a couple of travel versions.

The Luxe Swivel, the Soothing 3.0 Swivel - this one has vibration and sound, and the 3.0 Swivel. You can read the differences on Amazon. 

halo bassinest swivel sleeper

From Halo:

HALO BassiNest 3.0, Baby Swivel Bassinet for Newborns, Grey

1 BASSINET – Rated "Best Bassinet" by Parents Magazine, Good Housekeeping, The Bump and more

EXTRA CLOSE SAFE SLEEP – The only bassinet that swivels over your bed for the closest safe sleep. Mesh walls for airflow and visibility

EASY LOWERING WALL – Scoop your baby up for cuddles and feeds in bed. Discontinue use when baby shows signs of rolling over

2-IN-1 DESIGN – Converts to lightweight, portable nest for around the house. Should only be used on the floor while baby is awake and supervised

HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE – Accommodates beds up to 30" high. Fits best with bed frames over 4.5" from the floor. Includes fitted sheet and mattress; all fabrics removable for easy wash and care

Features that make this bassinet stand out from a typical bassinet

Bed sharing is lovely when breastfeeding, but for some people, it may not be an option, or you may need something to use besides bed-sharing. 

I wrote my post about the best bassinets for room sharing and what led me to discover the Halo Bassinest.

 It stands out from your typical bassinet in that your baby can have its own space but be right there next to you and accessible.

This bassinet swivels 360° so you can bring your baby close to you, move it quickly, and even swing it over your bed.

The sides are mesh, so it is breathable, and you can always see your baby.

It has a side wall that lowers and returns on its own, making it very easy to grab your baby for feedings in the middle of the night. This may be my favorite feature of all!

The bassinet is adjustable from 22" to 30", so you can match your bed height. This is another excellent feature compared to many bassinets, which are one standard height.

You can grab your baby without getting out of bed between the swivel feature and the lowering side wall. This may not sound like that big of a deal, but when you are breastfeeding, it is enormous! 

I loved my bassinet but still needed to get up, get my baby, and then place my baby back in. Anything that keeps you from waking up is terrific when you are exhausted.

Halo points out that this bassinet is great for mothers' healing from C-sections due to these features.

The base is a long, thin pedestal with four wide feet sticking out. While the feet occupy some space, they can be positioned under your bed or nightstand. 

Compared to a regular bassinet, this will save space.

halo bassinest

Other things to know

The base requires some clearance from the wall.

The bed portion is significant. It is bigger than my standard bassinet and has a sleeping area almost as big as my Graco crib with stages (you can read about those here).

It is recommended to be used up to 5 months or 20 pounds, but they state that a maximum weight of 30 pounds is acceptable. 

My one-year-old who has always been in the top 95% is now about 25 pounds to give you an idea of how long that will last.

You do not want to use any bassinet once your baby can pull up, roll over, or push themselves up. 

Most babies must be moved out of this based on those skills before hitting the weight limit.

My bassinet (which I loved) had a max weight of 15 pounds and was outgrown by four months. 

That's about as long as you can go in the world of bassinets, making the Halo a good buy in terms of longevity.

halo bassinest removable nest

Any cons?

The biggest con is the price. Bassinets are temporary; most babies are out of them by five months. 

This is pricey compared to some (both of my bassinets mentioned in my bassinet article were around $100).

But, when you are tired and breastfeeding, any tool to help you get as much rest as possible and keep your baby safe is worth it. 

Those first few months of motherhood are exhausting, and sleep is worth it!

 I believe you would be able to resell this once you are done with it as well. It may also be worth it if you plan to have more than one baby.

It has a unique mattress shape, so standard sheets may not fit well. It does come with one included sheet, and you can buy more from Halo.

The Bassinest does not have wheels, which I was used to with previous ones, which I would move around. 

But the new versions have a removable nest. The bed part detaches so you can carry it around the house.

halo bassinest


The Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper is an exciting bassinet option.

It takes on traditional bassinets with some fantastic features, the ability to swivel over to your bed, move quickly lower the side, and reach your baby without even sitting up. Amazing! 

I would buy this if I were still in the market for a bassinet. While I enjoyed my traditional bassinet for two children, I love staying in bed and reaching over to my baby.

 I also love the looks of this and the much sleeker profile, which is important if space is an issue. 

While it is pricey, sleep and convenience during those nighttime feeding hours are worth it. 

I love that you could combine co-sleeping and bed-sharing with this as well.


Tuesday 31st of October 2017

My baby is 5.5 months old and he hates it. He did not like to sleep in there at all. The mattress is really hard and the surface always cold. I tried pulling Off the mattress, laying on it while I nursed him to warm it up and it helped a little. However he would always wake up within 40 min and wanted to be picked up. The single leg throws the balance off and so the bassinet is never really leveled. Baby would always roll down to the side. Some reviews suggest rolling s towel and putting it under the mattress to even it out. Never tried it as it didn't seem safe. Lamp is in an inconvenient place, the vibrations are weak and the sounds didn't do anything for him...


Wednesday 1st of November 2017

Hi, it's always good to hear feedback! I know some moms love it and others not so much. It definitely depends on the baby too. I wrote this review before I was even pregnant the third time, and while I did consider buying it and really wanted it I decided not to.


Friday 8th of September 2017

There's no such thing as too pricey when it comes to the safety of your child. I love the halo! Much better alternative to bed Sharing which is dangerous and contributes to sids. Best bassinet out there. Even though my little one can roll on his side, the mesh makes it easy for him to breathe even if he's pressed up against it. Great suggestion!

halo bassinest swivel sleeper

Wednesday 28th of October 2015

I have been lurking for a while. Your words pierce deep. Your heart seems so true. Thank you for writing.


Tuesday 30th of June 2015

I would not waste my money on the Halo bassinest. Its overpriced and the vibration function on the electronics keeps malfunctioning. My baby also keeps rolling to the side of the electronics with her face pressed up against the mesh.


Thursday 2nd of July 2015

Hi Jules, It is definitely expensive! I personally think the feature of rolling over your bed and pushing the side down is awesome but I can't speak to it's long term use.

ashley packard

Monday 16th of March 2015

I really appreciate this review. I have a little one due in July, and I've been looking at the Halo bassinets. This gives a lot of really great info


Monday 16th of March 2015

Thanks Ashley! This is a really cool bassinet. Congrats on your little one due in July!