We’re a pretty active family. As a family of 6 in a small house, we love to get out. Sometimes people look at us like we’re crazy when we venture out (I suppose having 4 kids under 6 isn’t extremely common these days) but with a bit of planning, you can still head out and have fun with your family, even when you have a newborn. Over the years I’ve learned that successful excursions start with great travel products. Today I’m excited to tell you all about one of them: the brand new (updated) nest baby bassinet from phil&teds.
The nest is the ultimate lightweight travel bed for babies. It weighs in at only 3 pounds (yes 3 pounds, that’s not a typo!) and fold up small into an easy-to-carry travel bag. It’s small enough that I can keep it in in the trunk of my minivan at all times without it taking up a lot of valuable cargo space. I couldn’t wait to try it out with our newest baby Gideon, now 3 weeks old.
Learning how to assemble the nest, I admit, was a little tricky the first time. Luckily the people at phil&teds sent over some great, easy-to-follow instructions (with pictures) and I had it ready to go in no time. (If you’re looking for help assembling a nest that you already purchased, I included assembly/dis-assembly instructions at the end of this post.)
When I first opened up the nest, the mattress had an odor to it, they way that many new mattresses do. I’d recommend opening it up once you receive it, setting it up, and then letting it sit assembled in your house for about a week. After doing that, the smell had basically dissipated and I started using it.
One of my favorite features of this bassinet is that it has 2 sturdy handles which allow you to move the bassinet from room to room (you can also purchase an optional stand for it from phil&teds). Since we live in a townhouse, this makes it easy for me to carry Gideon to whatever floor I’m on, without waking him up. Whether it’s folding laundry upstairs or working on a blog post from my couch, I can keep Gideon next to me the entire time.
Of course, the most important question is whether the baby sleeps well in it, right?! So far so good! Gideon seems very comfortable sleeping in the nest. This is him sleeping in my living room.
Not only is the nest great for around the house, it’s perfect for traveling. It comes with two fitted sheets so if one gets dirty, you’ll have a backup. It also comes with a bug net so you can use the bassinet outside — we spend a lot of time outdoors once the weather is nice, so I’m really excited that it comes with that feature!
The nest makes it easy to have a safe place for Gideon wherever we go. It’s a great place for him to sleep or just a place for me to lay him down if I need to have my hands free.
The nest can be purchased at many of your favorite baby retailers and also at Amazon.com. Get one now for your summer travels–it’s a must have!
How To Assemble the nest
- Insert the mattress into the gray bassinet shell.
- If you look underneath the sheet you’ll notice black posts. Press the sheet and mattress down around one of the posts inside the mattress so it’s exposed.
- Insert the pole nearest the post through the outer fabric and into the post.
- Repeat steps 2 & 3 working diagonally until all 4 posts are in place.
- When finished, the bassinet poles should look like this.
How To Disassemble the nest
- Remove the poles from the posts.
- Remove the mattress and supportive backing from the bed and fold in half.
- Put on hand at the head of the bassinet and the other hand at the foot of the bassinet. Bring each end to meet the other. In doing so, the bassinet will start to fold in on it’s own. Just help it along until it’s folded up to the size of the folded mattress.
- Slide the mattress and backing into the carry bag first, followed by the gray shell and netting.