Building a Bassinet AKA Creating a Co-sleeper

We got a surprise gift in the mail the other day - our bassinet! I was so excited when I saw the label on the package. We decided to set it up in the living room for now, but we'll obviously also use it in our bedroom. I love that it is not only a bassinet but also a co-sleeper. (So I couldn't decide what best to name this post lol) The side folds down very easily and it attaches to the side of the bed. I'm hoping it makes for super easy nighttime feeding and changing.

As far as putting it together, it wasn't too bad, but the directions were pretty terrible. The good thing is it's only four main pieces, a few screws, and a lot of velcro. In the end it's nice and sturdy, looks pretty, and is very functional. Not only does it have the dual bassinet/co-sleeper function, it also has a storage basket beneath the skirt and extra space below that. Perfect for an underbed storage box from the Container Store. Here are some shots of the process (with supervisor Charlie again of course)

Our favorite fluffy supervisor, Charlie, hard at work

Thank you Charlie for demonstrating the storage function of the bassinet for us. Now get out! The little rascal snuck in their while we were putting everything together - he is a sneaky little boy.

The hubster said that Charlie is in so many pics, it's going to look like we're putting him there on purpose. As cute as he is, we don't plan to have him in most of our shots. He is just one of those curious, nose-in-everyone's business kind of cats. I keep trying to tell him that curiosity can kill cats, but the message just doesn't seem to be sinking in. So now we have the challenge of not only keeping the cats out of the crib, but also keeping them out of the bassinet. They look at us all innocently like, "But isn't it a cat bed/jungle gym???"

You may also wonder why you always see Charlie and not Moe. One reason is that they are very opposite - Charlie is into everything, while Moe is pretty timid. The other reason is that Moe is literally just hard to see. We call him the black blob because that's usually what he looks like in pictures:

Do you see him in the background? The poor guy loves having that chair by the window so that he can look out more comfortably at the squirrels, but it had to make way for Violet's gear. Baby comes first, sorry boys!

I'm glad that we're setting these things up early so that the cats don't associate us chasing them away with the baby. We don't want them to get off on the wrong foot with Violet. Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. I love it! Our cats are much like yours. Embree is sassy and insists on involving herself with everything. That's why she's into so many photos too. And I had the same thought as your husband - that people would think I was putting her in the photos intentionally. Clyde is more timid and a super sweetheart. He's too polite to get into photos and try to get in our way. We both must have the perfect cat balance.

  2. Awwww it looks so sweet! I love it:)

  3. Lauren, one thing that worked for us- put aluminum foil down in the crib. The cats jump in, get the crap scared out of them, and don't try again for a while.

  4. I am so glad that our kitties are opposite - I can't imagine having two dominant cats. Thanks so much for the aluminum foil idea - running to the kitchen now!

  5. I love your blog, your idea boards are so inspiring and I love watching the nursery progress! I put you on my list of Beautiful Bloggers, check it out here!

  6. It looks beautiful!

    Charlie reminds me a lot of our cat Phoebe - always in the middle of everything. She'd be all over that bassinet. :)

    I think it's funny that you call Moe the black blob!

  7. Thanks so much for the award Valentine! Can't wait to check out your blog.

    Thanks Amanda! We thought we had scared the cats away from the bassinet enough, but one jumped in again this morning...

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