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Bassinet Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    bassinet n
  1. a basket (usually hooded) used as a baby's bed
  2. a perambulator that resembles a bassinet
Bassinet Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Bassinet \Bas"si*net\, n. [Cf. F. bassinet, dim. of bassin. See Basin, and cf. Bascinet.]
  1. A wicker basket, with a covering or hood over one end, in which young children are placed as in a cradle.
  2. See Bascinet. --Lord Lytton.
Bassinet Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Bascinet \Bas"ci*net\, n. [OE. bacinet, basnet, OF. bassinet, bacinet, F. bassinet, dim. of OF. bacin, F. bassin, a helmet in the form of a basin.] A light helmet, at first open, but later made with a visor. [Written also basinet, bassinet, basnet.]
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A bassinet or bassinette is a bed specifically for babies from birth to about four months, and small enough to provide a "cocoon" that small babies find comforting. In some parts of the more developed world, such as Australia, a bassinet is also the term for a baby bouncing device used to relax a baby when it is going to sleep.

In a hospital environment, a special form of sealed bassinet is used in a neonatal intensive care unit.

On many domestic and nearly all long distance flights, most airlines provide a bassinet (which is attached to a bulkhead) to adults travelling with an infant, i.e. a child under the age of two. The use of the bassinet is restricted by the infant's size and weight.

Research has shown that the mattress influences SIDS outcomes; a firm mattress lowers SIDS risk.

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