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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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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Bassinet'


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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  • Foster mother sobs while describing death of infant in her care
    The foster mother for a six-month old girl who died while in her care broke into tears on Monday at an inquiry as she recalled details related to infant’s death. Phoenix Majestic Omeasoo, who was under the care of the province, died on Jan. 17, 2010, when the bassinet the she was sleeping collapsed during a nap. Read more on this news related to 'Bassinet'
  • Jury Selection Delayed Again in Baby Death Case
    HUNTINGDON, HUNTINGDON COUNTY - Jury selection for a Huntingdon County mother accused of killing her newborn baby was scheduled to start today, but again has been delayed. The panel was supposed to be seated back in April for Maria Boyd's case, but continues to be pushed back. Boyd is accused in the July 2010 death of her 6 week old son, Andrew.  The boy was Read more on this news related to 'Bassinet'
  • Jury Selection Set for Baby Death Case
    HUNTINGDON, HUNTINGDON COUNTY - Jury selection for a Huntingdon County mother accused of killing her newborn baby is scheduled to start today. The panel was supposed to be seated back in April for Maria Boyd's case, but it was pushed back. Boyd is accused in the July 2010 death of her 6 week old son, Andrew.  The boy was found in his bassinet with numerous br Read more on this news related to 'Bassinet'

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