A Basic Guide to Buying Antique Baby Cradles

With a newborn on the way, you want the nursery to be ready and waiting when the baby comes. Finding a special bassinet or baby cradle should be at the top of the list. Youll find over 200 cradles for babies or toddlers and assorted baby furniture for the nursery, such as handmade rocking chairs and accessories. You can find affordable antique baby cradles on eBay.

How are baby cradles and bassinet cribs different?

A bassinet crib is typically made of wicker or plastic and has a hood over one end to protect the baby, which makes the bassinet easier to move. A baby cradle is more likely to be of wood construction and to be set on a rocker so the cradle can be rocked back and forth. Baby cradles and beds from the last century were always made to allow rocking, so the difference between the two is mainly aesthetic. Typically, a bassinette can be carried while a cradle is stationary.

An antique baby cradle from the early 1900s will have an authentic style, and it will be a cradle with a history. It may be ornate or simplistic depending on the piece, but an antique cradle for your baby will speak of yesteryear. Without a doubt, your newborn will quickly become head of the house and the bassinet, baby cradle, or crib that you select will become a central focus.

What kind of baby cradles are available on eBay?

Selecting an antique baby cradle on eBay is easy because there are various categories that can make your selection easier. These categories are:

  • Material: The majority of heirloom cradles are made of white wood, varnished wood, or handmade unfinished wood. Start by choosing the antique cradle, and then you can add other pieces.
  • Location of the item: You can filter your search to cradles in the United States only, in North America, or worldwide.
  • Price: Antique baby cradles vary widely in price. You can find something very affordable if youre on a budget. Or you can choose to splurge and get something pricier. eBay offers both price ranges.
What features should you consider?

Babies sleep much of the time as infants, so you want to select the cradle or bassinet that is attractive, convenient, and comfortable for them. The rocking chair is for you, so find one that is comfortable and charming. Youll spend endless hours rocking your baby to sleep or simply spending special quiet time with your new addition to the family.