I'll never forget the first time I left my daughter in her bassinet for a nap, spending an hour putting the house back together and scrolling through Instagram through my phone, only to realize she'd been laying in there awake the whole time. You could wonder for a few months, like we did, what she might be doing in there on her own, or you could invest in a video monitor to know about the things your baby is doing when they're in their bassinet.
One of the first things we essentially borrowed when we found out our daughter had already arrived and was waiting for us in the hospital, was a bassinet. Pale yellow and frilly, I have to admit I haven't yet had the heart to return it to the friend of a friend who lent it to us (and my daughter grew out of it more than a year ago.) I have so many fond memories of peering into the bassinet when she was just a few days old, wondering what she was doing, weighing up whether to let her sleep peacefully or pick her up, and dreaming about when she'd open her eyes and hang out with me.
It wasn't long before she started realizing she could make her opinions known and heard, but those first few weeks I definitely sat on the couch wondering what she was doing in the bassinet, especially when she was laying there so peacefully. I should have appreciated it more at the time, especially now that she has moved to the crib and can stand up and bang the crib rails as soon as she wakes.