Ask different people and you'll get different answers about whether a bassinet or cradle is a necessity. It's a handy item to have in the newborn days but is often quickly outgrown within a few months. If you're in the market for a cradle, the Seed Organic Cradle is a must see.
The Seed cradle uses breathable organic cotton. The included mattress is organic latex and is both hypoallerenic and anti-microbial. Find it here and elsewhere for around $329.