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Test results for 26 playpens, including 10 newly tested models, priced $65 to $300.
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It comes as quite a shock to parents when their formerly immobile baby becomes a fearless little explorer. So to avoid that dreaded “where are they?” moment during times when you can’t keep a constant watch, a playpen can bring some peace of mind.
But there’s a catch. As there is no current mandatory or voluntary Australian standard for playpens - unlike cots, strollers or high chairs - some playpens on the market may pose potential safety risks to your child, from relatively minor hazards such as sharp edges or protrusions to bump themselves on, to major hazards such as a gate that the child could easily open, or gaps that can trap a head or limb.
In the absence of a standard, our testers developed a set of safety requirements and test procedures that are based on various Australian and overseas standards for children’s products such as baby furniture, as well as the Product Safety Framework, and used those to assess the playpens. It's a tough test, and few playpens pass entirely. However, several models failed only minor tests and are still worth considering.
As there is currently no standard for playpens in Australia, our tester Matthew Tung uses safety requirements and test procedures based on various Australian and overseas standards for children’s products, as well as the Product Safety Framework. He assesses the playpens for the following:
Matthew also checks how easy they are to set up and pack up, and how easy they are for a carer to access a child occupant.
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