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Bassinet reviews

We've tested 24 bassinets ranging in price from $65 to $530.
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01.Introduction

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Here, we have test results for 24 bassinets, priced from $65 to $530.

Through our rigorous testing, we reveal which bassinets:

  • Are the safest
  • Have suitably firm mattresses
  • Are the easiest to use.

On this page, you'll find:

Bassinets are convenient because they don’t take up as much space as a cot and can be placed in your bedroom beside your bed. However, babies grow out of bassinets quickly. Each bassinet has a different recommendation as to when to move on to a cot, but generally bassinets shouldn't be used once your baby can roll over or pull themselves up (or over) the side of the bassinet - usually around four to six months of age.

There’s no Australian standard specifically for bassinets, so CHOICE has developed our own test method that includes relevant safety requirements based on various existing Australian standards for children’s products (such as cots). In particular, we incorporate a test from the standard for portable cots, involving the need for breathable zones around the base of the sleeping zone zones (in case the baby manages to roll face first against the edge).

Based on our tests, we can only recommend two out of the 24 models here, with three others worth considering.

Need for standard

We think there’s a need for an up-to-date Australian standard for bassinets so that manufacturers aren’t certifying bassinets to standards for other products (which don’t necessarily reflect all the features of a bassinet) or to overseas standards. We’ve discussed the issue with Product Safety Australia and there may be a move to develop an Australian standard or a regulation for bassinets in the future.

Models tested

  • Arms Reach Mini Co-Sleeper
  • Aussie Baby Mia Moda
  • # Babyco Dreamtime Short Drape
  • Babyhood Classic
  • # Babyhood Deluxe Rock A Bye
  • BabySmart Beema with stand (A)
  • # Boori Country Newport
  • Boori Madison
  • # Boori Urbane Bassinet
  • Cariboo Classic
  • # Cariboo Folding
  • # Childcare Comfort
  • Childcare Charlotte
  • # Fisher Price My Little Lamb
  • Fisher Price Rainforest
  • # Grotime Eurella
  • Love n Care BP F250
  • Mothers Choice Coco
  • # Natures Purest Rocking Crib
  • Seed Organic The Pod
  • Tasman Eco Amore TE-108
  • # The First Years Close & Secure Sleeper
  • # Troll Sun
  • Valco Rico
# Newly tested.
(A) Stand discontinued; bassinet still available with Beema stroller.

How we test

Our bassinet tests assess the risk of:

  • Ingestion or inhalation of small objects (choking)
  • Contact with sharp corners, edges and points
  • Entanglement with projections, openings and cords (strangulation)
  • Suffocation (breathable zones, i.e mesh walls at sleeping level)
  • Falling from a height (due to inadequate depth of enclosure)
  • Head, limb and finger entrapment in openings
  • Entrapment between moving components
  • Inadequate structural integrity
 We also test bassinets for:
  • Strength
  • Stability
Our test method is developed based on aspects of the following standards:

Australian/New Zealand Standards:

  • AS/NZS 2172:2010 – Cots for household use – Safety requirements
  • AS/NZS 2195:1999 – Folding cots – Safety requirements (superseded)
  • AS/NZS 2195:2010 – Folding cots – Safety requirements
  • AS/NZS 4385:1996 – Infants rocking cradles – Safety requirements
  • AS/NZS ISO 8124.1:2010 – Safety of toys - Part 1: Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties
  • AS/NZS 8811.1:2013 Methods of testing infant products - Sleep surfaces - Test for firmness

Standards Australia Handbook:

  • HB 295.1-2007 – Product Safety Framework, Part 1: Application guide
  • HB 295.2-2007 – Product Safety Framework, Part 2: Hazard checklist
  • HB 295.3-2007 – Product Safety Framework, Part 3: Generic requirement modules

For more information about products for your nursery, see Babies and kids. Or, for more information about cots, see our latest review.

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