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Bassinet reviews

We test 29 bassinets and bedside sleepers ranging in price from $120 to $599.
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We have test results for 29 bassinets and bedside sleepers, priced from $120 to $599.

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. Bedside sleepers attach to the side of your adult bed, with one side folding down to let you access your baby without the hassle of having to get up at night to feed or change them. Typically, they can also be used in bassinet mode. 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 are no Australian standards specifically for bassinets or bedside sleepers yet, 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 adequate breathable zones around the base of the sleeping zones (in case the baby manages to roll face first against the edge).

The US has a safety standard for bedside sleepers, F2906-13, which includes a separation test to see if it remains securely attached to the bed when force is applied. We use an in-house method based on this, tailored for the Australian market.

Based on our tests, we can only recommend three 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 are moves to develop Australian standards for bassinets and bedside sleepers in the future.

Models tested

  • Arm's Reach Cambria Co-Sleeper 8300-N #
  • Arm's Reach Mini ARC Co-Sleeper 5111-N #
  • BabyBay #
  • BabyBjörn Cradle 041121 #
  • Babyco Dreamtime Short Drape
  • Babyhood Classic
  • Babyhood Deluxe Rock a Bye
  • Babysmart Beema with stand
  • Bednest #
  • Boori Madison
  • Boori Country Newport
  • Boori Urbane Bassinet
  • Cariboo Folding
  • Cariboo Classic
  • Cariboo New Zealand Gentle Motions #
  • Chicco next2me #
  • Childcare Charlotte
  • Fisher-Price My Little Snugabunny 036120-276 #
  • Fisher-Price My Little Lamb
  • Grotime Patsy #
  • Grotime Eurella
  • Halo Bassinest 3840 #
  • Love n Care Rock n Go BP 919 #
  • Love n Care BP F250
  • Mothers Choice Coco
  • Seed Organic The Pod
  • Tasman Eco Amore TE-108
  • Troll Sun
  • Valco Rico

# Newly tested.

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 and stability.

With bedside sleepers, we test to the above criteria and also check whether the bedside sleeper is securely attached to the adult bed.

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

US bedside sleeper standard:

  • ASTM F2906 – 13

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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