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Last updated: 23 August 2016

When baby starts moving, they need a safe place to play. We lab test and review child playpens to help you find one that'll give you peace of mind. Our playpen buying guide will help you decide which type you need, and how we test explains our testing rigour.

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Our test covers playpens made of materials including metal, wood, mesh and plastic.

In the absence of an Australian standard for playpens, we use international standards and in-house CHOICE methods (based on existing standards for things like cots) to test playpens on the following criteria:

  • Whether they pass key safety requirements such as lack of footholds and strangulation hazards.
  • Ease of assembly and operation.
  • Whether they pose limb or head entrapment risks.
  • Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out dimensions and key features. Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.

    This test includes some discontinued models which may still be available to buy second hand. To include discontinued products in your search, select 'Discontinued' under the 'Related products' tab at the left of this page. 

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    List of brands we tested in this review.

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      This is a typical retail price, but you may find it cheaper by shopping around.

      enter value/s in increments of 1 between 65 and 300

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      Ease of use score

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      How easy the playpens are to set up and pack up, and how easy it is for a carer to access a child in the playpen.

      enter value/s in increments of i between 45 and 70

      Passed key safety requirements

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      Models that pass key safety requirements have no serious issues. Ones that score around 60-65% for performance may have minor hazards such as a door that doesn't self-close or edges/projections that could injure if a child runs into them. Serious failures include detachable small parts, snagging/strangulation hazards, clmbing footholds or failure of the limb or head entrapment requirements of both Australian cot and European playpen standards.

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