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.
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:
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.
List of brands we tested in this review.
This is a typical retail price, but you may find it cheaper by shopping around.
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Products we've recommended have passed all our safety and durability tests. We sometimes find that no products pass all our safety tests, so that we can't recommend any, but usually find some models with only minor failures that are still worth considering.
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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.
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The main shape of the playpen. Some can be configured into different shapes.
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A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.