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Last updated: 24 August 2023


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When your baby starts moving, they need a safe place to play. Our experts lab test and review child playpens of all materials to help you find one that'll give you peace of mind.

Our testers assess:

  • whether the playpens pass key safety requirements, such as lack of footholds and strangulation hazards
  • ease of assembly and operation
  • whether the playpens pose limb or head entrapment risks.

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. Some models may be worth considering if they only have minor hazards, while others may pose more serious risks.

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Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out dimensions and key features, and our Recommended list will show you at a glance 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 on the left of this page.

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    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, climbing footholds or failure of the limb or head entrapment requirements of both Australian cot and European playpen standards.

      Performance score

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      Whether the playpen passes our safety requirements. We look at footholds, head/limb entrapment, security and more.

      enter value/s in increments of i between 0 and 100

      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 27 and 70

      Weight including accessories (kg)

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      Overall weight of the playpen. Individual panel specifications may vary.

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      • Ease of use score
      • Passed key safety requirements
      • Country of origin
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      • Performance score
      • Price
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      • Shape
      • Material
      • Height (cm)
      • Width (cm)
      • Length (cm)
      • Dimensions when set up (cm, H X W x D)
      • Weight including accessories (kg)
      • Mattress
      • Gate


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