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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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