As there's no standard for playpens in Australia, in our testing we use safety requirements and test procedures based on various Australian and overseas standards for children's products, as well as the Product Safety Framework.
We assess the playpens for:
- small parts that can come loose and be swallowed or inhaled
sharp corners, edges and points
- hazardous projections
- entanglement with projections and openings – if a child's clothing snags on a projection, there's a risk of strangulation
- whether the child can climb or otherwise get out of the enclosure
- entrapment in openings or between moving or rotating components
- sturdiness and stability.
We also check how easy they are to set up and pack up, and how easy it is for a carer to access a child in the playpen.
Our scores are:
Recommended Passed all our safety and durability tests.
Worth considering Has some minor safety failures. Minor failures can include finger entrapment hazards, failure of the limb or head entrapment requirements of either the Australian or European standards (but not both), minor risk of instability or low-risk protrusions inside the playpen.
Not recommended Has at least one major safety hazard. Major failures can include detachable small parts, snagging/strangulation hazards, or failure of the limb or head entrapment requirements of both the Australian and European standards.