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Bassinet and bedside sleeper reviews

Last updated: 17 November 2014

A bassinet can be a useful alternative to a cot for the first few months with a new baby. We've lab tested and reviewed bassinets and bedside sleepers to help you find the best one for you. Our bassinet buying guide will help you decide which type you need, and how we test explains our testing rigour and scoring method.

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CHOICE only recommends babies' and kids' products that meet our strict safety criteria. Our tests often go above and beyond the minimum safety requirements set by standards and regulations. This does mean we're sometimes unable to fully recommend any models in our tests. Our results will tell you why, and if any are worth considering.

Our expert testers give every bassinet and bedside sleeper a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • pass our strict safety tests
  • have the features to suit your needs.

You might be surprised to learn that while there are an Australian standard and a mandatory regulation for cots, there is no standard or regulation for bassinets and bedside sleepers. Our reviews can give you peace of mind when buying one of these products.

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Whether the model is a stand-alone bassinet only or can also be used as a bedside sleeper attached to the parent's bed. 


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Whether the bassinet has a bottom shelf or tray, pockets or other options for storing nappies etc.

Foldable stand
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Useful when storing or transporting the bassinet. For some models, the bassinet folds with the stand; for others only the stand folds.

Bassinet capsule can be carried separately from its stand
Castors or wheels
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Whether the bassinet has castors or wheels to make it easier to move around. All the models with castors/wheels have lockable brakes on at least two of them. For some models without castors, they may be available as an optional extra.

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A rocking or similar mode can be good for calming your child or helping them to sleep.

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