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.
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:
You might be surprised to learn that while there is 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.
List of brands we tested in this review.
Typical price as of September 2018.
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CHOICE only recommends babies' and kids' products that meet strict safety criteria. A Recommended product scores at least 80% for performance and meets all of our safety requirements.
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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.
There is no Australian standard for bassinets, so we use our own in-house method that is based on a typical home setting and rate whether the bassinet meets key safety requirements. We also adapt methods from other standards. See our how we test article for details.
Whether the bassinet has a bottom shelf or tray, pockets or other options for storing nappies etc.
Useful when storing or transporting the bassinet. For some models, the bassinet folds with the stand; for others only the stand folds.
Whether you can take the bassinet off the stand, to transport baby from room to room.
A rocking or similar mode can be good for calming your child or helping them to sleep.
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.
Refers to depth of the entire unit, not the bassinet compartment depth.
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Bassinet compartments should be at least 250mm deep from the top of the mattress to prevent fall risks.
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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.