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4moms Breeze Bassinet Review

Travel crib bassinet that is easy to unfold but hard to use and move
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Price:   $300 List | $300 at Amazon
Pros:  Sturdy, travel crib, easy to open/close
Cons:  Hard to move from room to room, price
Manufacturer:   4moms
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Jan 20, 2019
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#10 of 13
  • Ease of Use - 35% 3
  • Breathability - 25% 5
  • Sleep Surface - 20% 4
  • Quality - 15% 8
  • Eco-Health - 5% 4

The Skinny

The 4moms Breeze Bassinet is a quality product with below average performance in most of our tests. This bassinet is large and heavy making it difficult to move from to room. Its footprint also makes it a poor choice for bedside sleeping and nighttime feeding. While we like that it is easy to fold and works as a travel crib, these features don't make up for the hard mattress pad and the fabric sides of the sleeping area that potentially reduces breathability. This bassinet looks good on paper, and it is one of the most stable options we tested, but for the price, we'd like to see a more thoughtful design for baby's safety and comfort.


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Pros Sturdy, travel crib, easy to open/closeBudget-friendly, super accessible and portableNatural materials available, adjustable height, easy to reach babyMesh breathability, swivel versatility, easy access to baby bedsideVery breathable, machine washable
Cons Hard to move from room to room, priceNot as eco-healthy, frustrating setupExpensive, hard to moveSpot clean only, hard to move from room to roomExpensive, easy to compress mattress, MDF board
Bottom Line Travel crib bassinet that is easy to unfold but hard to use and moveGreat portable co-sleeping bassinet with a nice priceEasy access to baby in a quality wood co-sleeper that looks greatGreat for c-section moms and parents who'd like a safer alternative to co-sleepingNice bedside cradle with machine washable mesh and mattress
Rating Categories 4moms Breeze... Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper babybay Bedside... HALO Bassinest... BabyBjorn Cradle
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Specs 4moms Breeze... Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper babybay Bedside... HALO Bassinest... BabyBjorn Cradle
Assembled Weight 28.9 lbs 22.1 lbs 28.6 lbs 33 lbs 12.1 lbs
Open Dimensions 29"H x 45.8"L x 32.6"W 34.8"H x 34.5"L x 20.3"W 37.1"H x 36"L x 20.7"W 36.9"H x 45.3"L (base) 33.8" (bassinet) x 21.8"W (bassinet) 26"H x 31.5"L x 18"W
Age/Height/Weight Limit 18 lbs Discontinue Use When Infant: Pushes Up On Hands And Knees 5 Months or 18 lbs Discontinue Use When Infant: Pushes Up On Hands And Knees 5 Months Discontinue Use When Infant: Pushes Up On Hands And Knees Discontinue As An Attachable Baby Bed When Infant: Rolls Over Or Pulls Up To A Kneeling, Sitting Or Standing Position 5 Months or 20 lbs Discontinue Use When Infant: Pushes Up On Hands And Knees, Pulls Up, Rolls Over, Sit Unassisted, Can Move Out Of The Security Of The Walled Sleep Area 6 Months or 18 lbs Discontinue Use When Infant: Pushes Up On Hands And Knees
Product Care Spot Clean Mattress: Wipe Clean Mattress Sheet: Machine Wash Metal Frame: Wipe Clean Lining: Machine Wash Wipe Down Sheet: Machine Wash Base and Mattress: Spot Clean Machine Wash
Bassinet Mattress Height Above Floor 20.5" 19.5"-25.5" Adult Mattress Height 24"-30" 3"-27" Adult Mattress Height 10"-31" 26.5"-33" 15.4"
Special Features Travel Crib Accessory Adjustable Legs Made From Solid Wood Rotates 360 Degrees, Sidewall Lowers Springy Movement
Modes Portable Bassinet Bedside Sleeper Bedside Sleeper Bassinet Bedside Sleeper Bassinet
Chemical Flame Retardant Free Not Specified Yes Yes Yes Yes
Portable Design Yes No No No No
Wheels No Yes No No No
Mesh Sides Partial - Fabric in Corners Yes - Full Wood Slats Yes - Full Yes - Full
Included Accessories None Fitted Sheet None Fitted Sheet None
Available Accessories None Arm's Reach® Clear-Vue™ Au Naturel Mattress Pad, Puppy Luv Music Box, Replacement Strap and Plate Classic Mattress, Cooling Comfort Mattress, Eco-Organic Mattress, Cloud Comfort Mattress, Cooling Comfort Jersey Sheet, Snuggle Comfort Terry Sheet, Dry Comfort Mattress Protector, Classic Comfort Mattress Pad with Cotton Cover, Cooling Comfort Mattress Pad with Dry Comfort Mattress Protector, Organic Comfort Mattress Pad with Dry Comfort Mattress Protector, Cloud Comfort Mattress Pad with Dry Comfort Mattress Protector, babybay Organic Babynest, babybay Patterned Babynest, babybay Solid Colored Babynest, Bassinet Conversion Kit, Rolling Casters, Canopy Holder, Organic Canopy, Patterned Canopy, Solid Colored Canopy, Bed Frame Anchor, babycare Organizer Fitted Sheet, Mattress Pad, Mobile Sleepy Owl, Mobile Whimsical Birds, Storage Caddy, Newborn Insert Fitted Sheet, Canopy
Set Up Time 9:12 29:20 (58:34 total with redo) 39:14:00 27:10:00 7:19
Materials Polyester, Polyurethane Foam Strong Nylon Cloth, Cotton Polyester Blend, Nylon Woven Strapping, Polyurethane Foam Beechwood, Water-Based Finishes, CFC Polyurethane Foam Polyester Fiber, Polyester Fiber Batting, Polyurethane Foam Polyester, Cotton (website), Polyurethane (Manual)

Our Analysis and Test Results

The 4moms is a sturdy and durable feeling product with nicer materials.
The 4moms is a sturdy and durable feeling product with nicer materials.

In 2005, 4moms was started by Henry Thorne a roboticist, and businessman Rob Daley. After considering a variety of industries, the two decided on juvenile products as a prime opportunity. Established under Thorley Industries, the 4 moms name reflects the first focus group that offered insight while creating their infant tub, the company's first product. 4moms is a fast growing company with multiple product options for babies and infants.

Performance Comparison


The comparison chart below provides the overall scores for the bassinets we tested for this review including the 4moms breeze bassinet (in blue).


The following sections detail the 4moms performance in each metric compared to the competition in this review.

The 4moms is the largest folded package made harder to manage with the addition of the bassinet that doesn't fit in the carry bag.
The 4moms is the largest folded package made harder to manage with the addition of the bassinet that doesn't fit in the carry bag.

Ease of Use


The 4moms earned a 3 of 10 for ease of use. This score is the lowest in the group for this metric.

Accessibility


The larger footprint and lower mattress level make this bassinet a poor choice for bedside feedings at night. You will have to sit up and likely get out of bed to reach your baby and the larger size means you'll be moving it away from you or scooting to the end of the bed to stand up.

The 4moms is too wide to fit through most interior doorways and the lack of wheels makes this heavier option hard to move.
The 4moms is too wide to fit through most interior doorways and the lack of wheels makes this heavier option hard to move.

Portability/Mobility


This crib is heavy with a weight of 28.9 lbs. It measures 29"H x 45.8"L x 32.6"W when open making it one of the widest options. The width makes it difficult to get through some interior doorways, and the weight and lack of wheels make it hard to move from room to room. It is a travel crib, however, so folding it into the carry bag for a trip is easy.

The 4moms bassinet is an accessory that comes with the travel crib. Unfortunately  the bassinet portion does not fit in the travel bag and must be transported separately.
The 4moms bassinet is an accessory that comes with the travel crib. Unfortunately, the bassinet portion does not fit in the travel bag and must be transported separately.

Additional Features


The 4moms comes with the bassinet as an additional feature. This means the Breeze can be used as a travel crib or play yard making it a versatile choice with a longer lifespan.

4moms is easy to set up with a center button you push to lock the frame in place.
The mesh and fabric cover that creates the walls clips in place over the frame and really only needs to be done once unless you remove it for cleaning.

Ease of Setup


Assembly takes about 9 minutes from start to finish and includes pushing a central button, snapping the bassinet over the top rails, and securing the mattress to the bassinet. Using the Velcro tabs on the pad is the hardest part.

Cleaning


This product is spot clean only making it difficult to keep clean and necessitating the purchase of the mattress cover that is machine washable.

The 4moms side walls are a combination of mesh and fabric which means it is relatively breathable with some areas of concern.
The 4moms side walls are a combination of mesh and fabric which means it is relatively breathable with some areas of concern.

Breathability


The Breeze earned a 5 of 10 for breathability. While the play yard portion of this product has full mesh sides the bassinet unit does not. The corners have a decent amount of fabric that angle in and there are several nylon webbing straps that run down the sides. Any fabric besides mesh limits breathability, though this one is better than those that mimic crib bumpers.

The 4moms mattress pad has a center seam that allows it to fold but makes it less comfortable.
The 4moms mattress pad has a center seam that allows it to fold but makes it less comfortable.

Sleep Surface


The Breeze earned a 5 of 10 for the sleeping surface. The mattress compressed more than the average and there is a seam that runs down the middle of it. It feels too firm to be comfortable and the way the bassinet hangs from the frame causes low spots in the mattress where smaller babies might creep. The pad fits the frame well but the edges seem to curl under for some reason.

The 4moms mattress attaches to the bassinet floor with Velcro.
The 4moms mattress attaches to the bassinet floor with Velcro.

Quality


The Breeze earned an 8 of 10 for quality. The 4moms is made of durable material and has a sturdy frame. The mesh is scratchy but tight, and the frame doesn't move when you put pressure on it. We like the overall fit and finish and feel the construction is well done with solid materials.

Eco-health


The Breeze Bassinet earned a 4 of 10 for eco-health. 4moms doesn't offer details on the materials they use so we contacted them via email for more information. The website includes the following:

All of our 4moms products meet both the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) requirements as is standard for all juvenile products sold in the U.S.

Their email response to our questions about flame retardants and the materials they use included:

4moms also uses an independent, internationally accredited testing lab to test our products regularly, throughout their life cycle.

As you may know, Technical Bulletin (TB) 117-2013 is the flammability standard for upholstered furniture. Many juvenile products have been exempted from these standards; as of 2014, the exemptions include infant swings, high chairs, and playards. Therefore, we do not add flame retardants to any of the filling materials or fabrics of any of our playards or their sheets.

While this is better information than we've received in the past from 4moms, it still doesn't say they are chemical free only that they test to ensure compliance and that they don't "add" chemicals. This information is not the same as "Chemical Free" and could be a potential example of "greenwashing" and intentional misleading of parents.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz