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BabyBjorn Cradle Review

Nice bedside cradle with machine washable mesh and mattress
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Price:   $390 List | $330 at Amazon
Pros:  Very breathable, machine washable
Cons:  Expensive, easy to compress mattress, MDF board
Manufacturer:   BabyBjorn
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Jan 20, 2019
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RANKED
#5 of 13
  • Ease of Use - 35% 5
  • Breathability - 25% 9
  • Sleep Surface - 20% 6
  • Quality - 15% 8
  • Eco-Health - 5% 5

The Skinny

The BabyBjorn Cradle is a stylish and straightforward bassinet made primarily of polyester mesh and wood. This product is one of the most breathable with a skin-friendly mesh material that surrounds the sleeping area offering visibility and air-circulation as well. We like that all of the fabric parts are machines washable (a rare find in this group) and that it is easy to set up and small enough to keep by your bed. This bassinet is one of the most expensive in the review, making it a poor choice for families on a tighter budget. Still, the soothing rhythmic sway and higher quality materials make this an excellent free-standing bassinet that we think many parents will love.

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Our Analysis and Test Results

The BabyBjorn Cradle is a stand-alone bassinet that can be used close to the bed.
The BabyBjorn Cradle is a stand-alone bassinet that can be used close to the bed.

Björn and Lillemor Jakobson started BabyBjörn in 1961. The company is headquartered in Stockholm and still family-owned. BabyBjörn's goal is to create functional, safe products that help families in their everyday life. BabyBjorn is continually striving for quality solutions and improvements. The company offers simple, modern takes on classic designs without unnecessary details. BabyBjorn believes gear should appeal to mothers, fathers, and babies. They provide products suitable for children from newborn age up to three years old.

Performance Comparison


The Cradle is harder to use than some of the competition; especially if your goal is a true co-sleeper.
The Cradle is harder to use than some of the competition; especially if your goal is a true co-sleeper.

Ease of Use


The BabyBjorn earned score for overall ease of use that is just average.


This metric incorporates daily features and functionality.

While a little harder to access from the parent bed  the Cradle can be used close to the bed and your baby can be reached in the middle of the night.
While a little harder to access from the parent bed, the Cradle can be used close to the bed and your baby can be reached in the middle of the night.

Accessibility


This bassinet is small enough to keep beside your bed, light enough to move away from your bed if it were in the way, and low enough to see baby while lying in bed. Unfortunately, the lower height may make it challenging to reach baby while sitting up in bed, and you will probably have to get out of bed to manage it.

The feet of the Cradle make it easier to arrange the bassinet closer to the bed.
The feet of the Cradle make it easier to arrange the bassinet closer to the bed.

Portability/Mobility


While this product doesn't have wheels or an easy way of moving it from room to room, it is relatively light at just over 12 lbs. This lighter weight combined with 26"H x 31.5"L x 18"W measurements means you can move it if you need to without much trouble. It is not suitable for travel, however, with no carry case and easy way of folding it.

Ease of Setup


It took about 7 minutes and 2 seconds to set up this bassinet. Set up is simple and requires a screwdriver to connects the legs.

Cleaning


The fabric is machine washable but needs to hang dry. Even the mattress can be machine washed, something the majority of the competition couldn't boast.

With fully breathable mesh sides the Cradle offers superior breathability.
With fully breathable mesh sides the Cradle offers superior breathability.

Breathability


The BabyBjorn earned an exceptional score for breathability.


The Cradle is one of the most breathable options we tested with a bassinet surround made of polyester mesh. The only non-mesh fabric is about 4 1/2 inches wide on each end with the required warning labels. We feel it is unlikely that babies will be unable to maneuver themselves such that they will be unable to breathe through the sides of this bassinet.

The Cradle sleep surface performed average compared to the competition.
The Cradle sleep surface performed average compared to the competition.

Sleep Surface


The BabyBjorn earned an average score for the sleeping surface.


The mattress on the Cradle is about one inch thick and is the most compressible, which translates to reduced support for baby and potential or little ones to be resting on the bottom of the bassinet with less of a cushy feeling.

The Cradle may be thick but it easily compresses under pressure offering less support for your baby.
The Cradle may be thick but it easily compresses under pressure offering less support for your baby.

The mattress fits nice and snug inside the bassinet floor and doesn't shift, even when we tried to force a finger in near the sides. But, the design could create a low spot should your baby scoot down into one of the ends.

The Cradle uses high-quality materials put together with attention to detail.
The Cradle uses high-quality materials put together with attention to detail.

Quality


The BabyBjorn earned an impressive score for quality, coming in at the top of the group. With a simple, stylish design, it looks good compared to the competition. It lacks the typical "babyish" vibe and can fit in with almost any decor.


This product is made with high-quality materials and has a sturdy design. The legs press down to create a rocking motion, and it rocks back and forth without feeling unstable. There is a keen attention to detail with no loose threads and fabric or poor connections that wiggle when they shouldn't.

The Cradle earned a second place score for eco-health by using certified materials with little off-gassing.
The Cradle earned a second place score for eco-health by using certified materials with little off-gassing.

Eco-Health


The Cradle earned a slightly above average score and just below the high of 6 in this gear category. BabyBjorn Takes the eco-health of their products seriously and offers more information than most brands on the materials they use.


This product doesn't use chemical flame retardants according to Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certification, but the mattress is polyurethane foam like the competition. The Cradle also uses a California Air Resources Board (CARB) Phase 2 MDF board which limits formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products, but it still contains formaldehyde which is not ideal. We wish BabyBjorn would replace this board with a more eco-healthy option, and the inclusion of the MDF hurt its overall eco-health score. We do like that this bassinet includes:

All fabrics are kind to your baby's skin and safe to taste. Free from health-hazardous substances and certified according to Oeko-Tex® Standard 100, Class I for baby products.

Its lack of flame retardant chemicals and Oeko-Tex® certification helped its eco-health score, but the MDF and polyurethane prevented it from scoring higher. This bassinet is JPMA certified and listed as ASTM F2194.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz