The Delta Children Deluxe Sweet Beginnings is an inexpensive, lower-quality choice with questionable design choices. This bassinet has an overall flimsy feel akin to a child's toy crib, and the smaller wheels aren't the best for floor transitions. The Delta sleeping area is mostly fabric with only two panels of mesh, which gives us concerns about breathability, and the similarities to crib bumpers are hard to ignore. Given that crib bumpers are not recommended to help avoid potential SIDS risks, we don't think this design is an intelligent choice for sleep gear. While the price may be right for many families, the Delta isn't as functional or versatile as the similarly priced Graco Pack 'n Play On the Go Bassinet that scored higher and has mesh sides.
Delta Children Deluxe Sweet Beginnings Review
Pros: Inexpensive, easy to move from room to room
Cons: Small wheels, flimsy construction, fabric limits breathability
Manufacturer: Delta Children
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Our Analysis and Test Results
Ease of Use
Ease of use entails the critical features and functionality you use daily.
The Delta is a reasonable height for the average bed with a depth that is more shallow than some of the competition. The footprint is on the small side, so it should fit next to or near most master beds for a comfortable middle of the night access.
This product isn't the best for travel as it requires full disassembly. It is reasonably easy to move from room to room, however, with four wheels and lighter weight. The wheels are on the smaller side and sometimes have trouble over floor transitions or on a thicker carpet. We feel like the wheels could easily break because they are so flimsy looking.
The Delta has a light and sound feature on the foot of the bassinet. The buttons are easy to operate and intuitive with icons and easy on/off pressing.
Ease of Setup
The Delta is only slightly above average for ease of use. The setup of the Delta took over 32 minutes. While it isn't particularly tricky, there are a lot of parts and pieces to assemble. The screws for the base where the mattress sits need tightening three different times, which is time-consuming.
The bassinet is spot clean only as the fabric isn't removable, which will be a problem if baby spits up or has a blowout.
The Delta earned a very poor score for breathability. The inside of the bassinet is comprised mostly of thick fabric and padding similar to crib bumpers. Crib bumpers are a potential risk for SIDS, and the AAP recommends NOT using them near babies. This design has us concerned about the breathability of this enclosure. There is a risk that baby could wiggle to the side and press their face against the not very breathable fabric. While the risk may be low, it is hard to tell for sure, and it is certainly higher than the bassinets with mesh fabric or a traditional crib with vertical bars. The interior lining does have two 10" mesh panels on each side. Still, the outside of the sleeping area has a fabric skirt, which could inhibit clear breathing through the mesh, and the panels assume that your baby's head will only be at a certain point in the sleeping area.
The sleep surface of the Delta earned an average score compared to other products. The mattress on the Delta earned one of the higher compression scores, indicating a stable and firm sleep surface that is unlikely to interfere with baby's comfort or health. The mattress fits the frame of the bassinet fairly well from side to side but has more than two fingers worth of space at the top and bottom if you push the edge even slightly. This wiggle room in the mattress hurt the overall sleep surface score, and we'd like to see the mattress fit the space with less of a potential gap.
The Delta does not offer the best quality in materials or construction. This bassinet feels like something you would by for a doll. It is flimsy, has tiny wheels, and it isn't very stable. The metal legs are exposed, and it appears as though a baby could bump their head, and the fabric is loose and not very fitted to the frame or mattress. This base wiggles significantly in all directions, and the materials and connection points are not tight or high quality.
This option, more so than the competition, feels as if it could easily topple over if a curious toddler were to grip the side and pull up for a peek at the baby. A similar falling incident could happen with bigger dogs or curious pets who might place their paws on the side. Use caution and arrange the bassinet, so it is less likely this can happen.
The Delta came in just above average for eco-health. For an inexpensive product, it came in higher than we expected. Compared to similarly priced products, it performed admirably. While the website and user manual fail to include details about the materials used in the product, forcing us to email the company for more information, it is certified by JPMA and GreenGuard Gold. The Delta website also states:
While we like that this product has third-party testing with the GreenGuard Gold certification, we do feel as if it is somewhat "greenwashing" as we call it because it is still a polyurethane foam that can off-gas but is just below an arbitrary standard. So, it gets points for trying, but lost points for not offering more natural options. It is also free of flame retardant chemicals, which is a big plus and something to consider for parents on a budget.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz