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Fisher-Price Soothing Motions Review

Hard to use option that is hard to move from room to room
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Price:   $150 List | $114 at Amazon
Pros:  Mesh breathability, budget-friendly, bedside capable
Cons:  Hard to move, unstable mattress, poor eco-health
Manufacturer:   Fisher-Price
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Jan 20, 2019
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#7 of 13
  • Ease of Use - 35% 4
  • Breathability - 25% 9
  • Sleep Surface - 20% 4
  • Quality - 15% 6
  • Eco-Health - 5% 3

The Skinny

The Fisher-Price Soothing Motions is an intriguing bassinet that looks similar to other popular options with a full mesh sleeping area. This product is breathable and comes with a variety of entertainment options designed to soothe and lull baby to sleep. We like the stable base and storage tray, but the inability to wash the mesh, fabric, or mattress could be frustrating over time. This bassinet has an unstable cushion with more compression than the competition and the heft, and lack of wheels means you won't be moving it from room to room. While some parents may be interested in it because it costs less than other full mesh options, we think the lack of portability and eco-health will be a deal breaker for others.


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Pros Mesh breathability, budget-friendly, bedside capableBudget-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, unstable mattress, poor eco-healthNot 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 Hard to use option that is hard to move from room to roomGreat 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 Fisher-Price... Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper babybay Bedside... HALO Bassinest... BabyBjorn Cradle
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Specs Fisher-Price... Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper babybay Bedside... HALO Bassinest... BabyBjorn Cradle
Assembled Weight 22.3 lbs 22.1 lbs 28.6 lbs 33 lbs 12.1 lbs
Open Dimensions 28.3'H x 36.2"L x 22.4"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 20 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 Mattress Cover: Machine Wash Frame and Mat: 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 17.6" 19.5"-25.5" Adult Mattress Height 24"-30" 3"-27" Adult Mattress Height 10"-31" 26.5"-33" 15.4"
Special Features Calming Sway Motion, Optional Lock-Out to Minimize Swaying Motion Adjustable Legs Made From Solid Wood Rotates 360 Degrees, Sidewall Lowers Springy Movement
Modes Bassinet Bassinet Bedside Sleeper Bedside Sleeper Bassinet Bedside Sleeper Bassinet
Chemical Flame Retardant Free Not Specified Yes Yes Yes Yes
Portable Design No No No No No
Wheels No Yes No No No
Mesh Sides Yes - Full Yes - Full Wood Slats Yes - Full Yes - Full
Included Accessories Deluxe Overhead Mobile, Light Projection Unit, Music and Sounds Unit, Calming Vibrations 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 13:20 29:20 (58:34 total with redo) 39:14:00 27:10:00 7:19
Materials Polyester Fiber Batting. 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

While the Fisher-Price looks cute  it doesn't compare well to the competition for the quality of materials and the attention to detail.
While the Fisher-Price looks cute, it doesn't compare well to the competition for the quality of materials and the attention to detail.

In 1930, Herman Fisher, Irving Price, and Helen Schelle started the Fisher-Price toy company, in New York. Fisher-Price originally created innovative toys to stimulate development. Fisher-Price has grown immensely and currently, includes a variety of baby gear items in addition to their popular toys.

Performance Comparison


The Fisher-Price Soothing Motions (in blue) ranks fairly low in this comparison chart of the overall scores for each bassinet in this review.


The subsections below provide details of the Soothing Motions performance during testing compared to the competition.

The Fisher-Price has a child soother with several features including ceiling projection. This unit can be removed and used on a table top for versatility.
The Fisher-Price has a child soother with several features including ceiling projection. This unit can be removed and used on a table top for versatility.

Ease of Use


The Soothing Motions earned a 4 of 10 for ease of use.

Accessibility


This bassinet is small enough to keep bedside and the mesh means you'll have a good view of your baby. The height, however, is lower than most and could be problematic to get baby into and out of the sleeping area. You'll have to sit up, but you may be able to get baby in and out without getting up yourself.

The Fisher-Price has a metal loop base that adds stability but makes it practically immovable.
The Fisher-Price has a metal loop base that adds stability but makes it practically immovable.

Portability/Mobility


This bassinet measures 28.3'H x 36.2"L x 22.4"W and weighs 22.3 lbs. It is on the heavy side with the metal base that has no wheels. The larger base makes it awkward to move or lift so you aren't likely to move it from room to room very often. It is not designed for travel.

The Fisher-Price comes with a fun mobile.
The Fisher-Price soothing center can detach from the bassinet and be used as a table top entertainer.

Additional Features


The Soothing Motions bassinet comes with a mobile, stars and moon projection, nightlight, music, sounds, vibration, and soothing sway motions (above left). The "entertainment center" can be removed (above right) and used as a tabletop entertainer away from the bassinet and it has a storage tray under the sleeping area.

Ease of Setup


This product took 13 minutes and 20 seconds to assemble. You need to put together most of the structure but the directions are good and the process is simple.

Cleaning


The mesh is spot clean only which won't be a problem as long as baby doesn't have a blowout of spit up into the holes.

The Fisher-Price has breathable mesh sides almost all the way around for maximum breathability.
The Fisher-Price has breathable mesh sides almost all the way around for maximum breathability.

Breathability


The Soothing Motions earned a 9 of 10 for breathability. With a mesh surround and only small panels of fabric, the Soothing Motions is one of the most breathable options we tested.

The Fisher-Price mattress moves in the frame because there is nothing securing it to the bottom.
The Fisher-Price mattress moves in the frame because there is nothing securing it to the bottom.

Sleep Surface


The Soothing Motions earned a 4 of 10 for the sleeping surface. This mattress is less than desirable, earning the lowest score for the metric in the group.

The Fisher-Price pad is more compressible than some of the competition and it earned the lowest score in the group.
The Fisher-Price pad is more compressible than some of the competition and it earned the lowest score in the group.

The bassinet body is designed to sway, but it feels unstable at the ends. The mattress compression is one of the worst in the group which could leave baby unsupported. The mattress is not secured to the bottom so it can slide somewhat and we fit several fingers around the edges, especially the corners.

The fabric on the Fisher-Price is not removable as the soother attachment point screws it onto the frame.
The fabric on the Fisher-Price is not removable as the soother attachment point screws it onto the frame.

Quality


The Soothing Motions earned a 6 of 10 for quality. The frame on this product is a sturdy oval base. Loose strings hang out of the fabric that covers the top rail, and there is nothing to hold the mattress in place and the mesh bunches and stretches some. This bassinet has bright colors, and a sleek look but the overall fit and finish aren't as nice as similar competition with tighter mesh and less quality control issues.

Eco-Health


The Soothing Motions earned a 3 of 10 for eco-health tying with several other budget-friendly brands. It is JPMA certified, but Fisher-Price is remaining mum on what materials they use or what the materials contain. Fisher-Price is listed on the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) website as "unknown" when it comes to the use of flame retardants. This means they failed to respond to inquiries concerning the use of these chemicals when contacted by CEH for further information. This leads CEH, and us, to assume they aren't making efforts to limit or remove these chemicals from the materials they use. The lack of information, the potential use of chemicals, and the polyurethane mattress hurt the Motions eco-health score.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz