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Fisher-Price Soothing Motions Review

Hard to use option that is hard to move from room to room
Fisher-Price Soothing Motions
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $150 List | $139 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 mean 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 capableNatural materials available, adjustable height, easy to reach babyQuick setup, portable, easy access to babyMesh breathability, swivel versatility, easy access to baby bedsideVery breathable, machine washable
Cons Hard to move, unstable mattress, poor eco-healthExpensive, hard to moveHas some flex in the frameSpot clean only, hard to move from room to roomExpensive, easy to compress mattress, MDF board
Bottom Line The unstable mattress and hard to use design trump the lower price pointFunctional wood bassinet you can use from your bedGood for co-sleeping and a free-standing bassinet for most familiesSafer alternative to co-sleeping and perfect for moms with c-sectionsEco-friendly fabrics cover this high-quality, breathable, freestanding bassinet
Rating Categories Fisher-Price... babybay Bedside... Beside Me Dreamer HALO Bassinest... BabyBjorn Cradle
Ease Of Use (35%)
4
6
8
6
5
Breathability (25%)
9
10
8
8
9
Sleep Surface (20%)
4
7
8
8
6
Quality (15%)
6
10
7
9
8
Eco Health (5%)
3
6
5
5
5
Specs Fisher-Price... babybay Bedside... Beside Me Dreamer HALO Bassinest... BabyBjorn Cradle
Assembled Weight 22.3 lbs 28.6 lbs 17.5 lbs 33 lbs 12.1 lbs
Open Dimensions 28.3'H x 36.2"L x 22.4"W 37.1"H x 36"L x 20.7"W 26"-30.5"H x 39"L x 27"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
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
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
Wipe Down Machine Wash Sheet: Machine Wash
Base and Mattress: Spot Clean
Machine Wash
Bassinet Mattress Height Above Floor 17.6" 3"-27"
Adult Mattress Height
10"-31"
14" - 19"
Adult Mattress Height
18.5"-24"
26.5"-33" 15.4"
Special Features Calming Sway Motion, Optional Lock-Out to Minimize Swaying Motion Made From Solid Wood Foldable Rotates 360 Degrees, Sidewall Lowers Springy Movement
Modes Bassinet Bedside Sleeper Bedside Sleeper
Bassinet
Bassinet
Bedside Sleeper
Bassinet
Chemical Flame Retardant Free Not Specified Yes Yes Yes Yes
Portable Design No No Yes No No
Wheels No No Yes No No
Mesh Sides Yes - Full Wood Slats Yes - Full Yes - Full Yes - Full
Included Accessories Deluxe Overhead Mobile, Light Projection Unit, Music and Sounds Unit, Calming Vibrations None Sheet Fitted Sheet None
Available Accessories None 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 Waterproof Fitted Sheet Fitted Sheet, Mattress Pad, Mobile Sleepy Owl, Mobile Whimsical Birds, Storage Caddy, Newborn Insert Fitted Sheet, Canopy
Set Up Time 13:20 39:14:00 6:50 27:10:00 7:19
Materials Polyester Fiber Batting. Polyurethane Foam Beechwood, Water-Based Finishes, CFC Polyurethane Foam Polyester, Polyester Fiber Batting 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...
While the Fisher-Price looks cute, it doesn't compare well to the competition for the quality of materials and the attention to detail.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

In 1930, the Fisher-Price toy company started in New York by Herman Fisher, Irving Price, and Helen Schelle. When first starting, Fisher-Price created innovative toys to stimulate development. Fisher-Price continues to grow and includes many baby gear options including their popular toys.

Performance Comparison


The Fisher-Price has a child soother with several features including...
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.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The Soothing Motions did not score very well in overall ease of use.

Accessibility


This bassinet is small enough to keep baby bedside, and the mesh means you'll have a good view of your little one. 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...
The Fisher-Price has a metal loop base that adds stability but makes it practically immovable.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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. For these same reasons, we do not recommend it for travel.

The Fisher-Price comes with a fun mobile.
The Fisher-Price soothing center can detach from the bassinet and be...

Additional Features


The Soothing Motions bassinet comes with a mobile, stars and moon projection, a 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 clear, 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...
The Fisher-Price has breathable mesh sides almost all the way around for maximum breathability.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Breathability


The Soothing Motions earned one of the highest scores 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...
The Fisher-Price mattress moves in the frame because there is nothing securing it to the bottom.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Sleep Surface


The Soothing Motions does not have a great sleeping surface. This mattress is less than desirable, earning one of the lowest scores for the metric in the group.

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

The bassinet body has a design that allows it to sway and rock, but it feels unstable at the ends. The mattress compression is one of the worst in the group and 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...
The fabric on the Fisher-Price is not removable as the soother attachment point screws it onto the frame.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Quality


The Soothing Motions is average in terms of 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. The mesh bunches and stretches in some areas. 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 relatively low eco-health score, tying with several other budget-friendly options. It is JPMA certified, but Fisher-Price did not divulge on what materials they use in their products. Fisher-Price is listed on the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) website as "unknown" when it comes to the use of flame retardants. This status means they failed to respond to inquiries concerning the use of these chemicals when contacted by CEH for further information. This lack of transparency 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