UPPAbaby Bassinet and Stand Review
Pros: Works with UPPAbaby Vista stroller
Cons: Canvas padded sides impact breathability, price
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Our Analysis and Test Results
UPPAbaby is an American company inspired by family life to design baby gear that is safe, easy to use, stylish, and fun. With more than a decade of combined juvenile product experience, UPPAbaby's goal is finding ways to improve products without sacrificing convenience, functionality, or style. UPPAbaby's product line includes the UPPAbaby Mesa infant car seat, the UPPAbaby Vista which is compatible with their bassinet, and a variety of other strollers.
Ease of Use
The UPPAbaby earned a fairly high score for ease of use.
The stand for this bassinet allows you to place the bassinet close to the bed, and the height allows for reasonably easy access, but you'll need to sit up to reach into the sleeping area to retrieve your baby.
This product is extremely portable and will connect to a stroller for easy travel. It is lightweight and small, fitting almost anywhere. Being able to remove the bassinet from the stand makes this a more versatile option than the competition.
This bassinet has a canopy (above left) and a carry handle with optional ventilation. The stand has a storage tray (above right) at the bottom and can be used later as a hamper with the purchase of the UPPAbaby hamper.
Ease of Setup
The bassinet comes put together, so you only need to unpack and open the stand. The bassinet clicks in place using the same connection points as the UPPAbaby Vista stroller.
The UPPAbaby mattress cover and zip-out inner liner are both machine washable while the outside of the bassinet is spot clean only.
The UPPAbaby earned an abysmally low score for breathability. This product has some serious breathability issues, given the narrow width of the bassinet and the padded inner liner (above left) with a canvas exterior cover. It does have some holes in the base beneath the mattress pad (above right). However, this does nothing to increase the breathability of the side walls.
We feel the lack of mesh, and the possibility of baby ending up with his face pressed against the nylon creates a potential safety concern for unmonitored overnight sleeping. This bassinet is an accessory for the UPPAbaby Vista and is designed for outdoor strolling and protecting baby from the elements (which it does well). Still, this ability to protect a baby from the weather makes it potentially dangerous as a bassinet. For this reason, we cannot recommend using this bassinet for overnight sleeping no matter what UPPAbaby says is a suitable use.
The UPPAbaby came in slightly above average for the sleeping surface. This mattress is firm but soft and did well in our tests for compression.
It provides a firm and supportive sleep surface and fits the space snugly without the ability to place fingers inside the edge. The entire bassinet will tilt slightly if you put pressure on the end or if a baby were to scoot most of their body weight to one end or the other.
The UPPAbaby is only average in terms of quality. UPPAbaby normally impresses us with their quality and attention to detail. There are some nice qualities about this bassinet, but the design is lacking for a bedtime sleep area. The stand is the real bummer here and is somewhat unstable, wiggles under pressure, and could cause tilting. The stand is smooth, painted wood, but the design is lacking. Overall the fit and finish of the bassinet are good with durable materials and construction with no poor stitching or random threads.
The UPPAbaby earned one of the higher scores for eco-health. UPPAbaby offers more for eco-health than some of the competition and is JPMA, CPSC, and ASTM certified. The company has more transparency than most and provides the following information on its website concerning this bassinet and other UPPAbaby gear.
We like that this bassinet is free of flame retardants, but the mattress is polyurethane, which can off-gas, hurting its overall score. The use of polyurethane in the bassinet mattresses makes a standard crib mattress seem more appealing.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz