The UPPAbaby Bassinet and stand are a unique option in this review as the only product that you can carry by a handle. This product can attach to the UPPAbaby Vista stroller or clip onto the stand with relative ease. We like the quality and the attention to detail in its construction. However, we worry that the bassinet was designed for outdoor strolling, making it a poor choice for overnight sleeping. This option has padded interior sides with a canvas cover, which could impede baby's ability to breathe should their face become pressed against the edge. This one detail alone makes the UPPAbaby bassinet one we think you should leave on the stroller and avoid using for overnight sleeping.
UPPAbaby Bassinet and Stand Review
Pros: Works with UPPAbaby Vista stroller
Cons: Canvas padded sides impact breathability, price
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|Pros||Works with UPPAbaby Vista stroller||Budget-friendly, super accessible and portable||Natural materials available, adjustable height, easy to reach baby||Mesh breathability, swivel versatility, easy access to baby bedside||Very breathable, machine washable|
|Cons||Canvas padded sides impact breathability, price||Not as eco-healthy, frustrating setup||Expensive, hard to move||Spot clean only, hard to move from room to room||Expensive, easy to compress mattress, MDF board|
|Bottom Line||Fabric sides covered in canvas lend to suboptimal breathability||Good choice for co-sleeping that is easy to move from room to room||Functional wood bassinet you can use from your bed||Safer alternative to co-sleeping and perfect for moms with c-sections||Eco-friendly fabrics cover this high-quality, breathable, freestanding bassinet|
|Rating Categories||UPPAbaby Bassinet...||Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper||babybay Bedside...||HALO Bassinest...||BabyBjorn Cradle|
|Ease Of Use (35%)|
|Sleep Surface (20%)|
|Eco Health (5%)|
|Specs||UPPAbaby Bassinet...||Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper||babybay Bedside...||HALO Bassinest...||BabyBjorn Cradle|
|Assembled Weight||18.4 lbs||22.1 lbs||28.6 lbs||33 lbs||12.1 lbs|
|Open Dimensions||33.3"H x 30.8"L x 18.5"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||25" or 20 lbs Discontinue Use When Infant: Pushes Up On Hands And Knees, Rolls Over, Sit Up Unaided||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, Zip-Out Liner: Machine Washable Outer Bassinet Fabric: Spot Clean or Hand Wash||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||24"||19.5"-25.5" Adult Mattress Height 24"-30"||3"-27" Adult Mattress Height 10"-31"||26.5"-33"||15.4"|
|Special Features||Adjustable Canopy||Adjustable Legs||Made From Solid Wood||Rotates 360 Degrees, Sidewall Lowers||Springy Movement|
|Modes||Bassinet Portable||Bassinet Bedside Sleeper||Bedside Sleeper||Bassinet Bedside Sleeper||Bassinet|
|Chemical Flame Retardant Free||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Mesh Sides||None||Yes - Full||Wood Slats||Yes - Full||Yes - Full|
|Included Accessories||Bug Shield, Bassinet Storage Bag||Fitted Sheet||None||Fitted Sheet||None|
|Available Accessories||Bassinet Mattress Cover||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||2:10||29:20 (58:34 total with redo)||39:14:00||27:10:00||7:19|
|Materials||Polyester, Cotton, Nylon, Polyester 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
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