In-depth reviews guided by a Pediatrician

How We Tested Bassinets

By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team
Wednesday November 28, 2018
Bassinets come in all shapes  sizes  and designs offering something for every family no matter what your goals are.
Bassinets come in all shapes, sizes, and designs offering something for every family no matter what your goals are.

We tested each product over three months in a hands-on side-by-side comparison method. Using the products side-by-side gave us the opportunity to compare them hands-on. We scored each under five metric which were broken down into subcategories for accuracy and attention to detail.

The BabyBjörn is small enough and lightweight enough that it can easily be moved around your home.
The BabyBjörn is small enough and lightweight enough that it can easily be moved around your home.

Ease-of-Use


We ultimately wanted to assess how well each product performed day-to-day. We looked at details such as accessibility from the parent bed, size, and weight as it relates to the ability to move the product from room to room or for travel, ease of cleaning, as well as any extra features and how well they performed.

The Classic mattress we tested on the babybay is the thickest in the review and fits the space well with no low spots or movement.
The Classic mattress we tested on the babybay is the thickest in the review and fits the space well with no low spots or movement.

Breathability


We considered the materials in and around the sleeping area and whether or not these materials could impair or inhibit a baby's ability to breathe. This observation includes the design and construction of the sidewall materials. While most of the options had mesh sidewalls or wood slats, some have fabric surrounds, and at least one has a padded inner liner covered in a thick canvas exterior.

Our compression test is designed to determine which mattresses offer support and which compress so much they limit support and could potentially impact breathability.
Our compression test is designed to determine which mattresses offer support and which compress so much they limit support and could potentially impact breathability.

Sleep Surface


We tested the mattress and fabric of each product as it comes without accessories. We measure compression using a blank and the fit of the mattresses inside the sleeping area.

Being able to push the pad aside or to push the side walls out to fit multiple fingers between the two (as seen here in the Graco) can indicate a potential location where a baby may have difficulty breathing should their body find itself in that location.
Being able to push the pad aside or to push the side walls out to fit multiple fingers between the two (as seen here in the Graco) can indicate a potential location where a baby may have difficulty breathing should their body find itself in that location.

We also made efforts (to the best of our ability) to push the mattress aside or to compromise the side walls to assess if a baby could position themselves in such a way that could potentially cause injury or death. Though not foolproof or a guarantee, we think it is a good start and important information.

We paid close attention to the overall quality of each product  giving consideration to the finer details.
We paid close attention to the overall quality of each product, giving consideration to the finer details.

Quality


We take a close look at the finer details of each product to assess things like sturdiness, the integrity of the materials and craftsmanship, as well as attention to detail and indications of quality control. The scores are comparative of how one product compared to the others in the review as well as how it appeared and functioned as a standalone product. While this is somewhat subjective, the differences between products are evident.

BabyBjorn provides more information on their product materials than much of the competition.
BabyBjorn provides more information on their product materials than much of the competition.

Eco-health


We researched each product with their eco-health in mind; specifically what materials they use and what those materials may contain by way of toxic chemicals or substances that can potentially off-gas or be harmful to babies. These include, but are not limited to, flame retardants and VOC's from MDF materials.