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4moms Breeze ReviewPrice: $300.00 List | $299.00 at Amazon
Pros: Easy to use, nice quality
Cons: Heavy, large, harder to transport
Bottom line: Easy to use option that is harder to lift and carry
The 4moms Breeze is a high-quality, easy to use travel crib with an included bassinet. This travel crib is easy to set up and fold but the carrying case doesn't fit the bassinet and the straps are almost too long to carry by hand. This product is the second heaviest option in the review and the largest when folded, making it hard to use for traveling. We suspect most parents will avoid carrying it and that it won't fit where you'll want to put it. The lack of eco-health efforts is also a concern and the high price puts it at the top of the pack for expense. With average or lower scores in every metric, the performance of the Breeze sealed its fate as a non-award winner.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
4moms was launched in 2005 by Henry Thorne and Rob Daley, a roboticist, and businessman looking for a new business venture. After researching various industries, the friends settled on the juvenile product industry as a good opportunity. Established under the parent company Thorley Industries the 4 moms moniker comes from the first focus group for the company that helped provide insight that led to the development of the first product, an infant tub. Today, 4moms is a quickly growing company offering a variety of baby gear with a unique edge.
This comparison chart includes the overall scores for each travel crib we tested in this review including the 4moms option (in blue).
The sections below include details on how the 4moms performed in relation to the other products we tested.
Ease of Use
The Breeze earned an 8 of 10 for ease of use. This is the second easiest option to set up and take down in the review. It took us just over 8 minutes to set up the Breeze and just over 9 minutes with the bassinet. After multiple tests, we whittled that down to an average time of 2:22 minutes.
This crib is easy to set up with one button (above left) and snapping the bassinet in place over the top rails if you plan to use it (above right).
Affixing the mattress to the bottom is the hardest part as the Velcro tabs want to attach to the wrong place when you slide them through the bottom.
The Breeze earned a 2 of 10 for portability. This travel crib is the second heaviest one in the group with a folded carrying case weight of 22 lbs and 12 oz, if you add the bassinet, the weight becomes 23.9 lbs. This is heavier than many parents want to carry for very long and could make traveling with the Breeze difficult. It is the largest folded option measuring 12.1"H x 30.7"L x 12.2"W in the travel bag. Fitting the crib in the carry bag is hard, and there are no directions. The bassinet doesn't fit at all, so you'll end up with two things to carry instead of one which decrease transportability. The carry bag handles are long so you could sling it over your shoulder, but the weight will prohibit most parents from doing so.
The Breeze earned a 5 of 10 for comfort. The Breeze has a standard one-inch mattress. It is polyurethane foam it is on the firm side and stiff compared to the competition. However, it doesn't compress as easily as some others, and it was more comfortable as a result. It is one of the easiest to get baby in and out of without discomfort to caregivers.
The Breeze earned a 9 of 10 for quality. The 4moms shines in the quality department with durable material and a sturdy frame The mesh is very tight but scratchy, and the frame doesn't shake or move no matter where you push unlike most of the competition we tested. We didn't experience any issues related to quality, but at least one Amazon reviewer remarked that the bassinet began to sag after a few months of use.
The Breeze earned a 1 of 10 for eco-health. 4moms doesn't make any claims offer information on what their materials include. 4moms makes the following claims "All of our 4moms products meet both the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) requirements as is standard for all juvenile products sold in the U.S." However, this has nothing to do with flame retardants which are not legally required and have been proven harmful to baby's health. The Center For Environmental Health (CEH) maintains a list of major brand manufacturers and their use of flame retardants. 4moms is not included on this list.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz
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