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Fisher-Price Soothing Motions ReviewPrice: $150.00 List | $119.99 at Amazon - 20% off
Pros: Mesh breathability, budget-friendly, bedside capable
Cons: Hard to move, unstable mattress, poor eco-health
Bottom line: Hard to use option that is hard to move from room to room
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 means 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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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
In 1930, Herman Fisher, Irving Price, and Helen Schelle started the Fisher-Price toy company, in New York. Fisher-Price originally created innovative toys to stimulate development. Fisher-Price has grown immensely and currently, includes a variety of baby gear items in addition to their popular toys.
The Fisher-Price Soothing Motions (in blue) ranks fairly low in this comparison chart of the overall scores for each bassinet in this review.
The subsections below provide details of the Soothing Motions performance during testing compared to the competition.
Ease of Use
The Soothing Motions earned a 4 of 10 for ease of use.
This bassinet is small enough to keep bedside and the mesh means you'll have a good view of your baby. 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.
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. It is not designed for travel.
The Soothing Motions bassinet comes with a mobile, stars and moon projection, 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 good and the process is simple.
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 Soothing Motions earned a 9 of 10 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 Soothing Motions earned a 4 of 10 for the sleeping surface. This mattress is less than desirable, earning the lowest score for the metric in the group.
The bassinet body is designed to sway, but it feels unstable at the ends. The mattress compression is one of the worst in the group which 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 Soothing Motions earned a 6 of 10 for 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 and the mesh bunches and stretches some. 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.
The Soothing Motions earned a 2 of 10 for eco-health. It is JPMA certified, but Fisher-Price is remaining mum on what materials they use or what the materials contain. Fisher-Price is listed on the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) website as unknown when it comes to the use of flame retardants. This means they failed to respond to inquiries concerning the use of these chemicals when contacted by CEH for further information. This leads CEH and us to assume they aren't making efforts to limit or remove these chemicals from the materials they use.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz
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