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Lotus Bassinet Review

Top Pick Award
Price:   $300.00 List
Pros:  Breathable mesh, travel crib, machine washable
Cons:  Not a co-sleeper, harder to move room to room
Bottom line:  Versatile free-standing bassinet you can use for travel
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Weight:  13.8 lbs
Dimensions:  25.5"H x 47.9"L x 32.1"W
Age/Height/Weight Limit:  18 lbs
Manufacturer:   Guava Family

The Skinny

The Lotus Bassinet is free-standing bassinet that works with the Lotus Everywhere travel crib. This bassinet has breathable mesh sides and uses Greenguard Gold standard certification materials creating a healthy sleep environment for your baby that you can keep near your bedside. The Lotus is a high-quality product that feels sturdy and durable, and we think parents will love that it can be used as a travel crib as well. The Lotus is easy to setup and can be moved from room to room even if it isn't intended for this. This product may not be the best option if you want to stay in bad and reach baby in the bassinet but if you are looking for a versatile product with a stand-alone bassinet then the Lotus may be a good pick for your baby.


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz

Last Updated:
Thursday
November 2, 2017

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The Lotus bassinet is an attachment accessory for the Lotus Travel Crib.
The Lotus bassinet is an attachment accessory for the Lotus Travel Crib.

Guava is a family run business with the goal of making parents' lives easier and more efficient. The company believes that "life should be spent together." Their designers create gear with safety and ease of use in mind. The Guava company believes that products need to be safe enough for their kids before they offer for others. Guava puts their gear through third-party testing when it is possible and use high-quality materials whenever possible.

In order to use the Lotus Everywhere Travel Crib as a bassinet, you MUST purchase the travel crib and the bassinet either as a bundle or separately with the bassinet conversion kit.

Performance Comparison


The chart below shows the overall scores for the bassinets we tested for this review compared side by side.


The sections below provide information on the Lotus's performance compared to the competition. Emphasis was placed on ease of use and breathability when calculating the overall scores from the individual metric results.

The Lotus bassinet is more difficult to use than much of the dedicated bassinets we tested.
The Lotus bassinet is more difficult to use than much of the dedicated bassinets we tested.

Ease of Use


The Lotus scored a 5 of 10 for ease of use.


These are functions and features that impact your daily use of the bassinet.

You can reach inside the Lotus while still in bed  but it is more difficult than the true co-sleepers we tested.
You can reach inside the Lotus while still in bed, but it is more difficult than the true co-sleepers we tested.

Accessibility


The overall larger size makes this one hard to use right by your bed. The depth of the bassinet is shallow compared to the competition and lower than most making it hard to reach from your bed even if you manage to situate closer to you. This option works best as a free-standing bassinet.

It is difficult to get the legs of the Lotus through most interior doorways but they do move inward at the hinge points to make it easier.
It is difficult to get the legs of the Lotus through most interior doorways but they do move inward at the hinge points to make it easier.

Portability/Mobility


With a weight of 13.9 lbs, the Lotus is relatively light. It measures 25.5"H x 47.9"L x 32.1"W when open which makes it somewhat wide for interior doorways, but the legs can bend in or you can tilt the frame to walk it thru. It doesn't have wheels and it isn't really meant to be moved from room to room but you can if you need too. It is, however, great for travel folding easily and fitting inside its travel bag with backpack style straps.

The wide legs on the Lotus can be unlocked and bent to fit the bassinet through doorways.
The wide legs on the Lotus can be unlocked and bent to fit the bassinet through doorways.

Additional Features


This bassinet is a travel crib at heart and comes with a carry bag so you can take the Lotus on the road with you.

Ease of Setup


It took us 10 minutes and 47 seconds to turn the Lotus from a travel crib to a bassinet. All you need to do is remove the fabric of the crib from the frame and attach the bassinet to the top rails.

Cleaning


This product has machine washable fabric that hangs to dry. The frame can be cleaned by wiping with a wet towel or mild soap if needed.

The Lotus has mesh material sides for breathability.
The Lotus has mesh material sides for breathability.

Breathability


The Lotus earned a 9 of 10 for breathability.


This product has mesh sidewalls, four nylon straps on each side, and a fabric roll over top. The part that baby will come in contact with is very breathable and we don't feel the straps pose a risk given their smaller width.

The mattress pad on the Lotus bassinet is thicker than the other travel crib options in the bassinet review.
The mattress pad on the Lotus bassinet is thicker than the other travel crib options in the bassinet review.

Sleep Surface


The Lotus earned a 4 of 10 for the sleeping surface.


The Lotus bassinet mattress is one inch thick (the maximum allowed) and highly compressible. It shifts in the frame despite a Velcro connection and the mesh on the sides of the mattress gives when we press on it.

The Lotus mattress attaches to the sleeping area with strips of Velcro that keep it from shifting during use.
The Lotus mattress attaches to the sleeping area with strips of Velcro that keep it from shifting during use.

Quality


The Lotus scored slightly above average for quality with a 7 of 10. This is still pretty good for the price, only one other product we reviewed came out with a higher score at a lower price.


Both the mesh and the fabric on the crib seem very solid and durable. We didn't notice any loose stitching or possible issues with the fabric. The stitching attatching the handles to the travel bag did begin to stretch from the weight of the crib after minimal use, and this could potentially become a problem down the road. The frame does wobble slightly if bumped, but it holds steady when you press on the top rails.

The Lotus is made using materials that are more natural or limit off-gassing compared to the competition.
The Lotus is made using materials that are more natural or limit off-gassing compared to the competition.

Eco-health


The Lotus earned a 9 of 10 for eco-health.


This product is GREENGUARD GOLD certified in the world of chemical emissions standards. It is guarunteed to be free of harmful substances such as lead, PVC, Phthalates, Formaldehyde, and Heavy Metals. The Lotus meets all the flame retardant standards without using chemicals. Guava offers more transparency in their material and production than most of the competition, something we like to see when it comes to any baby gear, but especially gear that babies sleep on.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz