What Playards Are Sleep-Rated?

baby laying in a black Bugaboo Stardust Playard


Canada has very high standards for what is deemed “sleep-rated” -- so specific they are down to the millimetre on approvals or denials by Health Canada. This is why you will often have something referred to as a playard or pram in Canada, and a travel crib or bassinet in the US. This means that the item is approved for overnight sleep just across the border, but not here in Canada. It is also important to note that Canada has separate requirements for “playpens” vs. “cribs”, "cradles" and “bassinets”. Cribs, cradles, and bassinets are required to be approved for unsupervised sleep, whereas playpens are not. ALL playards sold in Canada meet strict playpen regulations that have been updated as early as 2018!

You can find out more about the standards that each product has to meet via the following links:  

CANADA CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY ACT - Playpen Regulations
CANADA CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY ACT - Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets Regulations

Nuna SENA playard with muslin blanket hanging over the edge

Nuna Sena + Sena Aire

Bassinet Mode – Yes, approved
Playard Mode – Not approved for unsupervised sleep. Meets Canadian playpen regulations.  
Quote from Nuna's Canadian website:

“Bassinet: for babies unable to push up onto their hands and knees, up to 15 lbs
*IMPORTANT: only the bassinet can be used for sleeping/napping, and not the playard.*”
4MOMs Breeze Plus playard with flip changer attachment on top

4Moms Breeze Plus & Breeze Go

Bassinet Mode – Yes, approved
Playard Mode – Not approved for unsupervised sleep. Meets Canadian playpen regulations.

Quote from 4Moms’ Canadian website:

"The bassinet offers a comfortable spot where baby can rest. Use the convenient flip changer for quick diapering and clothing changes. As your baby grows and is on the move, simply take out the bassinet to provide a safe space for relaxing and playing. The Breeze Classic and the Breeze Go playard are intended for playing."


Breeze PLUS Playard
new

4Moms

$399.99

Breeze GO Playard
new

4Moms

$329.99

4Moms

$44.99 – $59.99

Bugaboo Stardust playard in grey melange with striped yellow Pehr muslin blanket hanging

Bugaboo Stardust

Bassinet Mode – Yes, approved
Playard Mode – Yes, approved 

Quote from Bugaboo’s Canadian website:

“It’s all about a more restful sleep for your baby, longer afternoon naps – and more time for yourself!”
toddler standing up in the BabyBjorn playard light

BabyBjorn Play Yard Light  

Bassinet Mode - N/A [no bassinet mode with this playard]
Playard Mode - No, but referred to as a “travel crib” in the US and is compliant with US sleep standards – when doing your research make sure you are always referring to Canadian websites. Not approved for unsupervised sleep in Canada. Meets Canadian playpen regulations.  

Canadian website 
US website 

infant lounging in the Baby Jogger City Suite playard with a toy llama toy

Baby Jogger City Suite

Bassinet Mode – Yes, approved
Playard Mode – Not approved for unsupervised sleep. Meets Canadian playpen regulations.

Quote from Baby Jogger’s Canadian website:

“Lightweight playard provides more room for your toddler up to 35’’ to rest or play.”


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If you choose to use your playard for overnight sleep on vacations or when away from home [as many people do] remember to always use a properly fitted sheet, place baby to sleep on their back, and have no loose blankets or pillows in the sleep space.
Trust your parenting instincts. 

You can learn more about our top playard picks HERE. 

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