What Playards Are Sleep-Rated?

Baby in Bugaboo Stardust Playard

Canada has very high standards for what is deemed “sleep-rated”, – so specific they are down to the millimetre. 

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

Go Play!
SENA Aire Playard
Special Pricing

Nuna

$519.99

4Moms

$449.99

Nuna Sena + Sena Aire

Bassinet Mode

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 & Breeze Go

Bassinet Mode

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."

Bugaboo Stardust

Bassinet Mode

  • Yes, the Bugaboo Stardust is approved when using bassinet inlay with the accompanying mattress support board

Playard Mode

  • Not approved
  • Meets Canadian Playpen regulations
**Please note: the Bugaboo Stardust should only be used for sleep accommodation when using the bassinet inlay with the accompanying mattress support board, and while also complying with the Stardust's Bassinet weight capacity of 19.8 lbs. In play mode, this product is not approved for unsupervised sleep.

Baby Jogger City Suite

Bassinet Mode

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.”
toddler standing up in the BabyBjorn playard light

BabyBjörn Play Yard Light  

Bassinet Mode

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.
Baby Björn Canadian website 

Nap time!

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've got this!

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