A private playing nest for your child – benefits of a playard
Whether you are traveling or moving about in the home, a playard can help keep your child safe. Since they are normally designed using metal tubing and have breathable mesh, the playard is highly safe for your child—and you will be able to see them at all times (even when sitting).
You won’t have to get all the extra features and accessories, especially if you’re on a budget. A playard can be a simple solution for a safe play space for your baby. You’ll want something that is lightweight, has lockable wheels, and when traveling—you’ll want one with a carrying case.
The playard can come with bassinets and changing table inserts, which make for a very practical buy.
Deluxe options of a playpen
The playpen may have some limitations when it comes to extra features. However, when you’re just looking for a simple solution to have your baby stay in a safe space while you’re working around the house, the playpen works perfectly.
Some playpens have deluxe options with extra features that help keep your child entertained, like the Gupamiga Baby Playpen, with integrative toys and bright colors to keep your child engaged.
Shopping made easy – general advice
When you are choosing the best playpen or playard, you’re going to have to take a look at past reviews and do your own research. Most parents know what other parents want, so head to the comments section and check out what you’re about to buy, from parents to parents.
If you’re purchasing one in the store, ask to disassemble and assemble it for yourself and see how it rolls or moves on floors.
The assembly process can really be a huge deciding factor.
If you’re going to be signing up with a gift registry for your upcoming baby shower, pick the perfect one for you. Don’t let others pick it for you or else it might not have features you like or fit into your home or lifestyle.
The floor pad on these products cannot be more than 1-inch thick, so that your baby or toddler won’t lift the mattress and get trapped underneath it.
The design can also be a huge contributing factor. You’ll be able to choose between neutral colors, high contrast colors that might keep your baby entertained or fabrics for a baby zone look.
When it comes to babies—especially if you have more—try to follow these safety tips to help keep them safe while playing.
- If you’ve got a baby playpen for one, don’t try and fit two or more babies inside.
- Follow the manufacturer’s recommended weight, size, and age limit when it comes to the bassinet, changing table, and even the playard itself.
- Even though they might think it’s funny and you might think it’s practical—do not move the playard while your child is in it.
- Avoid tying “choking hazards” as across the top or corner of the playard. Don’t hang toys or have anything to do with strings.
- Never in any circumstances should you leave your baby unattended in a playard—however, in your attempt to keep him or her in view, do not place the playard near sources of heat or close to heavy furniture.
- If there is a defect in the product, return and buy a new one—don’t try to fix it!
Features to consider while buying the best playard
Before you buy, take a look at these important features that are described with each product. Make sure the details of the feature are specifically tailored to your baby and your situation.
Each playard or playpen will have some sort of size regulation. The Ingenuity Smart and Simple Playard, for example, has a size restriction of a height limit of 35’’ and a weight limit of 30 lbs. As we mentioned before, don’t keep using the product if your baby is over the limit. Growing babies need different products.
Especially if you are moving from room to room—or even traveling, you can benefit highly from a portable baby playpen or playard.
The playard will normally be the most portable, coming with backpack compatibility, like the Lotus Travel Crib. Not only will they fold easily, but they will also often come with wheels with brakes to make moving from one room to the next simple.
Is it easy-to-clean?
Unfortunately, your cute little baby will eventually be a complete mess. So, having baby products that are virtually baby-proof will help your cleaning tasks become much, much easier. Some playards, like the Ingenuity Smart and Simple Playard has machine-washable sheets that can easily be zipped off and thrown in to clean. You’ll also have to pay attention to which sheets are compatible with which products for size.
How it can be stored?
Folding a playard or a playpen can be a hassle. Especially if it has extra features like a changing table or a bassinet. Make sure that you’re making your life easier by checking out these features first. You’ll either need to find storage space for these extra attachments or try a different product. You’ll also need to know if you it can fit through doorways throughout your home when fully assembled—or else, what’s the point in getting a wheel-playpen when it can’t even fit through the hallway?
Toy and sound attachments
When your baby is extremely young, you can benefit from some features like the ones in the Graco Pack ‘n Play Newborn Napper DLX Playard, which has music and vibrations to stimulate your baby. However, as they get older, they might need some activating and integrating toys, like the ones in the Gupamiga Baby Playpen.
Especially if you are in places like the airport or a medical office, you’ll want to shield your baby from harsh lighting. If you’re planning on going outside, a canopy can also help shield your baby from the sun. A canopy can act as a mobile and also protect your baby.
Baby essentials storage
The last thing you need to have with you while you’re carrying around your baby and your playard is extra bags for baby essentials. Some models, like the Ingenuity Smart and Simple Playard have extra areas for storage, including zippered side pockets, fabric shelves, hook-on fabric storage pouches, and small clip-on parent-organizer bags.
While moving the playpen or playard from room to room, a pair of lockable wheels, like the ones on the Graco Pack ‘n Play Newborn Napper DLX Playard really come in handy.
Options for sleep and changing
Products that really have it all, like the Baby Trend Twin Nursery Center are perfect for multi-functioning capabilities. If you need sleeping and changing options to really be a part of your baby center, this is a feature you definitely want included.