Playards, or playpens as they were once known, are one of the single greatest inventions of our day. They’ve been given a 21st century upgrade, and are portable, lightweight, superlatively safe, and function in and out of the home. There are models with changing tables, models for multiple babies or multiple uses, and models with bright toys or music to amuse and sooth new humans. Below, we’ve compiled a list of our top ten choices for best Pack n’ Plays for 2016-2017. It will serve as a handy guide to choosing the model that’s right for you.
1. Pack and Play Playard from Graco
This attractive enclosure has mesh sides to allow for baby to see and breathe with ease, but remain safe anywhere you go. Mounted on wheeled feet that easily fold for storage, this playpen is perfect for holiday trips to Grandma’s house, daily outings, and even home. It can be moved with ease once set up, and Graco’s patented push-button fold render it a snap to store.
2. Graco Carnival Pack and Play
Young children are visual creatures. This sturdy, yet convenient pack and play enclosure offers a fun print that, not surprisingly, will delight your young charges. The airy mesh surround offers ample ventilation and a clear view of what’s going on around them, plus, while this playpen is lightweight for easy transport, it has a durable frame, which makes it perfect for hours of fun on the go. When you’re ready to pack it in, just press the release button, and fold it away into its handy carrying bag.
3. Playard with Reversible Napper and Changer from Graco
Those with young children often feel they’re lugging around seventeen different items simply to make a day’s outing run more smoothly. Graco went to work to develop a combo kit that meets a young parent’s needs and keeps baby safe at the same time. It features a bassinet that will cradle baby during a much-needed nap, and a changing table with attractive, mess-resistant fabrics. But when baby grows older, it also functions as a fun play enclosure, making this a perfect item that will stand the test of time.
4. Portable Baby Suite from Evenflo
This combination bassinet and playard will stand up to playtime and naptime alike. The basinet cradles your young one securely, but is easily removed when the time comes to explore. This playard also has a feature that allows you to add a play bar full of fun, bright toys to fascinate baby for hours. The rubber floor mat is durable, easy to clean, and soft enough to support your fragile cargo. Plus, the dual pocket cloth console provides ample space to store all your baby needs for any outing.
5. Baby Trend Nursery Center
For new parents, this combination nap and play station is the perfect solution to manage an on-the-go dynamic. The bassinet insert provides a safe, snuggly place for baby to nap, but is easily removed to make room for play. Not only is this playard equipped with a toy bar that has bright, fascinating toys to amuse any baby, it also comes with an electronic music center. Entertain a new addition to the family with nature sounds and a variety of melodies while they play and nap.
6. Funsport Playard from Cosco
This no-nonsense playard is ideal for everyday use. It keeps curious young movers out of harm’s way, but makes it simple to have them nearby. Mesh sides allow for circulation and an unimpeded view of the world, while brightly patterned padding renders every surface safe. Its ergonomic design makes it easy to set up and put away in under a minute, and wheels on one end make relocating for daily tasks a snap.
7. Disney’s Newborn Sweet Wonder Playard
Bright and sleek, this combo play center is great for new parents. The bassinet safely cradles newborns, while the changing table feature is covered with mess-resistant cloth. The playard offers a safe space for baby to rest or play, with mesh sides for easy visibility and circulation. But parents will praise the storage capacity of the carrying pockets—enough to hold all the necessities a new baby requires, from wipes to spare toys. And when playtime is done, it folds down into its own carrying bag for easy removal.
8. Graco Playard with Twin Bassinets
If you’ve been graced with two bundles of joy, preparations to go out and about are twice as complex. However, Graco put their minds to the dilemma and developed a twin playard with two soft, safe bassinets for babies. Dome-shaped shields protect delicate skin from direct sunlight, allowing the twin bundles of joy to nap comfortably. The play space itself is surrounded by sturdy mesh that permits airflow and visibility while keeping babies secure. Plus, whether its nap time or playtime, the soft, quilted pad is ideal.
9. Snuggle Suite from Graco
While many playards are ideal for going out and about, they’re also often used to keep baby safe and close during ordinary daily household tasks. This model offers a number of benefits for new parents, at home and around the garden. Its wheels make for easy relocation to any site in or around the home, and its removable bassinet also doubles as a bouncer, to keep baby soothed and amused. A generous play space means your young one can nap or play in safety while you work, and ample storage keeps all the cloths, wipes, and necessities close at hand.
10. Day2Night Sleep System from Graco
Infants require more sleep than any other age group, including teenagers, because that’s when human growth hormone is produced and put to work. With this sleeping system, a cozy play station becomes a portable nap station. It comes with an open bassinet for sleep in situ, but you can also carry your bundle of joy from room to room in the portable, snuggly bassinet. The play space is floored with a soft, quilted mat that will make yet another great snoozing spot for young ones while you complete daily tasks.