Best Baby Playards in 2020



Graco Pack 'n Play On the Go Playard | Includes Full-Size Infant Bassinet, Push Button Compact Fold, Pasadena Review:


This product is what I have been looking for! My son is 2 months old and has outgrown his rocking bassinet so we decided to try a pack 'n play with a raised bed for him. After reading numerous bad reviews on almost all Pack N' Plays, including this one, I was very leary about purchasing one. So many of the 1-2 star reviews mentioned receiving their purchase smelling of mold, the sleeping pad smelling of chemicals, and of the pad being so hard that it was like their baby were sleeping upon a piece of plywood.

After reading all of this I checked a few different review websites for the pack n play and after 2 days of long research I decided upon this model. I figured if I did receive this and it smelled moldy, or in any way not comfortable and safe for my son I'd just send it back.

After a super fast delivery I opened up the box and took a whiff before even taking it out and, Yay, no smell at all! Second thing I noticed was that it was very well packaged. It came in the right color with all of it's parts and pieces.

After a brief look at the instructions I started setup. It was extremely easy to unfold and put together. As I put the pad in the top bassinet part I noticed that it was well padded, unlike some of the other reviews described it. The only reason I put a sheet over it is because it is brand new and I can't wash it.

It is extremely sturdy and the wheels on it make it super easy to move around which I love! Another plus is the little arch with the Stars on it is super cute, and the Stars come off and you can easily attach your own toys to it using the little plastic rings you can buy on the stores.

Overall this is a fantastic product for a great price! Thank you Gracco!



Graco Pack 'n Play On The Go Playard, Stratus Review:


This product is what I have been looking for! My son is 2 months old and has outgrown his rocking bassinet so we decided to try a pack 'n play with a raised bed for him. After reading numerous bad reviews on almost all Pack N' Plays, including this one, I was very leary about purchasing one. So many of the 1-2 star reviews mentioned receiving their purchase smelling of mold, the sleeping pad smelling of chemicals, and of the pad being so hard that it was like their baby were sleeping upon a piece of plywood.

After reading all of this I checked a few different review websites for the pack n play and after 2 days of long research I decided upon this model. I figured if I did receive this and it smelled moldy, or in any way not comfortable and safe for my son I'd just send it back.

After a super fast delivery I opened up the box and took a whiff before even taking it out and, Yay, no smell at all! Second thing I noticed was that it was very well packaged. It came in the right color with all of it's parts and pieces.

After a brief look at the instructions I started setup. It was extremely easy to unfold and put together. As I put the pad in the top bassinet part I noticed that it was well padded, unlike some of the other reviews described it. The only reason I put a sheet over it is because it is brand new and I can't wash it.

It is extremely sturdy and the wheels on it make it super easy to move around which I love! Another plus is the little arch with the Stars on it is super cute, and the Stars come off and you can easily attach your own toys to it using the little plastic rings you can buy on the stores.

Overall this is a fantastic product for a great price! Thank you Gracco!



Graco Pack 'n Play Portable Playard | Push Button Compact Fold, Carnival Review:


This is the second pack and play I’ve purchased in the last 10 years. I sold the first one thinking I was done having kids. It was a “deluxe” version with the bassinet, changing table, mobile, etc that I was convinced I needed with my first son. Now of course I know that it’s easier to just change the baby on the couch, not waste my time with a bassinet that he’ll weight too much for within a couple of months, etc. So I was looking on local sites to find a nice used play yard that we could use in hotels or at grandmas house but I had no luck finding anything under $50!! So I turned to my trusted amazon and found this amazing deal. Less than $40 for a brand new one? SOLD! When it arrived I was shocked how tiny the box was. My previous version was at least a foot longer of a box. Opened it up and the pack and play itself does not seem much smaller than the standard size. My 7 month old baby fits great in this and will for a long time.
Just a word of advice, make sure you click in ALL of the sides (each side has 2 parts that need to click) BEFORE pushing the bottom down. It will not click together if the bottom has been pushed. When taking it down do the opposite, make sure you pull up the bottom prior to unclicking the rails. I hope this helps to prevent massive frustration when first putting it together!
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Lotus Travel Crib - Backpack Portable, Lightweight, Easy to Pack Play-Yard with Comfortable Mattress - Certified Baby Safe Review:


Like many others out there, I could decide between the BabyBjorn and the Guava. I did A LOT of research, so this is going to be a lengthy review. :)

Let me start by saying, you really can't go wrong either way. Personally, I was looking for a travel crib not for travel as much as just to replace my old pack n play that I no longer wanted to keep due to wanting to get rid of all of my baby gear that contained flame retardants. From my research, the only pack n play replacements currently on the market that do not contain flame retardants are: BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light, Guava Lotus, and the Nuna Sena. The Nuna Sena has the perk of being more like a traditional pack n play because it has two levels (one for a newborn), and it does not sit on the floor like the travel cribs. It also is bulky like a normal pack n play and isn't as easy to haul around. The Sena is also the most expensive choice at $250. It also is bulky like a normal pack n play and isn't as easy to haul around. You can find the Guava for $189 on their website, and the Bjorn averages in the $219-250 here on Amazon.
First I bought the Bjorn because I couldn't resist the thicker mattress that everyone raved about. I will say that this is a VERY good travel crib. It is very nicely made, super easy to set up and take down, and the mattress is super comfy as others have stated. The footprint is slightly smaller on the Bjorn (see photo. The legs don't stick out quite as far as the Guava). The mattress is slightly wider than the Guava (see photo). The mesh of travel crib gets narrower as it gets to the top of the crib, making the top opening smaller than the Guava (see photo), so this makes the Bjorn not as good of a play space in my opinion, because it feels a little more closed in than the Guava does. To clarify to anyone out there that is wondering, the Bjorn mattress is made of polyurethane, not polyethylene (same is the case for Guava). I had seen a couple of reviews saying that it was polyethylene, but it is not. Also, the Bjorn is not completely made in Sweden. It says that the textile is made in China, and that the crib is "finished" in Sweden. The textiles are Oeko Tex Certified, which means that the materials used have been tested and certified to meet certain parameters. The tests for harmful substances cover:' legally banned and controlled substances, chemicals known to be harmful to the health (but not yet legally controlled), ' parameters for health protection. The Guava is not currently Oeko Tex Certified, but is Green Guard Gold Certified. The Bjorn is the clear winner for you if: 1. Your baby will be doing a lot of sleeping in the crib, as the mattress is definitely thicker and more plush than the Guava. I would also say that it does have a slight edge over Guava as far as quality, but not by a far stretch. There are currently no accessories to go with the Bjorn. It folds up compactly into a suitcase, whereas the Guava folds into a backpack.

The Guava Lotus is another great choice for a non-toxic travel crib. I emailed the company, and they told me they are looking into Oeko-Tex certification, but are currently instead Green Guard Gold Certified. I was told "GreenGuard Gold standard that tests the actual product in a sealed chamber for 7 days to make sure there is no un-healthy offgassing occurring." The Guava mattress is about half as a thick as the Bjorn, and a bit firmer. Some people may actually prefer a firmer mattress for their baby, so this isn't a "con." I would still say the mattress is better than a standard pack n play mattress. The Guava is made in China, which is a bummer...but what isn't anymore?! I do appreciate that Guava is a small company out of California, and I have been happy with the customer service I have received from them thus far.
Things that make the Guava a clear winner for you: 1. You travel a lot and want to be SURE that your crib can be carried as a carry on (in my experience airlines have always shipped my giant pack n play for free, but according to other reviewers this is not always the case. I guess I have been lucky ;)). 2. You want to use it as a play space (The Bjorn has a narrower top, making it a more claustrophobic feeling space for playing. Guava also makes a "Fun shade" that turns the crib into a fun play space to be used outside or inside as a fort of sorts. 3. Your baby wakes up when trying to lay them down (it's a long way down to the mattress on these travel mattresses, and sensitive babies are sure to wake up on the way down!). The Guava has a zipper opening that you can use to gently lay them down. 4. Your baby nurses to sleep. The zipper opening allows mom to lay down with baby if needed. 5. You have a bad back, you're short, or you are using the crib for the grandparent's house. Leaning down to pick up a baby that cannot yet stand up gets old really quick. My mom is 69 and about 5'1 and hated the Bjorn because she could barely lean in to pick my son up or lay him down. The Guava zipper solves this problem once again.

Did you make it through this review?! I hope this helps someone, as I tried to cover some areas that other reviewers did not. I ended up returning the Bjorn, as I wanted the crib primarily as a safe play space at home that I could put baby when I needed to do something around the house. One last note: The American Baby Pack n Play sheet fits both of these mattresses, and is a lot cheaper than the ones made specifically for each crib. :)

Feel free to ask me any questions, and I will try my best to answer.



Graco Pack 'n Play Portable Seat & Changer Playard, Affinia Review:


This is one of the best purchase we made for our baby boy.
The Pros:
It fits perfectly next to the bed so we can have him near and safe at night.
The napper is sturdy and flips to the changer very easily. We use a receiving blanket on the changer side since the plastic(?) liner can be a bit cold.
We use the lower level (bassinet level?) as storage for blankets and pacifiers while he's in the napper.
My son loves the hot air balloons and I love that the arm is moveable so we can swing it out of the way.

The Cons:
I do wish it was easier to clean and/or wash. You just wipe it down which doesn't always get the spit-up cleaned off completely.
My 2 month old (who is just over 10 lb. now) barely fits in the napper now which is disappointing b/c we loved it so much.

FYI:
The diaper caddy is a little flimsy; but no more so than the picture shows. I would recommend buying a separate play yard diaper caddy for something sturdier that can hold more than just diapers and wipes.
It doesn't fit through standard doorways when fully assembled.



Minnie Activity Table Set with 2 Chairs Review:


Wonderful space saver. Cute and pretty sturdy.

Vinyl top is padded and soft and not good for coloring or art projects. Also anything at all weighty (even a book) will leave an indentation.

Not sure how it will hold up over time.

BUT....but my daughter just loves it and uses it a lot for doll tea parties.



Baby Trend Nursery Center, Tanzania Review:


This is a nice, lightweight play yard. Looks really good. 2 problems with it. 1) it’s a pain to open and close and 2) it’s VERY wobbly without a mattress on the bottom. The “mattress” that comes with it is better than any other play yard mattress that I’ve had and my grandson went through a few. I did buy a dream on me play yard mattress with it though so I can’t comment on the mattress durability.

Once I put a mattress in it though, it was fine. Bought this for when my daughter brings my granddaughter to visit and she sleeps in it very comfortably. When she’s not here, it folds up small enough to stick in the closet.



Mickey Mouse Table & Chairs Set For Kids - Furniture Review:


I am so extremely happy I bought this awesome kids table and chair set. I assumed it was going to be cheap and flimsy, but it's of excellent quality construction and materials. I couldn't have picked a better set!
My son just turned five this month, and I was worried that this set would be too small for him. It isn't at all - he still has plenty of room and height and he'll be able to use it for another couple years. The table surface is big, he has plenty of room to draw or eat or do whatever. There's really plenty of room for two kids to not be crowded on the table surface or for leg room underneath it.
I was also expecting to have to put it together - nope! It came fully assembled, and all you do is unfold the legs on both the table and chairs when you take them out of the box. It comes with some optional screws in bags attached to the bottoms of each chair, to use if you want to secure the safety brackets on them to make sure the chairs don't fold up on the child. My son is five, so I didn't use them in case we need to fold them up and put them aside. And even not using the screws it hasn't shifted like it was going to fold up on my son once - this set is really well made for kids furniture, I can't say that enough because I'm so pleasantly suprised!
Both the table top and chairs are a padded vinyl -like material. I tried to capture the thickness of the padding in the photos. The chairs are super comfy with padding on both the backs and seats. The table is also padded as well, which gives it the coolest texture - but it's not so padded that it would interfere with drawing or coloring or anything like that. It's still a sturdy flat surface that kids could do anything on. Also, the vinyl-like material is tough. My son is very...uhhh....active, and it hasn't scratched or ripped at all and he's had it for a couple weeks now - which says a lot about the quality! If you set something heavy on the table, the padded top will temporarily indent, but it quickly pops back out without you having to do anything to it.
I didn't have one single defect or issue on my model, and it has withstood the active and spirited little boy test for long enough to know that this is an excellent set that both parents and kids will be happy and satisfied with!



Regalo My Play Portable Playard Indoor and Outdoor with Carry Case and Washable, Aqua, 6-Panel Review:


I was debating between this and the Summer Infant Pop N' Play Portable Playard, so I ordered both since there was free returns and I could just send one back.

Here is a quick comparison:

Regalo: (The one I'm keeping)
--Removable bottom and netting (and mine is already dirty after a week or so of use)
--Much easier to set up and fold down- just two bars on the bottom of either side to pull or push down with your foot
--A bit more cheaply made, so if you have older kids who want to climb in and out (like I do), this might not wear as well. I have popped stitches on the top of all 6 small blue covers around the top rim, but I don't think it should affect the performance.

Summer: (The one I'm returning)
--Bottom isn't removable (and the bottom of the Regalo is already dirty after a week or so of use)
--More time-consuming to set up/fold down- you have to go to six attachments that are tightly held on, one on the bottom of each "V", and slide it off (not as simple as it sounds:)
--Materials seem better. I don't think the popped stitches I have on the Regalo would happen on the Summer (but I had a 2yo and two 4yos climbing in and out, too)

So all in all, I like the Regalo for the ease of set up/folding and the option to remove the bottom and netting to wash.

I have some pictures comparing the two, as well as the popped stitches on the Regalo, the corresponding grey part on the Summer, the folding bar vs the attachments to fold the Summer, and some more material comparison. Blue is Regalo, green is Summer.
Update:
I contacted Regalo just to let them know what I liked, but also what I thought needed improvement (stitches ripping), and they sent me another play yard for free, without my even asking! So, great customer service there!



120 Count 7 Colors BPA Free Crush Proof Plastic Balls for Ball Pit Balls for Toddlers Kids 2.2 Inches Balls Toys Review:


Perfect size for my 1 year old. As crazy as it sounds count the balls! The first shipment was short 17 of them. Amazon worked quickly to resolve this. I would leave 5 stars if it wasn't for that.