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Best Playpen for Babies and Toddlers

Updated on June 11, 2013

Playpens or Baby Prisons?

As a father of 4 children myself I understand the rigours of daily life, washing, ironing, vacuuming, cleaning, shopping, cooking and all of the other 101 chores that need to be done around the house,

I also understand that these chores are even more difficult to get around to when you have a crawling or walking baby at home with you all day.

Vacuuming is almost impossible because baby follows you around and tries to hold on to the cleaner risking catching tiny fingers in spinning brushes, washing and ironing clothes becomes a battle of wits because baby climbs into your washing basket, or even climb into the washing machine baby even tries to reach up to the ironing board to touch the iron or pulls at the clothes risking serious burn injuries.

Babies and toddlers are curious creatures and want to be involved in everything that you are doing which can be very dangerous for them, when you are cooking they try to see what is in the oven going as far as trying to open the door.

The only real chance you have to do any chores is when baby tires them-self out and goes for an afternoon nap. giving you around an hour to whizz around the house like a possessed demon trying and ultimately failing to get everything done.

As a parent my first priority is the safety and well being of my children and although some people think of playpens as prisons for children, I would rather that my child had a safe environment to play in rather than risk serious injury as I get on with the chores around the house that need doing.

My Son Jason in his Playpen

Jason loves his playpen so much that he screams the house down when you try to take him out of it
Jason loves his playpen so much that he screams the house down when you try to take him out of it

Graco TotBloc Pack 'N Play Playard with Carry Bag

My son Jason just loves playing with his toys in his Graco playpen and it allows my wife and I to get on with our chores around the house in the knowledge that he is safe from harm and that he can still interact with us and see us at all times.

The Graco Tot Block provides a safe environment for Jason, the sides are tall enough that he cannot climb out and the fine mesh sides means that he can see out of his playpen without having anything for his feet to grip on that would allow him to climb out.

Padded on all sides Jason's playpen comes with a padded folding mat which allows him to stand without the worry of hurting himself if he falls over.

Jason loves his Playpen so much that he has been known to fall asleep in it on many an occasion and when we cover him with a blanket he looks so comfortable and happy in it.

The Graco Is easy to construct and can be done in less than a minute, pull up the bottom of the playpen lock the sides, push down the bottom put in the padded mat and put baby in.

The playpen folds and fits into the padded mat and carry case in seconds for easy storage and it fits easily into the trunk of your car when travelling.

Delta Fun Time 36 X 36" Play Yard

Delta Fun Time Play Yard

The Delta Funtime has a lightweight metal frame for extra strength, the frame is padded to ensure your child's safety from bumps and bruising.

This Playpen has high sides with a mesh covering to prevent your child climbing out and to ensure that you can see baby and baby can see you where ever you are.

With a padded mat baby can be comfortable as they play and parents can be sure that if baby falls down there is very little chance of being hurt.

This playpen also doubles up as a travelcot and baby is just as happy to sleep in it overnight as play in it during the day.

It is easy to construct and just as easy to dismantle and it fits into a small bag that would easily fit into the overhead bag space in an aeroplane.

Keep baby safe while you get on with your day in the knowledge that baby is with you .

Joovy Room2 Portable Play Yard, Black

Joovy Room2 Portable Play Yard, Black

The Joovy Room Play yard is a lightweight metal framed well padded safe play area for your child, tall enough to prevent your child from falling out and well padded to protect your child in a slip or a fall.

with see through mesh sides baby can see you where ever you are in the room and has the knowledge that you haven't left him/her alone, a padded foldable base ensures baby has a soft landing.

The Joove Room playpen also has wheels to move it out of your way if you need to, baby has a good laugh when you push the joovy around.

Easy to build and easy to dismantle, both in under a minute this playpen is always handy to have around.

This playpen folds and fits into a small carry bag and doubles as a travel cot fitting easily into the trunk of your car.

A Safe Environment for baby

A Playpen provides your baby a safe environment and gives you the peace of mind that your child is safe allowing you to get on with your life and chores knowing that baby can see you at all times and that you can see baby.

It is not a prison for babies as some people seem to believe because you are still with your child, talking with your child and bonding with your child as you get on with things that have to be done.

Playpens also double up as travel cots so you can take them with you on vacation or overnight stays knowing that your child is safe and sleeping in a clean bed overnight.



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      Wayne Tully 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Yeah those Graco playpens are the ones I had for my two kids and they were a great help as you could even fold them up and take them on Holiday too. A great and useful hub Jimmy!!

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      James Paterson 6 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks Livelonger, Jason could play Peek A Boo all day in his walker hiding behind the mesh thinking that we cant see him lol.....jimmy

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      Jason Menayan 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Your voice of experience here is obvious - great recommendations, Jimmy. A child's comfort, safety, and fun are important when choosing a playpen. Glad Jason enjoys his colorful one!