While not necessarily a “must have” a playard can be a very helpful piece of baby gear for many families.
They’re great for traveling, keeping at grandma’s, taking to work, or anywhere else you need a temporary safe space for your baby to sleep and/or play.
Given this, the best baby playards are portable, lightweight, and easy to set up. Other features to look for when you’re trying to find the best baby playard to meet your needs include:
- Storage capabilities.
- The quality of the toys included, if any.
- Whether or not the playard has a changing area.
- Size, both when assembled and when stored.
- Durability and construction.
4 of the Best Baby Playards
Given the popularity of playards for babies and young children, there is a wide selection to choose from. To help you search through the options and find the right playard for your baby, we’ve compiled this list of the best baby playards on the market.
The Pack ‘n Play
The Graco Pack ‘N Play is a classic. It may even be the very first playard. The model shown above is the one many of us are familiar with. It’s also the most affordable option in their current line.
Today, Graco has a range of playards including The Pack ‘N Play Playard Snuggle Suite LX. It offers various features including a changing table, organizers, and a bassinet to allow the playard to grow with your baby.
The original will still do the job, though, and is one of the best baby playards if affordability is the feature you’re looking for most.
Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard
This playard by Guava Family is one of the best baby playards because it is so portable. It even comes with a backpack to carry it in that meets airplane requirements for a carry on. It can also be set up very quickly and easily, making it perfect for vacations and day trips to the beach or a friend’s house.
Superyard Colorplay Ultimate Playard
If you’re looking for a playard for an older baby, this one by North States might be the best option. It’s simple, colorful, and fun. It folds up easily for storage or transport and can be used indoors or out.
The one drawback of this type of playard is that there isn’t a comfortable mattress on the bottom. The bottom is your floor or the ground, but it can be used in conjunction with a play mat to create a space that’s safe and cozy.
4 Moms Breeze Playards
If you need something that will grow with your baby this playard from 4moms is another nice option. Your infant can sleep on top in the bassinet (which is also great for diaper changes) and when she’s older, or you’re using it as a play space, you can take the bassinet off.
This is also one of the best baby playards because of it’s easy to open and close design. It also folds up into a compact carrying case so it’s easy to transport as well.
Once you choose from this list of best baby playards, you can be sure you and your little one will find lots of uses for it. And because these playards are so durable you’ll be able to use it with other children, gift it as a hand-me-down to an expectant friend, or even sell it at a secondhand store or garage sale and make some of your money back!
So if you’ve been considering it, don’t delay. Most parents who use a playard wish they’d gotten one sooner.
If you enjoyed this article read our other articles on other baby products:
- 5 Diaper Changing Station Ideas That Will Make You a Dirty Diaper Destroyer
- How to Choose from the Safest Travel Beds for Babies
- The Most Popular Baby Floor Mats for Crawling
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