5 of the Best Pack and Play Playards in 2016
Pack and play or playards have evolved from the time it was manufactured to today's current styles. From its original concept of a portable playpen for babies to tots, the pack and play styles of today not only serve as a portable playpens but may be also used for sleeping, as changing stations, and bassinet in one. And with the different add-ons (hanging toys, pocket holds for diapers and clothing changes, and even rocking seats and MP3 music), parents, most especially moms, might have a hard time identifying which would be the best pack and play they should buy for their child.
We have provided the following summary of 5 of the best pack n play/playards for your kids. This will give you a snapshot of all the best features each and every style has. And hopefully, these features will help moms choose the best pack and play for their child.
Top 5 Best Pack and Play Playards 2016 Comparison Table
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Graco Pack 'n Play Playard with Reversible Napper and Changer
This is a versatile playard because the napper doubles as a changer on its reverse side. The napper is made with soft material that cuddles the baby while sleeping and a wipe clean fabric that minimizes messes. That the changing table is provided for in the playard minimizes the trips to the nursery and also enables mom to be with the baby 100% of his waking hours.
The napper would be safe for normal sized babies up to 3 months, while the bassinet will be good for babies 15 pounds or less. Once your baby has outgrown the bassinet, you may remove this already so he can move around in the playard. The playard will be safe for babies less than 35 inches as he will never be able to climb out.
What will make you buy this:
- Ease of switch between the napper and changer (reversible) as this is secured on the playard's rim. It just needs a push and lift motion to reverse (no detaching)
- The napper fabric cuddles your baby for a good and comfortable sleep
- The changer is made up of wipeclean fabric so that messes are avoided and your changer stays clean all the time
- The playard is surrounded by a mesh all around that provides good ventilation for the child either asleep or at play
- The removable toy bar can keep your child visually active with the colorful soft toys hanging from it
- This pack and play is only 28 pounds so you can easily collapse this using Pack n' Play's push-button fold and will enable you to bring this wherever your child may need it
Graco Pack 'n Play Playard Bassinet Changer with Cuddle Cove Rocking Seat
Made with plastic, this playard comes with a removable vibrating rocking seat which you can handily bring your baby with you whenever you want to go with your baby. It has handle bars so you can easily move your baby from one place to another. The rocking seat is made of soft fiber that your baby would like to cuddle with.
The vibration coming from the rocking chair and bassinet helps calm your baby so he has better quality sleep. Moms will enjoy the 3-cubby baby basics organizer where she can store diaper changes, baby's clothes and other accessories for her baby.
- The rocking seat makes babies comfortable in his sleep
- The seat comes with a canopy which shields your baby's eyes from bright light
- The bassinet changer is secured to the rim of the playard so you would not worry about it turning over while you change the baby's clothes
- There is an attached 3-cubby organizer so that your baby's things are organized and moms will not have to go back and forth from the nursery to get either a change of diapers or clothes
Graco Pack 'N Play with Newborn Napper Elite
This playard is made of plastic and metal. The napper is made up of velour fabric which is soft for babies and good to snuggle in. The napper has a canopy which shields the baby from bright light, enabling him to sleep soundly. The playard comes not with cubbies but a deluxe hamper which enables the storage of diaper changes, baby's clothes and other accessories so trips to the nursery are minimized. The larger changing table can be safely used for babies 30 pounds and below.
The playard has a docking station for MP3 so that the additional music will make sleeping in the napper more comfortable. The bassinet is removable which provides the baby a sleeping area even outside of the home.
- The Newborn Napper Elite comes with Graco's push button fold which enables the player to be folded easily for ease of transport
- Napper and Changer are removable so when the baby has outgrown these, you can transform the pack and play into a full sized playard
- The playard comes with a deluxe hamper which enables storage of an ample amount of clothes and diapers
- The changing table is large and sturdy enough to be used by a baby up to 30 pounds
- There is a docking station for the MP3 so that the music provided will be music good enough for babies. The docking station also ensures that the MP3 will not fall on the baby's activity
Graco Pack N Play Playard Bassinet with Automatic Folding Feet
Made with polyester, plastic and metal, this playard has a removable full-sized bassinet that provides your baby a cozy place to nap. It has folding feet and wheels which enable it to be folded more compactly by at least 20%. It also comes with a play bar with 3 hanging toys that your baby will be delighted to see.
- The bassinet is removable so that you can either put this on top of the playard or on a flat surface near you
- If your baby has outgrown the bassinet (it can be safely used by babies up to 15 pounds only) then you can convert the pack and play into a full sized playard
- The playard is fully meshed so air circulates and will not result to baby being grumpy because of heat
- The playard has an automatic fold feature and folding wheels which makes transporting the playard easy so your child is assured of a safe place to play in
Fisher-Price Ultra-Lite Day and Night Play Yard
This playard comes with an inclined sleeper and diaper changer. The sleeper features a supportive seat back and head support and are removable. The insert and head support are machine washable. The playard comes with a vinyl covered changing pad and wipes compartment. The playard is padded with a comfortable matress enabling the baby to sleep comfortably. It is easily collapsible and is very lightweight at only 15 pounds which makes it a great portable playard. You won't have to worry about loose pieces as the whole topbed is attached to the playard. It comes with a carry-on bag.
- The inclined sleeper helps the baby sleep more comfortably as the head is a little bit higher than the body
- The seatback and head support also lessens the probability of the baby suffering from reflux which sometimes happens after feeding and laying the baby flat on his back
- The playard is lightweight at 15 pounds so you can bring it with you anywhere without too much bother on weight and volume
- Provides no hassle about losing parts as the topbed is attached to the playard
- The playard comes with a carry on bag so you will have a safe place for your child to play and sleep on even while travelling
Some Final words
All parents (and most of all mothers) are concerned with the safety of their babies most especially during their first few months when they totally do not have control of their actions. Unfortunately, it is also in these first few months that the small windows of time when parents do not have direct sight of their children that accidents do happen. Thus, it is in the best interest of parents to find a sleeper and playard where they can have their child nap and play comnfortably and safely. The different features in the preceding review hopefully have given you an idea of what each and every playard can offer in terms of safety, security and convenience. We hope that our efforts in differentiating these features have helped in your decision to determine which is the best pack n play for your baby.