Buying a Pack n Play for your baby can be an overwhelming process – there are SO many Pack n Plays to choose from! Which brand is best? Which style is best?
If you’re curious or in a hurry: Joovy Room 2 is my personal favorite. It’s an excellent Pack n Play that’s easy to use, twice the size of others and the price isn’t too high either.
It’s available in two colors and has a ton of 5-Star reviews. (see color choices, check current price & read reviews here)
We did tons of research for you – listing the good and bad for each Pack n Play below.
The 7 Best Pack ‘n’ Plays and Playards
If you like the look of square playards take a look at the Joovy New Room2 Portable Playard .
This playard boasts lot’s of space for one baby or even two!
The new room2 (Room squared) is nearly 50% larger than most traditional playards, so you will be able to use it longer and play more
Nearly 50% larger than most traditional playard with over 10 square feet of space, baby has plenty of room to play and stay entertained. Reliable, durable and built for endurance. Perfect for twins
An essential piece of gear for families with twins, offering abundant room for two babies. Low center of gravity. The heavy duty padded mattress supports a baby from 0M+ up to 35”. 2 wheels help in moving the playard.
Joovy offers a 2 year warranty – Twice as long as the Graco Pack N’ Play, twice as long as the 4 moms breeze, twice as long as the summer Infant warranty and 4 times longer than the baby trend warranty.
Includes a 100% cotton fitted sheet, travel bag. Two wheels for easy moving. Open size W X L X H: 39.75 x 39.75 x 31 inches.
A few customers complained of a lumpy bottom or a sag in the middle.
There are also a few complaints of a plastic smell that comes with a new pack n play.
Another issue seems to be locking the sidebars into the upright position.
2: 4moms Breeze Plus Portable Playard
The 4moms Breeze Plus portable playard is like nothing like I’ve seen before. It gracefully opens and closes with a single motion. This is really helpful for active parents who move around a lot and take their pack n play along. For those who only plan on using it stationary it might not make a big difference.
With its “one push open, one pull close” Functionality, This thoughtfully designed combination playard, bassinet, and flip changer will give you the ultimate in flexibility when it comes to baby care.
The 4moms breeze plus is an all-in-one care station that adapts to your baby’s needs throughout the day and over the first few years
Because the breeze plus consolidates much of your baby’s essential care into one portable place, it will become the one piece of baby gear you can’t live without. The bassinet offers a comfortable spot where baby can rest. Use the convenient flip changer for quick diapering and clothing changes.
As your baby grows and is on the move, simply take out the bassinet to provide a safe space for relaxing and playing. The bassinet can be enjoyed from birth to 18 pounds, The flip changer up to 25 pounds, and the durable playard until 30 pounds. When not in use, conveniently tuck it all away in the included travel bag.
There aren’t separate mattresses for each the playard and the bassinet. The bassinet mattress is a part of the playard mattress, so you can’t have both assembled with sheets at the same time.
It may not be ideal for someone who has back problems. The constant bending and then lifting the baby isn’t convenient.
3: Graco Pack ‘n Play Travel Dome LX Playard
The Graco Pack ‘n Play Travel Dome LX Playard is full of unique features, you will love a playard that is useful from day one of your baby’s life.
Great for travel because you can use the bassinet instead of having to transport the whole playard.
The Graco Pack ‘n Play Travel Dome LX Playard features a portable travel dome bassinet that can be used in or out of the home, so that you can keep baby by your side anywhere.
The removable bassinet features a UV 50 canopy and carry bag, for comfort and convenience when you enjoy the backyard with baby or head to a park playdate. When used on the playard, the bassinet is positioned at eye level for easy check-ins.
There are a few complaints of assembly being difficult, and that it it needs more storage space and doesn’t have all the bells and whistles it should have for the price tag.
4: Baby Trend Lil Snooze Deluxe 2 Nursery Center
The Baby Trend Lil Snooze Deluxe 2 Nursery Center serves as an all in one infant center for changing, napping, serving as a bedside co-sleeper, all before turning into a regular pack n play.
From day to night, your little one will feel comfy and secure in the adorable Lil Snooze Deluxe II Nursery Center from Baby Trend. The removable napper with canopy is perfect for a little nap time throughout the day and the hanging toys keep them entertained while awake. Diaper time is a easy with the flip away changing table and storage pocket for changing essentials.
As your baby grows, the nursery center transforms into the ideal play time center and the large caster wheels with brakes provide added mobility and stability. The Nursery Center folds compact and easily fits into the included travel/storage bag for convenient portability.
One of the biggest complaints is that it’s not easy to set up. Otherwise, there seems to be no other issues.
5: BabyBjörn Travel Crib Light
Sleeping away from home with small children has never been easier. The Travel Crib Light is easy to carry, set up and fold up. The soft mattress makes the travel crib a comfortable and snug place for your child to sleep on a trip.
Many people have said that this is a better choice for older babies and toddlers, not for newborns because of how low to the ground it is. There’s also complaints of a chemical smell and it does not come with a sheet. You can get a BabyBjorn organic cotton sheet, or you can purchase a cheaper pack n play sheet that works, too.
6: Chicco Lullaby Primo Organic Playard
Chicco’s Lullaby Primo Organic Playard is a luxury all-in-one pack n play with everything you’ll need for your baby.
The Lullaby Primo Organic All-in-One Portable Playard is made with with naturally derived, organically grown cotton fabrics. The soft hypoallergenic, organic cotton is located on all high-touch areas of the playard – from the mattress and changer covers to the top rail where little hands find their way.
The playard offers a full-size, quick set-up infant bassinet with a flat, padded mattress. As your little one grows, the mattress transitions to the floor of the playard to offer an extra-large space for your toddler to play or sleep. Large, rubberized wheels allow for easy maneuvering from room to room. The push-button fold and large carry bag make it perfect for travel too.
Lullaby Primo features a sturdy, snap-on changer with an organic cotton, zip & wash cover for comfort and convenience. When not in use, the changer attaches to the side of the playard for out-of-the-way storage. The deluxe parent organizer features extra-large compartments for easy access to diapering essentials.
You will need three AA batteries for the electronic mobile.
7: Lotus Travel Crib
The Lotus Travel Crib is sleek, compact and lightweight.
Designed to be easy to fly with the compact, light backpack carrying case. Set up is simple in 15 seconds and only weighs 13 lbs packed. The only playard with GreenGuard Gold non-toxic certification (low voc & no lead, phthalates, pvc, heavy metals, etc). Full-height mesh guarantees best, breathable airflow.
Perfect for sleep and play, our updated pad’s thick, soft foam is approved for newborns & infants for overnight sleep (0-3 years old)
Can be difficult to fold it back, also baby is on floor level. making it harder to put baby down on the mat.
Pack n Play FAQs
How do you clean a pack n play?
If your Pack ‘n Play is only slighty dirty, you can try scrubbing it down with laundry detergent and water. If it need a good cleaning, submerging it in soapy water in the bathtub may work better.
Is a pack n play the same as a playard?
Yes! You might see the following terms in your search which all mean the same thing:
Pack n play
Pack and play
Can a newborn sleep in a pack n play?
Yes, most Pack ‘n Plays have a bassinet attachment in the top, so it can be used as a sleeper from the earliest days. As your baby grows, you can use the lower portion of the Pack ‘n Play.
Are pack n plays safe?
Yes. Pack n plays are regulated by CPSC. and have to meet specific standards.
You can find more information on the CPSC site.
Is it safe to use sheets in a pack n play or play pen?
Yes, but always make sure they fit snug and are not are not loose. Sheets on a pack n play, and also on a crib and bassinet, should be tight for baby’s safety
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