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Baby Gear

Best Play Yard

Finding a safe space for your infant to play can sometimes be a challenge, but play yards can keep your little one contained as you take on the tasks of the day. There are tons of play yards on the market, so how do you know which one to choose? The ones we’ve featured on this list were chosen because they’re designed to be highly portable so you can easily take them on the go. These play yards also feature removable bassinets so they can double as a comfortable place for your infant to sleep, a changing station, and portable crib. Given their features and versatility, you'll be able to use any one of these picks well into your child’s toddler years.

Ingenuity Washable Playard with Dream Centre Winslow

The Ingenuity Washable Play Yard with Dream Center is outfitted with fabrics that can be zipped off and tossed into the washing machine for easy washing. The Dream Center bassinet features soft fabrics and breathable mesh, a quilted headrest and a full canopy with two plush toys, making it an ideal place for your infant to enjoy a nap or quiet playtime. There’s also the Soothing Sounds Station which plays five songs and three nature sounds that will soothe your little one to sleep.

When your baby needs to have her diaper or clothing changed, the Just Right Height changing table is the perfect place to do so. When your little one has outgrown the bassinet, simply remove it and they’ll have plenty of space to play and sleep on the comfortable padded platform. A carry bag makes it easy to transport this play yard while an integrated storage tray allows you to keep all of baby’s necessities close at hand.

Eddie Bauer Complete Care Playard

The Eddie Bauer Deluxe Complete Care Play Yard is the only play yard on this list that features a canopy when it’s in bassinet mode to block nap-disturbing light from your little one’s eyes. The removable bassinet is cushioned and serves as a cozy spot for your little one to sleep. When your child has outgrown the bassinet, you can take it off so that your older baby (and eventually, your toddler) can use the play yard to play or to sleep. The roll-down sides also provide shade when it’s in play yard mode.

When it’s time for a diaper or an outfit change, the Flip Away changer provides you with a convenient and sturdy surface to use. This play yard also comes with a Baby Comforter which offers ten sounds and songs that will lull your little one to sleep, two relaxing vibration settings, as well as a night light. The included accessory bag is great for storing baby necessities that you want to keep on-hand. When you want to store the play yard or take it on-the-go, simply fold it up and slip into the travel bag for on-the-go convenience.

Fisher-Price Ultra-Lite Day and Night Play Yard

The Fisher Price Ultra-Lite Day and Night Play Yard is aptly named. Weighing in at just 15 pounds, this play yard is considered super lightweight (other play yards that are the same style typically weigh between the 20 and 30 pounds). The inclined sleeper, which features a three-point restraint and a cushioned heat support, is a comfy and safe place for baby to take a nap. When your little one has outgrown the sleeper, pop it off and this play yard transforms into a comfortable and safe place for older babies and toddlers to play and sleep.

The padded platform offers a cushioned surface for your little one to play on, and when it’s time for sleep, just slip a standard-size crib sheet onto the platform and you’re child will be ready for dreamland. The play yard also features a storage pocked, which holds a portable changing station diaper clutch. When you’re on the go, close the play yard up and slip it into the convenient hands-free storage bag.

Graco Pack n' Play Playard

The Graco Pack n’ Play Playard with Reversible Napper and Changer features everything that you could ever want in a play yard. The nest bassinet provides a comfortable and secure space for your infant to enjoy a nap. With the push of a button, the bassinet flips over, providing you with a sturdy surface that can easily be wiped clean for diaper and outfit changes. When your little one has outgrown the bassinet, simply remove it and this play yard can be used for to play and sleep in. Whether you’re traveling or you’re going to be spending the afternoon out, the signature Graco push-button fold makes folding and closing the play yard a cinch. It also comes with a handy carrying bag and hanks to the storage pockets on the side of this play yard, you can keep all of the essentials nearby like diapers and baby wipes.

Chicco Lullaby Baby

The Chicco Lullaby Baby Play Yard is a three stage play yard. When your little one is a newborn, they can sleep in the angled napper which easily folds when it’s ready to be stored away. A bassinet with a deluxe quilted mattress and a mobile with plush toys offers a comfy space for baby to rest and take a cozy nap. During the toddler stage, the play yard area provides plenty of space for your toddler to safely play.

This play yard also features a large, detachable changer which snaps on and off with ease, making changing baby a breeze. You’ll also love the EZ Care Zip and Wash mattress pad, which makes cleaning baby less of a chore. Side storage compartments allow you to keep diapers, wipes, and anything other baby supplies you want to keep close at hand. With the push of a button, this play yard folds up and can be placed in the travel bag for when you’re on the go.

Bridget Galbreath
As a mother to two young and very spunky boys, I have first-hand experience with virtually every baby and young child product on the market. From strollers to carriers, I can tell you everything you need to know about the best quality and the best priced baby products.
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