Ensuring that our baby is safe and comfortable is our priority. Managing their needs and keeping them happy is comparatively easier while at home, but when we go outstation to a new place, new surroundings, little ones take some time to settle down and this process becomes painful and tiring for the parents. A solution to this problem is the portable pack and play yards. Lightweight, comfortable and secure, these play yards facilitate the bay with a familiar feel and their own space where they can play, enjoy and sleep.
With the increasing popularity, various baby product manufacturers have come up with a wide range of these pack and play products. A perfect play area for your little one, till they don’t outgrow in size and do not exceed these pack and play weight limits. www.healthofchildren.com rates these play yards highly because of the multifunctionality keeping the kids involved and safe as well as convenient for the parents at the same time.
Some features which should be considered before taking the buying decision are:
Portability and product weight
One of the eminent features of pack and play yards that differentiate them from older versions of cribs is the ease with which it can be folded into a compact portable structure. These can be easily rolled out on wheels or carried to any desired place in convenient carry bags which come along with it. They take little space in your car trunk and thus are ideal to be carried on long trips.
A bassinet provides a nice comfortable place for your little one to take a nap. These come as an attachment which when required can be fitted in the play yard using secure plastic clips or disengaged bars. An additional safety feature to avoid other bigger kids to tamper with it are fine breathable fabric flaps which cover the bassinet from all sides and gets locked on the sides with buttons hiding the clips holding it up on the play yard.
When not in use, the bassinet should be detached and kept aside avoiding any injury to the baby playing the play yard. This attachment should only be used till your baby is under the weight limit of usually 15 pounds. In case of ignoring this safety precaution, there is a risk of the bassinet collapsing and thereby hurting your child.
Another very convenient and handy attachment is the changing station. Helping you to avoid changing nappies on the cold floor which may cause discomfort to the baby, these generally rest on the long top rail of the play yard and are hinged on the other smaller rail, so that it can be flipped open whenever needed. These have a weight limit of 15 to 25 pounds, above which it should not be used.
Toy area and entertainment section
Some of the new designs come with inbuilt speakers, through which soothing music and lullabies can be played for the little one. With overhead toy bars, through which colorful, light effect toys can be suspended, the baby is kept involved and happy. Although these add-ons are a bit expensive, they are worth the expenditure if you want your baby to stay busy and secured in this play area.
One should consider the safety options, quality of body and the fabric used, proper ventilation available and the basic need prior to finalizing a play yard.