Some call it a toddler play yard, others refer to it as a Baby Playards, whereas others simply know it as a play yard. Regardless of the name you have given it, a play yard is an important unit that every new parent should seriously consider. It provides a safe, secure, and comfortable for babies to play and rest in. It also helps give parents the much-needed break since it has everything baby needs to stay entertained. What’s more, most play yards are built with versatility in mind in the sense that they can be used as a bassinet, changing station, and a crib.
In the following reviews, we have gathered the best models to make it easier to settle on what is suitable for your needs. We have also talked about various factors you need to have in mind when choosing a play yard.
Let’s start with the factors first.
1. Weight Capacity
The best playard has an impressive weight capacity. With that being said, if you are looking for a playard, try to go for a unit with the highest possible weight capacity. Such a playard is secure and safe, which is exactly what you want.
It’s should come with instructions on how to put it together. The instructions should be simple and precise so you can take the shortest time possible to assemble the playard. What’s more, It’s also should require few to zero assembly tools.
The best portable Playard is one that is lightweight and folds compactly. So, when looking for it make sure it ticks both of these boxes – it should fold compactly and be as lightweight as possible. Also, you should make a playard that comes with a tote bag your number one target.
We mentioned earlier that some baby play yards are super versatile. In our opinion, we think such playards are exactly what you should go for. Therefore, before you buy, make sure the play yard you are interested in comes with a bassinet and a changing station.
Now, let’s have a look at the reviews.
10Graco Portable Seat & Changer Playard
It is obvious that you want to have a much easier time caring for your baby. Well, this playard is what you need to achieve that. You can easily move it around the house so baby can always be near you. This means the baby will be comfortable and right next to you even when you are busy with other things. Furthermore, this playard for babies can quickly be converted from a changer to a seat. It features Newborn Seat station that creates a dedicated and cozy space to allow your baby to play freely. It also features a wipe-clean fabric that is very easy to clean should it get dirty.
- It’s very cute
- The color and design are amazing
- The flip feature is outstanding
- It’s has a great size
- Collapses easily for storage or transportation
- The vibrating bassinet is very soothing
- Assembly takes some effort
9Chicco FastAsleep Full-Size Travel Playard
You get more than just a Playard when you buy this unit. FastAsleep has a changing station and newborn napper not to mention boasting a full-size playard area. Ideally, the playard area is not just large but also it comes with a padded mattress. Furthermore, FastAsleep sets up in seconds and folds up easily. It also comes with a carry bag that carries it nicely making it easy to use anywhere, anytime. The zip and wash fabrics mean you will not have to put up with messes when you have this baby playard. When used as a napper, it is suitable for children up to 15 pounds. When used as a changer, it is ideal for those up to 30 pounds and 35 pounds when used as a playard.
- Folds up so you can easily travel with it
- The pad at the bottom is great
- It’s easy to use
- Could be more compact when folded
84moms Breeze Plus playard with Removable Bassinet and Changing Station
This portable playard is from the makers of mamaRoo. Having said that, expect it to be a lifesaver for your little one. It features a changer and removable bassinet; meaning you will get a complete package when you buy it. What’s more, this playard is designed to be traveled with, and it is great to be used from birth until your little one reaches 30 pounds. A convenient travel bag is included in the package that comes with this playard. Therefore, if you are looking for a playard for outdoor use, this is the unit to go for. It is everything you and your baby need.
- Very easy to set up
- Comes with a bassinet and changing station
- Great for new parents living in apartments
- Sturdy and folds easily
- Comes with a bag for ultimate portability
- It’s a bit heavy
7Graco Sport Outdoor Playard with Domed Canopy
Your little one needs a safe, secure, and comfortable place to play and rest in every time you go outside. The Graco Sport Outdoor Playard is a worthy investment because it ticks all the boxes. It comes with a large canopy that has a UV protective liner to protect your baby from the dangerous rays of the sun. Well, this will give you peace of mind knowing that your baby is totally safe. Besides, this outdoor playard an outdoor playpen base that is durable and waterproof. The role of the playpen base is to protect your baby from the ground elements. Another feature we must mention is the airy mesh tech fabrics that allow maximum ventilation and airflow.
- Very sturdy and seems capable of lasting a while
- The domed canopy is very helpful
- It folds up nicely
- Lightweight and assembles easily
- Would be better if the bottom was padded
64moms breeze GO portable travel playard
4moms is behind the production of another good product that will make your life and that of your baby a breeze. Unlike most playards, which are pretty hard to use, the 4moms breeze GO Portable travel playard is extremely easy to use. It closes and opens in just one step. To be more precise, if you want to open it, simply push on the central hub. And if you want to close it, pull on the central hub. The latches are automatic and work smoothly. As such, you do not need to undergo any complicated sequence in the name of opening or closing it. The playard comes with a travel bag that is convenient and helps make it very easy to carry.
- Stores perfectly in the zipped duffle
- Easy to put in the travel case
- Extremely easy to assemble
- The mattress is hard, but this can easily be solved by using cotton sheets and mattress protector
5Dream On Me Travel Light PlayYard
What’s great about this play yard is that it protects your baby without taking any form of comfort. Its sides are made from an airy and soft mesh fabric that will let your baby breathe through the fabric and stay comfortable all through. The mesh is also see-through to make it easy to keep an eye on the little one as well as to allow the little one to lookout. Another adorable feature of this unit is the well-thought-out mattress which has a built-in base plate to keep the frame firmly standing on the floor. By so doing, the mattress allows your child to sleep peacefully. This playard is available in various colors, including Black, White, Pink, and Blue.
- The mattress is thick enough
- Extremely durable and holds up well
- It’s very chic looking
- The price is unbeatable
- Very light in weight; hence, easy to move around
- Could be a little taller so children would not climb out easily
4Baby Trend Haven Wood Deluxe Nursery Center
Plenty of storage space, a removable full bassinet, and a canopy are what every parent who dreams of when they go to buy a baby playard. The Baby Trend Haven Wood Deluxe Nursery Center has made it here because it offers all the three. It is a complete package that provides you and your little one with everything you need to make sure you are very much comfortable. You will also get a flip-away changing table. Plus there is a one-hand locking mechanism that helps make this nursery center insanely easy to use. To care for the nursery center, simply use household mild soap and warm water. Do not bleach or wash any of the product’s parts in the machine.
- The sound machine and pockets are amazing
- The nursery center looks very cute
- The price is affordable
- The unit has a lot of pieces, and this might make it difficult to set up
3Baby Trend Dotty Resort Elite Nursery Center
Your baby’s nursery should not miss this well-made nursery center by Baby Trend. It is packed with lots of features that make it convenient to use and at the same time improve its versatility. The Safe Surround changing table is one of these features. It comes in handy when you want to change the diaper or preparing the baby for a bath. And when it’s not in use, simply remove it from the nursery center. Another feature is the diaper stacker that makes changing the baby a piece of cake. What’s more, this nursery center features a lightweight napper that, in turn, comes equipped with a canopy. There is also a vibration/music unit to keep the baby entertained.
- Well built and looks beautiful
- It is exactly as described
- Fairly easy to set up
- The lining in the bassinet is surprisingly soft
- The bassinet comes out for use independently
- The vibrating unit seems to drain batteries
2Baby Trend Tanzania Nursery Center
Baby Trend was established over 30 years ago. As such, it is safe to say that they have been around long enough to know exactly what new parents want for their babies. They make creative products that make the life of baby and that of their parents easy. This nursery center is one of their products. It has a removable full bassinet that is very handy. It also has a mobile featuring 3 adorable and plush toys. Another feature that cannot go unnoticed is the diaper stacker that’s great for keeping baby’s essentials. The nursery center is portable and lightweight; meaning you will be able to use it outdoors or wherever you want.
- Comes with a travel tote bag
- The nursery center is very cute
- Putting it together is a walk in the park
- Very sturdy and should last a while
- Has a perfect size
- The mattress pad leaves a lot to be desired
1Baby Trend Deluxe 2 Nursery Center (Lil Snooze)
It is the joy of every parent to see their little ones comfortable and secure both during the day and at night. The Baby Trend Deluxe 2 Nursery Center (Lil Snooze) is designed for this purpose – keeping children secure and comfortable. That being said, we think you need to invest in it. It features a cozy napper that has a canopy and a couple of plush toys. It also features a removable full bassinet, like the other nursery centers we have already reviewed. Moreover, this unit is equipped with large wheels, and it has brakes to provide extra security. It also has a one-hand locking mechanism and a flip-away changing table.
- The bassinet and changing station are helpful
- Has plenty of storage space for lotion, diapers, etc
- Easy to get from one room to another
- The unit is strong and sturdy
- Would be better if the changing station and bassinet could be cleaned
A baby play yard is all you need for your baby. It can be used on the go; meaning when you have it, neither you nor your child will be inconvenienced. It promotes comfort and at the same time keeps the baby secure and safe. That being said, we hope you have found a suitable model from the reviews above.