Choosing a Graco Pack n Play Playard

Choosing a Graco Pack n Play Playard


It’s true, I could have probably lived without a Graco Pack n Play Playard, insert my mother-in-law correcting me by saying “playpen” here, but I found my daughter really enjoys a space of her own to play. With me nearby of course. I guess I am what you call a “helicopter parent” because I hover. Now that my baby is crawling and pulling up, she’s into anything and everything. After what I thought was a good job of child proofing our living room, I even got down on my hands and knees and crawled around the room to see if there was anything I missed from her level that she could get into. Found a few things I missed.

There are a Lot of Choices in a Graco Pack n Play Playard

Graco Pack n Play Playard

There are many models of the Graco line of playards. It just depends on what you want. All of the models are safe. I personally never leave my baby alone for a second if she’s awake, however if she’s napping I’ve used that time to do other things around the house. When she’s awake, there are several things for her to do besides her toys. I can set music to play either from my iPod or from the pre-loaded music which came with her playard. I also have a mobile I attach to the playard she never gets tired of watching when she’s chilling out for a nap. There are also Graco models that have changing tables, and even storage.

Just Want a Simple Graco Pack n Play Playard?

Graco Pack n Play Playard

Graco really went all out over the last few years adding bassinets, changing tables and so many other features to the playards. I have to admit when they added the music center and light show you can make for your baby, I was sold. But if you just want a playard. Something to have handy that will also fold down and travel well, there are just simple styles in the Graco line too.

Accessories Make the Playard More Fun

Graco Pack n Play Playard

There are a good number of accessories available that make your playard more comfy for your baby. A playard mattress is a great thing to get especially if you travel. Make sure the mattress is fitted to your playard size. You don’t want any gaps. Sheets are easy to come by, and a nice comfy cover for you baby and you’re set for overnighters at Grandma’s or a family vacation.

How Easy is it to Move Around?

Graco Pack n Play Playard

In the house, my particular style of playard has wheels that lock in place once I have it where I want it, so the answer is very easy. I have found for the few vacations and visits to my parents, that the playard was very easy to fold down and not difficult at all to set back up. My Graco playard also came with a nice carrying back so we can fold down our daughter’s traveling bed and pop it in the back of the car.

I love the convenience of having a Graco Pack n Play Playard. Until I had a child of my own, I thought playpens were just something mothers put their babies in to get a break. In fact, I cringe now that I am a parent, I read a story when I was pregnant on a website geared for Moms, that left her baby in the playpen for hours at a time and really wondered why everyone else seemed to have an issue with it. My daughter has a blast in hers playard but I try to keep her day pretty busy without being over-stimulating. But I definitely see that the playard is one of the best purchases we made because we’ve already gotten more than our money’s worth from the usefulness of this.


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