While I received this product for free, the opinions and thoughts included in this review are my own.
When my older girls were born, it seems like there were far less products that so thoughtfully addressed the actual needs of babies and stressed-out parents (or perhaps I just wasn’t aware of them at the time). With the youngest one now I’ve discovered a new world of seemingly simple yet ultimately brilliant items that have enhanced our lives and eased many common troubles we’ve faced. Things like color video monitors, temporal scan thermometers, and my latest love, the Pack n Play from Graco.
This product is so handy and combines to cover so many baby needs at once that I’m not sure where to start! I guess I’ll go with the potability factor. I was worried that it would be overly complex to assemble- one of those items that’s technically portable but that you’d rather die than take anywhere. I shouldn’t have fretted. As long as you follow the clear instructions, which are conveniently printed on the floor pad as well as in the instruction book that can stay with the Pack n Play in a handy attached pouch, you should have no problems setting it up and breaking it back down. The whole thing folds up into a surprisingly small, compact travel backpack for easy portability. My main tip would be to make sure the sides are firmly locked in place before pushing the floor down- and conversely to make sure the sides are unlocked before trying to pull the floor back up. Do not try to force it.
Especially with the warm weather months arriving, the playard is so nice to have on hand. We can easily and safely take the baby along to to outdoor picnics at the park or beach, as well as parties and get-togethers without worrying if friends will have a safe place for the baby to play or a comfortable spot for her to nap. The nest bassinet features built-in 2-speed vibrations which the baby found extremely soothing, particularly when trying to fall asleep in unfamiliar places. You’re basically taking your child’s own little world right with you.
Another great feature is the portable changing pad, which lets you change diapers right in the playard- or anywhere you’d like.
Since it’s designed to transition along with your baby from newborn to infant to toddler, I feel the price is well worth it. We’re going to be getting a ton of use out of this item, plus it feels so sturdy and well-made that I could easily see passing it along to a friend after we’re done.
Overall I couldn’t have been more pleased. I feel the Pack n Play has enhanced our lives and made caring for our baby easier.