The Best Playpen and Play Yards 2015

Best Playpen and Play Yards for Babies and Toddlers

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What are Playpens?

Play yards, also known as playpens are the perfect investment for a parent of a child.  A playpen is a great product for times when you need to keep your child safe when you cannot be tending to them.  If you’re washing the dishes, you can pop your child into the playpen, and then wheel them into the kitchen, allowing you to wash up, and keep an eye on your child knowing they’re safe.

In this article, I’ll take you through the best playpens, both for you and your children

playpensHow to Pick the Best Playpen

If you’re short on time, and don’t want to trawl through playpen reviews, then I’ve put together this handy comparison table so you can quickly see which pens are the best.  If you want to do some more in-depth research, consider some of the following points:

  • Travel Playpen
    • This is often an overlooked feature.  Rather than having a travel playpen and a static playpen, why not combine them both?
  • Safety
    • Always make sure that your playpen meets the current safety measures.  You want to look for the BS EN 12227, 1999 or 2010 safety mark.
  • Easy to clean
    • Unsurprisingly, playpens can get messy.  Since you can’t throw it in the washing mashing, make sure that is is made of easy-to clean fabric.  Think about investing in some fitted sheets that can be thrown in the wash
  • Woven Mesh
    • Ensure that there is a tightly woven mesh on the playpen. You need to ensure that the mesh is small enough, so that buttons cannot get stuck to the mesh
  • Padding
    • Take care when purchasing a pen.  The best playpens have discreet hidden hinges, and metal is well padded

Playpen Comparison Chart


 Which is the best playpen?

Graco Pack ‘N Play Element

This is by far my favourite playpen.  The Graco Pack ‘N Play Element is a very ingenious product, which is a cross between a travel playpen and a child’s crib. The product can actually be used for an assortment of different purposes, including changing your baby’s diaper, allowing your baby to take a nap and monitoring your baby while they play.

The Graco Pack ‘N Play is extremely versatile, and offers an all round great experience for both the child and the parent.  This is why I have also chosen the Graco Pack ‘N Play Element has my Best Playpen.

Graco Pack N Play Element Playard

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$109.95 $139.99

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Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Playpen

A very close contender for number one, however pipped to the post on cost alone.  The Lotus Travel Crib is more expensive than our number one, however it is an exceptional product.   The Lotus Travel Crib ones with an excellent carry bag that easily lets you carry the playpen wherever you like.

In addition, it is extremely lightweight, as comes with a zipper door on the side allowing for easier access to your child.  If this playpen were on offer, then it may well be number one overall.  If you’re simply after a great travel playpen, without all the additional features such as bassinets, then this is the one for you.

Lotus Travel Crib and Playard

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$204 $249.99

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Evenflo Portable Babysuite Deluxe


The Evenflo Portable Babysuite Deluxe is the perfect solution for parents who need a place for their baby to sleep and play.  It comes with a rotating changer and a full size bassinet.  A stand out feature of this playpen is the removable floor mat, which converts into a play mat, with an attachable toy bar to create a safe play space for your baby.  This also becomes a travel playpen, as it quickly folds and fits easily into a matching carry bag.

Evenflo Portable BabySuite Deluxe

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From around $100