10 Best Play Yards of 2017

The Best Play Yards

What Are The Best Play Yards? – Let’s Review!

When you have a child, you can’t hold them in your arms 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, though you may want to. Because of this, many baby manufacturers make playards that can include a bassinet, a changer and a napper, all to give your baby a place to relax in comfort. However, when you look at all the options out there on the market and the different features that come with those, how do you know which is the best playard or pack n’ play to fit not only yours, but your child’s needs.

With that in mind, we decided to do some shopping for you and compile a list of our 10 Best Play Yards in 2017 to give you some ideas of the options out there for you and your little one.

We hope that with the recommendations on our list, we can make the process a bit easier for you so you can spend your time focusing on your little one and not where they nap.

Ready? Let’s get started.

Here Is the Chart for the 10 Best Play Yards

1Pack N Play Playard Bassinet with Automatic Folding Feet by Graco

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Graco, one of the biggest names in baby products continuously releases high quality products for your children without overloading your budget at the same time. Their Pack N Play Playard Bassinet with Automatic Folding Feet is no exception and offers parents a quality product.

Designed to allow your little one to be comfortable and relaxed whether they are at home or spending the night with family, The Pack N Play comes equipped with a full-sized bassinet that can easily accommodate a child that weighs under 15 pounds safely. Along with an attachable toy bar to help keep them entertained as they drift off to sleep.

Collapsing and storing the Pack N Play couldn’t be easier. Featuring automatic folding feet and wheels, they help make the playard fold into a small size that once stored in the convenient carrying bag, taking the Pack N Play on trips to the grandparents house, the park or even storing the play yard in your car is much easier

Why we love it – The Pack N Play Playard Bassinet with Automatic Folding Feet from Graco offers parents a high quality play yard for their little one that is easily one of the top pack and plays with a bassinet on the market today and we have no problem making this our top rated pack n play.

2Pop N’ Play Portable Playard by Summer Infant

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The Pop N’ Play Portable Playard from Summer Infant is a great option for those parents looking to create a safe and durable play yard for their child that is a high quality product, sets up in seconds and is easily stored or transported to the next place it needs to be used.

With a quick set up system that can go up in seconds, the lightweight metal frame, with its unique design gives your child a wide play space that’s as versatile as it is innovative. A water resistant floor helps keep your little one dry even when the Playard is placed on damp grass. As useful outdoors as it is indoors, the floor can help keep carpets clean when accidental spills happen.

With an available canopy, on those bright and sunny days, you can keep your little one safe from the harmful UVA and UVB rays. While it easily attaches to the playard, it is sold separately but can easily fit into the playard storage bag by compact folding the canopy.

Why we love it – The Pop N’ Play Portable Playard from Summer Infant is a quality option for those parents who want to have fun outdoors with their child. With its water resistant floor and ultra-lightweight frame which makes storing and transporting in its storage bag, the Pop N’ Play is our choice for one of the best play yards for travel

3Pack ‘n Play with Reversible Napper and Changer Playard by Graco

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The Pack ‘n Play with Reversible Napper and Changer Playard from Graco is just another example of the innovative designs that one of the biggest baby product manufacturer offers parents to help take care of their child. With its high quality options and moderate price, this is one playard that is an excellent choice for any parent.

Designed to be an all-in-one playard, offering the benefits of a bassinet plus the convenience of a changer that is easily accessible with a push of the locking button and flipping whichever one you are using over to the other option. Having both available at the push of a button saves parents time when their little one may be crying in the bassinet because of a messy diaper.

As your baby grows, the Pack ‘n Play becomes a traditional playard with the insert removed, offering your child room to stretch out and get comfortable. With an attachable toy bar with soft toys, which will allow them to interact and play while they drift off to dreamland. Handy storage pockets help give parents a place to keep extra diapers and wipes instead of running around to find them when needed.

Why we love it – The Pack ‘n Play with Reversible Napper and Changer Playard from Graco offers parents a great option for handling two majors events of your child’s day: sleeping and diaper changes. A simple push of a button makes having the right option at the right time much easier than with other playards on the market.

4Pack ‘n Play Playard by Graco

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A basic playard, the Pack ‘n Play Playard from Graco offers parents an option to create a space for their child that is all their own. Even with this seemingly basic playard offering from the manufacturer, the features that it does have make it a convenient option for any parent.

Weighing around 25 pounds, the durable frame construction ensures that the extra-large area will be able to handle your child’s active play with ease. The airy mesh surround helps ensure that maximum ventilation to help make sure that your child is never too hot or too cold while in the playard.

The setup process for the Pack ‘n Play Playard is one of the easiest on the market. Taking less than a minute to go from bag to set up completely, you can simply create a roomy space for your little one to rest securely. Storage and transportation is taken care of as well. When you collapse the Pack ‘n Play, the convenient carrying bag makes it easy to pack up and store in a closet or in your trunk.

Why we love it – While many pack ‘n play playards from Graco will come with many high end features found on deluxe play yards, the Pack ‘n Play Playard is the direct opposite. With an extra-large area for your child to play and rest in, this play yard may be a great backup option for many parents.

5Pack ‘n Play Playard Bassinet Changer with Cuddle Cove Rocking Seat by Graco

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Always creating new innovations to help parents not only care for their children, but help the relax and sleep comfortably, Graco has taken a major step forward with the Pack ‘n Play Playard Bassinet Changer with Cuddle Cove Rocking Seat by offering a playard with not one, but two rockers to help soothe your child.

With a gentle vibration that affects both the rocking seat and bassinet, coaxing your little one into an afternoon slumber is much easier. A removable rocking seat, with attached carrying handles to help you move your baby from the pack ‘n play to somewhere else in the house keeps the comfort going in every room of the house.

Keeping your child’s environment and objects that they interact with on a daily basis clean and tidy is extremely important to avoid any illnesses. Graco realizes this and with the Cuddle Cove Rocking Seat, a machine washable cover is included to make clean ups much easier.

With every child, the amount of items needed to take care of them  grows and grows and trying to find a clean diaper at a moments notice needs to be easier and with its included cubbies that can be used for clothes, diapers or wipes, having one of those moments is a thing of the past.

Why we love it – The Pack ‘n Play Playard Bassinet Changer with Cuddle Cove Rocking Seat from Graco offers parents a deluxe option for all of their child soothing needs. With its innovative vibration and rocking features, this could easily become a play yard that is used by a family for generations to come.

6Pack ‘N Play Playard with Newborn NapperStation DLX by Graco

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Taking things another step further, the Pack ‘N Play Playard with Newborn Napperstation DLX from Graco offers the benefits of a playard combined with the features of a baby swing to help your little one rest and is designed to grow with your child from newborn to infant and to toddler.

The bassinet included with the NapperStation creates a safe and comfy spot for your little one to take a nap while they drift off to sleep listening to the enhanced electronics module included with the NapperStation that contains 5 classical songs, 5 soothing nature sounds along with a vibration setting that features 2 separate settings in the napper and the bassinet and comes with an auto shut-off timer.

When your little one gets old enough, the NapperStation easily converts into a spacious playard and with Graco’s signature push-button fold, collapsing the playard to transport or store is hassle-free and quickly done. With a quilted mattress pad that can provide a soft space for your little one to nap on and an airy mesh on all sides for ventilation provides them with a very comfortable place that’s just for them.

Why we love it – Designed to be more than just your average playard, the Pack ‘N Play Playard with Newborn Napperstation DLX from Graco gives parents one major thing when compared to other playards on the market: options. Having multiple ways to use the NapperStation to help your little one rest is what makes it one of our top playpens for babies.

7Breeze Play Yard by 4moms

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One of the most frustrating things for a parent to do when using a play yard for their child, is setting up and taking their playard down. With the Breeze Play Yard from 4moms, the process is made much easier so parents dont struggle to set up their child’s own litte space.

Setting up the Breeze for your child is just that. Pushing down on the central hub at the bottom of the play area will open the playard and lock the legs and playard into place. This is a much easier process that those that require you to lock each side before pressing down in the central hub. Collapsing is just as simple. By pulling up on the central hub, the Breeze collapses into a compact size that can be easily transported of stored in the travel bag.

The durable construction and sturdy frame help ensure that when you baby is laying in the removable bassinet or in the large play area underneath, that they are both relaxing comfortably and safe in their playard.

Why we love it –.The Breeze Play Yard from 4moms uses the term right out of the box literally. With its ultra-simple set up, in no time, your little one will be relaxing in a space that is all their own.

8New Room2 Portable Playard by Joovy

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With a lot of traditional playards, the amount of room that your little one has to relax in or play in is limited. With the New Room2 Portable Playard from Joovy, running out of room to play in should not be a concern for you or your little bundle of joy.

With its overall size being roughly 50% larger than other playards on the market, the Room2 offers more play space for your little one, allowing you to use it longer than a normal playard as they will continue to have room as they grow.

With an included sheet for the playard mat and mesh sides to not only allow for visibility but for ventilation as well, the Room2 ensures that whether there is one child or multiple using the playard, they are completely comfortable the entire time.

What we love it – The New Room2 Portable Playard from Joovy offers parents a wide open space for their child to play in or take a nap in that can be used as they grow up. The wide open space will allow for many more play dates as the playard can accommodate both children easily.

9Smart and Simple Playard by Ingenuity

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For any parent looking for a reliable and high quality option when buying a playard for their child without feeling like they are spending too much money on not enough quality, should look at the Smart and Simple Playard from Ingenuity. While its name implies a basic playard, the features and price make this worth a second look.

The Smart and Simple Playard has the features that parents may look for to make caring and helping their child relax a much easier process. With their Dream Centre bassinet, a cozy and comfortable place for your little one to relax surrounds them in comfort. Diaper changes are much easier as well with an elevated changing table that pivots out of the way. Finding a new diaper or wipe is much easier as well with included storage pockets that help keep your baby’s things organized.

Ingenuity has taken steps to ensure that those times when you’re child isnt using the Smart and Simple Playard, storing the playard and keeping it clean are hassle free. With its fold and go system, you don’t have to remove the bassinet making it a much faster process. While many parents realize that babies will make a mess, Ingenuity has made it possible to wash the dream centre, mattress and changing pad, all of the most likely items to need some refreshing after use.

Why we love it – The name of the Smart and Simple Playard from Ingenuity notwithstanding, the playard offers parents a high quality playard with options both found and not found on some higher priced products without breaking their budget. All in all, this is the playard on our list that is completely worth the money spent.

10Lullaby Glow Playard by Chicco

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While many playards on the market will provide parents with alot of options for them to help take care of their child, many do not offer any features to keep the child entertained or help them drift off to sleep in the napper. The Lullaby Glow from Chicco aims to correct that by providing your child with both stimulation and relaxation when in the napper as well as the bassinet.

With its 2-in1 Napper design, you can easily use the napper in the bassinet or even as an independent napper on the floor. When used with the bassinet, your little one can drift off to slumberland listening to sweet lullabies and nature sounds from the electronic corner unit on the Lullaby. To add even more options to help your child relax, the Glow come with a glowing mobile that can be used with the bassinet, doubles as a projector, showing a starry night when the lights are off  and can even be used as a detachable nightlight when your little one grows up.

The changer for the Lullaby easily snaps on and provides parents with an extra-large organizer to help with quick changes. When done, it can easily be cleaned with its wipeable vinyl pad and removable cover for easy machine washing. The changer unit itself can be smartly stored on the side of the playard when not in use, keeping it out of the way.

Why we love it  –  The Lullaby Glow from Chicco is a versatile playard for parents looking for a playard the can grow with their child. From the lighted mobile that can become a nightlight for your child as they grow up to the side storage of the changer, keeping it out of the way when not needed, The Lullaby Glow gives parents a lot of features to enjoy for years to come.

How We Chose the Top Play yards in Our List

Choosing the best play yard for your child shouldn’t be one of the hardest decisions that you have to make during your day. To make it much easier, when we were compiling our list of the 10 Best Play Yards in 2017, we looked at certain criteria in order to make sure that the ones we are recommending, live up to standards that many parents might have for their child’s things. Our criteria included:

Removable bassinet and changer

Buying many different products for your child can get expensive very, very quickly. Having a play yard that not only provides your child with a bassinet for them to sleep in and a changing table to handle lots of dirty diapers can make all the difference if you’re traveling or at the grandparents house and don’t have access to the standard furniture that may be found in your child’s room

Wheels

The biggest difference between your child’s crib and their play yard is that a play yard may come equipped with wheels. Wheels allow your child’s play yard to be a mobile device, moving from room to room as you need it to. With these wheels however, you will want to make sure that you look for lockable wheels in case you happen to be on a sloped surface.

Easy folding mechanism

Have you ever watched a parent try to unfold and collapse a play yard? It can be funny and painful to watch a parent struggle to set up and then take down their child’s play yard. While it’s not possible to try the folding mechanism in the store, you can read reviews from other parents who have bought the product to get an idea of how easy it is to fold the play yard.

Storage

Double strollers are very similar to single strollers for your child. They come with wheels, brakes, seats and restraints for your child. Basically the same thing, just bigger. However, looking for specific features like a removable seat cushion for easy cleaning or an activity center in front of your child for them to play with are things that parents may look for as an added feature when buying a stroller.

Certification Seal

When looking for a play yard for your child, finding one that has received a certification stating that the play yard was tested for quality and safety by and independent source is something that parents should definitely look out for. This seal is provided by the JPMA or Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association. Through this Association, products with this seal are some of the best quality and safest items on the market.

Benefits of an play yard

A Lot of the features that can help make your child’s play yard an important purchase can also be major benefits of not only owning a play yard, but using a play yard to help you raise and care for your child. These benefits include:

Bassinet

Having a bassinet that your little one can take a nap in can be useful and can come in handy almost all of the time whether you are home or out at the grandparents house for the day. Providing your child with a nice, comfortable place to take a nap, having one that securely fastens to the play yard while in use and isn’t easily disengaged by other children by accident is a great benefit and a safety benefit as well.

Changing Station

Let’s face it. Babies and dirty diapers are synonymous with each other. When you’re out with them at a family reunion, you’re not likely to have their changing table with you and crawling around on the floor might not always be the best option. A play yard that comes with a changing station attachment can make changing your child’s diaper a much easier process, keeping everything in one place and making it much easier not only for you but for your child as well.

Portability

Many manufacturers have realized over the years that a play yard isn’t going to just be used in a parent’s home and remain stationary. Parents will take their child’s play yard just about anywhere they can. With many play yards offering an option of portability, many choose to take it with them on trips to the grandparents’ house, giving their little one a place to sleep or even at their own home outdoors, which allows a backyard napping place for their little bundle of joy.

Foldability

How many times have you seen it? Either in a park or at a family event, that one parent who spends way too much time struggling to collapse their child’s play yard and once they get it done, they look like they just did the hardest workout of their lives. The better the foldability, the easier it can be for you to set up and collapse quickly so that your little one has a place to themselves to play or sleep or set up quickly so you have a place where the sleepy baby in your arms can take a nice long nap.

Wheels

A play yard isn’t designed to be as heavy or as bulky as a typical stroller. Because of this, many play yards often come with a set of lockable wheels or swivel casters as a standard to make moving the play yard around the house much easier. Finding a play yard with easily locked wheels is a plus as is a play yard that can roll once folded.

Canopy

For many parents, a play yard is the perfect solution to use when you’re outside with family and your little one is ready for a nap, but you want to still keep them close. This is great, but on a sunny day, unless you have an abundance of shade, mother nature’s bright light is going to be shining on their little face. To combat this, a lot of manufacturers offer a detachable canopy to keep them protected. When the bassinet is no longer in use or the sun decides to hide, simply remove the canopy.

Storage

If there is one thing that all parents can most likely agree on it’s this: kids have a ton of stuff. Clothes, diapers, bottles toys, wipes and on and on. Many play yard manufacturers agree with those parents and have built play yards with storage built in. This can be great for extra diapers, wipes, clothes, blankets or anything else your little one may need when they are in their play yard.

Extra Features

With a lot of play yards on the market, many manufacturers have started adding additional features that can help entertain their child while they are spending time in their bassinet. Mobiles with suspended toys or a detachable baby gym can be used as a mat on the floor for tummy time. The more extra features that the pack and play comes with, the more the play yard will cost to buy.

Different types of Play Yards

Like any other product for your child, there may be some variations between the products that you can buy and play yards are no exception. Depending on what you are looking for, there is sure to be an option on the market for your needs. Some examples include:

Basic

Like its name, a basic play yard doesn’t comes with all the bells and whistles that a deluxe model might. These types can be described as a utility play yard, built to be moved from one room to another or packed up and transported in the back of your vehicle. Typically, these will come with mesh sides for breathability and a travel bag for easy transportation.

Deluxe

At the higher end of the pricing scale, deluxe play yards will come with much more interactive and add-on features. These tend to be bigger play yards than a basic model, so transporting the play yard may not be as easy. All of the add-ons that come with this model will increase the price of the play yard accordingly.

Choosing what’s best for you

Choosing the right play yard is much more than choosing a place for your child to play and sleep. Both they and you need to be comfortable spending time using it. Finding one that has the comforts for them and features for you to help take care of your child can be daunting.

But as with any product that you purchase for your children, all the options and features will boil down to your personal preference and what you are looking for in a play yard.

Our hope is that with our list of the 10 Best Play Yards in 2017, our recommendations have given you an idea of what to look for when choosing a play yard for your little one.

Do you have a Play Yards on our list? Let us know how you like it in the comment section below.

Last Update on the 13th of June 2017

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