We received this playpen as a gift following the birth of our 2nd son. I have used other play yards in the past as a former daycare provider, and found most playpens in this price range to have a short life span. This one has surpassed my expectations!
SET-UP: My husband and I found the initial setup to be fairly intuitive and the instructions were user-friendly. The pop-up side rails are sturdier, but easier to click into place than other models.
FEATURES: Upon completion, we noticed this playpen is a bit larger than the one we were previously using, allowing for more play space. It has a sturdier base than other models we have tried, and appears to have more legs, thus giving us the impression that it is much sturdier. The legs have yet to leave any scratches on our wooden floors, and have better feet on them than the previous models. The padded floor of the playpen secures nicely to the unit.
One of our favorite features is the flip-up changing area, which is sturdy enough even for our 10-month-old. It can be flipped back down outside the playpen, taking up very little room, but also shades one side of the playpen, which is particularly nice in our wildly sunny living room. One of the other accessories we have enjoyed is the removable diaper stacker. It holds a ton of diapers, yet takes up very little space on the exterior of the playpen.
PORTABILITY: As far as packing this playpen up or travel, it is a tad heavier than some playpens, but meets expectations otherwise. It has smooth wheels, which makes maneuvering it from room to room a breeze.
CONS: We have had a few minor complaints about the playpen. The first issue is that while the mobile that came with the playpen is bright and attractive, unfortunately it is only semi-useful until a child can stand. The mobile is heavier than the clip that is meant to hold it into place, so after a short while it starts to tip over on its own. My now-ten-month-old can easily pop the mobile off and toss it aside. The same is true of the sound and light accessory, but it does have a clear tone and a nice variety of songs and sounds for the younger infant that is not quite mobile yet. Also, my son is now able to reach over the playpen wall and pull all of the diapers out of the diaper stacker, so we do not really use this feature anymore.
Another issue worth mentioning involves the changing tray. When my son was not in the playpen but wandering around the living room instead, we had the changing tray flipped down on the exterior of the playpen. He managed to wedge his torso between the hinged changing tray and the side of the playpen, effectively trapping himself. He was fine, as I was only a few feet away and was able to free him, but I will definitely make sure from now on to flip the changing tray back up when the playpen is not in use.
OVERALL: I would rate this above any other portable crib we have used. I wish we were able to use the accessories a little longer, but other models do not come as highly-equipped anyway. I would recommend this if you want a sharp-looking, sturdy playpen that offers high-end features at a reasonable price.
I really like this pack-n-play! We had an Eddie Bauer model with our first child and it held up pretty well but we received this one as a gift, so now we're using it instead.
The whole system is super easy to assemble and the instructions are easy to follow. I like the extra strip of fabric along the top rails as my daughter likes to chew on the sides. The mesh is totally breathable.
Funny enough my favorite part is the diaper and wipes container on the side. It's so convenient and it's sturdy enough to hold a pack of wipes and a whole stack of diapers. Plus, this part is removable if you don't like it.
The mattress is firm enough that I wasn't worried at all about my newborn sleeping on her back in this at night. As a pediatrician, I'm all about safety.
I like the changing station and it worked well when my daughter was first born but now that she's so big we keep it folded up out of the way.
The soft blocks hanging from the mobile are cute but the mobile is a little flimsy and now that my daughter is more mobile she can pull on these and I'm afraid she'll snap it so we removed this part.
The whole thing, when packaged up in the carrying bag isn't as heavy as the other pack-n-play we have. It only weighs about 25 lbs and fits in the trunk of my small car.
This play yard is critical to my daily routine with my 10 month old! It is sturdy, big enough for her to crawl around in/stand up in and is a very neutral pattern. I also really like the diaper changing station that swings up onto the top of the play yard - puts your baby at waist height and keeps you from having to lean over. And the backing of the diaper changer is very solid so my daughter is sliding or leaning all over the place.
The only issue I had was with the mobile. It would clamp into place for a while but then would start to lean and, of course, my daughter would reach up and yank it down. We've had to remove it - which isn't a big deal for a 10-month old, but might be a little more important for a younger baby that is on their back and would like visual stimulation.
Overall, I'd definitely recommend!
We love this item - better than we anticipated and a lot more sturdy. The safety features were a nice bonus. Our daughter loves the mobile too! Definitely happy with all the Baby Trend items we have purchased so far!
i just got this play yard for my almost one month old and i love it. its easy to put together,great price and easy to fold back up and travel with....i would definitely recommend this product to anyone!!!!
Nothing fancy. Does its job. Just seems cheap.
Dislike all the pieces required for assembly. mobile takes 5 pieces, changing table takes 3-4, the top bed takes 6, etc...
Received as a gift. Will be purchasing [...] brand to replace.
We are first-time parents, so easy assembly is a must with our purchases. This was pretty easy to assemble and fits nicely next to the bed. The colors are nice, the pink is like a dusty pink and the little shade can switch sides of the play pen, which is a nice feature. I plan to use the bassinet and changing table first. Overall, very pleased with this item!
I was given this as a gift at my baby shower and I am very pleased with it so far. I assembled it myself while 7 1/2 months pregnant with no major problems. It seems pretty sturdy and I love the gender neutral colors. I think that if it is well taken care of it will last a long time. I am going to try to use it as a bassinet for the first couple of months in our bedroom and in the living room. I will just have to wait to see if our baby girl likes it too!
Looks nice and has some practical features without lots of frills. We've used it with our 11-month-old since he was born and we love it. Take down and set up is a breeze. But refresh yourself on the directions if needed because it's pretty much impossible if you don't do it the right way, but so simple if you do it the way it's meant to be done. The bassinet option is great for the first few months. It is sturdy and easy to put into place. I like the changing table design, how it's sturdy and flips out of the way when not in use. It does have a little bit of a slant, but that hasn't been a problem. With lots of use the "mattress" is sagging in the middle, and I will be looking for a thicker, better mattress replacement. I wouldn't expect more out of a pack-n-play mattress though. The only things we take with us in the carry bag when we travel are the frame, mattress, and a sheet because the extras don't fit. Overall love it and look forward with using it with the next one.
The design and features are very simple but, my 6 month old has been resting comfortably in his play yard since he was a few weeks old. His dad did not have any trouble piecing it together and it is very lightweight I love this product!