An excellent alternative for playpen is the Toddler Play Yard. They are available in many different make and style. There’s one which is constructed of all plastic material comprising of large blocks of bright colored non-toxic plastic, others are made of wood or metal tubes with foam padding all around it and some are just plain thick foam attached together. You can also find a transportable one with small wheels like the “Graco Pack and Play” so you can use it both for inside and outside. Like portable cribs, when you’re done with it or when it’s time to sleep you can simply fold it into small unit for easy storage under the mattress or behind the door. Listed below are several helpful guidelines on how to choose the perfect product for your preferences.
Check the item’s descriptions: pay attention to the suggested age usage, different age needs specific design, if you have a youngster who still crawls and is just figuring out how to sit and you are concern about affordability, an inexpensive play yard will do. Almost all Play Yards or Play Gates are made of lightweight plastic material and if your kid is strong enough to lift it then it would be useless. Another thing is that lightweight play yard can be easily pushed over and if your unit doesn’t have the feature of an anchor and you have a large floor area then you will need to find a way to anchor it.
Examine the design construction: if your little one has already learned how to walk and climb then you’ll need a sturdy and durable one. Select one with a stable foundation and with good workmanship or else it will break into pieces and possibly end up hurting your baby. Some play yards are equipped with a plastic meshed wire and horizontal grills that is very easy to climb. If you are more worried about safety you might want one with vertical grills only to avoid them from climbing it or if there’s no available one you can have one with horizontal grills but you need to use some interlocking floor mats under it to pillow them just in case they tumble.
Check for functionality and overall appearance: Some brands has the capability of connecting two or more units together like one big rectangular playpen so it can still support your children as they grow older or if you are lucky enough to have a twin babies or even triplets you can just buy two or three units and connect them together into one giant baby play yard. Some material such as the plastic play yard usually has a built-in toy on them safely mounted to the side divider. For ultra energetic baby an extra tall panel is a nice thing to have, 30 inches side panel will do the trick. Choose one that complements your existing decorations, one that matches the color of the surrounding walls and curtains.
Based on some customer evaluations from folks who actually bought and used them, the majority of the playpen or toddler play yard that are commonly available in the market nowadays are somewhat flimsy and easy for crawling infant to move. Some needs anchoring to the wall which involves some additional work and purchase of materials like hook considering that they are not included in the package. And because of that, some people particularly those with basic knowledge in woodworking and own the required equipment are making them on their own. They use scrap woods from their previous projects and made them into a one-of-a-kind and sturdy wooden play pen.