10 Best Playpens and Play Yards for Babies Reviewed in 2019
As the baby starts to crawl and walk, they’ll want to, metaphorically speaking, run free. (They’ll want to literally run a little later, once they’ve got better coordination and control of movement.) Parents know that while little ones need some space to explore on their own, boundaries are important safety measures. That’s why playpens and play yards are such a useful tool while raising a child.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 112 hrs of research
Easy to Clean
- Summer Infant Pop N' Play
- Kidzone 8 Panel Safety
- Delta Children 36" x 36"
- Graco Pack 'n Play Change 'N Carry
- Evenflo Versatile Play Space
- Gupamiga Classic Set 14 Panel
- Regalo Portable Aqua 6-Panel
- BABYSEATER Pack and Play Portable
- Baby Care Vivid
- North States Superyard Colorplay
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
10 Best Playpens & Play Yards Reviewed
1. Summer Infant Pop N' Play
Easy to Clean
Canopy (sold separately) doesn’t fit in a travel bag
If you love a playard that is both sturdy and portable (we know you do!) then this one has your name on it! Built for indoor or outdoor use, this playard has mesh sides for easy visibility and a canvas water resistant floor, great for outdoor use!Read more
An excellent addition to any home, making it easy for parents and young children to stay within sight and sound of each other. This sort of accessibility helps children and parents stay stress-free, giving the baby a safe place to explore and learn.
When set up, it makes for a spacious place of play and fun for your little one! Included is a travel bag, to make packing and storage even easier.
No longer fear the sand or dewy grass, your baby will stay dry and comfortable. The Summer Infant Pop N' Play Portable Playard is lightweight and compact-able, but don’t be fooled! It is perfect for babies.
2. Kidzone 8 Panel Safety
Safety Locking Gate
No tools required for assembly
Easy to clean
Does not include flooring
Does not come with a case
This playpen is a good time waiting to happen! Brightly colored to stimulate the mind and eyes of your little one, this playpen even comes with an activity board that infants and toddlers will love!Read more
This playpen offers a sense of fun without compromising safety. The bright colors and built-in games will encourage play and the use of motor skills, further inspiring learning and exploration. The flexibility to build and shape with addable and subtract-able panels make this unique to any set of needs and many different spaces.
Just add or subtract panels to form different shapes, and you’ve got something that always feels new, or offers the comfort of familiarity, whatever your preference! Great for carpet or a hardwood floor, the suction cups on each panel and safety lock at the gate give you the peace of mind every parent deserves.
Easy to set up, and adjustable in size makes this accommodating to any room. Plus, it has a safety lock so little ones can't get out and hurt themselves.
3. Delta Children 36" x 36"
Includes mattress and carry case
Eligible for free replacement parts
Not recommended for children over 30lbs
With a unisex design and a cozy feel, this is a must for any household. Built for sleep or play, this spacious play yard is sized to do either comfortably, and has mattress flooring!Read more
The soft padding and mesh sides let baby squeeze, push, grasp and lay without risk of hurting the play yard or his/herself.
This foldable play yard is easy to set up and comes with its own carry case making it ideal for a hassle-free car or airplane ride. Prioritize your little one’s comfort and play at the same time with this sturdy and colorful play yard.
With varieties of animals and colors printed on the sides, this play yard is captivating and exciting to the little people in your life. Built with varieties of textures, the tactile experience is great for little ones!
4. Graco Pack 'n Play Change 'N Carry
Easy to fold
Built on sturdy wheels
Comes with full-sized, removable bassinet
Includes changing area
Mesh walls keep baby ventilated
Baby will be too heavy for bassinet after the first few months; 15-pound weight limit
The mattress is thin and very firm
The Graco Pack N’ Play is your at-home and away go-to. This play yard features a removable, full-size bassinet in case baby needs to snag a quick nap. The playpen’s changing station can be used with or without the changing pad for added comfort.Read more
Built for baby to nap, play, or fuss their way through changing, this play yard has it all. It’s easy to fold and carry with you so you won’t need multiple playpens to accommodate travel. The mesh fabric keeps it airy so baby will be comfortable for hours to come.
With wipe-clean fabric, you won’t have to worry about spending hours trying to keep the baby’s space tidy. Airy mesh surrounds all sides of the pen, making it breathable and comfortably ventilated. Featuring wheels for convenient mobility, this playpen is ideal for anyone who might need to pack it up and take it on the go with them.
The frame is durable but easy to break down, with quick-folding action that renders the play yard compact and movable. Equipped with a carrying bag, the Graco Pack N’ Play truly lives up to its name and the company’s lauded reputation.
5. Evenflo Versatile Play Space
Easy to set up
Great for infants
Won’t scratch floors
Could be used for pets
Not suited to toddlers due to lightweight design
This lavishly spacious play space is ideal for indoor or outdoor use. Uniquely designed with reversible legs means that this play space has stakes for lawn stability, and otherwise floor pads to prevent scratching for any indoor setting.Read more
Weather resistant and easy to set up, make this excellent for blocking off potentially dangerous areas (fireplace, etc) but also perfect for keeping your little one and all of their favorite things in one place. With attaching and detaching panels, the size and uses are totally up to you!
This product offers a great way to bring your little one outside without worrying about what they can get into. By picking the best space and setting up this play space, you get to pick their exploration range. Great for indoor use as well, especially with some favorite toys. Overall this is a great space for any baby to explore the outdoors or indoors!
The opportunity to include the little one in some outdoor activities is an invaluable tool for development, and due to the weather resistance and (built in) stakes for stability, this has so much to offer families who love some adventure.
6. Gupamiga Classic Set 14 Panel
Easy to clean
Good for indoor/outdoor use
Easy to construct
Does not come with padding
Not tall enough to keep pets out
This durable playpen is excellent for your curious little one. Vibrant with colors and built-in activities, it promises to captivate their interest time and time again.Read more
The large design gives plenty of space for ample walking practice in a safe environment!
Due to the size and stability, this is an excellent place for an infant or toddler to pull themselves up and explore. Whether they can already walk or are just practicing, there is a lot to see and space will encourage them to practice. Offering visual and tactile stimulation in both the colors and activities, this is a must for any household with a little one who just needs a safe space to practice their new moves.
Excellent and sturdy for the babies just starting to pull themselves up and walk around, this is the perfect height to help for such motions and practice. Plus with pictures and activities built in, your baby won’t want to just sit for long!
7. Regalo Portable Aqua 6-Panel
Easy to set up
Comes with carrying case
Easy to store or transport
Not suited to children over 2
This foldable, washable, water resistant and easy to clean playard is every parent’s dream. Not only is it great for your little one by offering a safe place to play with a sturdy frame and a soft nylon bottom to sit or rest on, but it's also easy to use and easy to maintain.Read more
This playard is plenty accommodating for your little one and their books, toys, or friends! A great learning environment because of the comfortability and ease it brings to the lives of parents and children, this playard is a must.
Let yourself have some luxuries in life with this playard, an excellent addition to any home or yard, great for camping and easy to take on the go. With mesh sides, your baby and keep you in their sights which frees them up to learn and play.
This is an ideal space for little ones. By being such an easy to use and easy to maintain product, the convenience this offers can’t be beat. When so much of life is about hustle and bustle, convenience means more time to be with the ones we love.
8. BABYSEATER Pack and Play Portable
Easy to clean
Indoor or outdoor use
Tall sides can be difficult for some
An excellent way to get the family out and exploring, this playard offers peace of mind that there is somewhere the baby can play, learn, and rest while the other members are doing the same.Read more
This playard is basically a ticket to explore because it makes taking the baby places easier. New places, smells, and textures are crucial to your little one's development, and with this, travel just got easier. So why not? Additionally, a safe environment is crucial to being able to learn, and as its easy to clean as well... This is everything your little one needs to be equipped for many new learning experiences.
Great for indoor or outdoor use, this playard even features a zippered door to let the baby crawl in or out, or to keep baby in, whatever your need is. With an extra cushion in the flooring, this is a place your baby will want to spend their time. Machine washable and with mesh sides, so your baby can have a great view, this is a must for the family with a sense of adventure.
A quality product that suits most scenarios is ideal for babies and their families. Excellent for staying in sight and sound, with a zippered door that (if unzipped) baby can roam in and out of make this your child’s first ever favorite place.
9. Baby Care Vivid
No tools necessary for assembly/disassembly
Free of nasty chemicals
31.6 square feet of enclosed space
Bold, bright, color options
No sharp edges for baby to injure themselves on
Mat must be purchased separately
Let your child roam as free as the safety can in this roomy playpen, compatible with all Baby Care playmats and gym mats.Read more
Free from BPA, phthalates, lead, latex, formaldehyde, and EVA, this robust plastic structure gives your baby room to explore and play, while ensuring they do it in a safe, contained the area. The set comes with ten panels total, but it can be combined with other Baby Care pens to create a larger space if you so desire.
No tools are necessary for assembly or take-down, and the stability clamps that secure and connect the tops of the panels are rounded to prevent snagging or pinching little fingers. The playpen is waterproof and comes in a variety of color choices: gray, blue and white, pink and white, or vivid (yellow, blue, and red). Grab a Baby Care mat for cushioning, and your family is all set for playtime.
This product offers safe, regulated playtime by providing enough room for children to crawl, run, wiggle, and explore, while still giving parents full control over just how far their infant can go. Baby won’t feel confined or trapped, and Mom and/or Dad can go about their business with peace of mind.
10. North States Superyard Colorplay
Bright primary colors
Encompasses up to 34.4 feet
Can be adjusted for smaller areas
Easy to fold
Panels click to let you know when they’ve locked into place
Free-standing; you may need a mat if you don’t want your little one directly on the floor
Won’t collapse, but will move under too much of baby’s weight
Lightweight, colorful, and adjustable, this eight-panel North States play yard is a bright, beautiful option! Free-standing, you can assemble this play yard in as little as a few seconds, and it can be used indoors or outdoors.Read more
Safe, durable, and meant for longevity, it’s no wonder North States is so confident in their products. This adjustable play yard can be used inside or outside and the size can be adjusted depending on how many panels you choose to use. It truly can fit in any space and in any room.
The panels are plastic and easy to fold for storage. Non-slip pads keep the playpen in one place and promise not to mar elegant hardwood floors. Self-locking positioning clicks into place with each panel so you know when you’ve got it at the right angle. When assembled with all eight panels, the play yard encompasses a space of up to 34.4 square feet (roughly seven feet across) and rises to 26 inches in height. If you want a smaller area for baby to roam, simply take out the desired amount of panels during assembly and leave them on the sidelines.
This is a basic, easy-to-use free-standing play yard. It’s perfect if you’re looking for something that can withstand some wear and tear, and it’s easy to clean, given that it’s constructed from quality plastics.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Safety is always a key priority because with infants and toddlers there are already plenty of fears that keep parents up at night. That’s why in our research we sought out the steadiest, sturdiest, and sometimes even securable playpens around. Offering family years of fun and freedom isn’t anything without some ensured peace of mind. We wanted to showcase products that are not only safe for any of your little one’s experimentation, but also for any accidents or mishaps.
We sought out those spaces that would be comfortable for their bodies, gentle if they were to fall, but sturdy enough to handle a restless little one. We confidently offer all of those powerful attributes in several of the above products because we know that the little one in your life deserves more than just a spot to crash.
In order to properly assess the most worthwhile play space investments for families, we took into account three needs all infants and toddlers have. Those needs are the need to play, to rest, and to be safe during both. All playpens listed above have adequately met those needs plus some. The features of each product as well as the age range for each product, is also detailed. The need for play is integral to development. Children learn through play, with the only variation being the type of play they enact, and that type of play is normally correlated with age and developmental stage.
How can you let yourself do the dishes or take a shower if you can’t be sure that your little one won’t be hurt if they fall, or could get their hand or foot stuck somewhere? We considered things of this nature very carefully to make sure that a solid selection was available for any loved one of an infant or toddler, who is having a hard time knowing just what they want or need, and what’s available to them.
Other Factors to Consider
All varieties of play contribute to intellectual, emotional, social, and physical development so we value them all equally. Making the proper space to do these things encourages the child naturally to observe and experiment with what is in their space and what they’re observing outside of it. We favored in this list, playpens that infants and toddlers could see out of, so they can see you, observe tasks being completed, or be in the outdoors in a risk-free environment.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Is it ok to bring a playpen for a baby to sleep in on vacation?
Yes, though a crib is recommended for long-term use, there is nothing wrong with using a playpen for short-term use so long as it is built with some padded flooring. Additionally, playpens are much easier to travel with than a full-sized crib.
q: Is a playpen really necessary?
Though some people consider them a luxury, they are totally worth it. If space is a concern, you can get one that folds up and fits in a closet or under a bed or crib. They are excellent for travel and some outings, and even just to keep baby in a safe place while you get a few things done around the house.
q: My baby doesn’t want me to leave her sight; is there anything I can do?
Excellent question! It is so crucial to be sensitive to your child’s needs and cries, and this is a scenario where a playpen can help as long as you select one with transparent (or mostly see-through) sides. That may help you put a little space between you and your little one for short periods of time so that you can get things done, but they can still see you and be comforted.
q: I’m planning to use this outside, will that ruin it?
It is highly dependent on the product that you choose, but there are many waterproof, easy-to-clean, weather-resistant options available above.
q: Will this attach to the wall?
None of these attach to walls specifically, but many are shapable to fit various rooms, or corners in rooms so there is much flexibility still in functionality.
q: Will this still stand if my 8-month-old pulls himself up with it?
Although most of these products have additional safety mechanisms for stability to hold up to such force, check products individually for what will best suit your needs.