Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard Review
Relatively simple to assembly and disassembly
Sturdy construction for safe use but lightweight for transport
Sold for an affordable price
Provides safe space for the child to play and even take a nap
Convenient for home and travel use
Mattress pads not always comfortable and many additional accessories are sold separately
How it works
As every parent knows the moment your child starts crawling around this very moment you will have to supervise the child constantly because the crawling babies are famous for getting themselves into mischief. Pack and plays or usually called playards are a much better option than having to “baby-proof” a room, plus they are a great solution if you travel too.
If we take into consideration three factors we think are relevant when deciding to purchase a playard: affordability, safety, and portability we cannot but notice that Graco Pack and Play comes out among the first on the list of popularity among playards. The Graco Pack and Play is Graco’s brand of cozy, functional and comfortable playards, which make a safe space for babies and toddlers to play and sleep in.
This particular one is an affordable place that is designed to provide a spacious room for play and rest. Graco Pack N Play is a durable product that grows with your child and it is a great solution for families who like traveling without compromising the comfort of play and rest. This is an affordable option for families who do not have or do not use much a travel crib so they can use this Pack and Play Aspery product.
This Graco Pack and Play can be used as a sleeper too although the primary function is playard, place where your baby can play safely at home. When parents choose a playard they want to choose something that is not so heavy in order to be able to carry it around and at the same time with robust construction in order to keep the child safe enough.
The fabric is durable and it is easy to clean. The playard cannot be machine –washed but wipe-cleaned or cleaned with warm water and household soap. Graco Pack N Play can be easily folded and put in a carrying bag which is machine washable, which is very convenient because the pack and play playard is transported and stored in this bag. Graco’s materials that are used in the playard are claimed to be phthalate-free materials.
The carrying bag can be machine washed. Because of the portability, this Graco Pack N Play can be used as a travel crib where you can put the toddler for sleep while you are staying away for example on a holiday.
The roomy area inside the playard offers a great area for play but if your child decides to take a nap while playing this area gives this opportunity to the child, too. The padding that comes with this playard is actually pretty thin but that is normal because the playard is intended for playing and not for sleeping. Included in the product details and this package is a toy bar where you can put some soft toys that would be perfect for your child’s entertainment.
It is a nice additional feature that especially in infancy helps for visual stimulation and play. Children love to play inside the play area and at the same time are interested in trying to reach the toy bar with the soft toys so this is ideal for the period when the child is learning how to stand up by himself/herself as well as for the period when the child makes his/her first steps so he is using the frame of the playard as a support or something to hold on while making the first steps. In this context, we can say that this product really grows with your child.
Ease of use
The ease of use is enhanced with the automatic folding feet and wheels too that help this product to be folded into a single, small and compact package. By pulling up on a tag which is placed in the center of the playard bottom, the feet, and the wheels pull in and the whole unit collapses so it can be easily managed if we want to store it or put it in the carrying bag. The mattress pad can be wrapped around the playard and then the compact unit can be put in the carrying bag. However, one should manually lock or unlock the rails and support joints for corresponding assembly and disassembly, which on the other hand ensures that the playard is safe and sturdy when it is being used. In terms of cleaning and maintenance, it's recommended that you get specially designed Pack 'N' Play sheets so you won't have to spot clean the mattress.
Size and dimensions
However, we must also be aware that the playard must be in a way heavy because it has a solid and sturdy construction which on the other hand adds to the safety feature. There is no strict limitation regarding the weight of the child but approximately the weight of the child for the playard is 30 lbs. The size of the playard is also perfect for hotel rooms when you go on family vacations.
Price and Affordability
Although this product possesses all required safety features for a playard, Graco, unlike many other companies that subject themselves to testing and certifying for the fabrics used, provides no certification for the safety of the fabrics. When we talk about safety once again we have to mention the height limit of 35 inches or until kids are capable of climbing on their own.
The height limit is a requirement or better said safety precaution measure in all other Pack and Play products regardless of the brand. Of course, before you put the child inside the play area make sure that playard is completely set up. The manufacturer has clearly stated in the Instructions that the customers should not add any thicker or a different sized mattress because this may represent a danger for the child.
The Bottom Line
The wheels on the playard make it easy to move the playard to another room or to the room where you have some things to do and without having to worry about the safety, you can put the child inside the play area together with his favorite toys or put some soft toys on the frame of the playard to keep the child entertained. A playard is definitely a handy product when you need a safe sport for the child to play while you are trying to get some things done.