Joovy Room2 Review: A Spacious Portable Playard

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Reviewed by Annie Monserat
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We like

50% larger than traditional playards

Steel frame for durability

Carrying Bag

Easy to Assemble

Includes mattress and sheet

We don’t like

Weighs 30 pounds

Has a chemical smell out of the bag

How it works

Whether your little one is crawling machine, just taking their first steps, or is running amuck in your house; sometimes all you need is a moment to deal with your own stuff, without having to worry about where and what your child is doing. The New Room2 is the perfect playard option to put your mind at rest and do what you need to do while knowing your little one is safe and happily playing in Room2 and not of making a mess of things or being unsafe when you can’t be there to watch them. Joovy’s Room2 Playard is a favorite of parents for a few great reasons. First, it looks amazing in any room in the house as its simple design blends in with the most decor. It is also very versatile and can be used indoors or outdoors. It has a very large play space so your little one has lots of room to play. No matter what you plan to use this playard for it is the best choice for a great fit. No matter what you need or want.

Design

Design

The Room2 Playard’s design features a playspace that is over 10 square feet of play room that makes this playard almost 50% bigger than other, traditional types of playards. It also features a cozy, durable mattress pad, a fitted cotton sheet, and an airy mesh design that allows plenty of air to flow in and out of the playard and provide a view for parents to see in and kids to see out. The play yard has a stabilizer on the bottom to ensure the extra room is secure and stable, was designed to keep tilting or tipping at bay with a low center of gravity, and it has wheels for easy maneuverability from room to room. It’s design allows the playard to easily be folded up and stored in the included carrying bag so you can take it with you when you travel.
Materials

Materials

The Room2 features a steel frame to make sure the playard remains secure and stable while in use. The mesh fabric used is common in traditional playards but is well made and an attractive white color. The sheet included with the playard is 100% cotton and is white. The material the carrying bag is made out of it a thick foam covered in a high quality and long lasting fabric that is durable enough to support the weight of the playard when being carried. All of the materials used in this playard are lead free and no flame retardant was used on it. The material used is fully synthetic, except for the mattress sheet, so it is suggested to let the playard air out before it is used for the first time.
Durability

Durability

The Room2 Playard was designed with durability in mind. It features a steel frame which is strong and will last a very long time under the use of a growing family and the strain from a toddler. The mesh material used for the walls is very strong and will not tear or get holes in it easily even with pokey kid fingers. The carrying bag included with the playard is also very durable and will withstand the weight of the playard when being carried. It is durable and reliable enough for you to comfortably take it with you when you travel or just to use in your home.
Ease of Use

Ease of Use

Traditional pack n plays are well known as being kind of difficult to open and close, the New Room2 playard was engineered differently than a traditional playard. It has easy to understand and detailed instructions printed on the product so you can’t lose them. The actual set up of the playard is intuitive, easy to do, and takes just a few minutes. Tearing down the playard is just as straightforward and simple so you don’t have to spend a lot of time struggling to get things packed up when traveling. The carrying bag is designed to be frustration free since instead of trying to stuff the large playard into the bag, it simply folds up into the bag and secures with a zipper and straps. Many parents who love the Room2 have said how easy assembly and disassembly is which is so important for a parent who doesn’t have all day to spend setting something up.
Maintenance

Maintenance

The steel frame makes it so maintenance on repairing this playard is very unlikely. As for maintaining it’s cleanliness and appearance the sheets included with the playard are machine washable and can be stain treated with bleach or other household products. The fabric protecting the frame should be spot cleaned if stains occur there. The actual mattress has a vinyl cover which makes it very quick and easy to clean up any accidents. Overall the playard is very easy to clean and durable enough that you should not have to perform any maintenance on the parts or pieces attached.
Sizing

Sizing

The Room2 was designed to be almost 50% larger than traditional playard choices. It’s actual measurements when assembled are 39.8 x 39.8 x 31 inches and when folded up in the carrying bag it is 10 x 9.5 x 37 inches. The playard weighs about 30 pounds. This playard was not designed to be small or a space saver, it was designed to be the opposite. It has a large play area over 10 square feet which allows your child or children to play for a long time with lots of room for toys and accessories. This playard is a great option, but may not work for a family with a very tight living space. The sizing allows this playard to accommodate your growing family easily.
Portaility

Portaility

Portable playards are intended, obviously, to be portable. The Room2’s large design does little to prevent you from taking it on the go. When folded up it is around the size of a traditional pack n play so you aren’t really sacrificing any portability by choosing a playard with a 50% larger play area. The Room2 does weigh about 30 pounds which makes it not super light and easy to haul around with you, but a trip from the house to the car is completely doable. It’s high quality carrying bag makes it safe to check on a plane as regular baggage and easy to carry when you need to.
Versatility

Versatility

The Room2 Portable Playard is mostly advertised as a playard for your little one, but it could easily be used for naps or sleeping when on a trip. Versatility is a great additional feature for this already great playard. The large size and comfy mattress makes it easy for 2 kids to sleep in the play yard together with plenty of space left over. The Room2 is also versatile because it can be turned into a nursery station if you chose to get that add on. It is a great option for parents with twins as well.
Safety

Safety

Because of the Room2’s larger than average design Joovy stepped up their safety features as well to ensure as a parent you have ease of mind when using this product. The play yard has a steel frame to ensure stability when it is in use. The playard has extra legs underneath the middle as well as support bars so the large middle area does not sag or feel unsteady. It has all 4 walls made of a see through mesh material to both prevent suffocation from lack of airflow and to allow you to see into the playard. The mattress and sheet have a safety lock feature to prevent the mattress or sheet from coming up and suffocating a child. The wheels on the play yard also have locking mechanisms so you can be sure it will stay where you put it. The fabric used on this playard meets JPMA standards and has no harsh chemicals or flame retardants on it. Overall the Room2 Playard is incredibly safe and durable.
Adult Supervision

Adult Supervision

This playard was designed with the intention of being able to give a parent some peace of mind so that you don’t have to supervise your toddler 24/7. However, like with any product intended for use by children, you should never leave them completely unsupervised for an extended period of time. Stay within hearing distance so you can react if something does happen and don’t leave your child unsupervised for too long. But with all of the safety features this playard will definitely allow you to have some much needed and valuable moments to yourself.
Comfort

Comfort

The Room2 being 50% larger than traditional playards means it is also more comfortable for longer than other playards. Extra space means your child can grow longer and still use this playard comfortably. It is also large enough to be used for twins or just two toddlers comfortably. The included mattress pad and sheet are soft and cozy so your child can use this playard for more than just play without needing any extra accessories. With over 10 square feet of space you can be sure this is a very comfortable option for traveling or use at home for playtime, bedtime, and anytime in between. Overall parents who love the Room2 have said that it’s comfort level is a huge bonus.
Age Range

Age Range

The Room2 has no designated age range, but is generally intended to be used for children around 3 months until they can climb out of the playard. Thanks to its very large and spacious play area it can be used significantly longer than traditional playards can be used, and since it does not have any attachable features it is very simple and straightforward to know when your child is too old or too big to continue using this playard. Parents have reported safely using this playard from 3 months to 4 years old in some cases.
Price Range

Price Range

The New Room2 Playard has some incredible and unique features, like being 50% larger than traditional playards, but the good news about this innovative playard is that it is not anymore expensive than those traditional options. Which means you are still paying a very fair and reasonable price for extra room and a longer lasting playard. The average price of this playard makes it very realistic for even family’s on a budget. It is so great for such a safe, durable, and useful product to come at such an affordable price. This playard really is a great investment for a family with twins, or any family that wants to give their little one lots of extra space to grow and play without giving up the things they care about in a product, like safety and price.

Conclusion

The Joovy New Room2 Portable Playard is a great investment for a family looking for a larger than average playard they can use for travel or at home. The playard has several amazing features like being 50% larger than traditional playards with over 10 square feet of space for playing or sleeping. It has added safety features like a low center of gravity to ensure stability and safety with the extended size. It also has an easy to clean mattress and steel frame which makes it incredibly durable and long lasting so you can get years of use out of it. The airy mesh walls allows for you to see in and your little one to see out so you don’t have to wonder what they’re up to. It comes with a very durable and easy to use carrying bag so you can pack up in a few minutes and be on the road. The extra room also makes this playard a great product for parents of twins. The price of this playard is also incredible and affordable, and parents love this playard for all of these reasons. The bottom line about the New Room2 is that it is a smart choice for a lot of room and not a lot of cost.
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