In his or her playpen, the baby will be able to evolve at their own pace, in their environment, with its handy toys, all safe. What more? Tip: Although it seems you safe in the park, never to leave your child unattended!
Your park must comply with safety standards: CE, NF logo, NF 315 which regulates all baby products. Check out our best pack n play.
The selection criteria:
- The material (wood or plastic)
- The type of park (with bars or mesh)
- The structure (folding or fixed)
- The stability of the structure
- The height of the rims
- The presence of a substance or not
If you buy a used baby pack and play, be very vigilant! The pack and play must comply with standards and be in good condition. If the folding systems are damaged (rusted, blocked, twisted …), go your way. Also, make sure the park is clean, especially if there are mesh and canvas. Note that it is anyway necessary to disinfect it. Finally, test the stability of the product before buying.
The choice of a pack and play
Before the purchase of the desired pack and play, make sure it meets the safety standards. The presence of the NF logo attests to the quality of construction of the pack and play. Do not hesitate to check with the vendors.
The height of the flanges must be greater than 60 cm to prevent your child arrives to climb the pack and play when trying to get upright. The spacing of the bars must be less than 7 cm.
Remember to check the stability of the pack and play and the lack of offensive angles.
If you buy a pack and play with wheels, make sure of the presence and effectiveness of the brakes.
Pack and play can be provided with a padded bottom, this is more comfortable for your baby and helps absorb impact when dropped.
Wood or plastic?
Plastic pack and plays’ main advantages are light weight and affordable price. As long as the structure is foldable, they can be easily transportable.
However, their behavior over time is limited, the plastic is weakening gradually in the years or in the case of intensive use.
Wooden “traditional” pack and plays are heavier and more expensive. Their performance over time is the best revenge.
A mesh or bars?
The bars are probably the best solution. Should be excluded from 6 to 7 cm, so that baby can see its environment and allow you to monitor the hassle.
The sides “net” or fabric are less practical: resistance is lower and mostly they block the view of your child.
Finally, practical details, it is easier to clean than the bars to detach the fabric …
Fixed or folding? It all depends on your use if you are nomadic parents, choose the foldable pack and play, which come into the trunk of your car. If the park is intended to remain in a specific location, opt for a fixed structure model more resistant to “assaults” baby.
It depends on the material from which is made the pack and play. The wood will be more stable than plastic, especially because it is heavier. If you choose a roulette park, check for brakes, especially their efficiency!
Height of the flanges
From its 9 months, baby can start to get up, clinging to the edges of the pack and play. Vigilance! The height of these edges will then take its importance. It must not be less than 60 cm. Of course, your child should not feel locked up, but it must be protected …
With or without background?
The presence of a substance is not required: all depends on the nature of the soil on which will be placed the park. Moreover, funds are often padded, preventing any risk of the bump if dropped.
A bottomless pack and plays avoid cleanliness problems of the floor mat. When the cover or cushions are dirty, just wash them and to install clean.
Some pack and plays have an adjustable base height which also allows to use it in extra bed when it is raised. Provide a suitable mattress to sleep your child.
A play mat: the indispensable complement to the pack and play for the first months of the baby. Games, educational activities, it holds the baby and makes him work his arms, his feet, his reflexes.
- Install the park in a nice warm place, free from drafts and a good stable ground.
- Baby should not be able to reach external objects when in the park
- Keep baby in the eye!
- As soon as he starts to get up or even take a few steps, remove the accessories that can make him stumble