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Ingenuity Smart and Simple Playard Types of Pack ‘N Plays There are a couple of types of playards to choice from on today’s market. You can find your everyday basic model all the way to your model that has everything but the kitchen sink. Choosing the right playard will depend on how you intend on using it. Basic Pack ‘N Play Your basic model of pack ‘n plays includes the enclosed space that your baby can play in to occupy their time or catch a little nap. Some of the basic playards will include a couple of features such as a changing table or a bassinet. The main features of the basic models are the fact that they are lightweight and portable making them ideal for parents on the go. Another great factor of the basic playard is that most of them are generally inexpensive. Deluxe Pack ‘N Play Your deluxe models of pack ‘n plays will have additional options and features to make life easier. Not only will some offer a bassinet or changing table, but some deluxe models have vibrating seats, storage areas, thicker mattresses, entertainment such as sounds, music, and lights, mobiles, and other great features. However, with the extras come a heavier product that cost more. Features of Pack ‘N Plays Here are some features that you may want to look for in your child’s Pack ‘N Play: Bassinet – Many playards come with a bassinet that is removable from the Pack ‘N Play. To remove it, you simply lift it from the Pack ‘N Play and you can use it in different places for your baby. The bassinet will sit on the top of the frame of the playard and makes it easy to pick it up. Be aware that most bassinets in Pack ‘N Plays are only good until the baby reaches about fifteen pounds. Then you simply remove the bassinet feature and use the playard by itself. Changing Table – A changing table is something else that many Pack ‘N Plays come with. They fasten securely to the frame of the playard and are removable when you don’t need it. This gives you a place to change your child without bending over on the floor if you don’t have a changing table at Grandma’s or changing on an unsafe surface such as a bed. Mesh Sides – To allow for maximum ventilation, playards have mesh sides. In addition, this allows you to be able to see your child from any angle. Storage – For added convenience, some playards come with removable cubbies or pockets. This makes it easy to store things you want close at hands such as diapers, wipes, toys, an extra set of clothes, and more. Portability – For those that are on the road frequently, Pack ‘N Plays are convenient because they are portable. All you have to do is fold them up and store them in the case that they come in. Most portable models are lightweight and compact enough to travel anywhere with while also being during and standing up to continued use. Entertainment – Pack ‘N Plays can also be entertaining for a fussy baby. Some Pack ‘N Plays come with entertainment such as toy bars or mobiles. There are even some playards that have options such as music, sounds, and lights. Canopy – To protect your baby from bright lights, sunlight, and offer some privacy, you may want to consider a canopy. Some children have a hard time taking a nap if they have disturbances from the outside world and a canopy will help talk those distractions away. Padding – The floor of the Pack ‘N Play is made of foam padding. This foam padding is where toddlers and older babies will play and sleep. Because they will spend all of their time on this padding, you want to make sure that the padding is adequate. Look for padding that is at least .75 inches thick. Style – Pack ‘N Plays come in every theme, pattern, and color that you can imagine. Whether your style is modern or traditional, or if you want a typical childlike look, you should be able to find a style that will fit any décor you are looking for. Clean-Up – Children can be messy. They may spit up or have an accident while in the playard. So only consider Pack ‘N Plays that can be cleaned easily. Look for detachable linings that can be machine washed. Twin Nappers – While this is not necessary for all new parents, but if you are blessed with twins, then you want a playard that has twin bassinets that are attached to the top. This will cut down on having to buy two playards as most twins like to be close to one another at this age anyway. Once they are too old for the bassinets, they can still use the playard. Wheels – If you will be using your Pack ‘N Play in the house and may need to move the playard from one room to another, then you may want to consider purchasing a playard that has wheels on it. It will definitely make your life easier. Folding Mechanism – Be sure that the folding mechanism on the playard that you purchase is easy to open and close and can withstand usage over a long period of time. JPMA Seal – The Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association independently tests baby products for quality and safety. If a baby product you purchase has the JPMA seal, you know that it was tested by them and passed their tests. Other Things to Consider When Purchasing a Pack ‘N Plays Here are some advantages of using a Pack ‘N Play with your children: A way to keep your baby safe We all live busy lives and can’t keep an eye on an active baby 24/7. A playard is a safe way to keep your baby occupied and safe if you follow the safety guidelines. A Pack ‘N Play is a safe place to keep your baby for a short period of time while you attend to other duties in the same area, while still keeping an eye on your baby. Playards are also a safe place to keep your baby at other people’s homes when they do not have a baby bed for you to place your baby. A Playard makes a good temporary substitute. Pack ‘N Plays are portable When it comes time to go to Grandma’s house, the last thing on your mind is how in the world you are going to get your playard to her house. That is why it is so great that Pack ‘N Plays are so portable. They have folding mechanisms that make them easy to fold, and assembly is quick and simple. They come with a convenient carrying tote and some have wheels to make it easy to move from room to room. These units have many purposes Babies require a lot of equipment. Pack ‘N Plays are great because some models fulfill several of those requirements at once. When traveling, of course, you have the playard, but in some models, you have the bassinet, changing table, storage areas, play areas, and more. And best of all, this all folds up into one unit for easy storage. Pack ‘N Plays can promote learning in babies Some of the more advanced models of the playards have entertainment centers on them that have features on them such as mobiles, toys, vibration, lights, music, and sounds. These activities can help promote auditory, tactile, and visual stimulation in children for enhanced brain development. All of this can make babies more attentive and help babies stimulate their growing senses. Safety Notes for Pack ‘N Plays You always want to keep your baby safe. In a Pack ‘N Play is no different. Take these safety measures into consideration when using a playard or Pack ‘N Play. Check the frame of the Pack ‘N Play for durability and sturdiness. The playard should be sturdy enough to last for years. When it is set up, make sure it is steady in place. Always pay strict attention to the age restrictions and weight limits for the changing tables and bassinets and abide by them. Always pay attention to the playard and look for holes or loose threads in the mesh, lining, or fabric. If you find any, do not use it until it has been repaired if able. Make sure the safety label states that the playard is BPA, phthalates, and lead free as well as free from other chemicals. Do not use previously owned playards; especially from before 2013 as safety guidelines changed after this time. Do not place anything in the playard that the baby can tangle themselves up in. Do not add toys on cords as they can become strangulation hazards.

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