Whether you’re looking to keep your energetic toddler safe while you jump on a call or want a playpen/change table combo to save precious space, we’ve taken the guesswork out of choosing a playpen that suits your family’s needs.
After researching tons of models and reading reviews, we’ve picked our top 10 that are sure to keep your little one secure and comfortable as they play. The best part? There are playpens to suit every need and budget. From premium models that have all the bells and whistles to simple and affordable models that will last for years, you’ll find it all in our guide to the best playpens.
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Best Budget Playpen
Unique folding wheels make this Graco budget-friendly playpen a great pick if you’re short on space—it allows for a 20% smaller fold compared to most other playpens. The compact size also makes it a top contender for road trips.
- It’s one of the most affordable playpens on our list, and a great value considering the durable frame and quality air mesh.
- This playpen is easy to store, using Graco’s push-button fold system that lets you break it down in seconds.
This is a great little play yard. It’s very simple to put together and to fold up and pack in a carrying case to take with you anywhere.
I just took it out of the box and the top rails won’t lock.
Best Playpen Bassinet Combo
We love combination models like this one because playards with a removable bassinet grow with your child, giving you more bang for your buck. The Harmony Play & Go Deluxe Playard stands out for its full-size bassinet that gives your baby a lot of room to rest. By comparison, most playpen combos have smaller bassinet inserts, leaving your baby with far less space than this generous model.
- This playpen comes with a full-size bassinet, two plush toys (star and moon), and a storage pouch, all at an affordable price.
- Featuring a frame that can open or close in seconds, this ultra-portable playpen can be easily taken on the go. You also get a convenient carrying case and, at just under 20 lb, it’s one of the lightest models on our list.
I am very satisfied with what I purchased. Everything is there, and set up is great indeed!
Good cushion for newborn but will probably get something a little softer to put on top for later on.
Best Playpen, Bassinet and Diaper Changer Combination
This Graco four-in-one playpen combination gives you a baby lounger, a bassinet, a waterproof change station and a playard. It costs a little more than some other models on our list, but you could end up saving money not having to buy these items individually. And, you’ll probably save space in your home, too. What more could a new parent ask for?
- The changing station is removable, which makes for easy cleaning, helping to keep the playard and baby’s sleep surface sanitary.
- The playard grows with your baby from infancy to toddlerhood, so even though it’s on the pricier end of the scale, you can get a lot of use out of it.
I wasn’t sure the wheels would add any value, but I soon found out they do….so easy to move around!
It is a little tricky to put up and take down at first, but once I figured it out, no problem at all.
Best All-in-One Playard
This Graco dome playard also features all the bells and whistles—a lounger, a bassinet, and a diaper change station complete with a built-in storage compartment for baby wipes. What sets this one apart is that the bassinet can be used separately from the playard and it has a large UV 50 canopy to keep your baby protected from the sun no matter where you go.
- We love that the bassinet can be used separately from the playard for a 2-in-1 combo, so as new parents you’ll have one less purchase to make.
- When your child is an infant, the bassinet can be moved from room to room independent of the playard—great for portability.
We bought this for our first born and it has been so convenient. Also is so great that it can grow with child!
It’s a nice playpen but it’s difficult to set up. Doesn’t always snap together greatly. Can’t have both bassinet and changing table installed.
Best Travel Playpen
This portable playard by Cosco is striking with its minimal good looks, but we also appreciate that it’s lightweight for true portability. And, at under 10 lb, it wins for the lightest of all our picks—by half!
- When not in use, the folded playard has a small footprint, which makes it a great option if you live in an apartment or your living space is at a premium.
- The sleek silver and black colour scheme sets it apart from other playpens out there.
I initially owned a big heavy pack n play but traveling with 2 littles I was needing something easy so I bought one and loved it so much I went and grabbed another…
The little buttons you use so legs will open & lock are extremely hard to press in order to fold this up.
Best Outdoor Playard
With sunnier days on the horizon, we are extra excited about this shaded playard by Summer Infant. We like that it allows you to enjoy a few minutes in the garden while your little one stays safely contained and sheltered from 98% of harmful UVA and UVB rays. The detachable touch-screen-enabled entertainment pouch can be used with tablets and smartphones or to hold your baby’s favourite storybook—your tot will be living their best life.
- The playard is lightweight and folds into a camping chair-sized bag for easy portability.
- It provides an even larger play area than the more expensive Joovy Room2 Playard.
Love love love!! I can set this up with one hand as I hold the baby!!!! Sturdy but light weight. Worth every penny!
The bottom is pretty thin and there is nothing protecting your infant from banging his/her head on the side bars.
Best Foldable Playard
This Cosco Funsport Deluxe Playard is our pick for the best foldable model because it’s lightweight and sets up in less than a minute. It’s also got a spacious area for your baby to play and a snap-in arch with two soft toys to keep them entertained.
- Reviews often cite this playard’s ease of set-up, which will save you time and effort.
- This playard is the most affordable model that comes with a bassinet on our list.
Great quality and great price. Most playards with bassinet are double the price of this. Great buy and its beautiful.
You get what you pay for. I added a 3″ mattress for comfort :)
Best Luxury Playpen
What makes this Breeze 4 Plus Playard by 4moms worth its hefty price tag is the ease of set-up. As the name implies, assembly is a breeze and can be done with one hand, which is super convenient when you have a baby in the other. It’s also a very lightweight playpen and includes a travel bag for easy storage and transportation.
- The seamless set-up and take-down in seconds is done by simply pushing or pulling the central hub.
- It comes with a bassinet and a portable change station in one lightweight package. At 6 lb less than similar combination models on our list, including the Harmony Play & Go Deluxe and the Graco Pack ‘n Play Travel Dome, it’s comparatively easier to move around.
The unit is very high quality and extremely easy to setup and take back down. Well worth the price instead of having to deal with the hassle and cheaper builds of traditional units. I highly recommend the Breeze plus.
I am 5’4” and it kills my back trying to change my baby’s diaper because the changing table is so low, much lower than other brands.
Best Large Playpen
This Joovy playpen is perfect for bigger kids or twins, thanks to its play area that’s 50% larger than typical playpens. So, whether you’re going on a family day trip or heading to grandma’s for dinner, you can rest assured that your little ones have tons of room to play.
This simple play yard covers all the bases for what you could want from a pack and play. It’s sturdy, stylish, manageable and portable!
Yesterday we washed the white sheet cover for the first time and it came out with two holes. We are really disappointed because you need to wash that cover regularly and if that happens after one wash, I can’t imagine how it will be shortly.
Best Playard Pad
Playpens aren’t generally known for comfort because their mats are made to fold, so, you may want to invest in a little extra cushioning for your tot. We love the Kidilove Playard Pad, made with three-inch-thick soybean foam and built to fit most standard playpens.
- The waterproof cover can be easily wiped down with soap and water to keep it fresh and your baby’s play space clean.
- It’s made in Canada so you can feel proud of supporting a business close to home.
I bought it a month ago for our baby’s playpen, it fits perfectly and it is waterproof. Great quality for the price.
The white was out of stock so I got the pink, which is fine since it gets covered by a bed sheet anyway.
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