Are you looking for an old fashioned play pen, the kind you could put your child in and know they were safe with enough room to explore and play with their toys? They still make a full sized play pen for babies!
Are you looking for an extra large pack and play?
The Joovy Room2 Portable Play Yard and the Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard TotBloc Playpen, Tenley are the largest play yards I have found, both offering almost ten square feet of play space. This style is available from several stores online so it’s easy to compare prices.
With all the focus on child safety in the last few decades it is amazing that one of the hardest things to locate at any retail location is a full sized play pen.
Go to Amazon using the links above, read the reviews and then add the item to your shopping cart (there’s no charge for that). Once you save the items to your shopping cart, compare prices on other sites. If Amazon has the best price, it’s already in your shopping cart when you return!
I’ve never seen these large play yards in a retail store, only online. Check these online locations for price and availability:
- Graco Baby
Top Ten Reasons to Buy a Play Pen:
- Baby has a safe, clean place to play away from family pets
- Baby has a safe place to play when Mom or Dad needs to take a run to the bathroom, the phone or the doorbell
- Baby has a safe place to play away from older siblings
- Baby can learn to pull up, stand and move without risking injury from household items and climbing on furniture before they are really ready
- You always know where Baby is while housecleaning or cooking
- Baby learns independent play skills
- Baby can enjoy toy rotation providing more enjoyable play time in a controlled situation
- Baby does not have to hear, “No!” quite so often
- Baby can have a familiar and safe play area out of doors or at a friends house
- Both baby and your home are safer
The ‘Pen’ Is No Longer Politically Correct
With all the focus on child safety in the last few decades it is amazing that one of the hardest things to locate at any retail location is a play pen.
If you have other children and animals at home, you may need to protect baby from them or them from baby. Either way, this very spacious play pen or play yard is a wonderful option. It’s easy to put up, easy to take down, easy to move and won’t interfere with movement of the rest of the family the way a gate or other play yard options might.
While there are so many new and amazing things to make parenting easier, the play pen seems to have fallen by the wayside. You can buy gates and guards and yards but no one wants to market the old fashioned playpen for what it really is – the best safety apparatus you can have for your child since the car seat.
Do They Still Make Old Fashioned Play Pens?
Just when I was ready to give up and surrender to a string of plastic gates strung together and screwed into my living room walls to prevent them from being tipped over by a toddler who still needs that extra something to pull on to get her upright, I found what I was searching for!
My Amazon Baby search led me to the Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard. It sets up and collapses in a matter of seconds and can be stored in the carrying case the same as a regular Pack and Play. The airy mesh sides make it easy to see baby and for baby to see you.
One of the safest, most enjoyable times is when baby can play with toys in a safe spot. There’s nothing there to hurt her, no reason she needs to hear, “No!” and, best of all, it gives her the opportunity to strengthen her leg and arm muscles by pulling herself up and walking all around the play pen, building her confidence in her ability to walk!