The 8 Best Pack ‘N Plays to Buy in 2018

Keep the baby safe at-home and on the go with a play yard

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When you’re planning for a baby it can be hard to know which gear and furniture are required must haves and which will just end up gathering dust.

A Pack ‘N Play is a versatile piece of baby equipment that can be used in so many ways. It’s a safe place to put a baby if you need a minute to yourself. It can be used as a secondary sleeping space when traveling and can contain all of your baby’s toys for easy cleanup.

Many models also include a baby changing station that sits on the top of the frame...MORE making it even more useful.

Price points can vary by hundreds of dollars so selecting the best pick for your baby can be a challenge. That’s why we have saved you the trouble by compiling this list of the best play yards on the market.

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    An Amazon top choice, this multi-functional play yard does it all. It comes complete with an inclined sleeper, play yard and diaper changer in one. This is the only model you need to allow your baby to nap, sleep and play all day! It comes with a mesh pocket for baby supplies and a removable changing clutch.

    At 15 pounds it’s a lightweight option that can easily be packed up for travel in its own smart tote bag.

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    The Lotus play yard has a fully zippered side panel allowing parents to lie down with their children and help them go to sleep, this is a very handy feature for fussy sleepers or when your little one is transitioning to their own sleep space.

    As your baby gets older they will love to unzip the side and climb inside like their very own little play tent. With the included convertible backpack straps this play yard is easy to carry especially as it only weighs 11 pounds. The manufacturers boast of a...MORE 15-second setup, which really is hard to beat, and makes this the easiest pack ‘n play to assemble.

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    This play yard is an Amazon top choice and folds up for easy transport and storage, it even comes with its own convenient travel bag. At 18.5 pounds it can be moved from room to room easily and can be set up by one person. The breathable mesh sides make it a safe space for baby to sleep and play, giving parents easy viewing access while they cook or get organized for the day. The added wheels make this pick the perfect choice for grab and go practicality when traveling overnight. The Graco Pack...MORE ‘n Play play yard is consistently reviewed by customers as being easy to assemble and comes in two different fun and colorful designs.

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    The Graco Jetsetter is perfect for traveling babies. It folds up compactly into its own backpack making it super easy for parents to carry and transport on all your family adventures whether in the car or by air. It’s suitable for babies up to 35 inches tall and like all play yards, once your child can climb out it is no longer suitable for use. The Jetsetter aims to make your baby feel at home wherever you end up. With a large dome canopy, it provides a restful area where your baby can relax at...MORE home and away.

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    A play yard can be an excellent affordable option when you need a second crib for your baby. Perhaps to leave at Grandma’s house, naptime at daycare or if you travel frequently. That’s when a good price point can be the most important consideration. The Cosco Funsport Play Yard offers a lightweight solution, fitted with wheels for portability at a very modest price. Setup takes less than a minute and at just 21.4 pounds it is easy to move around the house as needed. At this price it’s amazing...MORE that this pack n’ play isn't more basic yet it comes with many of the added extras of more expensive models. For instance it also features an included baby changing mat cutting down on further baby supplies and equipment so that you can travel with ease.

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    When you first bring your baby home from the hospital one of the most important considerations you have to make is where they will sleep. If they have a safe, cozy spot to rest everyone in the house will be able to get more sleep. This choice is an extremely versatile pack ‘n play that can be used as baby’s first sleep space. It adapts easily with five settings including: infant napper, infant recliner, bassinet, play yard and changing table. As they grow the play yard grows with them from a...MORE crib to a play center, and with each addition folding compactly for storage, the Chicco is attractive and practical. This play yard helps to keep mom and dad organized with a handy caddy for all your baby supplies, such as diapers, wipes and small toys. With a zip and wash mattress pad, this model is a cinch to clean those inevitable newborn messes. With a push button console, parents can create the perfect ambiance with music and a nightlight to ensure sweet dreams for all.

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    Toddlers are not usually using a pack n’ play for extended sleeping, but they can utilize them for naps and play. They also make a great place to safely put your wandering child while you do anything potentially dangerous like cooking or gardening. The BabyBjorn travel crib has large open mesh sides so that your little one can see you helping to calm any separation anxiety when you need access to both your hands for a moment. This model weighs only 13 pounds and has a modern, sleek design which...MORE looks great with any decor. It can be used with children from newborn up to three years of age and as the legs unfold automatically — set up is effortless.

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    Those who live in smaller homes or apartments need clever space-saving baby furniture and equipment designs such as the Graco Travel Lite.

    This pack and play is up to 20% smaller than regular models making it the perfect choice for anywhere where space is at a premium. Despite its small design it still features a baby bassinet for use by babies up to 15 pounds and play yard suitable for children 35 inches and under. It can fit snugly next to your own bed and is easy to move around your living...MORE space as needed. A shaded canopy and toy bar ensure this space-saving option isn’t short on features.   

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