The playpen is a great way to protect the little researcher from all the dangers that lie in wait for him in the apartment while his mother is busy with household chores. The best playpens from the latest manufacturers’ collections are presented in this article.
Which playpen to buy for a child
First of all, the choice depends on the purpose of the product: whether the arena will be used for sleeping, playing at home or being outdoors. The models are different in each case. But there are general requirements as well.
Safety of materials from which the playpen is made. Preference should be given to natural wood or metal, not covered with toxic varnish or paint. The plastic used must not contain harmful components.
There are more requirements for design safety:
- The arena should not fold spontaneously;
- Fastening elements – only recessed, not protruding above surfaces;
- Fencing mesh – with small cells so that children’s fingers do not get stuck;
- The presence of wheel blocking;
- Soft bumpers and rounded corners.
For those who are not constrained in funds, it is better to choose a model with additional functions: shelves for toys and bottles, rings or loops that help the child learn to walk, as well as play or music panels.
The best classic playpens
Classic – time-tested materials and folding system options, but in a modern design.
Polini Basic – compact, inexpensive model
The small size of the arena (107x73x77 cm) when disassembled does not mean that the baby will be uncomfortable in it.
The manufacturers tried to do everything to make the child feel comfortable, and at the same time took care of his safety, making smoothed corners, a soft side cover and a thick transparent mesh.
All this is made from absolutely safe materials. To prevent the playpen from slipping, special pads are put on its stable legs. The kid will be able to learn to stand and walk here, holding on to special plastic ring handles.
- easily unfolds;
- safe and comfortable;
- low price;
- easy to clean.
- small size.
The model is suitable for children from six months to 3 years old. The arena is designed for weight up to 18 kg.
Baby Care Cubo – Zippered Side Access
The arena from Chinese manufacturers under the auspices of the Polish brand has a square shape and a metal frame covered with soft material with mesh windows. One of them is also a manhole if you open the zipper. Then the playpen turns into a playhouse for older children.
The corners of the railing are protected by plastic pads, and the top of the sides is made of soft material. Sturdy legs provide safety – as well as a special safety lock that prevents the device from folding spontaneously.
- bright design;
- folds easily;
- special carrying bag included;
- safety and ease of use;
- 4 plastic rings for learning to walk.
- no wheels.
Even a newborn can be put in such a playpen, but for babies over 2 years old it is no longer suitable.
Combelle Florian Octagon – 3-level playpen made of natural beech
The arena with a diameter of 108 cm, made in France, is made of natural wood and will easily fit into any interior.
The unusual octagonal shape is formed by a rigid base and wooden fencing bars. This is the version of the arena that doctors strongly recommend.
The distance between the elements of the fence is selected so that the baby’s leg or handle does not get stuck between them, but the child will not be able to crawl through it completely.
The arena has no soft parts, but all its elements are carefully processed – there will be no splinters. The spans are connected to each other reliably, and the arena itself can be folded into a book.
- environmental friendliness;
- installation of the bottom at 3 different levels;
- mobility thanks to 8 castors.
- heavy weight;
- a soft mattress will have to be purchased separately.
This model is suitable for children from birth up to 2 years old. But it is better to use such a playpen in the house – unpainted wood does not tolerate being outdoors.
The best baby playpen beds
These are the most convenient and multifunctional devices in which the child can not only sleep, but also play.
4moms Breeze Classic – comfort and quality
The US-made model is the embodiment of all the best that can be found in modern furniture for toddlers.
Thoughtful laconic design will be appreciated by parents, and children will feel comfortable in a crib with transparent breathable mesh walls.
The metal parts of the structure will not be able to harm the baby – they are reliably protected by fabric pads. And an additional support leg in the center adds even more stability.
- folds in one movement;
- reliable locking mechanism;
- complete with changing table, upper hanging level and bag for transportation;
- all materials are hypoallergenic.
In a suspended cradle, a baby can sleep from birth until he gains 8 kg, and downstairs he will sleep and play for up to a year and a half – the bottom can withstand 14 kg.
I’coo Starlight – with two levels
The multifunctional model of Chinese production, produced under the control of the German I’coo brand, is of high quality.
The soft inner surface made of safe textiles is not injurious. And thanks to the mesh sides, air access to the crib is unlimited.
While the child is small, the bottom can be raised higher, and when he grows up, it can be lowered. The playpen has two wheels and a pair of stable legs.
The structure is easy to move, but it itself will not go anywhere, no matter how the kid jumps in it. If necessary, a portable changing table can be attached to the crib.
- easy to fold and transport;
- there is a pocket and an organizer for baby care items;
- cot frame made of durable aluminum;
- bag on wheels included.
- no side manhole and holder rings.
The I’coo Starlight model is suitable for babies from birth to 2 years old and will allow you to do without buying the first bassinet.
Chicco Zip & Go playpen – for the little ones
A comfortable bed from the Chicco brand with a steel and plastic frame can be freely transformed into a playpen.
The design is easy to fold and place in a special bag that comes with the kit. The mesh walls provide a good flow of fresh air, and the soft sides protect the baby from injury. When he grows up, you just need to open the zipper and the size of the crib will increase.
- motion sickness mode;
- the ability to increase the size of the bed.
- in the unfolded playpen, the baby is too close to the floor.
Manufacturers recommend this model from birth to 2 years old, but for a large baby you will have to buy a new bed earlier.
Happy Baby Mommy transforming bed – will last until school
The original design of the Russian-made crib-playpen allows you to use it for a very long time – until the child is 6-7 years old.
It is made of solid hardwood and covered with hypoallergenic white enamel. The base can be positioned in 3 levels.
If you remove the side panel and move the crib close to the parental one, it becomes possible to fix it in this position with the help of belts.
- removable polypropylene sides;
- function of motion sickness and tilt at an angle of 5 degrees;
- the bed can be extended with an additional kit.
- the extension kit will have to be purchased separately, as well as the longitudinal swing pendulum.
Baby Mommy is designed for babies from birth and can serve as a bassinet, playpen and bed for them at different ages.
The best children’s playpen screens
Such models are convenient because they can be installed anywhere. The assembly method itself is akin to a children’s designer, and it is very easy to implement it. Screen playpens are large and do not restrict the baby’s freedom too much.
IFam Lemon large W2 – plastic fence with a bright design
Made in South Korea, this model has 5 sections made of durable and safe PE / ABS plastic and a lockable door.
The sections are securely connected by corners and will not fall on the baby even during active games. And the height of 71 cm will not allow the child to accidentally fall out.
- anti-slip feet;
- large size – 2.2×1.34 m;
- hygiene – plastic is easy to clean with soap.
- few holes in the side walls.
In this arena, children can play from 6 months in any room.
Leco-IT Home 250×250 cm L-shaped – with a mesh fence
The model of the Russian manufacturer has a large area and a non-standard L-shape. It is easy to assemble – there are no fasteners, the tubes are simply inserted into each other and snapped into place.
The mesh fence reliably protects the baby and allows adults to watch him. The frame material is durable, protected by safe plastic tubes. The height of the sides of 75 cm will prevent the baby from falling out, and it will be convenient for parents to get it out.
- big size;
- ease of assembly;
- low price.
- large mesh cells;
- no mat included.
The Leco-IT Home model is designed for children from six months.
Manuni railway playpen from 0 to 3 years old – for traveling by train with children
Parents know how difficult it is to keep a baby in place in a railway carriage. A special railway arena-screen will help them in this.
Lightweight mesh walls are fastened with zippers, the reinforcement-sling in the center makes the structure strong, and two pockets on the back wall will allow you to place the little things necessary for your baby on the road. If the child wants to sleep during the day, you can lower the opaque curtain.
- takes up little space when folded;
- easy to machine washable;
- creates comfortable conditions for travel;
- maximum safety while traveling.
- made of synthetic materials.
The Manuni model is suitable for traveling by train with toddlers from birth to 3 years old.
The best educational playpens
To keep the kids from getting bored, manufacturers equip the playpens with all kinds of entertaining elements: music panels and educational toys.
Intex “Safari” 48473 – inflatable playpen with toys
This model is made in Russia at the factories of the Intex brand and is absolutely safe. Soft, fairly high (1.17 m) walls, a solid base and translucent windows allow the child to feel confident in it. For entertainment in the arena there are inflatable toys suspended from an arc.
- easy to inflate;
- has transparent walls.
- small size.
The model is designed for very tiny children – up to 1.5 years. Older children in such an arena will already be cramped and not interesting.
Lionelo LO-Simon – with removable hanging toys
The Polish model can be used as a playpen with a zippered opening and hanging toys that are easy to change. At the same time, it is a cozy crib for babies with many additional functions.
You can put diapers in the side hinged baskets, change your baby’s clothes on the changing table, protect them from mosquitoes with a mosquito net, and cover them with a folding removable awning from the scorching sun.
The positioning level of the mattress also changes as needed. The playpen itself is easily folded and stowed away in a special bag.
- motion sickness mode;
- material of soft walls – eco-linen;
- long service life;
- rich set of accessories.
- gloomy color.
Parents can use Lionelo LO-Simon from the first days of the baby, and until he is 3 years old.
Bertoni (Lorelli) Sleep’n’Dream Rocker – with music carousel
The arena of the Bulgarian company turned out to be comfortable and functional. Up to 6 months, the baby can sleep on the upper level, the bottom of which is fixed with a zipper.
The lower level is used both as a playpen with a manhole, and as a crib for an older child. Also, it will be convenient for a baby to change clothes on a complete changing table.
A hinged shelf and pocket will serve as a container for children’s little things. From mosquitoes, the crib-playpen can be covered with a canopy. And the kid will be entertained by a musical mechanical carousel-mobile.
- wheels with fixation;
- just folds up;
- the presence of a musical toy.
- small changing table;
- no motion sickness function.
The model is designed for children under 3 years old, but you can buy such a playpen by the time your baby is born.