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Baby Play Yards – My Top 5 Picks

The day your baby starts moving is so exciting! Once they are on the go, there is no way to stop them.

Our daughter has been crawling now for a week and a bit, and I am already having a hard time keeping up with her. Everytime I put her down on the floor she heads straight for the shoe rack. She has a serious shoe eating, lace untying issue right now… we are hoping she will grow out of it, but hey it is what it is.

With living in an apartment, there is not much space to put our things and storage is an issue. That means for us, baby proofing right now is a bit difficult. I have decided to purchase a baby play yard to put in her play space to help keep her safe.

How do you know which baby play yards to choose?

How big are they?

Are they going to be safe for our child?

There are so many different styles on the market right now, and I have done my research about which play yards will give you the most bang for your buck!

If you choose one of these models I have recommended you can rest assured that they are all tested to the highest safety standards, they all have breathable side panels so there is no risk of suffocation, and can all be assembled and taken down quickly and conveniently. Perfect for those at home mommies!

All of these play yards are recommended for ages 6 months – 2 years.

Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Gate and Play Yard

Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Gate and Play Yard

Price: $120.85 & Free Shipping

Where to buy: Amazon.ca

Product Details

This is a 2 in 1 product. It can switch between a super wide gate, to an 8 panel play yard. Has a span of 16 feet. This is an ideal choice for large spaces, awkward room shapes, and angled door openings. Has walk through door with locking feature. Can be wall mounted for added safety. This is also great for those looking to put a safety gate around a fireplace.

Cons

Some say that the latch on the gate can be glitchy, and that the gate is not as sturdy as it claims to be.

 

Regalo Eight Panel My Play Portable Play Yard

Regalo Eight Panel My Play Portable Play Yard

Price: $118.86 & Free Shipping

Where to buy: Amazon.ca

Product Details

This is a truly portable play yard. It is quite large, and measures just over 5 feet across and 2 feet high. Soft, ventilating see through mesh sides allow you to see your child from any angle. The bottom is made of easy to clean nylon. It sets up in seconds, and is light enough that you can take it on the go with you. Recommended for babies 6 months – 2 years.

Cons

It is a set size, and panels do not remove to adjust.

 

North State Super Yard Colour Play Ultimate Gate
*My Top Pick*

North State Super Yard Colour Play Ultimate Gate

Price: $149.99 & Free Shipping

Where to buy: Amazon.ca

Product Details

The fun colours make this one a child’s favourite! It encloses 18.5 square feet with a dual locking extra wide safety gate. Set up is easy, and each panel makes a clicking noise when safely locked in to place. Take down is just as easy, and play yard comes with a carrying strap. The best choice for those who want to use indoor as well as outdoor, as the material is made to withstand the weather. Panels are removable to create a smaller space. This one also has the option of purchasing two extra panels to create an even larger space.

Cons

It only comes in coloured – there is no neutral choice.

 

Summer Infant 07244 Secure Surround Play Safe Play Yard Gate

Summer Infant 07244 Secure Surround Play Safe Play Yard Gate

Price: $139.99 & Free Shipping

Where to buy: Amazon.ca

Product Details

This is a smaller 6 panel yard. This one is also made of weather resistant plastic material it is the highest of all the baby play yards at 2.5 feet. The door on this one swings inwards and outwards for easy access. It can be folded down flat for easy storage, and comes was easy carry strap for portability.

Cons

Not as sturdy as some other models. Age recommendation is 6 months – 2 years, but I would only suggest up to 1 year.

 

Summer Infant Pop ‘N Play Ultimate Play Yard

Summer Infant Pop 'N Play Ultimate Play Yard

Price: $119.99 & Free Shipping

Where to buy: Amazon.ca

Product Details

This is the smallest of all the play yards I have shown here. It weighs only 12 pounds, and is great for smaller spaces such as apartment or condo living. Comes with a sturdy metal frame for extra support, and a carrying bag for easy storage or transport. This is ideal for those days outdoors as it has a canvas bottom so it is great for damp grass, and features a sun shade to block the elements.

Cons

Smaller in size, may not accommodate more than one child depending on age. Panels do not remove

Final Thoughts

As you can see there are many different ways to go when shopping for a baby play yard. It really depends on the amount of space you have, and are looking to contain, the age of your child or children, and the amount of money you would like to spend.

Being that it is the end of summer, some of these models are actually on sale right now, and will continue to be for the next little while.

I have decided to go with the North State Super Yard Color Play Ultimate Gate.

I feel that this one checks off almost of all the boxes on my list of must haves.

  • Easy set up and take down
  • Ability to expand with extra panel purchase
  • Ability to remove panels for smaller space
  • Sturdy
  • Clicking noise to ensure safe set up
  • Can be used indoors and out doors
  • Easy to clean wipe off surface
  • Locking gate

Although it doesn’t come in a neutral colour, I think that is the only downside I can find about it. A fellow mama friend has used this exact play yard with her two kids so I know this one is secure and safe, and is just what we need to keep our little shoe eating Marlow out of trouble.

I know the weather is changing now, but it will be perfect for us to use next spring and summer when we are camping, at the beach, or spending the day at the park picnicking.

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions regarding any of the models

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