Large Playpens for Babies: Helpful or Hurtful

Large Playpens for BabiesLarge Playpens for Babies: Helpful or Hurtful

Do playpens, even large playpens for babies, deserve the wrap that they have gotten over the years?

Many parents and professionals believe that using playpens, or playards, can hamper your child’s development and often refer to them as “baby jails”. On the other hand, many parents feel that using a playpen when you need to do household chores such as cooking or cleaning is a blessing. So who is right? The truth is that both of them are right.

If a child is constantly left in a small playard with no interactive toys then it would be safe to assume that this could cause problems with the child’s development. However, if a child is put in a larger playpen for shorter amount of times and has items to stimulate his or her mind then it would be safe to assume that this would not have the same affect.

The truth is that every now and then a parent needs someplace safe to keep their child while they are doing the things they need to do. Leaving them in their crib is not always the answer. Having a playpen that can be set up close to where the parent is doing their chores or what ever it is that is keeping them busy is a great alternative.

Of course using large playpens for babies is going to give your child more room to move about so would be much more preferable to one of the smaller models. If your child is to small to be safely kept in a playpen then something like a Graco pack n play might be a better alternative but if they are at the age where they are crawling around or even walking then a playard is a better alternative as it will allow them to move around instead of laying there staring at the ceiling.

Today there is a much larger selection of large playpens for babies to choose from then there were a few years ago and many of the these new models are very colorful and have interactive toys to keep your child occupied and stimulate his or her mind. Additionally, you can find a wide assortment of play mats to put down under the playpen which are very colorful, it is actually a good idea to use one of these play mats as this way your child is not crawling around directly in the floor.

Below you are going to find what I believe to be the best large playpens for babies that are for sale today. Simply click on any of the photos or “check price” buttons below to learn more about each model.

Large Playpens for Babies

Baby Kids Playpen 8 Panel Play Center Safety Yard Pen (Jbw-8 Model)         price
Baby Kids Playpen 8 Panel Play Center Safety Yard Pen (Jbw-8 Model)
This is one of my favorite playpens for babies as it is very roomy at 73 inches in diameter, very colorful and best of all has several built in toys for your child to play with. Additionally it has gotten great reviews.

Friendly Toys Little Playzone w/ Electronic  Sound and Lights         price
Friendly Toys Little Playzone w/ Electronic Sound and Lights
This playard for babies is another of my favorites, although it has only 13 square feet of play room it is expandable up to 68 square feet by purchasing extra panels. What makes this playpen so good is that is features several interactive toys including an electric light up activity board.

Pavlovz Toyz Electronic Interactive Activity Baby Playpen         price
Pavlov’z Toyz Electronic Interactive Activity Baby Playpen
Although a little smaller and not able to expand it this one makes our list as the best playpens because of the interactive toys that it has. If you are ok with a small playpen for babies then this is a great model to have.

Versatile Play Pen - Large (16 pieces)         price
Versatile Play Pen – Large (16 pieces)
This one makes our list because of its large size, it measure 84 1/2″L x 84 1/2″W x 23″H giving your child a lot of room to play in. However it does not have any toys at all which is a negative for this model. Of course you can always provide toys for your child to play with. If you want a larger playpen then this is the one to go for.

North States Superyard Play Yard         price
North States Superyard Play Yard
This is another model that does not come with any toys, however again it is a larger model with 34.4 square feet of play area. Additionally it is 26 inches high making it one of the highest playpens listed. If you worry that your child might climb over the top then this might be the right model for you.

Joovy Room² Portable Playard         price
Joovy Room² Portable Playard
This one makes the list because it is very safe for your child to play in and very easy to move and transport. It has only 10 square feet of play room but is 31 inches high which means it would be very hard for your child to climb out of.

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