Best Baby Play Pen for Babies and Toddlers

How to choose a baby play penAre you thinking of buying a baby play pen for your little one? If so we hope this website gives you that little bit more information on which playpen to buy.

Your beautiful baby is growing up fast and before you know it they will be crawling and then walking. This is great to see but it can come with hidden dangers and as much as you want to, you can’t keep your eyes on your toddlers 24/7.

Children love to investigate and something that seems completely safe to an adult can be a potential hazard to a little one.Their curiosity about their new surroundings makes it a very exciting time for them but an extremely exhausting time for mum and dad.

Most of the time you will be supervising your baby and watching to see they don’t hurt themselves but what happens when the phone rings, the doorbell goes or you need to nip out of the room for something, you take your eye of them for just a minute and they’re up to mischief.

Suddenly you find you cant take a few minutes to relax as your little one needs to watched constantly. Before long you will find yourself putting breakable ornaments out of your child’s reach and child proofing your home.

What happens if you want to get on with the cleaning or cooking, you cant keep an eye on them all the time and you cant carry them around with you all the time especially when using a hot cooker.

If you can relate to any of the above scenarios  it’s time to buy a play pen.

Play pens provide a convenient secure zone that you can pop your child into knowing that they will be safe secure and out of harms way. Some babies will take to them very quickly and treat them as their own little place while others may take a bit longer to get used to the idea and some may never take to them at all.

Putting their favourite toys in with them will keep them occupied as you get on with your choirs and if they are able to see you they won’t get too stressed. Not only are playpens used for keeping your baby safe and secure they are ideal to let them play, watch the world go around or have a quick nap.

As long as they are not overused and your baby isn’t left in them for hours on end they can be a very usable asset. Although a playpen doesn’t have to be high on your list of priorities like nappies and prams it will certainly come in handy

At what age can my child use a playpen?

The ideal time to start using a playpen is around the time when your baby first starts to crawl, which should be around 6-7 months although you can get playpens that can be used from birth on.

If you are planning on buying a playpen you should buy one sooner rather than later and before your baby starts to move around freely, this will help them get familiar with it and not get stressed out, leave it too late and your baby might not take to it and you could end up with a large storage box full of baby stuff stuck in the corner.

Different types of playpen and what to look for

You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to buying a play pen.

 You can purchase playpens in many different designs, shapes and sizes to suit your needs and they come in metal, traditional wood, brightly coloured plastic, fabric and travel cots that double up as playpens.

They are versatile and can be folded down and put away when not in use, some can even be used in the garden. With so many playpen options available it can be hard to choose which is going to fit the needs of you and your little one.

When choosing which playpen to buy one thing you need to decide is how big you want it to be and where it will be placed, the last thing you want to do is choose one that will not fit in your room.

You may want to look for designs that offer versatility such as converting into room divider, stair gates or fireplace hearths but check to see if they come with fittings otherwise you will have to buy them separately.

Look at play pens that have fully opening doors with safety locks incorporated if you want to take the strain of lifting baby in and out.Playpens are normally used with a padded, washable play mat so look for one where this is included to ensure a perfect fit. Look for playpens that come equipped with music and lights to hold the baby’s attention and keep them entertained.

On this website you will find a selection of the best playpens available, so feel free to browse the pages and best of luck with your purchase.

How to keep a playpen safe but fun

Think carefully when setting up your playpen. Position them away from open fires, radiators, heaters and windows

Placing a few of your child’s favourite toys and books in the playpen will help them feel at home as and a place they feel comfortable in. Why not transform the playpen into a ball pool by filling the base with a layer of plastic balls.

One thing you need to be vigilant about is putting items into the playpen that allows your baby to climb on and escape over the top, babies are very clever. Also never dangle any item from the playpen that your child could get tangled in.

Using your baby play pen safely

When using your play pen there are a few simple rules to keep your toddler safe.

  • Always supervise your child.
  • Never position the play pen near an open fire or heat source.
  • Ensure no large item is left in the playpen that your child could climb on and get out.
  • In a mesh playpen the holes should be no more than half a centimetre so baby cant trap their finger.
  • The slats on a wooden, metal or plastic pen should be no more than five centimetres.
  • Avoid having anything attached that could cause strangulation.
  • Check the door locks and hinges on a regular basis for faults.
  • Use a soft base in your pen in case you baby falls.
  • Buy an approved pen with an EN12227 safety certificate.

A playpen is perfect to keep your child safe, as long as you supervise your infant in a responsible way and follow the above points then your baby will be happy and content and most of all you have piece of mind.

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