Are you thinking of buying a baby playpen for your little one?
If so we hope this website gives you that little bit more information on which is the best 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 playpen.
Playpens 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
Best Wooden Playpens
The traditional wooden playpen has been around a long time and is perfect if your looking for something stylish to match in with your decor.
Below is a selection of the best wooden playpens for your baby.
Very Large 8 panel Heavy Duty Wooden Baby Playpen
This large 8 panelled wooden baby playpen from MCC comes complete with a free educational toy.
This is a very large playpen that can be configured to the shape of octagon, rectangle or a square and is made from 100% Organic New Zealand pine.
Can be made to any size using 4,5,6,7 or 8 sections 1 being a gate and can be folded for easy transport or storage.
Each panel is 72 x 100 cm with 13 bars 5.3cm apart much less than EU safety requirements. It comes with free wall fixings and tools and weighs 16.5kg.
The playpen also has 8 rubber feet to avoid slipping.
White wooden BabyDan Felix Playpen
This whitewashed wooden playpen from BabyDan Features 2 different heights for newborn and older babies and can be used for children up to 24 months.
Made from 100% European beechwood with two position adjustable base that can be lowered as your child grows.
The dimensions are 100 x 100 x 74 cm and can be used with many BabyDan playmats (not included).
The whitewashed finish will blend easily in to any room.
Large Atlas Uno Wooden playpen from MJmark
This Atlas uno wooden playpen from MJmark is not as large as the title states.
This quality playpen is round which is very unusual as its made from solid hard wood (Birch) but it looks very stylish and would suit most home decor.
The dimensions of 120cm and a height of 70cm is not as large as the company have advertised but it is a good size and it includes a contrasting playmat.
Easy to assemble.
Made in Europe.
100x100cm Square Wooden playpen with blue insert
This solid wood quadrangular playpen comes complete with a blue insert with the cute duck motif.
Thanks to the extremely easy 3 fold height adjustment you can quickly lift the floor of this playpen into the respective age-equitable position.
There are 4 movable rollers to allow you to manoeuvre the playpen into any area you want to and 2 of the rollers are braked to stop any further movement.
Easy-Click mechanism for ease of assembly and disassembly and rounded edges to minimise the risk of injury.
Dimension: 100x100x70 cm (width x length x height ) Colour is Antique Pine with removable and washable blue insert.
Also available in yellow.
6 sided BABY VIVO Wooden playpen with washable and removable blue inlay
This 6 sided wooden playpen from Baby Vivo has 6 lockable plastic wheels making it easy to move around and 3 position adjustable heights to match the playpen to the age and the size of your baby.
The snap-on construction with shock-resistant connectors ensures ease of assembly and the edges are rounded to help eliminate the risk of injury.
The modern soft padding inlay is removable and washable and its suitable from birth – 24 months
Best Plastic Playpens
Choosing a playpen can be a bit confusing, with different shapes, sizes and manufacturers to contend with but if you have decided to choose a plastic playpen your halfway there.
Below is a selection of plastic playpen ideal for your baby.
8 piece Little Playzone Playpen with Electronic Lights and Sounds
This colourful little playzone playpen will keep your baby occupied with its electronic lights and sounds.
Your little ones will love playing in this playpen which can be used indoors or outdoors.
The activity board has lots of things to do and see with a light up musical keyboard, a play phone and colourful spinning balls.
To gain access for parents it has a swinging hinged door with safety locks.
The assembled dimensions are 117 cm x 117 cm x 61 cm and can be extended with additional connectors and walls which can be purchased separately.
The 8 pieces included are 1 x Musical Activity Panel 1 x Hinged gate with safety lock 4 x Yellow Corners and 2 x Blue Walls.
Non-toxic and ASTM & CPSC Certified for child safety
Include instruction sheet.
6 sided MCC Plastic Baby Playpen with Activity panel
This plastic playpen from MCC is ideal for your baby and is made from thick and durable plastic to keep your child secure.
There are six panels that make that make up this colourful hexagon playpen that can be needs no tools to fix together.
You get 4 yellow panels with pictures of teddy’s a door panel that has a duel locking safety gate for easy access for the parent and an interactive panel to keep your child occupied.
The interactive panel has spinning balls a play phone and a little play house.
Its designed for indoor and outdoor use and can be expanded up to 6.31 sq meters with extra panels available separately.
This product meets the EN12227:2010 safety regulation and comes with rounded edges and corners for added safety.
Also available as a square version with 4 panels and 4 corner extensions and a large 8 panel hexagon..
Play mat and play balls are not included but can be bought separately.
6 Sided plastic Baby Playpen/Room Divider with play board and Door
This red and yellow 6 sided plastic playpen from LCP Kids can also be used as a room divider and can be used both indoors and out.
The playpen is made up of 6 panels (L x W in cm): 85 cm x 60 cm which can be made up as rectangular or hexagon and contains a panel with a safety door and lock to allow the parent easy access, a panel with a play board and four more panels.
There are suction cups that can be fixed to the bottom which will secure it to hard floors, the assembly is very easy and takes just a few minutes and it comes with a 24 month warranty.
The recommended age of use is for babies between 6 months and 24 months age.
Safety EN 71-1, 71-2 and 71-3 certified and weighs 12kg.
Expandable 4 sided playpen from BABY VIVO
This four sided playpen from Baby Vivo has the addition pack (2 side panels and 2 extensions) included to make it that bit larger.
The yellow and orange rounded panels are easy to assemble without any screws using a plug system.
Each of the 6 main panel is 80cm wide x 65cm high, the 4 corner panels are 30cm wide x 65cm high and the 2 extension panels are 30cm wide x 65cm high but no door panel so you will have to lift your child in and out.
You can add more main or addition packs if you want to make it larger.
They can also be bought as a smaller 4 panel right up to extra large 12 panels.
Jolly Kidz Magic Panel Playpen from Liberty House Toys
This Jolly Kidz magic playpen from Liberty House Toys is the ideal solution for a controlled and safe environment for your child to play.
This bright and colourful playpen is tough, durable and potable enough to be used indoors and out.
The assembled dimensions of 60.2cmH x 110cm x 110cm makes it suitable for children up to 5yrs and the round edges and corners make it safe.
Easy to assemble with no tools required and can be extended with the additional LHMPP002 extension pack.
No door to get in so your child will have to be lifted in and out,
16 individual panels included made up of 4 of each, Yellow, Blue, Red, and Green.
Multi coloured TikkTokk Nanny Panel Playpen
This multi coloured nanny playpen from TillTokk can be used for multiple configurations for maximum flexibility.
The 12 panels that make up the playpen are easy to assemble thanks to the patented joining mechanism.
The 65cm high panels will provide longer use for your child and it can be used indoors as well as outdoors.
You receive 3 panels of each colour, Red, Blue, Yellow and green which have no sharp edges providing a safe environment for children to play in.
No door so children will have to be lifted in and out.
Easy to clean and comes its own brightly coloured carry box for storing and easy transport. Can be extended using the Extension Pack TNP81C.
Comes with a 2 year manufacturer’s guarantee.
Best Fabric Playpens
so you have decided you want to buy a playpen to keep your baby safe and secure and because you’re on this page you may be thinking of buying a fabric playpen but are not sure which one to get.
Below is a good selection of fabric playpens for your baby or toddler to help you make your mind up.
Soft sided Lindam Fabric Playpen
This Soft Sided fabric playpen from Lindam can be easily converted to use as a room divider, a fire guard or a multi-panel safety gate.
The safety gate into the play pen is designed for one handed operation with a push and squeeze handle and a push to shut system that locks the gate into place.
The padded base is completely washable giving you peace of mind that your child can play safe and secure.
You can create a versatile safety gate/room divder to fit a maximum opening of 321cm using a combination of panels up to the max of 5 panels and when not in use the playpen concertinas, folding flat for easy storage.
Fixings for fixing to a wall are not included but can be bought separately.
Colourful TikkTokk Pokano square Fabric Playpen with floor Mat
This square Pokano fabric playpen from TikkTokk is crafted from beautiful, colourful durable poly-cotton making it a truly soft and gentle playpen for ultra comfort.
The fitted floor mat is thick and padded for safety and large free-flow netting windows in every panel that will allow your baby to see out.
The feet are made from rubber for non-slip on hard floors.
The unique corner mechanism makes assembly and dis-assembly easy and it comes with bag for storage and transporting.
Also available in solid blue.
Colourful TikkTokk Pokano hexagon Fabric Playpen with floor Mat
This Pokano fabric playpen from TikkTokk is the larger hexagon version of the square one above with the same colourful durable poly-cotton.
It has the thick padded fitted mat in matching colours to the rest of the playpen with the mesh netting in ever panel so your little one can see out.
The rubber feet are non-slip to stop it moving on slippery floor and the unique corner mechanism makes it easy for assembling and disassembling.
It comes with a convenient transport bag that can also be used to store it in.
Turquoise Folding Baby playpen
The folding playpen from Baby Design has a simple system for folding and unfolding and comes in many colours.
This comfortable playpen is idea if you don’t want to leave it up all the time or you want to take it with you when visiting other homes.
It comes with a side entrance with locking device and a soft mattress.
When erected its 105cm x 105cm x 78cm high and when folded its 98cm x 21cm x 21cm and it comes with a carrying bag for transporting and storing.
Crazy Zoo KRB0 3-1 Portable Travel Cot Playpen from Infantastic®
This interestingly named KRB0 3-1 playpen from nfantastic® is potable and can be used as a travel cot.
The folding mechanism is easy to operate and when in use is 100cm x 100cm x 77cm high and when folded 93cm x 24.5cm x 24.5cm.
Inside it has 4 handles to help your little one stand on their own feet and the safety mesh on the side provide an optimal air ventilation and lets your baby see out.
The playpen has a little opening with a zip to crawl in and out and a lightly padded mattress, covered with cloth.
Padded edges and rounded corners for extra safety and includes a transport bag with carrying handles.
Suitable for children up to 36 months of age or a maximum allowable weight of approx. 33 lbs / 15 kg.
Colours available Kiss Me Frog: pink, green, Crazy Zoo:blue, green, Little Teddy: purple, brown, Ice Cube:dark blue, grey and Savannah Friends: yellow
Hauck Dream’n Play Square Playpen Bear
The versatile Dream’n Play playpen from Hauck can also be used as a travel cot to accompany you anywhere.
When in use the playpen has generous play area of 96cm x 96cm and is easily folded away into its own carry bag for transporting.
It has 4 see through mesh sides with bear designs so you can keep an eye on baby and they can also see you.
It comes with a comfortable fold up mattress and a carrier bag.
Babylo Jungle Pals Playpen
The Jungle Pals Playpen from Babylo features various animal illustrations on the four brightly coloured sides.
This lightweight and portable playpen can also be used as a travel cot with its soft padded edges, padded base and fine mesh sides its ideal to keep your baby safe at home or away.
The assembled size is 92cm(L) x 92cm(W) x 78cm(H) and is quick and easy to fold away into its own carry bag when not in use or for transporting.
Suitable for age 6 months on.
You can also buy an ECO Fibre mattress 131644 if you want to use it as a travel cot.
Best Metal Playpens
Choosing a playpen for your baby is always going to be a difficult decision but if you have decided that a metal playpen is suitable then you have taken the first step.
Below is a selection of metal playpens for babies.
White Safe and Secure Metal Playpen
This safe and secure metal playpen from the award winning specialists Lindam has been designed to be used in various combinations for restricting access to hazardous areas in and around the home.
This clever playpen can be converted into a room divider or fire guard and has one handed gate opening which you just squeeze to open and push to close.
It comes complete with a padded and completely washable base and folds flat for easy storage.
Panel dimensions 80.6 x 67 x 19.6 cm with metal rails that are spaced so baby can easily see you and it weighs 15kg.
Complies with European Safety Standard BS EN 12227
White BabyDen Playpen with Grey Play mat
The safe and comfortable BabyDen metal playpen from BabyDan comes complete with a washable grey play mat/mattress, an ideal place to leave your child to play.
The fully opening gate section allows easy access and the handle release mechanism has been designed for adults only operation.
Easy assembly with no tools needed and can be folded flat when not in use.
Can be converted into a room divider or fire guard.
Width: Up to 360 cm; Height: 70 cm
Complies with European Safety Standard BS EN 12227
White Royale Converta 3-in-1 Playpen from Dreambaby
This Dreambaby Royale Converta metal playpen can also be configured as a fire guard and room divider using the wall fixings which are included.
This multifunctional playpen can be set up in a variety of shapes and is constructed from very sturdy and durable metal which also folds for easy storage.
The dimensions of 380(W) cm x 74(H) cm is made up of six 60cm wide panels 1 of which is a convenient walk through gate.
Easy to assemble with no screws or tools required. No play mat is included with this playpen.
Conforms to Safety Standards EN1227:2010 and ASTMF1004-12.
White metal Hauck Babypark Playpen
The white metal Babypark playpen from Hauck is not only a playpen but a fire guard, stair gate and barrier for a large living space.
The Baby Park is made up using five panels and a door panel which can be opened with one hand in both directions.
There is a soft and comfortable floor mat included that can be used inside or outside the playpen and hardware for fixing to to walls is also included when using in other configurations.
Dimensions as a playpen is 100cm in diameter and 75cm high, the total length as a barrier is 3.66m.
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 playpen 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.