Play yards are popular for a number of reasons. Some parents opt for one from the very beginning and never buy a traditional crib. Others may use a traditional crib in the nursery, but keep a portable crib elsewhere in the home for naps, diaper changes or a safe place to put their increasingly mobile babies. Grandparents, sitters, or other occasional caregivers often use portable cribs as a cheaper -- and smaller alternative to a traditional crib. Portable cribs are also good for infrequent travel. "Infrequent" is the key word here, though -- at roughly 20 to 30 pounds, most of these play yards are still quite heavy. And while they do fold into their own carrying cases, setting up and taking down play yards can be cumbersome and time-consuming.
A couple other cons to be aware of: Just like a mini crib, babies and toddlers will outgrow portable cribs faster than standard cribs. And parents are often unimpressed with the hard, thin sleeping pads that come with these play yards, saying they just don't seem comfortable for more than occasional use.
The main downside of travel cribs is that they can be quite pricey, especially if you won't often use them. The best models top $200 -- as much as many parents pay for a traditional crib -- and that doesn't include special sheets made to fit their mattresses or sleeping pads. And, as with all portable cribs, parents sometimes grouse that their kids may outgrow travel cribs quickly or that the mattress doesn't seem comfortable.
All new mini cribs meet strict . That includes a ban on drop sides, improved slat strength, and stronger hardware and mattress supports. Portable cribs and travel cribs are subject to a different set of standards . As with any baby product, parents should be vigilant about checking for recalls, particularly when using older, secondhand products. About 10,000 Dream on Me Incredible Play Yard units because their rails were prone to collapse. And about 200,000 popular tent-like travel cribs, the KidCo PeaPod and the PeaPod Plus, after the suffocation death of a baby.
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