Even parents who practice attachment-style parenting occasionally need a safe place to place baby when tending to a hot stove, traveling, or visiting child-free friends.
Playards keep baby secure during those times. Which playard to buy depends on your intended use.
If you are in a tiny city apartment, you may want to save space by using the playard as a bassinet as well as a playpen and traveling bed. Many parents at least want the option of traveling with the playard, which means you need something lightweight without compromising safety, quality, and convenience.
We have the Compass Light & Portable Playard & Bassinet. Baby Diva used this in addition to her Peapod Travel Bed tent while visiting her Grandparents.
She was comfy and safe in this super lightweight playard. The pad is easy to clean and slightly padded for comfort. Set up and take down were a snap. The playard also comes with a bag for easy travel.
Note: The Compass Playard is getting harder to find, though can still track it down on eBay, etc.
My NEW PICK is the Phil & Teds Traveller. A little pricier, but only 6 lbs with lots of exciting features. And $150 is still not excessively expensive and you can often find coupons and free shipping!
FEATURES: full sized, zipped top, self-inflating mattress
SIZE: 6 lbs without mattress; 51 1/2″L x 25″W x 31 1/4″H;