One Hand it With the Nuna SENA™ Playard (Plus Giveaway)

Frustrated with the lack of consideration designers of baby products have for your frequent one handed-ness? Well, parent—meet SENA™.

When I was asked if I wanted a chance to try the Nuna SENA™ playard, I jumped up and down and said “yes!” I already love the other Nuna gear I have for my baby girl. At five months old, she still adores her Nuna Leaf swing and after putting it through its paces all winter, I still have heart eyes for the Nuna Tavo stroller.

Once my son was on the move, we had baby gates and baby proofed our house, but he could still get into trouble if he wasn’t watched.

With my first baby, 5 years ago, I didn’t want to get a playard. We live in a smallish house in Toronto, and I felt like every playard I saw was big and clunky and just didn’t go with my living room decor (ha! Little did I know my “decor” would soon consist of trains, trucks and assorted riding toys). I’ll admit, there have been times over the years where I wished I hadn’t passed. Once my son was on the move, we had baby gates and baby proofed our house, but he could still get into trouble. And there were times when I needed both hands (weird, right?) and would have loved having somewhere I could put my son while I quickly folded laundry or drank my hot coffee, and know he was still 100% safe.  But all the playard options would have cramped our style in the living room. Both aesthetically and in terms of physical space.

This time around, the Nuna SENA™ is the perfect solution. We’ve had it set up and tucked away in our living room for over a week now, and it’s been great. The graphite colour blends so nicely with the neutral grey tones that we have happening in our living space. I LOVE having somewhere safe to put my baby girl when I can’t be holding her. She’s started rolling, so I can’t just walk away while she’s on her play mat. She tends to make high pitched screeching sounds in her activity centre unless I’m sitting next to her, watching all the cool tricks she can do.

And speaking of juggling, the one handed fold function made it easy to pack up even with a baby on my hip.

The Nuna SENA™ was super easy to set up. The zig zag legs help it to pop open with little effort. This was much appreciated as I set this up last week while my kindergartener was home from school sick all week, and I needed to juggle the baby and the big kid while doing it! And speaking of juggling, the one handed fold function made it easy to pack up even with a baby on my hip. You don’t even need to remove the bassinet before you fold!

My product tester, Alice, enjoyed hanging out in the Nuna SENA™ (I know this because she didn’t screech at me when I put her down). The bottom of the playard is raised, so it keeps baby up off the drafty floors of old houses like mine and the quilted mattress looks and feels comfy. This has been a welcome addition to our living room and the travel bag will make it handy to take it to the cottage this summer. But for now, it’s found a home in my living room, making this mom’s life a little easier.

Wondering where you can get your very own SENA™? Check out this list and shop for it locally!

Congratulations to Alexandria MacLean of Edmonton, AB for winning the Nuna SENA Playard Review & Giveaway.

Alexandria MacLean

Jessi McAlpine

Jessi McAlpine

Jessi McAlpine works at the Parent Life Network. She lives in Toronto with her husband, four year old son, and their crazy dog. She wishes her home were Pinterest-worthy but the reality is that her living room floor is the Island of Sodor. Please send coffee and wine.