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4 Reliable Playards to Keep Baby Comfortable and Happy

Written by Jennifer Traynor

A playard is an essential baby gear item every parent should have. They are convenient, reliable and sometimes even a lifesaver for the parent who’s looking for a much-needed break.

When my children were babies, having our Graco playard gave me a safe place to put my little bundle down if I wanted to have a quick bathroom break or grab a snack. It also gave me a convenient spot for diaper changes in our family room on the main floor since the nursery was upstairs. And moving it out of the way or to another room was easy since it was equipped with wheels for quick mobility.

Depending on your situation you might find you need more than one (perhaps one to keep at the grandparents’ house). With their Pack ‘n Play line of playards, Graco offers many great models with useful add-ons, such as change tables, loungers, and mobiles. We love how each of them has wipe-clean fabrics, push-button fold, and a carrying case.

We’re sharing with you our top four picks for choosing a Graco playard to suit your needs.

Graco Pack ‘n Play On-the-Go Playard, Stratus – If you are looking for a simpler playard or a secondary one, this one is more basic but still offers the convenience of a full removable bassinet and change area. It also comes with a toy bar that you can snap on.

Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard Sequoia – This playard features a full bassinet with quilted bumpers and a change table, both of which are easily removable. It also has a cute little mobile to help keep baby occupied.

Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard Quick Connect Portable Bouncer – I had a Graco model very similar to this one and I loved it! My favourite part was the portable bouncer, which I used as a napper for both of my kids. I was able to get them napping there for sometimes up to two hours. The built-in vibration unit was very helpful for soothing the baby. With the attached change table and side storage pockets, diaper changes were a breeze and helped prevent many trips up to the nursery since I had all my diaper-changing needs right in the playard.

Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard with Portable Lounger and Changer – This one has similar features to the last one, but the difference is the lounger and change table are the same attachment, rather than separate, which is a space-saver and provides more room in the bassinet portion. This playard also features a toy mobile.

Whatever your needs or parenting lifestyle Graco has a playard that will be suitable for you and your baby. For the first years of both my kids’ lives, I used my Graco playard every day. From naps to diaper changes to play time, it was consistently relied on and well-loved.


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