Play yards' prices range from about $43 for the most basic to about $250 for premium models. A typical play yard weighs around 24 pounds without the bassinet and changing station, and nearly 33 pounds with those options. Here are the types of play yards to consider.
Most play yards originally were designed for portability—to fit through a door, be moved from one room to another, or folded up to fit in the trunk of your car. Many are a standard rectangular size, usually 28 by 40 inches.
But some of the latest versions are bigger, measuring nearly 30 inches wide, which is about the same as a standard-sized door, so scooting them from room to room in the set-up position may be a tight squeeze, if not impossible.
If you plan for your newborn to nap in the play yard, compare the bassinet options. Most play yards offer a full-sized bassinet, which runs the entire length and width of the play yard. Some feature a full-sized bassinet that rocks or locks in place. Other models have a canopy to help shield your baby from light while in the bassinet only, which can be helpful for naptime and bedtime.
Many manufacturers also make travel play yards that are designed to move. They roll on wheels and fold easily and compactly into their own tote that resembles a short golf bag, making them ideal for vacations, business trips, and jaunts to Grandma's. Travel play yards, though, tend to be smaller (around 23 inches wide) and lighter (around 20 pounds) because they're not loaded with extras.
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