From 4 or 5 months to 1 year old and a half, baby can taste the joys of the pack and play. In this protected, safe, extremely convenient area, early in his life, he is then free to explore and play alone. Follow our tips on how to better use it, and how to best choose according to pack and play reviews.
Content of the article:
- Select playpen: in bars or net?
- Details to know about the playpen
- Used playpen
- How to install baby in the pack and play?
Select playpen: in bars or net?
Whatever your choice, your baby must be able to play safely. For this, check that the park has well marked “consistent with security requirements”. It certifies that the product meets the NF S 54-010 standards (French GAAP) and EN 12227 (European norms) concerning childcare safety. These standards ensure its strength and the absence of dangerous parts for children (sharp edges or small parts).
Choose from two types of pack and play:
The bars pack and play: mostly wooden, it is heavy, stable, and provides good support for a baby learning to stand up (some have several levels, it is very convenient to fit the baby’s age) . It costs between 50 and 100 euros;
The net pack and play: with foam bottom, it is comfortable and pliable but does not allow baby to recover. It costs between 50 and 80 euros.
Both pack and plays can be provided with wheels and a washable rug and various shapes (square, round, or other).
Details to know about the playpen
Some things to remember:
- the spacing of the bars must be less than or equal to 7 cm so that baby can not get caught her head
- the height of the pack and play must be greater than 55 cm (so baby can not tip over, bending)
- the pack and play must be stable
- for net pens, you must know that when your baby looks through the mesh, it hard to distinguish what he observes.
- The meal
- Baby bottles
- The sterilizer
- The bottle warmer
- The high chair
- The booster
- The pump
- Meals accessories
- The toilet
- The different media changer
- The baby bath
- The toiletries
- The car seats
- The diaper bag
- The baby gate
- The pram
- The cot
- The awakening and games
- The cellphone
- The bouncer
- The awakening carpet
- Toys for 0 to 6 months
- Toys for 6 to 12 months
- Toy 1 or 2 years
- Toys 2-3 years
Install the pack and play away from drafts and a good stable ground. If your pack and plays have no bottom, install a cover to isolate your child from the cold and protect the hardness of the ground when dropped.
Your child should not be able to reach external objects when in the pack and play because it could grab it and swing the park with him.
You can put some toys in the park provided they are not too big for a big teddy could serve him walking distance.
Finally, never leave your child unattended.
How to place the baby in the pack and play?
The ideal age to put your baby in the park is around 8-9 months. This is the time when baby starts to move and play alone.
You can install the park in every room of your home. Preferably near your living room. Baby is so safe while you go about your business. Keep talking to him from time to time, even if you do not mind him baby will get all the attention it needs.
If baby does not turn yet, raise his head and block possibly with a cushion. Place a blanket at the back if you find it a bit hard. You can also protect the bars with a padded park ride.
If your baby knows to turn, let the bottom of the park to clear baby has room to do his movements.
Do not forget the toys: an awakening ark, rattles … and of course the baby blanket. He can play well but also sleep.
Our tips: Do not let all the same baby for hours in the park, he needs to be with you too!
Install the pack and play in a place where your baby is not likely to catch a vase or other object while rising on tiptoe!
Do not leave large toys inside the playpen because the baby will not hesitate to use them to walk. Do not let either of small objects, the baby might swallow them!