Playpens, pack-n-plays (Graco owns that name by the way) or playards. Whatever you want to call these items, they are pretty much a godsend to busy parents everywhere. When you need to contain your squirmy infant for a few precious moments to do frivolous things, such as bathe or answer the door, a portable play yard does the trick. Ideal for travel, a portable play yard is also essential for parents with multi-level homes, providing a first-floor napping/changing station.
I'm planning on using the new Graco Milan ($199.99) for the first few months of our new baby's existence. Rather than getting a new crib, I like this design because it's:
- Easy to break down and set up
- Has adjustable height to give my back a break (breastfeeding is hard work)
- Offers a few soothing features such as vibration, music and nature sounds
- Wheel around to allow me to move the bassinet around the house
Once the baby is bigger, I'll switch him/her to a crib, but for the first few months, I think this is a great solution and I like the chocolate and aqua color scheme. I hope all the new moms out there have found some helpful tidbits in October's features. I'll try to squeeze in a few more tomorrow before starting up on November's Gift Guide.