As soon as our twins became mobile, we knew that we would need a play pen to keep them safe while we were visiting family. While we knew that we could get one of those plastic playpens, we liked the idea of something with a floor to it, since we are outside so often (we wanted to protect their feet and bodies from undesirable ground). In addition, because we have two babies playing together, we wanted something that wouldn’t have a weight limit, so they can keep playing together as they get older and bigger.
I was thrilled to try out the new playpen from Summer Infant, called the Pop ‘n Play. You can see that it made my list of items to travel lighter with babies and toddlers, but it needs its own post. It doesn’t need any setup at all. You just take it out of the carrying case, walk out the metal arms, and then attach the bottom to the sides with sturdy buckles. It is a great size without being too large, and it truly is lightweight. Audrey, David, and all of their toys can happily reside together with plenty of extra room (although the twins are at the age now where they just want to be
next to on top of each other all the time).
Here are some key features:
- The floor is water resistant, which is wonderful if you want to put the Pop ‘n Play in the damp grass or on the sand.
- The mesh sides allow air to flow, but they are also strong! We have two babies that are pulling themselves up, and they can easily do it on this without any fear of the walls falling over. Of course, we would advise that you watch your children carefully if they are doing this, just in case.
- The directions and literature are kept in a pocket on the outside of the wall. This is perfect in case you need to refer back to the booklet while away from home. There are also some directions printed on the base of the Pop ‘n Play. You really don’t need these directions, because it is so easy to assemble, however.
- The overall weight makes it so easy to throw this over one shoulder while holding a baby with the other arm. You can also put it together with mostly 1 hand.
- The clips to secure the base are a little tight and difficult to snap together and apart. I’m sure this will become easier over time, but for now I am happy with this, as it is added safety in my opinion.
- With 6 sides, it feels like there is a ton of extra room for the babies to play, while not intruding too much on the adult space.
Other things to consider:
- If you are worried about sun, you can purchase a partial sunshade (Pop ‘n Play Canopy) separately. You could also purchase the Pop ‘n Play Ultimate Playard which comes with the canopy included (which is the only difference between the Original and the Ultimate). This doesn’t cover the entire play yard, but it does give some extra protection.
- If you will be on a hard surface, it may be a good idea to invest in some foam tiles to put underneath, as the bottom is just a piece of material.
- The bottom sits directly on the ground, so there isn’t any weight limit to this, unlike pack and plays or portable cribs. This also helps keep the overall weight of the Pop ‘n Play down as well.
- If you have children that are pulling themselves up, they will be able to grab a hold of the cross bars and pull up (or even climb) through the mesh.
We are so excited to be able to give away one of these Ultimate Pop ‘n Plays to a lucky reader! This is the one with the green bottom AND the sun canopy! The giveaway starts today, August 15th and ends next Friday, August 22nd at 5pm CST. The winner will be chosen at random, contacted via email and have five days to claim their prize before another winner is selected. Good luck!
We would never accept money for a product review but we were sent an Ultimate Summer Infant Pop ‘n Play for testing as part of this review.