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The 11 Best Pack and Plays for Playtime or Naptime, Tested by Parents

From the beach to the hotel to Grandma's house, these are the best pack and plays for your baby to sleep and play in.

In This Article

Our Favorites

  • Our Testing Process

Our Experts

  • Other Notable Pack and Plays

Factors to Consider

Parents / Jessica Juliao

One of the hardest things about shopping for a new baby is the sheer number of items you need , especially since your child will outgrow nearly all of what you buy them for their first year of life. Pack and plays are one of the few exceptions: Functioning as a crib for small space-living or travel and as a pop-up playard, a good pack and play can grow with your child until they hit the toddler years.

“Pack and plays can be used as a bassinet, transitioned to cribs, and serve as a changing table,” says Amanda Stovall , M.D., a pediatrician with Springfield Clinic in Illinois. “As babies get older and more mobile, pack and plays offer a safe place for them to play.”

With all these options, Dr. Stovall says that pack and plays can be a great investment for parents and caregivers who are limited on space or for families who travel often , since they can be folded up and stored away compactly. But like so many other baby-related products, the pack and play market has expanded, making it hard for parents to know what accessories or features they actually need. Should you go with the bassinet or changing table attachment? How important is a one-handed setup? How big should it be, and how long can you expect it to last? 

To make it easier for you to find the best pack and play for your family’s needs, we tested 20 popular brands in our lab and talked to experts about what to look for when shopping. We assembled each pack and play to see just how convenient it is, then assessed it for stability and comfort. We then dropped a 25-pound sandbag “baby” to test its structural integrity, before carrying it through a doorway to see if it fits. Next, we folded it up, noting how easy that process is, before toting it around in any included carrying bag to assess its portability. We compared these results to the pack and play’s price to determine its overall value, then narrowed it down to these top picks.

Best Overall: 4moms Breeze Plus Playard

Best budget: graco pack ‘n play portable playard, best travel crib: guava lotus adventure & travel set, best travel crib (runner up): babybjörn travel crib light.

  • Best for Playing: Graco Pack 'n Play LiteTraveler LX Playard

Best Sustainably Made: Delta Children babyGap Deluxe Play Yard

Best design: silver cross slumber travel crib, best large: joovy room² largest playard portable playpen, easiest setup: bugaboo stardust playard, best looking: nuna sena aire, why we like it.

Thanks to its easy setup, sturdy construction, and convenient features, we chose the 4moms Breeze Plus Playard as our top pack and play. The sides click right into place but stay firmly locked, remaining stable throughout our weight limit testing (we literally threw a sandbag into it). We’re also fans of the included mattress, which feels firm but soft and can be configured for the bassinet or the bottom of the pack-and-play. You can also buy the brand’s tight-fitting sheets for the full mattress size and the bassinet .

Speaking of the bassinet, we really appreciated this added feature, along with the changing table attachment. Both snap securely into place and make the playard worth the investment. Across the board, the 4moms Breeze Plus met or exceeded our expectations, and at a mid-range price of $300, we can confidently recommend it as a good fit for most families.

But Take Note

During testing, we found this chic-looking unit simple to assemble—though it took us a bit longer than others because we had to install the mattress—and even easier to stow away, managing to collapse the whole thing with one hand and fit it neatly into its travel bag. We do wish the bag’s nylon straps were padded, though.

The Details:  

  • Dimensions (folded): 13.25 x 12 x 30 inches
  • Dimensions (open): 40.75 x 28.5 x 22.5 inches
  • Weight: 23 pounds
  • Weight/age/height limit: 18 pounds (bassinet), 25 pounds (changer), 30 pounds (playard)
  • Extras: Bassinet, mattress, changing table

The durable, streamlined Graco Pack 'n Play Portable Playard is a no-frills option that prioritizes functionality above all else, making it a great choice for parents who want to save money on a pack and play by only paying for what they need. You won’t get any extra attachments with this product, but that’s part of what makes it so simple: We were able to set it up in a mere two minutes and break it down in just one, and there were no miscellaneous parts to worry about.

Despite how easily it pops up and how neatly it collapses, this playard is sturdy. It’s heavy, which gives it a high-quality feel, and though it made a loud sound when we tested it against our 25-pound weight, it barely flinched. Its bulkiness, though, is also one of the cons here—it’s hard to move around, even when folded, and its travel bag is like a briefcase, rather than a backpack or shoulder back, so it’s not the easiest to lug on a long trip. It also doesn’t have the most luxurious mattress, so we don’t think it’s the best choice if you’re looking for a portable crib.

Still, we think the playard’s heft is part of what makes it such a steal for just $70: It feels like the type of pack and play you can use for all your kids and then pass down to friends for even more years of use. 

  • Dimensions (folded): 10.31 x 10.31 x 28 inches
  • Dimensions (open): 28.25 x 39.5 x 29 inches
  • Weight: 19 pounds
  • Weight/age/height limit: 35 inches, 30 pounds, or when tall enough to climb out (whichever comes first)
  • Extras: Storage pouch

A pack and play for travel should be lightweight, easy to transport, and outfitted with features that make bringing your baby anywhere a piece of cake. The Guava Lotus Adventure & Travel Set checks all these boxes and then some, functioning equally as well as a portable crib and a playard.

Putting the crib together and folding it down again are both straightforward, and we’re impressed by how sturdy the Lotus feels despite how lightweight it is (just 15 pounds!) But it’s the accessories that make this choice work so well for traveling families: We love that it comes with an SPF sun shade, mosquito netting, two fitted sheets, and a backpack-style travel bag with padded straps for comfortable transport. All of the fabrics are soft to the touch—even the mosquito netting—and we really like that the vinyl fabric requires no effort to wipe down for cleaning.

We also can’t help but call out the fact that there’s no weight limit to the Lotus. Because it sits on the ground (meaning there's no bassinet for newborns), it can be used until your child is tall enough to climb out of it, prolonging its potential use (and extending your jet-setting fun).

  • Dimensions (folded): 24 x 12 x 8 inches
  • Dimensions (open): 45.5 x 31.5 x 25.5 inches
  • Weight: 15 pounds
  • Weight/age/height limit: 3 years old or tall enough to climb out
  • Extras: Backpack travel bag, crib sheet, nap shade

The simplistic design of the Baby Björn Travel Crib Light makes it a solid travel crib alternative, though it’s a bit more limiting than the Guava Lotus. With a smaller size, it’s perfect as a grab-and-go crib, but it doesn’t function quite as well as a playard. However, it assembles in no time: It took just 45 seconds from the time we opened the box until the Baby Björn was fully set up, and the whole process was so intuitive we didn’t even need to use the instructions. The mattress slides in smoothly, too.

Despite its small size and lightweight construction, the unit feels sturdy and high-quality. It easily passed our drop test, and we were pleasantly surprised at how durable the small feet are. We also like how all the surfaces feel smooth and uniform without any pieces poking out in odd places.

It fits cleanly through a standard doorway and is super lightweight to carry around (just 13 pounds!), so it’s great for families on the go. We’d prefer the bag to have a shoulder strap instead of double handles to make transportation easier, though. But if a quick setup and a compact frame are what you’re looking for, this is a top-notch pick.

Although the playard packs very easily into its travel case, breakdown is a little tricky—we fold the instructions a little lackluster, and it took us some extra effort to get it to break down. 

  • Dimensions (folded): 24 x 19 x 6 inches
  • Dimensions (open): 44 x 25 x 32 inches
  • Weight: 13 pounds
  • Weight/age/height limit: 35 lbs or 23.5 inches (whichever comes first)
  • Extras: Mattress

Best for Playing: Graco Pack 'n Play LiteTraveler LX Playard

The hexagonal design of the Graco Pack 'n Play LiteTraveler LX Playard gives babies plenty of room to explore, and the fact that it pops up and collapses back down with little effort from the caregiver makes it an easy choice for playing. After testing it in the lab, we also feel that the LiteTraveler would hold up well to active toddlers since it barely budged when we dropped in a sandbag “baby.” And with its UV 50 sun canopy, you can even move your child’s playtime outdoors.

We found the travel bag easy to tote around slung over one shoulder, and it’s compact enough that we could see ourselves carrying it on the beach or at the park without any issues. It’s also on the lower end of the price range for a good pack and play, so it’s a more budget-friendly pick.

Although the playard doesn’t fit through a doorway when it’s open due to its shape, the one-handed collapsing feature and the easy-carry travel bag make it simple to move around anyway. Plus, we love that Graco sewed the instructions onto the travel bag so they’re visible and readily available wherever you go: 

  • Dimensions (folded): 7.5 x 7.5 x 27 inches 
  • Dimensions (open): 50 x 50 x 27 inches
  • Weight: 16.6 pounds
  • Weight/age/height limit: 35 inches
  • Extras: UV 50 canopy

If safety, functionality, and sustainability are all of equal concern to you when shopping for a pack and play, the babyGap Deluxe Play Yard by Delta Children hits all three of those marks. With the exception of the mesh windows, all the fabric is made from recycled plastic water bottles, but you would never know it. During testing, we noticed that the pack and play feels sturdy and high-quality but is still easy to maneuver—its lockable wheels let you roll it through a doorway with extra room on the sides.

As for accessories, the playard comes with a detachable bassinet and changing table, and there’s a zippered opening on one of the sides for convenient access. The mattress is soft (though we would have liked a sheet included), and setup and breakdown didn’t take much effort. We were also able to put it together in less than two minutes, and there’s a cute detachable mobile to keep your little one entertained. 

We don’t love that there is no shoulder strap to carry the unit when packed into its travel bag.

  • Dimensions (folded): 9.5 x 12 x 30.1 inches
  • Dimensions (open): 27.8 x 37.4 x 40.2
  • Weight: 29 pounds
  • Weight/age/height limit: 15 pounds (bassinet), 25 pounds (changing table), 30 pounds or 35 inches tall (playard)
  • Extras: Mobile, bassinet, changing table

If you’re willing to put in a little effort to get to know the ins and outs of this pack and play, the Silver Cross Slumber Travel Crib is a well-designed product that strikes the right balance between modernist style and functionality. It has the extra accessories you really need—like a removable bassinet and mesh sides—but nothing that would overcomplicate its use.

We found the Slumber Travel Crib to be lightweight enough to transport easily from room to room, and all parts of the crib, from the bassinet attachment to the mattress, are user-friendly. The mattress can be configured to fit either the bassinet or pack and play, and a brand-specific sheet is included so you don’t need to around for the exact right size. It took us a bit to set the unit up for the first time and the instructions aren’t as simple as they could be, but overall, using the crib is fairly intuitive. 

Securing the mattress, though, is a hassle, since there are a bunch of corner hooks you need to thread through the fabric. We also don’t love the travel bag: We had to refer to the instructions to figure out how to fit the collapsed crib inside it, and it was awkward in size once packed away. Still, this is a sleek and attractive option that newborns and older babies alike can snooze in comfortably.

  • Dimensions (folded): 35 x 13.4 x 6.7 inches
  • Dimensions (open): 44 x 31.5 x 26.4 inches
  • Weight: 20 pounds
  • Weight/age/height limit: 50 pounds
  • Extras: Bassinet

If you need an oversized pack and play, the Joovy Room² Largest Playard Portable Playpen is about 40 inches wide by 40 inches long, giving your baby a nice, roomy space for playing or sleeping, as opposed to the traditional rectangular shape. It has a simple design that works well with most home decor, which is a good thing since it’s not very portable—it’s heavy and can’t fit through doorways without being collapsed. Plus, collapsing it isn’t ideal, since the playard doesn’t fold back down as neatly as it was originally packaged.

This is a durable and spacious pack-and-play for babies who like a lot of room (or even twins!), but note that you’ll likely want to leave it up once it’s been assembled. We think it’s a fitting pick for a relative’s house or for the living room as a play space. You won’t want to move it or travel with it, but it’s definitely sturdy enough to handle the weight of a toddler or more than one baby.  

It comes with a thick, waterproof mattress that’s machine-washable for when accidents happen. Plus, four rods on the bottom of the pack and play make it feel sturdier than some other options. Then again, it is 28 pounds, so it’s not a portable pick. 

  • Dimensions (folded): 37 x 9.5 x 10 inches
  • Dimensions (open): 39.75 x 39.75 x 31 inches
  • Weight: 28 pounds
  • Weight/age/height limit: 30 pounds or 35 inches
  • Extras: Waterproof mattress, sheet

If reading instructions isn’t your thing, the Bugaboo Stardust is the pack and play of your dreams: We didn’t need to use the instructions when testing out this pack and play, and unlike most of the other products we tried, the Stardust comes with the mattress already installed, cutting out a time-consuming assembly step. In fact, Bugaboo claims you can unfold the Stardust in one second and fold it up in three, and we found that it comes pretty close to matching those lofty goals.

After folding the crib up, we had no problems packing it away into the travel bag, and at a lightweight 17 pounds, it’s fairly easy to carry around. Overall, the Stardust is slim and compact with a seamless setup, but there are a few things we don’t love—its smaller size means it won’t last as long as some other pack and plays that can accommodate an older child, and we’re underwhelmed by the bassinet attachment, which feels flimsy and unsupportive compared to the rest of the unit. But if you don’t care about a bassinet and want something that’s simple to set up (and not an eyesore), the Stardust is worth the price tag.

  • Dimensions (folded): 25.6 x 5.5 x 33.5 inches
  • Dimensions (open): 25 x 38.8 x 33.5 inches
  • Weight: 17 pounds
  • Weight/age/height limit: 33 pounds or 35 inches, whichever comes first
  • Extras: Bassinet, mattress

The aesthetics of a pack and play aren’t the most important thing, but ideally, the unit you choose will fit seamlessly into your home decor if that’s where you’ll be using it the most. The understated Nuna Sena Aire is a pack and play that doesn’t compromise on style: Its edges are soft and curved, not sharp and angular, and the whole thing is breathable and inviting.

The bassinet attachment is convenient, and playard's setup is simple: We were able to put it together in less than three minutes without using the instructions. While squeezing the crib into the travel bag takes a little muscle, it makes up for it with its one-handed collapse.

Mesh sides give this crib plenty of airflow, though we did find the sides to be a teeny bit wobbly in our testing. If you have an active toddler, this probably isn’t the crib for you. And while the price tag is a little steep, you’re paying for a pack and play that’s both fashionable and functional.

  • Dimensions (folded): 11 x 13 x 31.5 inches  
  • Dimensions (open): 41.3 x 30 x 29 inches
  • Weight: 21 pounds
  • Extras: Mattress, sheet

Best With Changing Table: Joovy Premium Room All-In-One Playard Nursery Center Changing Table Bassinet

If you need a pack and play that does it all, the Joovy Premium Room All-In-One Playard is the Swiss Army knife of portable cribs. With a bassinet, flip-away changing table, and diaper station, this pack and play has everything you need all in one piece of portable furniture. Despite all of its accessories, this Joovy still fits through a standard doorway, and we broke it down without too much trouble, sliding it easily into its travel bag. We also love that the straps on the bag all you to carry it in multiple ways, including as a backpack. (This thing is heavy, so this is definitely a plus!). 

Plus, the mattress is cushy, feeling cozier than most other pack and play mattresses. The pack and play also comes with bassinet and changing table attachments, and there’s diaper storage included as well.

One word of warning: This one is more complicated than usual to assemble. We had trouble getting the side rails to lock, and overall, the instructions could be much more helpful for both setup and breakdown. But the playard and all of the individual accessories are sturdy, and despite the fact that there’s a lot going on here when everything is attached, this Joovy pack and play is relatively sleek and subtle.

  • Dimensions (folded): 12.5 x 31 x 11 inches
  • Dimensions (open): 28.5 x 39.5 x 32.5 inches
  • Weight: 32 pounds
  • Weight/age/height limit: 15 pounds (bassinet), 25 pounds (changing table), 35 inches (playard)
  • Extras: Changing table, bassinet, diaper storage

Our Testing Process 

To find the very best pack and plays that are safe, convenient, and well-designed, our parenting editors tested 20 models from popular brands to find out which ones truly measure up. We looked at five main factors: ease of setup, durability, portability, design, and overall value. First, we recorded how long it took to unpack and assemble each pack and play, weighing the product once assembled. We attached any additional items, like changing tables and mobiles, evaluating how stable, sturdy, and comfortable each accessory—and the whole pack and play itself—felt.

Then, we performed a durability test to ensure each product could withstand the weight of a baby. We dropped a 25-pound sandbag onto the mattress several times, noting if the pack and play shifted, sagged, or otherwise seemed unsafe for a baby. (You won’t find any that failed this test on our list.) Finally, while fully unfolded, we attempted to carry each pack and play through a standard doorway to see if it would fit, since you may be moving yours from room to room. Next, we folded up each product again, timing how long it took to pack it away, and carried it around with us for several minutes to see how easily it can be transported.

We considered all of these factors, along with any additional features, against each unit’s price to determine whether it’s a worthwhile purchase—and, if so, what type of need (like travel or sleeping) it would best address.

We also spoke with several pediatric experts throughout the testing and review process:

  • Ben Hoffman , M.D., a professor of pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University and the president-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Amanda Stovall , M.D., a pediatrician with Springfield Clinic in Illinois.
  • Elizabeth Murray , DO, MBA, FAAP, who is board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine. She is also a professor of clinical emergency medicine at the University of Rochester and serves as the Faculty Director for Child Health & Safety Communications at GCH.

We also got input from several experienced parents, including:

  • Abby Mercer, Parents Visual Editor and mom to a son who currently uses a pack and play.
  • Amy Kwan, a parenting product tester who used a pack and play with her son until he outgrew it. 

Other Notable Pack and Plays 

  • Summer Infant Pop ‘N Play Deluxe Ultimate Playard : We liked that this playard was sturdy and low to the ground, but it was awkward to carry around when assembled and when folded up, making portability a real issue.
  • Graco Pack 'n Play Sit 'N Grow Playard : The pack and play itself was easy to set up, but it came with a lot of accessories that took a while to put together, leaving us overwhelmed by the thought of traveling with this pack and play (or even moving it from one room to another in our house). 

Pack and Play, Playard, or Travel Crib?

Basically, they’re all the same: The terms are generally used interchangeably to describe a four-walled structure for babies and toddlers to sleep and play in. 

There are some exceptions. Sometimes the term “playard” will be used to describe a gated structure meant only to contain a child within a certain area and is not meant for sleeping. They also may not be that portable, limiting their use as a pack and play. But usually, “pack and play” and “travel crib” refer to the same type of product: a portable crib structure that can be folded up and traveled with, used for either playing or sleeping.

Ease of Setup

If you’re not planning on traveling with your pack and play, it doesn’t have to be super easy to assemble and disassemble (in other words, don’t fall for marketing gimmicks that you don’t truly need).

“Being able to [set up or break down a pack and play] with one hand or as few hands as necessary is a convenience, [but] it’s not really important,” says Dr. Hoffman.

Instead, make sure any pack and play you choose isn’t overly complicated with accessories. This increases your odds of putting things together wrong and ending up with an unsafe unit, or losing necessary parts and pieces along the way. However, if you are a frequent traveler and would like a pack and play that’s quick and easy to set up, we recommend the Bugaboo Stardust.


Most people think of portability when it comes to travel, and that’s certainly one piece of the puzzle. If you’re a traveling family , you’ll want a pack and play that pops up and collapses with little effort, fits easily into a travel bag, and is comfortable and lightweight to carry around. 

But the other piece of the puzzle is portability within your house. Can you fit the pack and play through doorways without needing to disassemble it each time? Is it too heavy or awkward for one parent to move on their own? Dr. Hoffman says that portability throughout your own home is actually more important than outside of it—the more complicated it is to move your pack and play from point A to point B, the more you may find yourself relying on sleep surfaces that aren’t as safe .

Durability and Height/Weight Limit 

Durability is tough to gauge, since one family may use the same pack and play more often than another family and find it wears down more quickly (and some kids are just hard on things, even as babies!). 

But you should think about the future a little when choosing a pack and play: Will you want to use it only for newborn sleep, or also for toddler play? All pack and plays have different age, height, and/or weight limits for safe use, so you’ll need to consider if your unit can last through the ages and stages you want it to. 

“Most children can safely use pack and plays until around 2 to 3 years old,” says Dr. Stovall, “[but] be sure to check the height/weight regulations on your specific [unit] as they may vary slightly.”

Generally speaking, Dr. Stovall says most pack and plays can be safe for kids up to 30 pounds and 35 inches tall, but if your child can climb out of the pack and play at any height or weight, they should be transitioned to a new sleeping or playing space .

We’ve featured a range of prices for the pack and plays on this list, from budget-friendly choices under $100, like the practical Graco Pack 'n Play Portable Playard, to more luxurious brands costing upwards of $350, like the sleek Nuna Sena Aire. You don’t necessarily get more options by spending more money; plenty of the lower-cost pack and plays come with a bassinet or changing table attachment and easy assembly processes. 

Most often, what you get with a higher budget is a more aesthetically pleasing design and, sometimes, more durability in the form of overall sturdiness. If it’s important to you that your pack and play match your decor, or that it can be used again in the future for another child, you may want to pay for a more expensive option. Otherwise, opt for the brand that suits your budget and gives you whatever usage options you need. 

How to Use Pack and Plays Safely

Pack and plays are designed to be safe spaces for babies to sleep and play in, but parents still have to know and implement safety precautions before using them. 

According to Dr. Hoffman, these are the most important things to keep in mind regarding safe use of a pack and play:

  • Treat your baby’s sleep in a pack and play the same way you would sleep in a crib or bassinet: Make sure it meets consumer safety standards, put your baby down for sleep on their back without any stuffed toys, bumpers, or blankets, and put the pack and play on a flat surface in a safe place. 
  • Discontinue use of any bassinet attachments for sleep once your baby starts to be able to roll over.
  • Discontinue use of the pack and play once your child is capable of climbing out, as this poses a fall risk.
  • Keep the pack and play away from anything else in the room that poses a safety risk, like cords from window blinds or top-heavy furniture.
  • Models sold with positioners or nappers that allow a baby to be at an incline should never be used for infant sleep . 
  • Check that your pack and play meets Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards.
  • If you want or need a sheet for your pack and play’s mattress, use only the sheet that comes with the unit (or sheets sold separately that are specifically made for that brand and model) to ensure they are tight-fitting and not something that can become loose and pose an entrapment risk.

Your Questions, Answered 

Do i need a pack and play.

No, a pack and play isn’t a necessity. If you’re planning to have your baby sleep in a traditional crib and don’t expect to be doing much traveling as a family, you may decide not to invest in a pack and play (especially when there are so many other things to buy!).

But pack and plays aren’t just for nighttime sleeping or traveling, so you should also think about their other potential uses. If any family members will be regularly babysitting your child in their homes, a pack and play is a nice alternative to a permanent crib. Some people also take them to parks, beaches, and playgrounds so their baby has a spot to nap on the go. And remember that they can also be used as playards, providing a safe place for your baby to hang out during the day wherever you are.

Is a pack and play as good as a crib?

Pack and plays that have a firm, flat mattress can be safely used as a crib, says Dr. Stovall. But make sure you set up the pack and play according to current safe sleep guidelines by using a taut sheet on the mattress and keeping the sleeping space clear of any pillows, blankets, and toys. 

Can you use a crib mattress in a pack and play?

No. Most pack and plays are smaller than infant cribs, so a crib mattress wouldn’t fit properly. Even if it did, you should only ever use the mattress that comes with your pack and play—this is the mattress that was used during the safety testing of your pack and play, so any other type of mattress could not only damage the integrity of your pack and play but make it unsafe for your baby.

“You want to make sure you’re using the bottom mattress that came [with your product], not a secondary mattress,” says Dr. Hoffman, “because if it doesn't fit perfectly, there can be gaps that [increase the risk of] entrapment.” 

Sarah Bradley is a freelance health and parenting writer from Connecticut, where she lives with her husband and three sons. As a homeschooling mom who works part-time, she understands the value of shopping for parenting products that are not only safe and affordable but make family life easier. (Plus, her second kid slept in a pack and play for nine months, so she knows her way around a Graco.) 

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Best Playards of 2024, Tested by a Gear Expert and Loved by Parents

On-the-go or at home, these picks will give your little one a safe place to rest and play., by jen labracio.

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Quick quiz: you’re home alone with your baby and you need to shower, get ready for work or—gasp—eat a warm meal in peace. What do you do with your little one?

Enter the playard, FKA the playpen. Playards sit either directly on the floor or slightly above it and have mesh sides for breathability and visibility. Many are designed for easy transport and have helpful add-ons like bassinets, changing stations and organizer pockets. They’re a safe spot for your baby to hang out in when you’re busy doing other things or simply need a quick break. Throw in a soft interactive baby book or other toy to encourage independent play and you’re set.

Some are also specially designed for travel so you have a comfortable, familiar spot for your little one to sleep while you’re away.

The playards that nabbed the top spots on our list were tested and reviewed by a baby gear expert and are popular favorites of thousands of Babylist families.

Babylist’s Top Picks for the Best Playards

  • Most Versatile: Graco Pack ‘n Play Day2Dream Travel Bassinet Playard
  • Best for Travel: Guava Family Lotus Travel Crib & Playard
  • Best Lightweight: Babybjörn Travel Crib Light
  • Best More Affordable Lightweight: Chicco Alfa Lite Lightweight Travel Playard
  • Best Budget: Graco Pack ‘n Play Portable Playard
  • Easiest Setup: 4moms Breeze Plus Playard
  • Best for Older Babies and Toddlers: Newton Baby Travel Crib and Play Yard
  • Best All-in-One: UPPAbaby REMI Travel Crib & Playard
  • Best for Outdoors: Safety 1st Instapop Dome Play Yard
  • Best for Small Spaces: Bugaboo Stardust Playard
  • Best for Multiples: Jovvy Room2 Portable Playard

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How we chose the best playards.

  • Our Top Picks
  • Do You Need a Playard

How Long Can You Use a Playard?

What to look for in a playard, babylist’s picks for the best playards, most versatile playard.

Graco Graco Pack 'n Play Day2Dream Travel Bassinet Playard - Lo - $269.99.

Graco Graco Pack 'n Play Day2Dream Travel Bassinet Playard - Lo

  • Seven ways to use
  • Breathable mesh sides

What Our Experts Say

It’s no surprise that Graco, a long time leader in the playard space, knocks it out of the park with the ultra-versatile Day2Dream Pack ‘n Play. This playard is a minimalist’s dream; it’s an infant sleep space, a fold-flat travel bassinet , a changing station and a spacious Pack ‘n Play all rolled into one. We especially love the ultra-breathable mesh sides that promote airflow and make it really easy to see your little one. This playard comes with two carry bags (one for the bassinet and one for the playard) and an integrated storage organizer to keep essentials close.

What’s Worth Considering

The Day2Dream is heavy, weighing in at almost 40 pounds. It’s also on the pricier side, but since it takes the place of so many separate items of baby gear, we think it’s actually a pretty great deal.

Additional Specs

Best playard for travel.

Guava Family Lotus Travel Crib & Play Yard - $229.95.

Guava Family Lotus Travel Crib & Play Yard

  • Folds into backpack
  • Ultra light
  • Zippered side door

You have enough to lug around when you’re traveling with your baby—a heavy playard shouldn’t be on your packing list. This ultra-light playard folds up into a backpack, making it easy to tote around when you’re on the go so you can also hold your little one, a diaper bag and everything else you need. And that’s not the only standout feature. Parents love the zippered side door that allows you to lie down with your baby to nurse or cuddle, and toddlers love that it gives them a bit of independence. (Not too much, though, don’t worry—you can clip the zipper closed so they can’t escape!)

The playard can be converted into a bassinet, but this requires an additional kit . Some parents also find the mattress to be quite thin.

Best Lightweight Playard

Babybjörn Travel Crib & Organic Sheet Bundle - Dark Green - $279.99.

Babybjörn Travel Crib & Organic Sheet Bundle - Dark Green

  • Ultra-light- Easy set up and break down
  • Bundle includes crib + organic sheet
  • Also great for travel

Babybjörn’s travel crib is our all-time favorite lightweight playard. It weighs in at just about 13 pounds, a solid 10 pounds lighter than most competitors, and is compact and easy to carry when it’s broken down. It’s designed to be set up in one motion and break down just as easily. The sides are made entirely of mesh and both the mattress itself and the fabric frame can be tossed right into your washing machine. This bundle includes the travel crib and a fitted sheet made from 100% organic cotton.

This travel crib is expensive. The included travel bag has handles but doesn’t have backpack straps, so you’ll need to carry it over your shoulder.

Best More Affordable Lightweight Playard

Chicco Alfa Lite Lightweight Travel Playard - Dove - $169.99.

Chicco Alfa Lite Lightweight Travel Playard - Dove

  • More affordable lightweight choice
  • Includes zippered carry bag

If a lightweight playard is a priority but you don’t want to spend upwards of $250 (or more), Chicco’s Alfa Lite is an excellent choice. This playard offers many of the same features you’ll find in much more expensive playards and travel cribs: an ultra light weight (13 pounds, to be exact); 360-degree mesh sides, an easy, compact fold and fast setup and zip-off, washable fabrics. There’s even a zip-down side, just like in the Guava Lotus. The Alfa comes with a zippered carry bag and accommodates toddlers up to 30 pounds.

Users rave about this well-priced travel crib, especially when comparing it to other pricier models. The one complaint seems to be the mattress, which is on the thinner side.

Best Budget Playard

Graco Pack 'n Play Portable Playard - Reign - $59.99.

Graco Pack 'n Play Portable Playard - Reign

  • Great value
  • More compact fold than most other Pack ‘n Plays
  • Perfect for grandparents’ house

This no-frills playard is the perfect pick if you’re looking for a budget-friendly Pack ‘n Play, need an extra spot in your home where your little one can sleep or play safely or want something for the grandparents’ house. It features folding feet and wheels, so it’s 20% more compact when folded—a nice perk for on the go. The push-button fold makes it easy to break down and there’s a carry bag included for when you need to take it away from home.

You won’t get too many fancy features with this playard, but we don’t think you need them—this Pack ‘n Play is a real workhorse for the price and more than gets the job done.

Easiest Playard to Set Up

4moms Breeze Plus Playard - Black - $299.99.

4moms Breeze Plus Playard - Black

  • One push to open, one pull to close
  • Includes bassinet and changing station
  • Sleek, modern design

You haven’t hit peak parenting frustration until you’ve wrestled with a playard setup at 9 p.m. as your baby wails beside you. Good news: you’ll never have to if you own the Breeze Plus. As its name implies, setting up and breaking down this sleek, minimalist playard is really, well, a breeze. You’ll need just one hand to push down on the center to open it up. When it’s time to pack up, pull the same central hub up and the whole thing collapses into itself. The Plus also comes with a removable side-by-side bassinet and changing station.

If you like the idea of an easy-open, easy-close playard but want to spend a little less, check out the Breeze Go . It doesn’t feature the bassinet or the changing station, but will save you some money.

You can also buy the Breeze Plus as part of a bundle that includes the playard + sheets for the bassinet and mattress. The Organic Ultimate Bundle ($344.98) includes two organic sheets and the Waterproof Bundle ($334.98) includes two waterproof sheets.

Best Playard for Older Babies and Toddlers

Newton Baby Travel Crib and Play Yard - Grey (2023) - $199.99.

Newton Baby Travel Crib and Play Yard - Grey (2023)

  • Larger mattress than most playards
  • No weight limit
  • 100% breathable mattress

Playards are helpful during the baby days, but can be just as useful as your little one grows into toddlerhood—especially if you need a safe place to contain them once they’re mobile. But many toddlers hit the height and weight maximums of some playards long before you feel comfortable letting them roam free. The Newton Baby Travel Crib and Playard solves this dilemma. The mattress is about two times larger than many playards, making it ideal for larger babies and toddlers who may be sized out of a smaller option. The mattress also rests directly on the ground, meaning there’s no weight limit to worry about.

The other huge selling point of this playard is the mattress. It’s not only ultra-comfy; it’s also 100 percent breathable and washable, made with the same Wovenaire technology used in the brand’s much-loved crib mattress . And it’s GREENGUARD Gold Certified.

This playard weighs in at about 17 pounds. If you’re using it at home, it’s not a huge deal, but if you’re planning to travel with it frequently, it’s something to keep in mind and you may want to consider a lighter option instead. It’s also on the expensive side, especially if you add on the bassinet insert .

Best All-in-One Playard

UPPAbaby REMI Travel Crib & Playard - Jake - $299.99.

UPPAbaby REMI Travel Crib & Playard - Jake

  • Quick, one-hand fold
  • Greenguard Gold Certified
  • Lots of accessories

UPPAbaby, makers of some of our favorite strollers of all time, has branched out into the playard space with the release of the Remi—and it doesn’t disappoint. All-in-one functionality meets beautiful design in this playard and travel crib combo that goes the distance. There are thoughtful features throughout like breathable sides, a zip-down side panel and a quick, one-handed fold. The Remi is Greenguard Gold Certified and comes with a removable bassinet insert and a travel bag. There are also tons of accessories like an organizer , organic mattress cover and waterproof mattress cover .

The Remi is expensive. It’s also heavy, weighing in at 20 pounds, so keep that in mind if you plan to use it for travel.

Best Playard for Outdoors

Safety 1st Instapop Dome Play Yard - High Street - $149.99.

Safety 1st Instapop Dome Play Yard - High Street

  • Sets up in seconds
  • Great for outdoor use, beach, camping etc.
  • Weighs just 7 lbs

Getting outside with your little one is fun, but it’s also a bit nerve-wracking if they’re a little too free to roam. Taking along a playard can help. While you can certainly use this playard indoors (rainy day fort party, anyone?), it really shines for outdoor and on-the-go use. The setup is incredibly easy and incredibly fast: simply pull it up, pop it into place and you’re set. It weighs under eight pounds so it’s easy to carry and stow in the included travel bag. There are breathable mesh sides, waterproof fabrics and a top cover for sun protection that also features a peekaboo window, and the playard comes with stakes and sand bags if you need to secure it on a windy day. And there’s a zip-down side panel for easy access to your little one.

Unlike traditional playards with mattress-like bottoms, this one doesn’t offer any padding, making it more of a play space rather than a sleep space.

Best Playard for Small Spaces

Bugaboo stardust playard - black (2023).

  • Lightweight and compact to store
  • One second to unfold, three seconds to fold
  • Includes bassinet insert

Leave it to luxe stroller brand Bugaboo to come up with a playard that’s just as stylish as it is functional. The Stardust is sleek, simple and seamless. It opens and closes in seconds and is great for use both at home or for travel thanks to its light weight. Unlike most playards, it folds in on itself like an accordion rather than downward, which means you can store it upright just about anywhere and pop it open whenever you need a spot for your little one to play or chill.

It’s pricey, and there aren’t a ton of add-ons other than the bassinet. There are no wheels on the base legs, but since this playard is pretty light we don’t think that’s too big of a deal.

Best Playard for Multiples

Joovy room2 portable playard - black.

  • 50% more space than traditional playards
  • Great for multiples
  • Large footprint

RSVPing for two (or more)? The Room2 is the “big daddy” of playards with nearly 50 percent more space, totaling ten square feet of place space. It’s a good choice for multiples or if you’re simply looking for a playard with a little more room. There are edge-to-edge mesh windows for maximum visibility and a simple, modern design that parents love. A fitted cotton sheet is included.

You won’t get compact here. It’s also on the heavier side, but considering its size, being just short of 30 pounds isn’t so bad. Some parents also note it’s a bit tricky to set up and take down so it may be a better choice if you’re looking for more of a permanent play or sleep space.

Honorable Mention

  • Maxi-Cosi’s Swift Playard is stylish and functional. This oversized playard can be used as a bassinet, a toddler sleep space and a playard, and it sets up and breaks down in seconds.
  • The Baby Trend Retreat Nursery Center is a Babylist parent favorite and a well-priced playard packed with features. It includes a bassinet that converts into a standalone rocker, hanging toys, sounds and vibration, a larger removable bassinet and of course a roomy play space.
  • Know for their beloved one-handed fold line of strollers, Baby Jogger’s City Suite Multi-Level Playard delivers both looks and functionality. This multi-level playard is lightweight (a little over 13 pounds), includes a bassinet and folds compactly so it works for either at home or on the go.
  • The Fisher-Price On-the-Go Baby Dome is a great affordable option for an outdoor or on-the-go playard, but it works just as well for indoors too. It includes a canopy and a few hanging toys.
  • We analyzed results from Babylist’s Best Baby Products survey, which polled 6,000 Babylist users and asked them to share the baby products they love the most and why.
  • We utilized insight from the Babylist editorial team, including Gear Editor Jen LaBracio, an expert in the baby space for over six years and a mom of two who has written hundreds of baby gear guides and personally researched and tested hundreds of baby products, including many playards.
  • We reviewed customer reviews from hundreds of real Babylist parents.

Do You Need a Playard?

Playards aren’t the only way to create a safe play zone for your baby or toddler. Playmats , jumpers , activity centers and baby gates are great for keeping little ones contained for a short time.

However, playards have a few distinct advantages, and many parents choose to add one to their registries. Playards provide babies with a safe space where they can move around. Many are easy to move from room to room and are useful for travel. They can also do double duty as:

  • Changing stations
  • Portable cribs

Most playards can be used from the newborn stage up until about three years old. Always check the height and weight requirements of your particular playard, as they vary by manufacturer. (Playards where the mattress is elevated off the ground usually have weight maximums of around 30-35 pounds, for example, while playards where the mattress rests on the ground often have no weight maxes.)

Note: If you get a hand-me-down or purchase a used playard, be sure it folds and unfolds properly and the mattress is snug. Check for holes or tears on the sides. And make sure it was manufactured in 2013 or after as that’s when new federal safety standards were enacted.

When you’re shopping or registering for a playard, the most important thing to think through is how you’ll primarily be using it (at home, for travel, etc.). But there are other features you should consider, too.

  • Use. Is travel the primary reason you’re interested in a playard? You’ll want to prioritize a travel-friendly option with features like a compact fold, a carry bag or backpack and a light weight. Are you planning to mostly use a playard in your home? Then those features may be less important, but details that should rise to the top of your list may be things like a built-in bassinet or changing station. Thinking through how you’re going to use a playard can help you narrow down your options.
  • Size and weight. No playard would be considered light, but some models weigh much less than others. Think through how often you’ll be moving your playard around and if you need it for travel. Also pay attention to the height and weight maximums, as that will help inform how long you’ll be able to use your playard.
  • Ease of use and extra features. Research how easy the playard is to fold and unfold and whether or not it has wheels for easier portability. Also think through features like if there’s a bassinet attachment or a changer, if a fitted sheet is included and how easy the playard and mattress are to clean.

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The 8 Best Travel Cribs of 2024, Tested and Reviewed

We tested 19 travel cribs to find which one is the best for portability and safety.

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In This Article

  • Our Top Picks

Our Testing Process

  • Others We Liked
  • Tips for Buying

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why Trust T+L

Travel + Leisure / Jhett Thompson

Whether you have a family trip coming up, need something for the occasional overnight visit, or are shopping for a baby registry, a good travel crib is essential. Sometimes called playards, these foldable contraptions offer a secure place for your child to sleep or play when you're on the go.

According to neonatologist Michael H. Goodstein, MD, FAAP, they're "a safe alternative to a crib, as long as the product is consistent with the mandatory guidelines established by the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission)." But, beyond safety considerations, not all portable cribs are created equal.

Travel cribs vary by size, weight, features, and functionality. We tested 19 models to narrow it down to the most user-friendly, portable, durable, and easy-to-clean options. (See more about our in-depth testing process below.) Our number one pick is the Maxi-Cosi Swift Play Yard, a sturdy, stain-resistant travel crib that takes less than two minutes to pack up.

Best Overall

Maxi-cosi swift play yard.

  • Ease of Setup 4.8 /5
  • Durability 5 /5
  • Portability 4.5 /5
  • Quality 5 /5

With an adjustable mattress and easy folding mechanism, this sturdy crib grows with your child and can be taken on any excursion.

It's not the lightest option we tested.

Clocking nearly perfect scores in all our tests, our top choice is the Maxi-Cosi Swift Play Yard. Even after six months of use, we loved how lightweight this portable crib is, making it super easy to set up and take down. Though the leg-folding mechanism is a little different than most models, we assembled it in less than three minutes and packed it back up in under two. It also has all the comfort and safety features we'd want in this type of product. The mattress lays flat on its own, you don't need to hook Velcro straps to keep it down, which is great for saving set-up time. The supportive yet bouncy design barely budged when we dropped a 25-pound sandbag on top, and the frame held strong too.

We're also big fans of the bassinet feature. For newborns and infants, you can detach the mattress from the bottom and raise it up for easier access to your baby. Then, when your child grows, lower it back down to prevent them from climbing out.

At 18 pounds, this travel crib is on the heavier side. However, it seems durable and long-lasting. The high-quality materials appear stain-resistant. All things considered, we think the price is right on point.

The Details: 41.5 x 33.5 x 31 inches (overall) | 33 x 11 x 12 inches (packed) | 18 pounds | 35-pound weight limit

Travel + Leisure / Jhett Thompson

Best Budget

Munchkin travel bassinet.

  • Ease of Setup 5 /5
  • Durability 4.5 /5
  • Quality 4.5 /5

This lightweight, compact sleeper is incredibly easy to set up and pack up, a perfect option for traveling with newborns.

It doesn't come with a carry bag, and the weight capacity is 15 pounds.

On a budget? Check out the Munchkin Brica Travel Pod. This on-the-go sleeper can be set up in one minute and packs back up in less than 30 seconds. At just three pounds, we were also impressed with the lightweight design. When it folds down, it's super small and doesn't take up a lot of space even though it doesn't come with a carry bag. The lightweight, compact design is undoubtedly convenient, but bear in mind the capacity is 15 pounds. In other words, you'll need something bigger once your child is about 6 months old.

The Details: 30 x 21 x 12 inches (overall) | 3 pounds | 15-pound weight limit

Best Splurge

Uppababy remi portable playard.

Buy Buy Baby

  • Portability 5 /5

This durable, splurge-worthy crib is super easy to assemble and packs into a conveniently compact bundle.

It's somewhat heavy (but super sturdy), and the carry bag is sold separately.

If you're open to splurging on a high-quality travel crib, UppaBaby won't disappoint. It's incredibly easy to set up, you just pull it out of the box and snap it into place. When folding it back up, the frame wraps into the mattress to create a conveniently compact bundle. After six months of use, we found it to be a great option to even leave up as an extra home crib.

We also appreciate the safety features, including padded edges, hidden zippers, and an elevated bassinet attachment. It's also pretty light and portable. So, while the price is steep (and you'll have to buy the carry bag separately), in the end, we think it's worth the investment for its durability and overall features.

The Details: 40.5 x 28.5 x 26 inches (overall) | 28.5 x 11 x 10 inches (packed) | 22.5 pounds | 20-pound weight limit

Travel + Leisure / Tamara Staples

Best Compact

Kidco peapod plus.

  • Durability 4 /5

The ultra-lightweight, compact design is easy to take on the go and folds up into its carry bag in seconds.

It's not recommended for children under 6 months and the bottom of the crib is made of fabric that can be slippery.

For something more compact, consider the KidCo PeaPod Plus. We were able to set up this sleeper and fold it back down in almost no time. The ultra-lightweight design folds effortlessly into its included bag, and the carry straps make it easy to take on the go.

The tent-like design can be used indoors or for outdoor naps in your backyard, on the beach, or on family camping trips . While it's not the most structured, it holds its shape enough to provide a safe sleeping spot for a small child. Despite the compact size, bear in mind it's designed for kiddos between 6 months and 5 years.

The Details: 46 x 34 x 22 inches (overall) | 19 x 19 x 3.5 inches (packed) | 3.5 pounds | 100-pound weight limit

TripSavvy / Jhett Thompson

Best Lightweight

Chicco lullago anywhere portable bassinet.

  • Value 4.5 /5

This remarkably lightweight-yet-sturdy bassinet is easy to set up, move from room to room, and bring on the go.

The maximum weight is 20 pounds, and it doesn't come with a carrying case.

We were able to assemble and fold up the Chicco LullaGo in under a minute. This travel bassinet is remarkably lightweight yet still sturdy. After six months of use, it's holding up well and is a great option with a minimalist design. Though we wish it came with a carrying case, it's easy to move from room to room or bring on the go. We also like that all the covers are conveniently machine-washable.

Dr. Goodstein warns against using this product past the newborn stage, as the elevated platform isn't designed for larger infants. "When the babies are too old, they can fall out of it," he says. "It's just not safe."

The Details: 30 x 28 x 18 inches (overall) | 28 x 18.5 x 5.5 inches (packed) | 12 pounds | 20-pound weight limit

Best Playard

Chicco alfa lite lightweight travel playard.

This playard boasts easy setup, a sturdy design, and various safety features to keep your kiddo secure during naps or playtime.

It doesn't fold down as small as other options we tested.

The Chicco Alfa Lite can be assembled in three minutes and folded back up in less than 60 seconds. Thanks to the helpful 'push' buttons and intuitive design, you don't even need to consult the instructions for set-up and take down. Though the legs fold out with ease, the frame also feels sturdy, like it'll hold up well over time.

Designed for on-the-go sleeping or safe, secure playing, this playard has lockable side zippers and a mattress that buckles to the base. You can also unzip the side to let your child climb in and out during playtime. The mattress is a little flimsy, but other than that, we have no complaints. After six months of use, we love that this is even a good option to set up during playdates.

The Details: 43 x 29 x 25 inches (overall) | 21 x 9.5 x 9.5 inches (packed) | 13 pounds | 30-pound weight limit

Best for Car Travel

Baby joy travel crib 2-in-1 playpen.

  • Portability 4 /5

This lightweight, ultra-portable crib is a breeze to set up and pack into its carrying case.

The handles are somewhat short, making it hard to avoid dragging it.

The Baby Joy Travel Crib takes a mere three minutes to set up and folds up in a flash. It folds and unfolds easily, kind of like a camp chair. Once you know where the lock button is, the frame is incredibly simple to put together. After six months of regular use, we love that this can be used inside for naps and even outside for contained playtime.

The entire thing seems high-quality, which is impressive, considering the very reasonable price tag. Weighing only 11 pounds, it's one of the lightest options we tried. While we appreciate the included case, the short handles make it hard to avoid dragging it on the ground when carrying it — for shorter folks, at least. This portable crib folds up pretty compactly but is still probably too tall for an overhead bin, which is why we recommend it for family road trips .

The Details: 45.5 x 31 x 27 inches (overall) | 23.5 x 20.5 x 7 inches (packed) | 11 pounds | 33-pound weight limit

Best Stability

4moms breeze go playard.

  • Value 3.5 /5
  • Quality 4 /5

Set-up is straight forward and quick.

It's on the heavier side.

With less than four minutes to set up and only two minutes to take down, this is one of the easiest travel cribs to use. Once unfolded, you simply drop in the mattress and attach it to the frame using velcro straps to keep it stable and secure. The first time we assembled this crib, we didn't even need to read the manual because it was such an intuitive process.

In addition to its ease of use, this is one of the most sturdy and high-quality of all the travel cribs we tested. The material doesn't shift around at all and the slight suspension and shocks improve safety for any kiddo. We also love that it comes with its own travel case that helps keep the crib compact and organized while on the go. For anyone looking for an entry level travel crib that's simple and sturdy, this is a high-quality and reliable option.

The Details: 43 x 30 x 29 inches (overall) | 23.2 pounds | 30-pound weight limit

Travel + Leisure / Leticia Almeida

Travel + Leisure editors selected 19 travel cribs to try firsthand. We started by timing how long it took to assemble them based on the brand's instructions, noting any hiccups they ran into along the way. After assessing the features and materials, we lifted them up and moved them around the room to see how light and portable they were once assembled.

To evaluate the sturdiness, we shook the frames and dropped a sandbag into the center to see how well they could support a small child standing up or jumping around. Finally, we timed how long it took to fold down the cribs and put them in their carrying cases, noting how heavy they were when packed up. Each model was scored for ease of setup, portability, durability, ease of cleaning, quality, and value, and those with the highest average ratings were selected for this roundup.

Other Travel Cribs We Liked

KidCo Peapod Portable Travel Bed : This tent-style sleeper quickly pops open, and the padded base is a cinch to snap on. While the fabric is somewhat thin, it's super lightweight and easy to carry, too. However, in the end, we just liked the other KidCo model better.

Baby Delight Snuggle Nest Harmony Portable Infant Lounger : We liked the small, lightweight design of this product. But since it's technically a lounger rather than a crib, it's really designed to be a safe place to set your infant down — not necessarily a place to sleep. When in doubt, check with your pediatrician before using it.

Pamo Babe Deluxe Portable Nursery Center : While this crib was incredibly easy to set up, we thought it lacked durability as it had a tendency to collapse as it grew closer to the weight limit.

Tips for Buying a Travel Crib

Put safety first.

Whether for travel or nightly sleep, safety should be a top priority when buying a crib. Per the CPSC's current guidelines , the mattress should be relatively firm to prevent rolling. And you shouldn't add extra padding or bedding until your child is at least 12 months old, as the materials can pose a suffocation risk.

"Get a travel crib that is current from a major brand," says Dr. Goodstein, "and use the mattress that's included." He adds that, aside from a sleep sack, you really don't need anything other than a mattress and a tight-fitting crib sheet.

Know the important features 

Travel cribs come with various features — some for safety and others for comfort or convenience. This may include user-friendly foldability, a carrying case, a firm mattress, padded edges, concealed zippers, or breathable mesh sides.

"Some have a bassinet feature, which is convenient for new mothers (not bending over) and small/younger newborns," says Dr. Goodstein. "With or without, they should be used properly, following the weight, age, and developmental limitations set within the product instructions and warnings."

Consider the type of trip you're taking

When browsing options, consider the type of trip you're taking and where you plan on using the crib. If you're traveling by plane , some (but not all) airlines allow you to check portable cribs for free (along with travel strollers and car seats). But if you're not checking baggage, make sure it's small enough to pass as a carry-on.

Some small travel cribs can be folded up super compactly and even tucked inside a suitcase. But larger options that come with their own carry bags will usually need to be toted around separately. If you just need something for the occasional overnight, you have more flexibility in terms of size.

The main difference between a travel crib and a regular crib is that the former is typically foldable and relatively lightweight. But as long as it has a proper mattress and sides that prevent rolling off, you can use a travel crib as a regular crib.

"The newer ones, for the most part, should be fine," says Dr. Goodstein. "If you're going to use a sheet in there, make sure it's a fitted sheet for that specific type of crib."

Travel crib mattresses are roughly 38 x 24 inches, which is the size of a mini crib mattress. Getting a fitted sheet in the proper size is crucial, as loose fabric can be dangerous for sleeping babies. "These little ones don't have good head [or hand] control — they can't brush something off of their face," explains Dr. Goodstein. "Something as light as a sheet can cause suffocation."

Some travel cribs fit into overhead compartments, but it varies by model. While it's different for each airline, the maximum dimensions for carry-ons is usually 22 x 14 x 9 inches, so be sure to measure the packed-up size before your trip.

While most airlines will check strollers and carseats for free, travel cribs are considered luggage and will be charged as such. Be sure to check with your specific airline in advance to determine what baby gear is complimentary.

Why Trust Travel + Leisure

Theresa Holland is a toddler mom and seasoned commerce writer specializing in travel, baby gear, and furniture. For this story, she compiled our in-house testing insights and combed through product specs to create a comprehensive roundup of today's best travel cribs. She is personally familiar with the offerings from UppaBaby, Munchkin, and Chicco.

In creating our list of best travel cribs, we also spoke to an expert in the care of newborns, neonatologist Michael H. Goodstein , MD, FAAP.

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9 Best Pack 'n Plays and Playards, Tested by Experts

From nap space to play space, a portable playard can really help a parent out.

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Our Good Housekeeping Institute list of the best playards includes some actual Pack 'n Plays, along with offerings from other companies, so you can find what best fits your needs.

Our top picks:

Day2Dream Pack 'n Play

Best Overall

Graco day2dream pack 'n play.

On the Go Pack 'n Play

Graco On the Go Pack 'n Play

Lotus Travel Crib

Best for Travel

Guava family lotus travel crib.

COVE Aire Go

Best for Doubling as a Baby Bassinet

Nuna cove aire go.

Sleep & Go

Best for Toddlers

Silver cross sleep & go.

Breeze Plus

Easiest to Set Up

4moms breeze plus.

Travel On LX

Compact Option

Century travel on lx.

Travel Crib & Play Yard

Biggest Option

Newton baby travel crib & play yard.

Play On

Best for Play

Century play on.

Some playards are lightweight for travel, others include a changing pad to use for diaper changes and others have that fun zip-open sides for toddlers. For the uninitiated, here are the basics of how most playards work: There's usually a raised bassinet level that you use during the infant months and then you remove that and your older baby or toddler can sleep or play with the mattress at the floor level. "Playards are designed for convenience," says Cindy Panish, expert baby gear specialist at buybuy BABY . "They are meant to be portable rather than a long-term sleeping solution."

At the end of this guide, we'll explain more what differentiates a playard from a mini crib or crib. We'll include some vital Pack 'n Play safety information, too. The short of it is, per the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) rules for safe sleep : Treat a playard like you would a baby's crib and don't fill it with blankets or bedding not sold specifically for your playard, since those can be suffocation hazards or used as a boost for your child to climb out.

The original folding playard, the Graco Pack n Play, is still a favorite. The Day2Dream model has useful extras including a portable bassinet and a diaper-changing pad. The small bassinet can sit on top during the early months, or you can take it off and use the bassinet around the house. (Sometimes your infant has to join you in the bathroom, for instance. It is what it is!) Cool part: There's a carry bag for just the bassinet so you can take it around to a new mom group or to Grandma's.

This model also features a changing station and a storage organizer where you can keep diapers and wipes. As with most playards, there's a bassinet insert for newborns and then you use the bottom of the playard as a travel crib and play space for your older baby or toddler. The playard has a travel bag of its own. This does not come with a sheet; Graco sells waterproof sheets made to fit.

"As a first time mom, I loved this product," a parent told us. "In the early infant days we had the Pack 'n Play set up downstairs with the changing station and the bassinet so we didn't have to go up and down the stairs for every diaper change or nap." With its extras, this is the heaviest playard on our list. But if you travel with just the playard and no attachments, it's lighter. Wheels on one end allow you to tip it and move it around the house (without the baby inside, of course!).

Though this doesn't have the portable bassinet and changer, we find the On the Go Pack 'n Play to be a durable traditional playard and travel crib at a value price. We appreciate that this includes an arch with dangling toys and a storage pocket, providing a little entertainment and convenience, respectively. Don't forget to get a Graco sheet for the mattress. Like the fancier Pack 'n Play, it has wheels that make it easy to move around your home. It's got more than 27,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. "I used this for weeks at my in-laws when my daughter was an infant and it was great," a parent told us.

Not everyone is a fan of how the Graco Pack 'n Plays fold and unfold. They all work the same way, and it's a multi-step process that takes some practice to learn. There are simpler playards to set up, but once you get used to the Graco method, it's no big deal. However, if you do expect to pop your playard open and closed frequently — due to travel, or wanting to hide it away during parts of the day at home — you might read on for other brands that have a faster assembly.

In awarding this piece of gear one of our Family Travel Awards we wrote that the Lotus "stands out for its ability to be folded compactly in a backpack storage bag that makes it easy to carry while in transit." It comes with a waterproof foam mattress to use. We love the side that zips open for easy access — it makes it fun for toddlers, who can crawl in and out on their own.

"I know the brand pitches the Lotus as being lightweight for travel but I also find it makes a huge difference in how easily this fits in the closet at home and in the trunk for overnights," one parent told us. "But while it's super versatile and lightweight, I'm not sure if it ranks as high on comfort for the babies. The lightweight mattress sits right on the floor. But I do love and have purchased the brand's soft organic sheet , which helps." Note that this version does not have the raised bassinet for infants. If you want that, the brand sells a crib and bassinet bundle on its site, but it's more expensive and both our Lab pros and testers have found the conversion to be a little tricky.

The AAP recommends that parents sleep in the same room, but not in the same bed, as their baby, preferably for at least the first six months. We have a lot of favorite bedside bassinets that have special soothing features or are built to make middle-of-the-night feedings easier. But some families want to use a playard as the bassinet in their adult room, because then it can still be useful as a travel crib for years. For its beautiful look, how substantial it feels and how premium the mattress is, we like Nuna Cove for that purpose.

"It does feel like the Rolls-Royce of playards," notes one of our Parenting Lab pros. The mesh sides are taut and strong but silky to the touch, the mattress sits on ventilated plastic boards for extra support and the included crib sheet is organic cotton . However, the same expert (and our testers) could not get it folded back up tightly, though it did fit easily into its roomy carry bag regardless. Of bigger concern might be the price; it's high-quality and the most expensive playard on our list.

Silver Cross Sleep & Go

A winner of our Parenting Awards , we like how the Sleep & Go zips open on the short end , which in a travel situation with your toddler (such as staying in a small hotel room) can really make a lot of sense. So easy for them to crawl in and out! This is another playard that, in the toddler position, just uses the mattress sitting on the ground. Silver Cross marks it as good up to 50 pounds, which means it should take your child through preschool.

The Sleep & Go has a cool shake-open assembly as shown in its brand video . We like that the travel bag is weather-resistant. This does not come with a sheet so you'll want to buy the $40 Slumber sheet as well. If you have a newborn, this does have a raised bassinet you can install with a zipper. But new parents might want something with more bells and whistles for the price — we find this to be mostly a great option for moving around with a toddler.

You literally just press down on the floor of the Breeze to lock the sides in place. Watching the assembly video on YouTube you can see that it takes maybe two seconds to unfold it, or to fold it back up, pushing to set it up and pulling to take it back down. Adding the attachments takes a little longer and is a bit trickier, so the video is helpful for walking you through that, too. The changer top flips out of your way on this one which makes toggling between changing diapers and putting an infant down for a nap in the bassinet super easy.

If your baby is approaching toddlerhood and you don't need the bassinet or diaper-changing pad, there's a less expensive Breeze Go that's a few pounds lighter and nice for travel. Neither of the Breeze playards weigh less than 20 pounds which is the price you pay for the genius assembly mechanism. Don't forget to buy Breeze sheets .

When square footage is at a premium you'll need a compact option, and the Travel On takes up less room than most other playards. It's a little shorter and more narrow than any other on our list but still has the raised bassinet and also wheels so you can more easily shift the position of it in your home. This one comes with a sheet (hooray!) and a privacy hood with two dangling toys. "If you stay with your baby in tight hotel rooms or sleep in a small guest room at a family member's place, it can help to save an extra few inches with this compact playard," says our Lab pro.

Century, which is owned by the same parent company as Graco, differentiates itself by using fabrics made from recycled materials in the design. The price stays low because this is minus some nice extras like a diaper-changer topper or sides that zip open.

Newton Baby Travel Crib & Play Yard

If your baby is a bit older and you want them to have more room to sleep and play in their playard, the Newton option is one of the largest we know at 51 inches long on the bottom level. The bassinet insert is long as well at 31.5 inches. "It's easy to set up and the side that zips opens is nice," says a tester who noted that the wide door is especially nice for a toddler who wants to play half in, half out of the playard, using it like a little fort.

When assembling, be sure to put the mattress loops around all four legs of the playard to hold it in place. This mattress is bigger than that on a standard Pack 'n Play. Like with the Newton Baby crib mattress , your baby can safely sleep on this playard mattress and pad with no additional sheet necessary. Both pieces can be washed clean! But this also comes with an organic cotton muslin sheet if you want your baby to have an extra-soft landing pad. Newton sells direct to consumers and the brand promises a 100-day trial period during which you can return the playard if you don't love it.

Playpen isn't a word that's used much anymore, but if you have a toddler, that might be exactly what you're looking for: A safe and contained place for them to have a romp. The Play On comes with toys and an activity wall to encourage fun, and the toys stick to the wall to be safely out of the way if your toddler falls asleep. You can also add their favorite toys while they're awake and take them out at nap time. One online reviewer says she uses this to keep her youngest away from the choking-hazard toys her oldest kids have out in the house.

The Play On, which the brand dubs "the creative cube," has a zip-open side door. It's the only playard on our list that's a square and not a rectangle, intended more for a living room or playroom rather than being something you'd put alongside your adult bed. That said, it is safe to use as a travel crib. But it doesn't some with a sheet, and none are made to fit the square mattress — Century asks that your baby just use the mattress without the additon of a sheet.

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How we chose the best Pack 'n Plays

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The playards in this story have been vetted by the Good Housekeeping Institute Parenting Lab. Some were extensively evaluated in-Lab and in homes as part of our annual Parenting Awards . Others have been personally used by Lab pros and by consumer testers, all of whom provided feedback for this story. We also scour online reviews to be sure we have a full picture of how thousands of families are using the products. We considered 20 playards before narrowing down our favorites to these nine.

When choosing baby gear for any list like this we lean into trusted brands that submit their products for third-party testing with organizations such as the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) and UL Greenguard Certification .

What to look for when shopping for a Pack 'n Play

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Gauging what playard features you need and what you can live without? Use this checklist:

✔️ How old is your baby? If you're still expecting or have a newborn, a playard with a raised bassinet will be a lot easier to use than one without. Leaning over to lay your tiny one on a mattress at floor level can make your back ache, so look for that bassinet! It's during the early months that you'll also most benefit from a diaper-changing topper on your playard or a toy arch for them to gaze at.

If your baby is already approaching their first birthday and toddlerhood, you can shop for a more pared-down playard that doubles as a travel crib. They'll be too big for a bassinet insert, so you don't have to worry about that anymore!

✔️ How big is your space? As with all baby gear, you want to consider where you're going to put your playard and check the measurements. Playards are all approximately the same size, but some are a few inches shorter or a few inches longer than others.

✔️ Will you be traveling with it often? If you're primarily in the market for a travel crib, the lighter the better, in our opinion. One of our top choices which is not marketed as a playard is the BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light which is only 13 pounds and very easy to set up. If you get a playard, however, especially one with a zipped side, you can get double use out of it by taking it on the road, then using it as a play space at home.

✔️ Can we talk about sheets for a moment? Some of these playards come with a sheet, others don't. For safe sleep, it's critical to get a sheet made by the same manufacturer that makes your playard, which may mean buying them as an extra. The brands do not guarantee safety if you buy sheets from an outside third party. However, brands don't make especially cute playard bedding. It's a bummer of a situation but remember, your baby can also sleep on a mattress without a sheet and be fine.

A crib vs. a Pack 'n Play

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What differentiates a playard from a crib or mini crib is construction: Instead of a fixed wooden structure, a Pack 'n Play is made, for instance, of lightweight metal, polyester and mesh. The most distinguishing characteristic of a playard is that it folds and unfolds for easy storage or transport. That's also what makes it potentially harder to safely use than a crib, since caregivers need to be sure a playard is assembled correctly and locked in place every time they set it up.

Some parents do opt to make a Pack 'n Play their bedside bassinet during the infant months. A big pro is that it's a small piece of furniture, maybe smaller than a mini crib. A con is that a playard has fewer options for cute bedding than a mini crib, and again, it's less of a fixed structure.

" A playard can function as a crib or bassinet but it is not recommended as a permanent sleeping solution. Parents often find playards are best for travel since most of them fold into a bag," says Panish. "A playard is primarily designed for providing a safe space for baby to play, rest or learn. Parents looking for a long-term, compact sleeping space for their baby might be better off with a mini crib."

Using a Pack 'n Play safely

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Here are guidelines worth remembering as you use and enjoy your playard, from our experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute and the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) , which marks a playard as safe for both play and sleep :

• Follow any weight and height guidelines listed in the user manual. Once your baby is too heavy for the bassinet, remove it and use the mattress at the lower level. Once your baby reaches the weight, age or height limit for the overall product, it's time to say goodbye.

• A toddler who is trying to climb out the sides of the Pack 'n Play is too big for it, whether they've reached the top weight, age or height limit or not, unfortunately.

• Make sure all latching features of the playard are in place and secure before you put your baby inside. Never leave your baby in a mesh playard if its drop side is in the down position. The baby could roll into the space between the pad and the loose mesh, which is a suffocation hazard.

• Don’t tie items across the top of the play yard as they can pose a strangulation hazard.

• Infants can suffocate in gaps between a mattress too small or too thick and the playard sides, or on soft bedding. Never add a mattress that didn't come with your product, nor a pillow, comforter or blanket until your baby has reached their first birthday, when the risk for SIDS is largely past.

More safe sleep tips for playards

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Do babies sleep well in a Pack 'n Play? Some can, and using a playard or travel crib for your baby's sleep can be safe as long as you follow all the safe sleep guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which include:

• Put your baby on their back for every sleep, including naps. "It's crucial for their safety. This position significantly reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by ensuring unobstructed breathing," says Kelly Brown , R.N., a night nurse and director of nursing for Harbor , a new baby sleep-monitoring system. "Whether your baby is sleeping in a Pack 'n Play or any other sleep environment, always lay them down on their back."

• Have your baby on a firm, flat, non-inclined surface. Use the mattress that comes with your playard.

• Never co-sleep with your baby in your adult bed. "Cosleeping with your baby or letting them sleep in a swing or baby seat is discouraged due to the risk of suffocation," Brown says. "Using a Pack 'n Play provides a designated and secure sleeping space for your baby, minimizing these risks."

• Avoid having any soft objects or loose bedding in your baby’s sleeping area until they reach toddlerhood.

• Keep your baby from getting overheated . For instance, dressing them in both footie pajamas and a swaddle could be way too much, so just choose one of those. Brown adds, "Proper ventilation around the Pack 'n Play and maintaining a comfortable room temperature also help regulate your baby's body temperature and prevent overheating."

Why trust Good Housekeeping?

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For more than 100 years the Good Housekeeping Institute has tested and recommended consumer products for families, including parenting products such as the best infant car seats and best lightweight strollers . Our team of Lab pros and journalists also combine forces for major annual awards such as the Parenting Awards and the Best Toys .

Contributing Writer Jessica Hartshorn has spent 25 years reporting on the juvenile product industry, previously for Parents magazine and American Baby magazine. She's appeared on the TODAY Show, CBS and Fox to give product suggestions. More recently, for the Good Housekeeping Institute, she's reviewed the best nursery gliders and the best nursing bras for new parents.

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Jessica (she/her) is a freelance writer with several decades of experience writing lifestyle content and evaluating home and parenting products. A mom of two teens and two cats, her previous work can be seen in American Baby and Parents .

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Aesthetically pleasing

Easy set up and break down

Not lightweight

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Deenie Hartzog-Mislock

Updated May 6, 2022

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The Nuna Sena Air has an attractive design and is easy to use.

We chose the Nuna Sena Aire as the best pack and play for its overall performance. Aesthetes, look no further: This model has an attractive, yet durable design. It comes in soothing, neutral colorways and offers limited-edition patterns on its website through a collaboration with Pottery Barn Kids.

It includes a no-fuss, fold-out, clip-in mattress that’s slim enough for simple repacking, but cushy enough for sleeping. And while it weighed in at roughly 22 pounds, it was not cumbersome, and was easily maneuvered to multiple locations. It’s easy to clean, with a zip-off, dryer-safe mattress cover and GOTS organic sheet. Its skid-proof feet offered a sturdiness capable of handling the most expressive little ones. This model was also the easiest to convert to a bassinet, with a seamless add-on feature.

The biggest downside? It’s pricey. There is no front zip feature, like many of the travel playards, and the changer accessory is sold separately. All in all, we feel the Sena Aire’s long list of benefits outweigh the cons.

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The Chicco Alfa Lite is a lightweight playard with a clean and simple design.

Weighing in at 13 pounds—making it exceptionally portable—the Chicco Alfa Lite is not only lighter and more affordable than the Sena Aire, but it also has a clean, simple design. The zip-front feature is great for crawling tots and there’s a zip-off, machine-washable mattress cover. It is Greenguard Gold-certified for low carbon emissions. The best part, though? It’s incredibly simple and straightforward to unfold and repack.

Because of its clean design and lightweight feel, however, it may be slightly less sturdy than other options. Like most playards, it’s recommended for children up to 30 pounds and 35 inches tall. There are no additional features, like a bassinet, diaper caddy, or changing table add-on, but for on-the-go parents who want an attractive, space-efficient option without breaking the bank, the Alfa Lite is an excellent choice.

How We Tested Pack 'n Plays and Playards

Hi, I'm Deenie. As a first-time mom, faced with an onslaught of new parenting advice, a wickedly unpredictable schedule, and the influx of baby gear that began covering the inside of our modest home like kudzu, I felt passionately that postpartum purchases should be simple. Effective, yes. Safe, of course. But while I watched from the stovetop or a hotel bathroom as my baby kicked and cooed from each pack and play mattress, I knew we had more important things to do than spend 10 minutes putting together and breaking down a playard. There was a whole world out there, and we were going to see it together.

When it comes to playards, most parents have the same set of requirements: they want something lightweight, easy to fold, and durable.

We started by compiling a list of the most popular models from the most well-known brands and whittled that list down after reading reviews, andby analyzing top-selling products across major websites.

After settling on our eight finalists, we established our test procedures and gave every model the same thorough examination. We wanted to see which playards had the highest concentration of the attributes parents find most important. We spent time with each model, using them in real-world situations, including packing, unpacking, and setting each model up.

What You Should Know About Buying a Playard

Playards and pack 'n plays are the same thing.

Playards—often known by Graco's trademark name, the Pack 'n Play—come in all different shapes and sizes, with a myriad of options to choose from. Nearly all playards include the same basic features: a frame that will fold up when not in use, a mattress pad, and a carrying case to keep everything together when on the move. Designs can vary wildly from one manufacturer to the next, but they all function in this basic way.

Add-ons are available

Some playards offer add-ons designed for infants, such as napping and changing stations. Many of these changer/napper stations are a single, reversible piece that snaps onto the top of the playard. One side is usually waterproof (for changing the baby) while the other is a little more padded and cozy, ideal for a newborn baby to nap in. These accessories can be handy, but most of them have a weight limit of 15 pounds or less and are only suitable for babies that can't roll over—meaning they are only good for the first 6 months or so.

Safety is key

You'll be glad to have a playard.

There are a lot of products that parents are looking for when they’re preparing for a new member of the family. While a playard might not be the first thing to come to mind, it’s a piece of gear that can make your life easier, while not breaking the bank. It especially helps fill in the blanks in those tough times when more dedicated long-term solutions, like a crib, or a baby-safe play room, or a changing table, just aren't available.

Other Playards We Tested

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The Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light acquired its points by being lightweight (only 13 pounds), extremely easy to unfold and assemble, and one of the easiest options to repack in its carrying case. It is one of the best designs for not only moving around the house, but also for getting in and out of the trunk of a car. It has a simple, sleek design, and like the Chicco Alfa Lite, it has a small footprint, making it an optimal choice for both air travel and hotel stays. Ultimately, its ranking is due to its being intuitive and hassle free.

However, this easy-to-use crib lost points for price, because it feels a bit steep for a no-frills option without a bassinet or changing table component, front zip closure, or playtime add-ons. Though, the materials do meet the requirements for Oeko-Tex Standard 100, Class 1, which means they are “kind to sensitive skin” and “safe to taste.” If these classifications are important to you, this could be an option for your growing family.

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If the Sena Aire and the Alfa Lite had a baby, it would be the Guava Lotus. It has a sleek, yet sturdy design, with an easy-to-clip-in mattress and zipper door. At 13 pounds, it is lightweight enough to move around the house, and relatively easy to pack back into its carrying case, which has a backpack feature.

The mattress, which lies flush against the ground, was not particularly comfortable; this may be less of an issue if the playard is set up on carpet. The initial set up and breakdown is not as intuitive as one would hope, but a quick glance at the instruction manual will explain its simple pop-out function. It is also one of the pricier options, and does not come with additional features, but we still think it's a stylish, high-quality choice for napping (or playing) on the go.

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There was a lot to love about the Century Play On 2-in-1 playard. Literally. Though it wasn’t particularly heavy, it was the largest playard we tested. It includes a multitude of fun features, like a Playscape wall with removable Velcro toys, a zipper door, and plenty of room for rolling, crawling, and playing. Fabrics are made from recyclable materials. Due to its size, however, it is nearly impossible to comfortably use this model in smaller homes or apartments, and has the potential to be more cumbersome during air travel.

The setup and breakdown are easy, the mattress is conveniently foldable yet still comfortable enough for sleeping, and the entire model feels secure and durable. This would be an optimal choice for a large space or outdoors, and for mobile babies who would appreciate the extra square footage.

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Of all the playards we tested with additional features such as a bassinet, changer, and storage caddy, the Delta LX Deluxe was by far the most lightweight, the least cumbersome, and the easiest to unfold and assemble. A clip-on mobile is a sweet addition for infants. It has lock-enabled wheels for safety, and moves easily around the house. Plus, it comes in under $100, making it one of the more cost effective options.

Due to the multiple parts, it can be somewhat of a challenge to effectively repack the playard into the carrying case. The additional parts also add weight, making it less portable when traveling. But if you’re not traveling often, or going mostly by car, this could be a great option for taking your kids from infant to toddler years.

Add-ons for infants

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The highlight of the 4Moms Breeze Plus is its “one push open, one pull close” functionality. It’s simple and intuitive, and possible to open and close the frame with one hand. If you don’t intend to use the included add-ons, then one hand is nearly all one would need. However, the diaper caddy, changing table, and infant insert (which uses the 2-in-1 mattress with zip-off panels) require a bit more time and effort to assemble, making this one of the more cumbersome set ups.

This is a less portable option because it’s heavy, slightly clunky to move around the house, and somewhat difficult to properly repack each piece inside the carrying case. But if you love a convertible design with lots of options, then the Breeze Plus could be a good pick.

Add-ons for Infants

Difficult to repack

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The Chicco Lullaby Primo Organic pack and play is most like a traditional pack and play, but on steroids. It unfolds and collapses like most standard models (by locking the sides before flattening the bottom all the way); has a snap-on changer, diaper caddy, and portable mobile; and is made from soft, organic materials––including the mattress, change covers, and top rail fabric. It is Greenguard Gold-certified, which means it’s been tested for low chemical emissions, and wheels on one side make it easy to maneuver.

The reason for its ranking is because it is one of the heaviest, and its multiple parts not only make it more difficult to efficiently repack in its carrying case, they also make it heavier and more cumbersome when moving from place to place. At $299.99, it’s not the most affordable option, but if you’re interested in an organic option with all the bells and whistles, this would make a great choice.

Organic materials

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Deenie Hartzog-Mislock is a writer specializing in lifestyle, beauty & wellness, fashion, and food. She is the former copy director at Vogue magazine and currently works with Virtue Labs. Her work has been published in the New York Times Modern Love column, Glamour.com, Refinery29, Longreads, and more. Find her on Instagram @deenkat.

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Best Travel Cribs & Pack 'N Plays

Aside from your trusty crib or newborn bassinet , a pack and play is a type of portable, travel-friendly crib that comes in handy for nap-time and stationed-off playtime to ease the minds of parents and caregivers everywhere.

Specifically, these popular baby registry items — similar to playpens — can be stationed in your living room area (to keep an eye on your little one while cooking up a storm in the kitchen) and, due to their easy-pack nature, can be stored away when guests are over — assuming you have a top-rated baby gate installed when your baby is on the run.

“Many travel cribs and play yards will look similar, but there is definitional overlap in some cases,” Lisa Trofe, CAE , executive director of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), who oversees the JPMA Certification Program, which certifies more than 2,500 juvenile products in 29 categories — including baby and youth furniture — each year, told the New York Post. “They could be smaller-sized products with folding or other convenience mechanisms in place for transport or moving around the home.”

Interestingly, the household name ‘Pack ‘N Play’ is a trademark of popular baby brand Graco — as Trofe explains — while “play yard'”is the more generic term for this type of portable baby centers.

Ahead, Trofe gives us the 411 on travel cribs, while New York Post hand-picked the 10 best options to buy below. Plus, we created an easy-to-read table comparing our top brands .

Our Top Picks, at a Glance

  • Best Pack ‘N Play Overall : Chicco Lullaby Zip All-in-One Portable Play Yard ($250 – $270)
  • Best Budget Pack ‘N Play : Graco Pack ‘N Play Portable Play Yard ($70)
  • Best Splurge Pack ‘N Play : Nuna SENA Aire Play Yard & Travel Crib ($400)
  • Most Well-Designed Pack ‘N Play : 4moms Breeze Go Play Yard ($225 – $240)
  • Best Pack ‘N Play for Airplane Travel : Guava Family Lotus Travel Crib ($230 – $249)
  • Best Pack ‘N Play with Comfiest Mattress : UPPAbaby Remi Play Yard ($300)
  • Best Sustainable Pack ‘N Play : Delta Children babyGap Deluxe Play Yard ($160)
  • Best Wooden Travel Crib : Dream On Me 2-in-1 Portable Folding Stationary Crib ($137)
  • Best Compact Pack ‘N Play : Silver Cross Slumber Travel Crib ($300)
  • Best Large Pack ‘N Play : BabyBjörn Easy Go Travel Crib ($280 – $300)

What’s the main difference between a travel crib or play yard and a regular crib?

As its name suggests, travel cribs or play yards are meant to be portable and convenient for use in various spaces in the home and/or for travel.

“Generally speaking, a full-size crib is assembled once and remains in the same room for the duration of its use,” Trofe notes. “Both usually have mattresses and mattress supports that can be used higher or lower, depending on the child’s age, height, weight and developmental milestones.”

What ages are travel cribs and play yards suited for?

It’s important to always follow the age, weight and developmental milestone guidance from the manufacturer of the product. “Each could be different, and it is important to ensure parents are using the right product for the correct age and stage of the child,” Trofe notes.

Additionally, some babies love them while others, not so much. From personal experience, we find those from the newborn age to two-years-old tend to enjoy travel cribs and play yards well.

Travel crib and play yard safety tips, per an expert

Ahead, Trofe highlights fundamental tips to keep in mind before assembling and using your new model:

  • Always use the correct product for baby’s age and developmental stage.
  • Follow manufacturer instructions for assembly and use.
  • Follow JPMA’s safe sleep guidelines every time.
  • For travel, keep instructions and all warning labels/materials handy and visible so that the product can be assembled or set up correctly each time. 
  • If using a travel crib or play yard from a hotel or a rental service while on vacation, always check that the product has not been recalled ( www.cpsc.gov/recalls ), that it has been assembled correctly (check for secure latches, tight screws, etc.), and is the right product for your child’s age and developmental stage. 

1. Best Pack ‘N Play Overall: Chicco Lullaby Zip All-in-One Portable Play Yard , $250 – $270

Chicco Lullaby Zip All-in-One Portable Play Yard

  • Includes a full-size bassinet and large play space to transition well from baby to toddler stages
  • Includes a detachable changer
  • Features a side storage compartment for convenience a and built-in mobile for entertainment
  • Some reviewers say the bassinet could be better designed

If we had to award a winner to a play yard on the market, it would be given to Chicco Lullaby Zip All-in-One Portable Play Yard (with much applause). Namely, it’s said to hold up for years, has a convenient zip-and-go design with a full-size infant bassinet that’s perfect for growing with your baby, a detachable changer and an extra-large space for your growing toddler to play in.

More, its snap-on changer includes a zip and wash cover (that’s machine washable, BTW), a deluxe side organizer to stash away baby wipes and baby lotion to keep at arm’s reach and even a built-in mobile — with detachable soft toys — that play soothing melodies and nature sounds.

With large rubberized wheels, easy-push button for folding and a trusty carry bag, it’s an all-around top model that’s less than $300.

2. Best Budget Pack ‘N Play: Graco Pack ‘N Play Portable Play Yard , $70

Graco Pack 'N Play Portable Play Yard

  • One of the easiest models to fold and store
  • Features mesh sides for extra breathability
  • Some reviewers wish the included pad could be removable so it could be washed instead of spot-cleaned
  • Some reviewers wish the weight capacity could be larger

With more than 42,000 rave reviews — and counting — the Graco Pack ‘N Play Portable Play Yard is one of the most popular, much ado to (1) the brand being a leader in the space — after all, it did coin the term ‘pack ‘n play’ and (2) its affordability for parents and caregivers who simply want a model that’ll do the job.

This Amazon best-seller features automatically folding feet that make it easy to store and transport, along with a push-button that makes the unit at large seamless for stowing away. With a trusty design and airy mesh on all sides for maximum ventilation and breathability, it’s worth the budget-friendly pick-me-up.

3. Best Splurge Pack ‘N Play: Nuna SENA Aire Play Yard & Travel Crib , $400

Nuna SENA Aire Play Yard & Travel Crib

  • Consciously designed for breathability and comfort
  • Its mattress can be placed on the bassinet or play yard space alike
  • Features a one-hand fold-up design, skid-proof feat and padded edges for quick, quiet operation

With a name like Nuna, you know it’s going to be good (read: best car seats we reviewed ). While it’s the most expensive play yard we rounded up, it’s a leader in the space for including a bassinet, organic cotton sheet, travel bag and “advanced design that allows airflow from every angle,” per the brand’s description.

Its ventilated, quilted mattress is best-in-class, thanks to its ability to pull heat and humidity away from your baby’s skin. This mattress is multi-purpose in that it can be placed inside the included bassinet in your baby’s earlier years, too. The bassinet also unzips for quick removal.

With its one-hand, fold-up design, skid-proof feet and padded edges (that make the entire system ultra-quiet), it’s not only convenient but luxe-leaning, too.

4. Most Well-Designed Pack ‘N Play: 4moms Breeze Go Play Yard , $225 – $240

4moms Breeze Go Play Yard

  • Simple to open and close with one-hand maneuverability
  • Includes a flip changer and detachable bassinet to grow with your baby
  • Some reviewers say there could be less labels on the play yard’s exterior, though not a deal-breaker (most of them are safety labels)

The 4moms Breeze Go Play Yard is a top-of-the-line pick, thanks to its one-push-open, one-pull-close design — that you can do with one hand. It includes a detachable flip changer and removable bassinet that truly makes it an all-in-one care station that’s suitable for use from newborn to toddler stages.

More, its airy design allows you to have a 360-degree view of your little one and, keeping convenience in check, comes with a travel bag. Above all, we love how its changer is affixed to the left-hand side at the top, making it easy-as-could-be to lie your baby atop its comfortable base for quick changing.

5. Best Pack ‘N Play for Airplane Travel: Guava Family Lotus Travel Crib , $230 – $249

Guava Family Lotus Travel Crib

  • Has the ability to be worn as a travel backpack for on-the-go use, especially throughout airports
  • Features a lockable side door that can remain partially open or fully zipped for playtime and nap time alike
  • Well-designed frame and feet
  • Some reviewers say the zip-up side door is too loud, though not a deal-breaker if you’re going to wake up your baby from their nap
  • Some say the mesh could be better designed

We love the look and portability of the Guava Family Lotus Travel Crib and, while all of our picks are portable, none does it better for airplane travel than this brand. Notably, its more-than-2,000 applauding reviews nod to its 3D Z-fold Technology that allows it to fold compactly to carry through airports as a lightweight backpack (yes, you read that correctly) — with a look similar to a travel backpack when ready to take on the go.

Additionally, its lockable side door allows the play yard to remain partially open if you’d like to soothe your baby to sleep — allowing you to foster more of a connection during nap time. Even better, Guava Family designed this model with high-quality aluminum, non-slip rubberized feet and a fully mesh design for better visibility and airflow.

Just shy of $250, you’ll also appreciate that its portable unit is complete with a thick insulated mattress and that compact, airplane-friendly travel case you can wear on your back.

6. Best Pack ‘N Play with Comfiest Mattress: UPPAbaby Remi Play Yard , $300

UPPAbaby Remi Play Yard

  • Includes a temperature-regulating mattress, mattress cover, bassinet and bassinet insert
  • Comes with a zip-open side panel to cuddle and snuggle with your baby
  • Doesn’t feature a diaper changer

If you’re a parent or caregiver, you know that the UPPAbaby Vista V2 Stroller ($750) is the talk of the town. Well, its Remi Play Yard is just as good, has a design you can count on and is one we recommend.

To start, it’s lightweight, features a temperature-regulating mattress that’s ideal for sleeping on and includes a zip-on bassinet that you’ll adore for your infant. Much like the Guava Family pick, the UPPAbaby model also features a zip-open panel on its side to comfort and snuggle with your baby.

Aside from the bassinet, this pick also includes a mattress, bassinet insert, mattress cover and carry bag. It also comes in a few colors to best suit your space.

7. Best Sustainable Pack ‘N Play: Delta Children babyGap Deluxe Play Yard , $160

Delta Children babyGap Deluxe Play Yard

  • Features a seat fabric that was sustainably made from recycled plastic water bottles
  • Includes a removable bassinet and waterproof changing table, along with a plush bear mobile
  • Includes a travel bag for easy portability
  • None to speak of

The Delta Children babyGap Deluxe Play Yard is one of the most affordable options you can buy. Not only that, but it’s sustainably made, too. Al the fabric (excluding the mesh windows) is made from recycled water bottles; plastic drinking bottles are sorted, cleaned and shredded into flakes that then become the yarn the seat fabric is made from.

What’s more., this model includes a removable bassinet (with an insert) and waterproof changing table for extra convenience. Its removable toy arm with three plush bears help entertain your little one during diaper changes and play time, too.

With a quick and compact fold that seamlessly packs into its included carrying bag, it’s a wonderful nursery crib alternative.

8. Best Wooden Travel Crib: Dream On Me 2-in-1 Portable Folding Stationary Crib , $137, original price: $220

Dream On Me 2-in-1 Portable Folding Stationary Crib

  • Sturdy pine wood construction
  • Features locking, heavy duty wheels for safety and portability
  • Comes in various color finishes to choose from
  • You must purchase a crib mattress separately
  • Doesn’t include a changer, bassinet or included mobile as some of our other picks feature

If you’re on the hunt for a second crib (perhaps for a vacation home or one that most closely resembles the furniture piece in your nursery), then the Dream On Me 2-in-1 Portable Folding Stationary Crib is your best bet. It comes in a catalog of colors to match your space, too, along with locking, commercial-sized wheels and a start-to-finish easy assembly.

Though you’ll have to purchase a crib mattress separately — and, while it doesn’t include the bells and whistles as some of our other top picks feature — it’s a top-rated option if you specifically want something other than the traditional mesh-embossed play yard.

9. Best Compact Pack ‘N Play: Silver Cross Slumber Travel Crib , $300

Silver Cross Slumber Travel Crib

  • Includes a bassinet to transition from newborn to toddler years
  • Features all-around mesh sides for breathability and a comfortable padded steel frame
  • Quickest to set up and stow away in its included travel bag
  • Doesn’t include a diaper changer

We’re colored impressed by the Silver Cross Slumber Travel Crib. Though it’s a bit of a splurge, it’s one of the easiest to travel with, thanks to its compact design. Though its space-saving design is on the money for apartment-sized spaces, it still includes that multi-purpose bassinet and play yard design characteristic of so many of our top picks.

Not to mention, its zip-up side door is a nice touch to spend quality time with your baby — either to help soothe them to sleep or play a quick game of peek-a-boo. Its mesh sides provide ventilation to keep your baby cool, while its padded, steel frame offers a comfy space for your little one to play in.

Silver Cross features a unique shake-open setup that sets up in a second and folds down easily to fit into its included compact, weatherproof bag. All in all, its consciously created design won’t take up too much real estate in your living room or bedroom (but, is one your baby is sure to enjoy, nonetheless).

10. Best Large Pack ‘N Play: BabyBjörn Easy Go Travel Crib , $280 – $300

BabyBjörn Easy Go Travel Crib

  • Sturdy when it’s in place and easy to carry when on the go
  • Features a comfortable, cushion-y mattress, similar to the UPPAbaby pick
  • Doesn’t include bells and whistles like some of our other picks — including a bassinet, changer table or mobile

For a play yard that’s more or less a ‘baby cave’ for your little one to roam around, play in and sleep in, the BabyBjörn Easy Go Travel Crib is one we love, especially for all the space it provides. Its soft and cushion-y mattress is made of high-resilient PU foam, too, helping your baby catch those ZZZs peacefully, too.

Its breezy mesh design helps you keep an eye on your baby (sans a baby monitor , if you wish to forego one, as your baby is within your range of vision), while its included carry bag helps you transport it seamlessly to grandma’s house. There are no loose parts to attach, either; the legs unfold automatically and the mattress comes with a built-in base plate that keeps the crib standing firmly on the floor.

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  • We referenced guidelines from leading experts, including the AAP , Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). We also interviewed Gina Posner , M.D., F.A.A.P., a board-certified pediatrician practicing at MemorialCare Medical Group in Fountain Valley, California and member of the What to Expect Medical Review Board, for additional information on playard safety. In line with these recommendations, all of the products on this list:
  • We scoured the What to Expect community of caregivers to learn which playards parents find most useful and would repurchase. Based on their feedback, we made sure that every playard received positive reviews for:

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The Best Pack and Plays and Playards, Tested by Active Kiddos

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In a nutshell: Based on reviews from real parents and survey feedback from over 300 members of The Bump community, we chose the 4Moms Breeze Plus Playard as the overall best playard thanks to its portability, stable design and easy set-up.

A versatile playard that offers a safe space to place baby—out of your hands but not out of sight—is arguably one of the most important products for new parents. Also known as a pack and play, a playard is a portable place for baby to have fun (and nap), whether you’re home or hotel hopping, and it’s one of those items you’ll rely on heavily during the first few years of parenthood.

A well-constructed pack and play is an investment that can take you from the new baby days into early toddlerhood. It’s great for playtime, travel and often sleep. To help you navigate this very crowded baby gear aisle, we’ve tested some of the buzziest, most beloved playards on the market. Keep reading for advice to inform your shopping journey, and to discover our top picks, including this year’s Best of The Bump winner.

How We Tested the Playards

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To find out which playards are truly the best in class, The Bump editors did extensive research and created a shortlist of top-rated pack and plays. From there we took the following steps to determine which product was the overall best:

  • We combed through online stores to find best selling playards, assessed the technical specs of each item and read user reviews to learn more about each product’s performance.
  • In May 2023 we surveyed 300 members of The Bump community. We asked this sample of new parents to rate the playards they’ve used with their own kids and to comment on their overall experience. We evaluated this data and used it to inform our product choices.
  • We enlisted the help of real parents to thoroughly test the leading options on the market. They put these playards to work, using them as a safe play and sleep space for their own newborns, older babies and toddlers (and even twins!). In a variety of different environments, from their homes to the beach and their backyards, they carefully evaluated each playard for ease of use, portability, effectiveness, features and design and value for money.

Pairing this rigorous testing protocol with our own expertise and insights, we bestowed the prestigious Best of The Bump award to the overall best high chair. And then we went one step further, using the testing results to identify other standout options that are particularly good for your specific needs, whether you’re looking for a stylish option that will fit your home decor, or an especially easy-to-clean model for a child who makes no distinction between mealtime and finger painting. All this to ensure that you find a quality product with plenty of bang for your buck that’ll prove a good fit for you and your lifestyle.

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Overall best pack and play.

4Moms Breeze Plus Playard

  • One-handed setup
  • Doubles as a bassinet and changing table
  • Sturdy design
  • Sheets sold separately

When it comes to design, functionality and top-notch accessories, the 4Moms Breeze Plus Playard checks all the boxes. It scored perfect 5 out of 5 ratings from our product tester across all categories, and rightly received this year’s prestigious Best of The Bump award for best playard. (See all of this year’s Best of The Bump winners )

“The design on this playard is incredible,” our product tester gushed. “All the other pack and plays I’ve tried are tacky, flimsy and hard to assemble, but this one is the opposite. You don’t have to mess with clicking in the sides.” The chic black-and-white playard comes completely assembled; just pop it open to expand it or pull the band to close it—a task that can be done one-handed. “So incredible!” our tester added. (And I can vouch for her enthusiasm; I’ve also used this playard, and even Grandma and Grandpa in my family were able to set up and collapse it easily.)

When it came to storing the playard, she described the process—appropriately enough—as a “breeze.” She went on to tell us, “It’s also on wheels, which makes for easier transport/moving while assembled.” The Breeze Plus comes with a bassinet and changing table to create a one-stop piece of baby furniture for the early days of parenting. When you don’t need the bassinet, it hangs over to the side to create more space for the changing area.

Of course, the real test of a playard is whether it provides a safe and stable place for baby to play. “The mesh design on the sides of the playard is very innovative,” our tester said. “You can see baby so well through it, yet it’s sturdy and high quality. It’s also strong and not flimsy when you shake or move it.” That strength is super important as you transition from baby’s gentle playtime to the play of more active toddlers. With the 4Moms Breeze Plus Playard, you get one item that can take you from day one through the first few years of life.

Dimensions (expanded): 43" (L) x 30" (W) x 29" (H) | Dimensions (folded): 13.3" (L) x 12" (W) x 30" (H) | Weight: 28.5 lbs. | Weight capacity (playard): 30 lbs. | Weight capacity (changing table): 25 lbs. | Weight capacity (bassinet) : 18 lbs.

Our product tester says:

“The design, ease of use and style make it all well worth the price… I highly recommend this playard to both new and toddler parents.”

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Our community says:

“Very large, sturdy /[and] good quality.” - Alexandra B., mom and The Bump survey respondent

Best pack and play with bassinet

Graco Pack 'n Play Close2Baby Bassinet Playard

  • Includes a bassinet and changing table
  • Bassinet is machine-washable
  • Adjustable mattress height
  • Difficult to assemble

The Graco Pack ‘n Play Close2Baby is perfect for the newborn days (and nights!). This combination product comes with a fully portable newborn bassinet that can fit securely on top of the playard, or move around your home to keep baby close by as they slumber. “I love the bassinet,” our product tester told us, singling out the mesh construction and firm, durable mattress for praise. She even told us her child’s overall sleep time—nap and overnight alike—increased by almost a full hour!

If that’s not tempting enough, the bassinet is machine-washable, and the playard also features a portable diaper-changing station with a mesh side pocket to store extra diapers, wipes and lotion. When baby is ready to transition from the bassinet to the playard mattress, the mattress can be set at two different heights—and the playard doesn’t become any less portable once baby gets too big for a bassinet, due to the integrated wheels. “I love how there’s an option for wheeling it around. That helps when moving it around the house.”

When it comes to sleeping in the playard, our tester said her children slept and napped well in it. “My child usually moves around a lot, and I believe the closed-in space helped her stay calm. Very simple to use—nothing extra is needed—and secure; it gave me a sense of relief!”

Dimensions (expanded): 33" (L) x 27" (W) x 29" (H) | Dimensions (folded): 10.5” (L) x 9.3” (W) x 33.3” (H) | Weight: 29 lbs. | Height limit (playard): 35" | Weight capacity (infant bassinet): 15 lbs. | Weight capacity (portable bassinet): 20 lbs. | Weight capacity (changing table): 25 lbs.

“This product is safe and functional. It won’t be a hassle in your room or nursery.”

“Good quality.” - Laura F., mom and The Bump survey respondent

Best baby pack and play

Graco Pack ‘n Play Sit ‘n Grow Playard

  • Multiple accessories
  • Quick push-button fold
  • Mesh sides offer breathability
  • Difficult to find sheets that fit
  • Smaller than other playards

If you only buy one piece of furniture for your newborn, this is it. The Graco Pack ‘n Play Sit ‘n Grow Playard doesn’t just come with a bassinet and changing pad, but also a portable infant floor seat to help baby learn how to sit independently. “The chair was amazing and my favorite part of the whole set,” explained our product tester, giving the Sit ‘n Grow 5 out of 5 for features and design. “This item is a must. I’ll be taking it everywhere I go since my baby loves to sit now.”

Of course, the chair wasn’t the only thing our tester appreciated. “The playard offered a side organizer that I'm in love with!” she raved. “I placed all the diaper-changing items there and some toys. I use it every day, since my playard stays open all day.” Not only are these accessories amazing to use around the house, but if you brought the whole set with you on a trip, you’d have everything you’d need.

When it came to sleeping and playing, baby enjoyed both. “She slept more in the bassinet than she did in the actual playard,” our tester said, while also describing the playard as “the perfect size” for tummy time. “I place toys next to her so she can look at them, and she loves it,” she said. “It was super easy to place and pick up my baby from the playard even though it’s low. The corners are not extremely high; they’re the perfect height.”

When it came to value for money, our tester was no less effusive, rating the Sit ‘n Grow another 5 out of 5. “This set is definitely worth its price! [ It offers ] different items that cost more if you put them together separately,” she said. “The price is actually cheap in my opinion—the quality exceeded my expectations.”

Dimensions (expanded): 38" (L) x 29.5" (W) x 38.3" (H) | Dimensions (folded): N/A | Weight: 32.5 lbs. | Height limit (playard): 35" | Weight capacity (changer): 25 lbs. | Weight capacity (bassinet): 15 lbs.

“I am definitely running to my mommy friends and telling them about this playard set! I love, love, love it!”

Best travel pack and play

UPPAbaby Remi Playard

  • Stylish look
  • Side-zipper for easy access
  • Easy to set up and store
  • Not compatible with standard sheets

The UPPAbaby brand is beloved for its strollers , but don’t sleep (pun intended) on its pack and play. The design is sleek, with mesh sides, neutral colors and a chic, minimalist look. The playard includes a machine-washable air-mesh mattress, a bassinet you can zip on for newborns and a zip-side opening for kids to crawl through (or for you to reach baby more easily).

But as our best travel pick, the Remi needs more than a stylish look and cool add-ons. It needs to be seamless to set up—and it delivers. “The Remi is a brilliant play yard,” said our product tester, giving it 5 out of 5 scores for portability and ease of use. “Not only is it super easy to use, but the instructions are very easy to follow. I love how there’s a QR code on the card that takes you directly to YouTube for a short video about how to set it up. The written instructions are very easy to follow too. The first time setting up the playard and bassinet portion took me less than a minute, and that was even with a curious 3-year-old in tow!”

A travel playard also needs to be simple to pack down and carry about, and our product tester assures us, “the Remi is easy to store as it folds down small, and it’s very portable. It folds down to a small rectangular shape and has a sturdy carrying case with handles. You would be able to check it on the plane or pack for a road trip without having to worry about the playard or carrying case ripping.” And with built-in wheels, you can move around your destination with ease. “We needed to change rooms, so it was easy for me to wheel the playard over even while I was holding my infant,” she added.

“My baby seems to love sleeping in the [ Remi ] ,” our tester said. We’ve tried it as a bassinet and crib and he sleeps great using both.” She appreciated the depth of the regular playard (“I don’t have to worry about my 3-year-old trying to get my infant out,” she explained), but the convenience was what really sold her. “When traveling, the last thing you need is the headache of having to set up a complicated crib to put down a tired, fussy baby. You can set [ the Remi ] up in less than a minute and be able to focus on other things.”

Dimensions (expanded): 40.5" (L) x 26" (W) x 28.5" (H) | Dimensions (folded): 11" (L) x 10" (W) x 28.5" (H) | Weight: 20 lbs. | Height limit (playard): 35" | Weight capacity (bassinet): 20 lbs.

“The Remi is very well-thought-out. I love the side zipper and the bassinet, which is easily set up. The crib itself is very sleek, and I recommend it to my friends who live in Singapore, where their space is limited and they don’t use a standard crib for their children. ”

Best portable pack and play

Chicco Alfa Lite Lightweight Travel Playard

  • Affordable price point
  • Lightweight
  • Zip-open side panel
  • Thin mattress pad
  • Doesn’t come with a sheet

For something lighter on your back and your wallet, this pack and play fits the bill. Weighing in at only 13 pounds, it’s one of the easiest playards on the market to lift, and priced at half the cost of many of its competitors.

The low price doesn’t mean the Alfa Lite is short on features: Our product tester rated the simple-to-assemble snap-open setting 5 out of 5 for ease of use. “It took me less than five minutes to get it set up, and it took about five minutes to figure out how it folds together,” she said. It also has breathable mesh sides and a larger-than-average side-zip panel. “It was easy to keep an eye on my baby when he was in the travel crib,” she added.

If you're worried that a lightweight playard is going to be flimsy or fragile, our tester found it to be sturdy. “I like that the bottom of the playpen is very close to the floor,” she explained. “The sides are strong enough to hold my one-year-old leaning on the mesh, and it’s tall enough that he can't crawl or climb out over the top.” If you need a featherweight option that will get the job done in multiple rooms, this might be the playard for you.

Dimensions (expanded): 43" (L) x 29" (W) x 25" (H) | Dimensions (folded): 9.5" (L) x 9.5" (W) x 23.5" (H) | Weight: 13 lbs. | Height limit: 35"

“I like that you can fold it up and take it with you on the go or a vacation. It's small enough to fit next to your bed or wherever you may need it, and lightweight enough that we can bring it up and down the stairs in our house easily.”

Best twin pack and play

Veer Basecamp Playard

  • Big enough for multiple kids
  • Offers sun and weather protection
  • Comes assembled and pops open
  • Not intended for sleep
  • The bottom of the playard isn’t padded
  • Mattress pad sold separately

If you’re a parent of multiples, you need baby gear that can take on twice as many kids. The Veer Basecamp measures a whopping 56 inches across, creating a playspace suitable for two or three children at a time. “We used this playard with our twins outdoors and loved it,” our product tester said, giving the Basecamp 5 out of 5 for effectiveness. “They both had enough room to move around and play. We were able to relax while they were playing right by us outside, knowing they couldn't get out of the playard.”

If setting up baby gear intimidates you, then you’ll love the Veer Basecamp, which comes fully assembled. “The playard is very easy to use,” said our product tester, who rated the playard another 5 out of 5 for ease of use. “It opens with one motion and is all in one piece. You don't need to put tent poles in it, as they’re already assembled.” If you’re watching two kids, the last thing you need is a lengthy set-up process. And the lightweight playard—we’re talking just 7 pounds!—folds down to be stored in an included bag that measures only 6 inches wide. “I thought once we took it out it would be hard to put back in, but it goes in very smoothly,” our tester explained.

This playard works well for outdoor use, since it's made of a water-resistant polyester, and offers both insect protection and a removable UPF 50 sun cover. But our tester found it worked just as well inside too. “The price is worth it since you can use it all summer long and indoors as well. This is great for us to bring to friends/family's houses as well as to the beach/playing outside in the backyard. We love that it has many uses and our twins can use it for years to come.”

Dimensions (expanded): 56" (L) x 43" (W) x 35" (H) | Dimensions (folded): 6" (L) x 6" (W) x 36" (H) | Weight: 7 lbs. | Height limit: N/A | Weight capacity: N/A

“We love the design of the playard, how easy it is to open and close and that it has mesh all the way around, making it very breathable. I love that it comes with a bag to carry it in and is compact enough to fit anywhere in your car or closet at home."

Best outdoor pack and play

Summer Infant Pop 'n Play Portable Playard

  • Easy to open
  • Lightweight and portable
  • No mattress pad
  • Canopy is sold separately

With its quick and easy fold and water-resistant floor, the Summer Infant Pop 'n Play Portable Playard is perfect for outdoor use. This playard is all about ease—simple to set-up, easy to see your child through the mesh sides and light enough to seamlessly move to the park, the beach or just between rooms. Small wonder our product tester gave it 5 out of 5 scores for ease of use, portability and features and design!

The Pop 'n Play weighs only 12 pounds (though our tester said it felt even lighter!). And it folds up “wonderfully.” Our product tester praised the ease with which she was able to store the playard when not in use: The compact fold fits snugly in an included travel bag, and once you've taken it out into the world, “the playard adjusts perfectly to fit any terrain it encounters,” our tester noted. “The flexible sides also allow for that adaptability.”

Don’t expect to leave a sleeping newborn in it, as there’s no padding or mattress, and it’s not intended for slumber. But as a play space, the roominess can't be beat. “This play yard gave my baby way more space,” our tester said. “She loved the fact that there were so many angles to look over. The playard was very secure, and I appreciate the sturdiness. She tried climbing it and it didn’t even move.”

Your child can play in it with friends or siblings. “The space within the playard was plentiful and could even fit three kids!” our tester shared. “It was extremely easy for me to get in and out of it. For my one-year-old, it was not so easy, which is a good thing!”

If you're worried that a dedicated play space will leave your home looking like a toy factory, this is one playard that won’t ruin your aesthetic. “I love the style and look of the playpen,” our tester told us. “I appreciated the fact that the netting was black, so it looked great in my living room. I would give it a 10 out of 10.” High praise on a scale that only goes up to 5!

Dimensions (expanded): 48" (L) x 48" (W) x 26" (H) | * * Dimensions (folded): 7.5" (L) x 7.5" (W) x 38" (H) | * Weight: * 12 lbs. | Height limit: 35"

“I truly believe this play yard is worth the price. It is very sturdy and I can tell that this play yard has great longevity. The quality certainly matches the price, especially with its ease of use—this was the easiest setup I have ever had with a play yard. The playpen folds up wonderfully, so it’s very thin and easy to store.”

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What is a pack and play.

The term “pack ‘n play” is actually a trademarked brand name; it refers specifically to Graco products. However, much like Velcro, Xerox or (believe it or not) Bubble Wrap, the term “pack and play” tends to get used interchangeably with the generic term, playard. And the Pack ‘n Play is a well-named product, might we say! After all, a playard is a piece of gear for baby to play in, and when you’re done using it, you can fold it up and pack it away.

Today’s playards offer more than just an entertainment space. They’re typically an enclosed area with a soft but sturdy floor that’s safe for supervised play, and sometimes are even designated as safe for naps or overnight sleep. They usually feature mesh walls for breathability and visibility, and typically have foldable mattresses and durable frames that can be quickly assembled and transported or easily stored. That said, some do not feature a mattress or padded bottom and are intended only for play, not sleep; these products are still considered playards. Playards are popular to bring when traveling, and many offer incredible accessories such as bassinets and changing pads. Certain models can also be used outdoors and offer SPF, bug and rain protection.

What to Consider When Choosing a Playard

While all options offer a safe zone for play, the best playards provide additional features that can be helpful for parents and caregivers. When it comes to choosing the best pack and play for your family, it’s important to think about when, how and where you intend to use it. Here’s what to look for when shopping:

  • Portability. If you plan to use your playard as a portable sleep space—or simply need to be able to move it from room to room—you’ll want to make sure it’s lightweight with a compact fold. Playards can vary significantly in weight, ranging from less than 10 pounds to over 30. Some options also have built-in wheels so you can move it from place to place, but make sure to lock them in place once baby’s in-situ.
  • Functional features. Some options come with or offer add-ons that allow them to be used as bassinets , activity gyms and changing stations .
  • Height and weight limits. Many playards can be used until a child is 3 years old, or until they can climb out on their own. When the playard comes with a bassinet or changing table attachment, these usually have weight limits. Be sure to check the manufacturer’s recommended limits for safe use.
  • Safety standards. As with many baby products, if you buy a second-hand item or receive a hand-me-down, it’s important to find out whether it’s been recalled and if it meets current safety standards. Test the playard to see if it can fold and unfold properly. The mesh walls should be completely intact without any rips or holes, and the mattress should either be original to the playard or an approved add-on from the manufacturer, and should fit snugly against the playard floor without any gaps along the side walls.

About the writer:

Lauren Levinson has over 15 years of editorial experience in both leading content teams and writing articles. She has held staff positions as the lead editor of Verywell Family , Popsugar Beauty and a beauty and medical aesthetics site created by Allergan Aesthetics. She’s been on staff at ELLE.com , Time Out New York and Dance Spirit . Her byline can be seen in Glamour , Harper’s Bazaar , New York Magazine , What to Expect , Byrdie and more. She is also a #girlmom to a school-age daughter and a toddler.

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You spent hours researching the best bassinet and the safest car seat , and now you’re wondering about pack n’ plays. Can infants sleep in them? What should you look for in a pack ‘n play? Do you even need one? Relax mama, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about these playards (as they’re also called), plus our pick of the best pack ‘n plays on the market. Read up and then add your favorite to your baby shower list . 

Are Pack ‘n Plays Worth It?

That all depends on how often you’re going to be away from your kid’s regular bed. If you don’t plan on traveling away from your home very much (or if you have other safe sleeping setups wherever you’re going), then you don’t really need one. But if you are planning on traveling away from your home frequently, whether to visit grandparents or go on vacation, then it’s a great item to have. Another reason why some families invest in a pack ‘n play is if they want to save space—many pack ‘n plays come with removable bassinets and changing stations. 

Can a Baby Sleep in a Pack and Play Every Night? 

Yes, provided that the pack and play adheres to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission metrics designed to keep infants and young children safe when playing or sleeping inside a pack ‘n play. These guidelines include having mesh sides for breathability, appropriate side height and floor strength, plus undergoing latching mechanism testing (so that the pack and play doesn’t accidentally fold up when a child is inside) and accessory testing (like hanging mobiles, for example). 

At What Age Do You Stop Using a Pack ’n Play?

Pack ‘n plays go by size, not age. Most models will fit a child up to 30 pounds and 35 inches, which usually happens sometime between 2 and 3 years old. But if your child starts to climb out of the pack ‘n play sooner, then it’s time to upgrade to a larger bed. 

The Best Pack ‘n Plays at a Glance

  • Best Overall: 4moms Breeze Plus Portable Playard
  • Best for Small Spaces: Bugaboo Stardust Travel Crib
  • Most Affordable: Graco Pack 'n Play Portable Playard
  • Best for Travel: Guava Lotus Travel Crib
  • Best Lightweight Pack ‘n Play: Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light
  • Best for Outdoors:   Baby Delight Go With Me Eclipse Mesh Portable Playard
  • Best Accessories: Chicco Lullaby Zip All-In-One Portable Playard
  • Most Versatile: Graco Pack 'n Play Day2Dream Travel Bassinet Playard
  • Best for Multiples: Joovy Room² Large Portable Playpen

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Best Overall

1. 4moms breeze plus portable playard.

  • Why We Love It: lots of features, very sturdy, wheels
  • Dimensions: 43 x 30 x 30 inches 
  • Weight: 28.46 pounds
  • Maximum Weight Recommendation: 30 pounds

This may be one of the pricier pack ‘n plays on the list, but considering that it’s actually a 3-in-1 option featuring a playard, bassinet and flip changer, it’s a pretty good deal. The removable bassinet can be used from birth until 18 pounds (with the option to rest in the playard or on-the-go), the flip changer sits on the side when not in use but can then be flipped to the top of the playard for quick diapering and clothing changes (and trust us—when your baby’s crying about a wet diaper in the middle of the night, you’ll want speed) and can be used for up to 25 pounds and the playard can be used for children until 30 pounds. Unlike some of the other multi-purpose picks on this list, when not in use the Breeze can be stored away in just one travel bag. While it’s advertised as a one-step set-up, users report that it actually is a little more involved than that, although still easy to do. Writes one mom-to-be: “I’m 32 weeks pregnant and put it together in less than 10 minutes! I’ve told everyone about this amazing product! Everything is easy to assemble and I can’t wait to use it as my baby’s safe place to sleep!” 

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Best for Small Spaces

2. bugaboo stardust travel crib.

  • Why We Love It: folds flat, lightweight, sleek design
  • Dimensions: 25 x 38.8 x 33.5 inches
  • Weight: 17.2 pounds
  • Maximum Weight Recommendation: 33 pounds 

This lightweight and minimalist pack ‘n play is a favorite with parents thanks to its compact design that folds the bed down like a book in mere minutes. “I’ve used many-a pack 'n plays, and the Bugaboo Stardust wins on all fronts,” says Executive Editor, Dara Katz. “It’s sleek. It’s slim enough to store under a bed or in a closet without taking up too much real estate, plus it’s smaller when unfolded than other travel cribs, which makes it much easier to navigate a crowded hotel room in the dark. The best part? It’s actually easy and straightforward to fold up and unfold—no twisting or turning or sweating while yelling into an empty void where no one can hear you. But most importantly, my baby loves sleeping in it! It has substantial support, a thick mattress and tall sides with mesh, so they can peek through but never escape.” Katz notes that the only downside is that the mattress size is unique, so you have to use the covers that come with it. 

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3. Graco Pack 'n Play Portable Playard

  • Why We Love It: budget-friendly, lightweight, no frills, wheels
  • Dimensions: 39.5 x 28.25 x 29 inches
  • Weight: 18.52 pounds
  • Maximum Weight Recommendation: 30 pounds 

This small but mighty pack ‘n play boasts a mesh storage pouch for baby essentials (like a spare pacifier for those middle-of-the-night wakeups so that you don’t have to turn the light on while you crawl around on the floor searching for baby’s beloved dummy), wheels for moveability and a carrying bag for easy transportation. PureWow Director Cristina Gutierrez agrees: “This is a cute-but-no-frills pack ‘n play that is absolutely dynamite. My mother-in-law bought it for our daughter last time we visited, and I was so (unexpectedly) impressed by it. It’s incredibly easy to set up, then folds into a super compact and lightweight little package. I would 100 percent travel with this one. It's also so affordable compared to lots of others on the market, but don't let that deter you. It's a great little travel crib.”

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Best for Travel

4. guava lotus travel crib.

  • Why We Love It: lightweight, backpack travel bag, no weight limit
  • Dimensions: 46 x 31 x 25.5 inches 
  • Weight: 11 pounds
  • Maximum Weight Recommendation: no weight limit 

This is one of the most lightweight pack ‘n plays on the market, making it an excellent option for travelers. It is also highly compact when folded up (24 x 12 x 8 inches) and comes in a handy backpack-style bag so that you can keep your hands free while on-the-move. “We have bought the Guava with us on not one, not two, but three international flights (that’s what happens when your family lives abroad!),” says Executive Editor Alexia Dellner. “We’ve traveled with it on our backs—the backpack is great for airports and train stations when we need our hands free for holding babies and tickets and passports and everything else—and also neatly stored it in our check-in luggage. It’s easy to set up and comfortable enough that my 3-year-old didn’t mind sleeping in it (he actually loved playing in it too, especially once he figured out how to zip himself in and out by himself).” Bonus: The playard can be converted into a bassinet, but this requires an additional kit .

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Best Lightweight Pack ‘n Play

5. baby bjorn travel crib light.

  • Why We Love It: lightweight, easy to assemble, no frills
  • Dimensions: 32 x 44 x 24 inches
  • Weight: 13 pounds

Another simple but effective choice, this pack ‘n play from the trusted brand is easy to set up and, like the Guava, offers longevity since the mattress is on the floor means that there’s no weight limit (the makers state you should stop using once your child can climb out). “We needed a pack ‘n play on short notice and so I turned to Amazon and found this top rated pick,” a New York mom-of-two tells us. “It was delivered the next day and my husband set it up within minutes and without needing to consult the instructions manual. My 2-year-old slept great in it and I liked how airy it was. When it was time to pack it up, we just folded it away in a few steps and stored it in the closet—easy peasy.” 


Best for Outdoors

6. baby delight go with me eclipse mesh portable playard.

  • Why We Love It: removable sun canopy, lightweight 
  • Dimensions: 49 x 49 x 28 inches
  • Weight: 11.88 pounds
  • Maximum Weight Recommendation: no weight restrictions

You want to hit the beach but you don’t want to mess up your baby’s nap schedule—we get it. This clever pack ‘n play is ideal for the outdoors, thanks to a removable canopy which blocks 98 percent of UVA and UVB rays. Reviewers say it’s ultra-lightweight and easy to set up, although it’s worth noting that unlike other pack ‘n plays on this list, the Baby Delight doesn’t feature a mattress bottom, so it may not be as comfortable for your mini as another option with more padding. In terms of how much use you’ll get out of it, the recommended age is 6 to 24 months and the height limit is up to 35 inches. 


Best Accessories

7. chicco lullaby zip all-in-one portable playard.

  • Why We Love It: lots of features, machine-washable cover, wheels
  • Dimensions: 45 x 31 x 46 inches
  • Weight: 35 pounds

This pack and play features a bassinet, detachable changing station and pack ‘n play all in one. It also boasts a detachable storage organizer with a handle so that you can carry around all those essentials on-the-go. Both the bassinet and playard feature Chicco’s zip-off, machine washable fabrics making clean-up a breeze. Parents also love the electronic toy bar that plays songs and nature sounds to soothe babies to sleep, plus a hanging mobile with plush elephant toys to keep them entertained (a nice-to-have feature when they wake up early!). “This Chicco Lullaby Zip All-in-One Portable Playard is a very nice and easy to set-up play yard for my kids,” notes one user. “We have been using the included accessories like the changing table part a lot and it is very convenient to use. The Playard is very stable and sturdy. I can set it up and take it down in two minutes.”


Most Versatile

8. graco pack 'n play day2dream travel bassinet playard.

  • Why We Love It: versatile, storage organizer, wheels
  • Dimensions: 29 x 47 x 33 inches 
  • Weight: 39 pounds

This multipurpose playard from Graco may be one of the heavier picks on the list but it’s also the most versatile: It features an infant sleep space (a portable bassinet that can be used in the playard in two height positions or removed and used as a self-standing bassinet), a changing station and a pack ‘n play. We also love the storage organizer that will keep must-haves like wipes, onesies and spare pacifiers close. “As a second time mom with my kids being about 8 years apart - I definitely knew what I wanted in regards to seeking out products that are practical, multi-functional and affordable. This pack n play system definitely hit all three points and so much more,” writes one reviewer. “Practicality and Functionality is 10/10 - you really can’t beat a station that serves as a sleep/nap area, portable bassinet, and changing table equipped with a diaper caddy that baby will grow into.” Parents report that the only downsides to this pack ‘n play are needing two carry bags to transport it (one for the fold-flat bassinet and one for the playard) and that the compatible sheets are sold separately.


Best for Multiples

9. joovy room² large portable playpen.

  • Why We Love It: large footprint, wheels, great for multiples
  • Dimensions: 39.75 x 39.75 x 31 inches 
  • Weight: 29.6 pounds

Boasting a floor area of 10 feet, this pack ‘n play is the most spacious one on the list. It’s so roomy, in fact, that it can even fit multiples in there. With mesh paneling all around, you’ll be able to keep an eye on the baby (babies!) at all times and the wheels are great for transporting the playard from one room to the other. Writes one reviewer: “My son is two, and he’s in the 75th percentile in his height. I knew that we needed to upgrade from our old pack-n-play to one that would support his weight and his height. Out of desperation for an upcoming trip, I decided to pull the trigger and get this big boy and big boy playard. He took to this SO well, that we had ZERO issues introducing the new portable playard that served as his travel crib while away. He has plenty of space for his stuffies that he sleeps with daily, and enough room to roll around without feeling confined. The assembly is a total SNAP - literally - and the pack up and go is a total breeze!” From birth until 35 inches in height.  

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Keeping your baby safe is a full-time job. But you already know that. The minute you turn your back, your baby is getting into cabinets and beelining it for the stairs . And because your to-do list is a mile long, you definitely need somewhere safe to put them down for a minute. Sure, a crib will do, but if you need to keep them nearby while you whip up a quick dinner , you’re probably looking for something more convenient. And if you’re traveling (even if it’s just to grandma’s house), having one of the best pack ‘n plays is essential so that you and baby get a good night’s sleep.

Pack-and-play’s have come a long way since most of us were kids. Now you’ll find features with everything from built-in sound machines to removable bassinets and changing tables. Models with wheels make it easier to move them from place to place, while ones with zippered doors allow your little cruiser to get in and out so you don’t have to strain your back (rejoice!).

Compact, lightweight designs have taken over the pack-and-play world so that you can travel with them with ease. And in terms of ease of use, some models these days take as little as a few seconds to set up and use. Just add a pack ‘n play sheet and you and baby will be ready for sleep after a long day of travel.

Scroll on to find the best pack ‘n play for your babe — and they’re all conveniently on Amazon.

The Fan-Favorite: A Graco Pack ‘N Play With 40,000+ Ratings

Graco Pack ’N Play On The Go Kagen Playard

Graco is a trusted brand when it comes to baby gear, so it’s no surprise that the Graco Pack ‘N Play Kagen has earned more than 40,000 ratings on Amazon. It comes with a bassinet insert, but there’s an option to add a diaper changer or to scale back and just get the standalone playard. The featured bassinet option comes with a soft, high-contrast toy bar to keep your little one entertained. Parents especially appreciate how simple and easy to use this no-frills model is — and, in fact, this was the most popular pack ‘n play model among Scary Mommy’s shopping editors.

Helpful Review: “When I was pregnant, I thought I had to have the best of everything, including a pack n' play. This is the third one I've purchased and it has certainly been the most econonomical. The first one was a mini pack n play. It served as a bassinet. It worked perfect at first, but by about 4 months, my son outgrew it. The second pack n' play stays at my parent's house. It had all the bells and whistles, none of which we used by the way. When it came time to purchase this one, I was skeptical because the price was so low, but it has worked perfectly!! If I knew then what I know now, I would NOT have purchased a fancy pack n play. This one is great!!”

Dimensions: 39.5 x 28.25 x 29 (L x W x H) | Weight: 21.21 Pounds (with insert) | Wheels: Yes | Included Extras: ‎Carrying Bag, Toy Bar

The Best Co-Sleeper Pack ‘N Play

BABY JOY 5-in-1 Pack and Play

The fold-down sides on this co-sleeper pack ‘n play make sleeping next to your baby convenient and safe by giving them their own sleep space within arm’s reach. There’s a strap included to attach it to your bed. And this model really lives up to its name, functioning as a bassinet, pack ‘n play, changing table, and even has a built-in sound machine! There are two locking caster wheels for portability and there’s even a zip-down entrance for when your toddler wants to use it as a fun activity space.

Helpful Review: “Easy to assemble and love the drop down side for bedside sleeping.”

Dimensions: ‎39.5 x 27.5 x 47.5 (L x W x H) | Weight: 23 Pounds | Wheels: Yes | Included Extras: ‎Carrying Bag, Mobile, Sound Machine

The Best Pack ‘N Play for Travel

Guava Lotus Travel Crib

You can literally pack up this travel pack ‘n play in the included bag and take it as a carry-on backpack when you board your flight. And when you get to your destination, it pops up in a matter of 15 seconds (really!), giving your baby a safe and comfortable place to sleep and play while away from home. There’s even a zippered side door so you don’t have to throw your back out trying to lift your tot out in the morning. With a 4.8-star rating after 2,000+ reviews, it has many parents saying it’s “worth every penny.”

Helpful Review: “This travel crib is a life saver when traveling with a baby. We took it on our international trip with our 9month old, and it saved our lives. Baby slept comfortably at the hotel, and when we had to spend (unplanned) a night at the airport he got plenty of rest. We took it on the plane as a carry-on.”

Dimensions: ‎‎‎45.5 x 31.5 x 25.5 (L x W x H) | Weight: 15 Pounds | Wheels: No | Included Extras: ‎Carrying Bag With Back Straps

A Lightweight Budget Pack ‘N Play That’s Also Great For Travel

Dream On Me Travel Light Play Yard

This small pack ‘n play is designed for travel, and its compact and lightweight design is exactly what makes it our top choice in this category. It’s just over 10 pounds and takes only a couple of minutes to set up. With mesh sides, you can be sure your baby will have a safe and breathable place to play or sleep. And if you’ve got a crawler, the zipper door is a super convenient feature.

Helpful Review: “This pack n play is exactly as described! It is super light weight and very compact. It is truly very easy to set up. Took me 1 minute and 5 seconds to set up when being timed, so if I did it like a normal person it would probably take 2-3 minutes max from out of the bag to totally set up.”

Dimensions: 40.5 x 27 x 26 (L x W x H) | Weight: 10.5 Pounds | Wheels: No | Included Extras: ‎Carrying Bag

The Best Pack ‘N Play With Changing Table

Delta Children LX Deluxe Portable Baby Play Yard

The changing table on this pack ‘n play is sturdy, removable, and waterproof — ideal for all those squirmy, messy diaper changes. And with a hanging storage bag, your diapers and wipes will always be handy. Once baby is changed, simply remove the pack n’ play changing table feature and pop baby into either the included bassinet or the main playard. For its under-$100 price tag, this is a real workhorse.

Helpful Review: “Besides the fact that this is super easy to assemble, I have used this EVERY SINGLE DAY since the day my daughter has been born -- that means for 5 months straight I have used this product to change my baby's diapers, to nap her in, you name it. It is a staple staple staple for this mama of 3.”

Dimensions: ‎27.75 x 37.5 x 40.2 (L x W x H) | Weight: 26.2 Pounds | Wheels: Yes | Included Extras: ‎Carrying Bag, Mobile, Hanging Storage Bag

The Easiest To Set Up: A Pack ‘N Play That Pops Open In 1 Second

Bugaboo Stardust Playard

Many of the pack ‘n play’s on this list take only a few minutes to assemble, but this easy-to-fold pack ‘n play by Bugagboo takes the cake. It unfolds in 1 second flat (Yes, dreams do come true!) and folds down — with the mattress still inside — in just 3 seconds, to a slim 5.5 inches. Now that’s what we call easy!

Helpful Review: “We’ve tried a lot of different ones. This playpen is honestly the best. Super easy to open and close and carry. We take it pretty much every where and just makes it so easy to get setup. It would always make me crazy when I had to open the other type of playpens that have to many clicks and unlocks.. this is just one and open.”

Dimensions: 25 x 38.8 x 33.5 (L x W x H) | Weight: 17 Pounds | Wheels: No | Included Extras: ‎Carrying Bag

The Best Pack ‘N Play For Toddlers

Graco Pack 'n Play LiteTraveler LX

This is the ultimate pack ‘n play for toddlers since it sits right on the ground (with a padded surface) and has high, sturdy sides. There’e s a zippered side door for your little one to cruise in and out. It can be used indoors or outdoors, where the UV 50 canopy will provide shade for sleep or play sessions. It folds up compactly for easy storage, too.

Helpful Review: “This playpen is spacious and durable. It is perfect for our little one to play in. The folding system is so easy to use. We love it!”

Dimensions: 50.5 x 50.5 x 27 (L x W x H) | Weight: 16.57 Pounds | Wheels: No | Included Extras: ‎Carrying Bag

Worth Considering: A Canopy Cover To Keep Your LO From Climbing Out At Night

Nahbou Baby Crib Tent Pack ‘n Play

This sheer mesh pack ‘n play tent is a must-have for little escape artists. It allows them all the comfort of a traditional pack ‘n play with the added security of a firmly attached canopy to keep them inside. The canopy pops up for quick use (and has a handy zipper door access) and folds down when not needed.

Helpful Review: “My almost two year has been climbingout of hiscrib despite our efforts. We moved our pack n play into his room, added the tent, and can now have peace of mind knowing he can’t hurt himself climbingout. Genius idea! Definitely designed by a parent! [...]”

Dimensions: 37.5 x 25.5 x 51 (L x W x H) | Weight: N/A | Wheels: Y | Included Extras: N/A

Also Nice: A Pack ‘N Play Mattress Topper

Milliard Pack and Play Mattress Topper

A pack ‘n play mattress topper is a great extra if you’re looking to give your baby added cushion for sleeping and playing. This reversible topper features a solid foam side for babies and a soft memory foam side for toddlers. The cover is soft and washable, too!

Helpful Review: “Started sleep training my 8 month old in good pack and play needed extra cushion for comfortably & this was perfect. He sleeps so comfortably & wakes up a happy rested baby!!! Super soft & fits perfectly easy to clean.”

Dimensions: 26 x 38 x 3 (L x W x H) | Weight: N/A | Wheels: No | Included Extras: N/A

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  • Travel Dome bassinet easily lifts out from playard to be used in any room of the house, keeping baby nearby
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Graco's Pack 'n Play Travel Dome Playard features a lift-out bassinet that can be used in or out of the playard and includes a compact fold, so you can easily keep baby by your side. This playard includes a removable diaper changer with wipe-clean fabrics and an integrated storage area for baby's essentials. As baby grows, the care station transitions to a spacious toddler playard with wheels for easy mobility around the home. Graco's signature push-button fold makes it easy to fold up for storage and travel.

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Graco's Pack 'n Play Travel Dome Playard features a travel bassinet that can be used in or out of the playard so you can keep baby by your side in any room. This playard includes a removable diaper changer with wipe-clean fabrics and an integrated storage area for baby's essentials. The Graco playpen transitions with baby and can convert into a full-size bassinet and a toddler playard with wheels for easy mobility around the home. Graco's signature push-button fold makes it easy to fold up for storage. With Graco's Travel Dome playard, baby can have sweet dreams right by your side.

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Customers like the quality, appearance and value of the playard. For example, they mention it's sturdy, beautifully crafted and well worth the money. That said, opinions are mixed on ease of use and size.

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Customers like the quality of the playard. They say it's sturdy, beautifully crafted, and perfect. Some mention that the changing table is shallow and not level.

"Ordered this for a kids room in our office. Great quality and can adapt for different needs parents of kids with different ages have." Read more

"...Once assembled it’s sturdy and neat. Can’t wait to use it!" Read more

"...Changing table attachment is level, sturdy , and perfect size for young babies. Has the option for standard bassinet top...." Read more

"...The bassinet is perfect for travel, the diaper changing station isn't the sturdiest but not needed anyways with the bed being higher up...." Read more

Customers like the appearance of the playard. They mention that it's cute, nice, and adorable. They also appreciate the dome cover that blocks unwanted light for the baby. Overall, customers are happy with the appearance and functionality of the product.

"...Once assembled it’s sturdy and neat . Can’t wait to use it!" Read more

"Although the pack and play overall is beautiful , was a little challenging to put together, but I love the removable bassinet...." Read more

"It’s a really awesome play pin just not the color it said it was going to be." Read more

"...The dome has a great cover that block unwanted light for the baby...." Read more

Customers appreciate the value of the playard. They say it's well worth the money, sturdy, and useful.

"...This pack n play gives you more options! Love it! And the price was amazing for what it is. Great value." Read more

"...I consider this money well-spent and I don’t have a lot of money...." Read more

"...It is durable. It is sturdy and was well worth the money so many great features." Read more

" Great price but instructions aren’t the most hopeful" Read more

Customers find the playard versatile and useful for their baby. They say it's a great piece of baby gear, sturdy, and handy. Some mention that it can adapt for different needs of parents of kids with different ages.

"...Great quality and can adapt for different needs parents of kids with different ages have." Read more

"...However, once it's together that first go-round, it's a great piece of baby gear ...." Read more

"...It has a full size bassinet, and a changing station with a little caddy for changing necessities ...." Read more

"...Arrived wen & where in perfect timing! Thank U ! Perfect solution to new baby travels !" Read more

Customers like the mobility of the playard. They mention that the dome area is great to move around, the wheels on one side make it easy to move across the room, and the mobile is a nice added touch. They also love the travel dome, which fits perfectly in their couch and is great on the go.

"...Well made. The wheels on one side make it easy to move across the room when lifted up to roll, but stays put otherwise...." Read more

"...with everything, portable larger play, portable bassinet, changing station and mobile ...." Read more

"...The mobile is a nice added touch . I tried to upload a pic but it's didn't work. Her room is a pastel pink, gray and the soft teal of the mobile...." Read more

"...The 'Travel' bassinet is not designed for travel at all ... a more accurate product description might be to say that the bassinet is 'easily portable'..." Read more

Customers are mixed about the ease of use of the playard. Some mention it's easy to assemble, use, and take down, while others say it'll be hard to put together without instructions. Some say it takes a second to deconstruct and re construct.

"This is a standard pack n play. It is exactly what I was expecting. Easy to use . Fold up for storage or travel. Well made...." Read more

"...Love the materials, easy clean up. Difficulty translating instructions and putting it together as it doesn’t tell you which side to put the poles..." Read more

"It is so easy to assemble and to fold back! It's sturdy and has the little bassinet and charging area all in one! PERFECT FOR TRAVELING!!!..." Read more

"...Our box didn't have instructions . Fortunately, my husband and I are handy, so we figured it out with the picture on the box...." Read more

Customers are mixed about the size of the playard. Some mention it comes with everything, portable larger play, portable bassinet, changing, and compact functionality. It is level, sturdy, and perfect size for young babies. However, some say the changing table is very small, the storage attachment is laughably small, and the changing area is very little. The carrying case does not fit well and wipes do not fit into the side pockets.

"...The bassinet is perfect for travel , the diaper changing station isn't the sturdiest but not needed anyways with the bed being higher up...." Read more

"...But it also has a domed removable bassinet. It is a great size, lightweight , and it also folds flat for packing for vacation...." Read more

"The pack and play is sturdy. The changing area is very small . It really is just for newborns...." Read more

"This sucker it perfect for travel and for usage at home comes in handy when you have 3 under 3 at home!" Read more

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