One baby item I can truly say our family uses a lot is our Graco Pack ‘N Play Playard. We registered for the Pack ‘N Play with our first child, and now our third baby is using it. It definitely has stood the test of time.
The most convenient part of a Pack ‘N Play is that you can use it anywhere. The playard easily folds down so you can store it in an easy-to-use carrier. It is amazing that all the parts fold as compactly as they do. Once you fold the Pack ‘N Play up, it really does not take up that much room. It is smaller than most strollers are, so it easily fits in the back of most cars and SUVs. You can then take it with you on vacation, or just on a quick overnight stay to grandma’s house.
Another great thing about our Graco Pack ‘N Play is that is it sturdy. Once you lock all four sides into place, there is no chance of the playard collapsing. You can hear the parts click, so you know they are secure.
The Graco Pack ‘N Play really does grow with your baby. When your child is small, you can use the mattress floor up high so that you do not have to bend over very far to get your baby out. This is also great if you have the playard in your room when the baby is little. All you need to do is quickly glance over to see your baby is safe and secure. Once your baby is a little older, though, you will want to move the mattress down to the lowest level so your baby cannot pull up and fall out.
We never used the changing table function of our playard because we had a separate changing table. The same goes for the bassinet function. They are good features to have, though, for some parents.
As for safety, the mesh sides mean you do not have to worry about your baby accidentally pressing up against the sides. An infant can still easily breathe, even if he or she rolls into the side during naptime.
Overall, at about $100, I think that the Graco Pack ‘N Play is a great deal. Ours has lasted through three children now, and still looks just like it did the day we got it. The fabric and workmanship is really quite nice. I would definitely recommend this to any parent.