Parenting, I've decided, is all about containment. Much like a zookeeper, parents need to set limits and boundaries to train their kids before they take over the whole dang house. When you have a toddler AND a baby, thing can get even more tricky because you have to keep their various entertainment and containment apparatuses (apparati?) from enveloping your entire living room. That's why I've deemed our new playard – which works equally well for infants all the way through rambunctious toddlers – the best playard on the block!
The Best Playard: InGenuity
As you can see, we have a lot of stuff. We've also have a lot of playards. I've owned a Graco Pack ‘n Play, a Joovy and even a travel crib (which I still love to pieces). When it comes to the best playard, I always thought it was necessary to have two: one for the infant stage and one for the toddler stage. I loved the Pack ‘n Play for its accessories, dangly little toys, and for the ability to keep an infant easily accessible in the upper hanging basket or changing table. I don't love that it tips over as soon as the baby becomes mobile. I adored the Joovy's sturdy construction, but I never liked having to place my baby on the hard floor of the playard, with no way to configure it for better use during the infant stage.
The InGenuity combines the best of both worlds: all the baby gadgets, plus the sturdiness needed for a growing toddler (at a price that makes this mom downright giddy!). We've been able to minimize the amount of stuff taking over our house by combining the baby and toddler's playard into one dependable, flexible and affordable purchase with InGenuity. This thing has all the bells and whistles of the best playards we've seen to date…and more. It has a changing table (great for parents who are short on space, although we just stick to our full-size changing table in the nursery), a dream center for naptime, hanging bassinet for playtime, storage caddies on the side and an included music box. And Some Boy, despite his best efforts, can't tip it over.
On top of all that, the material zips off for easy machine washing. It doesn't get any better than this.
This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and InGenuity. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.