Chicco Lullaby LX Play Yard
Chicco Lullaby LX Play Yard

Best full-featured play yard

Thickly padded for added comfort, the Chicco Lullaby LX Play Yard earns points from reviewers for its versatility. The toy gym entertains a baby lying in the bassinet attachment, but it can also be removed with the mattress for use as a play mat. This play yard also features a convenient changing station that folds down when not in use. A remote control allows parents to program music, vibrations and a nightlight. Available in 12 patterns, the Chicco Lullaby LX folds using a push-button mechanism and includes a carrying bag for easy storage and travel. The play yard can be used with children up to 30 pounds, the bassinet with babies up to 15 pounds, and the changing station with babies up to 25 pounds.
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Graco Travel Lite Crib
Graco Travel Lite Crib

Best portable play yard

Twenty percent smaller than a standard play yard, the Graco Travel Lite Crib is convenient for traveling and for small homes where a regular size playpen would take up too much space. Despite its diminutive size, the Graco Travel Lite Crib offers a removable bassinet with quilted bumpers and a canopy with soft hanging toys for a baby's entertainment. Wheels on one end make the Travel Lite easy to move from room to room, as many reviewers report doing with ease. Weighing 19.7 pounds, this lightweight playpen is easily transported in the included carrying bag.
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Graco Pack 'n Play TotBloc Playard in Bugs Quilt
Graco Pack 'n Play TotBloc Playard in Bugs Quilt

Large budget play yard

A basic play yard with a floor and four mesh walls, the Graco Pack 'n Play TotBloc Playard in Bugs Quilt boasts a 10-square-foot play area that is larger than most. Each side features a toy that crinkles, squeaks or rattles. If the idea of toys attached to the sides doesn't appeal to you, two other versions of the TotBloc are available that don't include this feature. One caveat: The large play area means this unit will take up more space in your home, but reviewers say it's easy to set up and tear down, so it can be put away when not in use. We also found good reviews for other versions of the Graco Pack 'n Play. This particular model does not include a bassinet, but other versions, including the Graco Pack 'n Play Playard with Automatic Folding Feet, do.
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Graco Pack 'n Play Playard with Automatic Folding Feet
Graco Pack 'n Play Playard with Automatic Folding Feet

Basic play yard with bassinet

The most affordable standard play yard recommended in reviews, the Graco Pack 'n Play Playard with Automatic Folding Feet comes in seven patterns. Weighing just 21.1 pounds with wheels and feet that collapse, this playpen folds more compactly and is light enough for easy travel. The included carrying bag improves portability. A removable bassinet and toy bar with soft hanging toys make this affordable play yard comparable to some more expensive models. The bassinet may be used with babies up to 15 pounds, and the play yard is approved for use with children less than 35 inches tall who are unable to climb out on their own.
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North States Industries Super Yard XT
North States Industries Super Yard XT

Large, all-weather play yard

The North States Industries Super Yard XT consists of six plastic walls that can be configured in multiple ways to create an 18.5-square-feet enclosed play area, suitable for use both indoors and out. There's no floor, no included toys and no accessories, but its simple design allows it to double as a baby safety gate, blocking off certain dangerous areas of a room, such as a fireplace or Christmas tree. With the purchase of an extension kit (*Est. $35) this play yard can be expanded to create 34.5 square feet of enclosed space.
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