The Graco Pack 'n Play with Automatic Folding Feet (*Est. $70) is affordable, while still offering many of the features parents consider important in a play yard. This playpen features a removable bassinet and a toy bar with soft hanging toys. It's a standard size, yet folds compactly with folding feet and wheels, making it easily portable. The bassinet, which also functions as the floor of the play yard when used in that configuration, also fits in the included carrying bag with the rest of the unit, which many reviewers consider a bonus. Of the few complaints related to this model, some reviewers say the bassinet bows a bit in the middle with the weight of a baby. Also, this model doesn't have a changer, so if you're looking for a secondary changing station, the Chicco Lullaby LX Play Yard (*Est. $165) offers a changing station, storage for diapers and accessories and a toy gym that doubles as a play mat when used on the floor with the mattress.
The best professional recommendation for the Graco Pack 'n Play with Automatic Folding Feet comes from the baby gear book "Baby Bargains," written by consumer advocates Denise and Alan Fields. The authors provide general buying advice and background information on playpens, but also recommend several models based on features and intended use. More than 300 owner-written reviews are available on Amazon.com, Target.com and BabiesRUs.com combined.
1. Baby Bargains
The eighth edition of the popular baby gear book includes a detailed write-up of play yards, including recommendations for several models in various categories. The authors say they like this simple Pack 'n Play offers the features you need at an affordable price.
Review: Baby Bargains, Denise and Alan Fields, Eighth edition, 2009
More than 160 owners weigh in with their opinions of the Graco Pack 'n Play with Bassinet (also known as the Graco Pack 'n Play with Automatic Folding Feet). This play yard has an average rating of 4.5 stars out of five.
Review: Graco Pack 'n Play Playard with Bassinet, Contributors to Amazon.com
Over 60 owners have posted reviews for the Graco Pack 'n Play with Automatic Folding Feet at the time of our visit to Target.com, where it has an average rating of four stars out of five. Owners appreciate the affordable price and the features offered by this play yard, including its easy portability.
Review: Graco Pack 'n Play -- Tango in the Tongo, Contributors to Target.com
4. Babies 'R' Us
The Safari Friends pattern in the Graco Pack 'n Play with Automatic Folding Feet has an average rating of four stars out of five, based on more than 100 owner-written reviews. Parents report using this play yard as a bassinet in their bedroom at night, while moving it into other rooms for daytime naps.
Review: Graco Pack 'n Play -- Safari Friends, Contributors to BabiesRUs.com