The Graco Pack 'n Play TotBloc is a basic playpen with four mesh sides and a bottom. This particular style of the TotBloc, which comes in three different patterns, offers one added bonus: a toy on each side that rattles, crinkles or squeaks. While most reviewers love the bright colors and toys offered with the Bugs Quilt version, a few say their child was afraid of the toys at first, and some say it can be a distraction for naptime. One parent mentions that the toys obstruct her child's view of the room. Two other styles are available: punch red (a solid, bright red) and sorbet (a multi-colored pastel). These styles don't have toys on the sides, so if you don't want the added distraction, choose a style other than Bugs Quilt. The Graco TotBloc has 10 square feet of play space, but also takes up a lot of room in the home. Reviewers do say that it's easy to set up and take down, so it's not a huge burden to put it away when not in use. If you're looking for a more complete play yard that offers a changing station and bassinet, the Chicco Lullaby LX Play Yard (*Est. $165) includes all those features in addition to music, vibration, a nightlight and a toy gym that doubles as a play mat.
Choice magazine includes the Graco Pack 'n Play TotBloc in its latest roundup of play yards, although eight of the 10 models tested are not available in the United States. Hundreds of owner-written reviews are available on Walmart.com and Amazon.com, where parents provide candid feedback on the practicality and usefulness of this playpen. A recommendation for this model is also found in a buyer's guide on TheCradle.com, although no specifics are offered regarding the recommended play yards.
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More than 380 owners have posted reviews of the Graco TotBloc in Bugs Quilt, giving it a perfect five-star average rating. Owners praise this play yard for offering 10 square feet of play area, but note that it takes up a lot of space in the home. On the other hand, they say it's quite easy to set up and take down.
Review: Graco Pack 'n Play Playard in Bugs Quilt, Contributors to Amazon.com
The Graco TotBlock has a perfect five-star average rating on Walmart.com, based on 380 owner-written reviews, at the time of our visit. Most reviewers love the bright colors and entertaining toys on the sides, but a few say their children were frightened by the toys at first.
Review: Graco TotBlock Pack 'n Play, Contributors to Walmart.com
3. Choice magazine
Ten different play yards are rated by this Australian consumer magazine, including the Graco TotBloc Pack 'n Play. Play yards are rated according to features, how easy it is to access a child inside the playpen and ease of use.
Review: Playpens Review and Compare, Editors of Choice magazine, Updated July 28, 2008
This buyer's guide to playpens offers valuable buying advice and safety information, and recommends seven different play yards. No details are provided about their picks, however.
Review: Baby Play Yards: Product Guide and Review of Styles, Features and Safety, Editors of TheCradle.com