The pens are safe for your baby to play and take a nap. He can move and you do not have to worry about anything when you leave him alone. Here are tips for the best pack and play.

Tips for buying

If possible, buy a new playpen. If you have to buy a used or is using one in a daycare, make sure that was manufactured in 2000 or later. Look for the manufacturing date on the bottom of the pack and play or on a label.

Look for a sticker from JPMA. The decal indicates whether the pack and plays meet at least the voluntary safety standards.

Make sure the cover padded bed has a thickness of not more than an inch. This should be firm and fit snugly. Do not use a padded bed cover that was designed for a different pen.

Make sure the holes in the sides of the mesh are less than ¼ inch. Your baby’s fingers can get caught in larger holes.

Security advice

Follow the instructions to build the pack and play. Verify that all latches and hinges are tight. Listen to the noise by closing the pins to know that they are in place. Apply downward pressure to make sure they are really tight. Do not throw instructions. It is possible that a nanny or grandparents not know how to open the corral; you want them to do it correctly.

Always keep uploaded sides when your baby is in the pen.

Always keep your baby on sight when on the run. Never leave it alone.

Place the pen away the blinds, curtain or extension cords.

Once your baby can stand up, pull toys that could be used to jump on them and get away.

More safety tips

Do not put blankets, soft bedding, pillows or extra mattresses. If it’s cold, dress your baby more warm clothes.
Do not place the pen anywhere where your baby could be exposed to heat or wind, such as near a stove, fireplace, fireplace or a window or door near an air stream.
Do not put babies in a pack and play that is designed for one baby only.
Do not use a pack and play that has broken pins or hinges; bars or protruding rivets, or holes in the mesh. Do not attempt to repair the breaks.

If you use an accessory to change diapers

  • Always use safety belts.
  • Keep one hand to hold your baby at all times.
  • Remove the accessory to change diapers when your baby is in the corral.

If you use the bassinet

  • Put your baby back to sleep.
  • Stop using the bassinet when your baby is 3 months old, weighs 15 pounds, can roll or can stand alone.

What should I buy for the baby pack and play mattress?

Your child will sleep in his pack and play for 3-4 years, so you have to choose carefully the mattress on which will rest. It must be neither too hard, uncomfortable and prevent you from sleep, not too soft, favoring an incorrect position of your back. Follow these guidelines and you will succeed

When you go to buy the home of your child, keep in mind that, usually in the price of this one is not included neither mattress nor the garments, ie sheets, protective or pillow and bedspread.

According to experts in child safety, the baby does not need a pillow of any kind, up to two years, nor the Nordic duvets called because they generate too much heat around the child that could become dangerous. Your child needs a proper mattress, the bottom sheet and sack pajamas (adapted to the characteristics of summer and winter) that allow him to move freely around the pack and play without risk of cooling or suffocation.

No objection to the pack and play views as you wish or textiles you to coordinate with the decor of your room, but remove them carefully when the child is sleeping. The same is true with teddies and toys. From 8-9 months you can leave one to keep you company, but you must ensure that it is small and hairless.

As for the mattress, you can buy it on-site childcare where you buy the crib or inspires more confidence in specialty stores in these products (Mattresses).

When choosing, keep in mind that not all have the same size pack and play . Although the internal dimensions of a cradle may be more generally, usually 120 x 60 cm, 125 x 62 cm, 70 cm and 140 x 150 x 79 cm.