When I found out we were expecting baby #3 I thought about getting a co-sleeper. Some of my friends had them and I loved the idea of having baby right next to me but not quite in bed with me. In the end though, I decided that, although a co-sleeper would be so convenient for the first several months while baby is in our room, I really like the versatility and longevity of a pack and play.
We’ve had and used several pack and plays (or play yards) over the years, but out most recently acquired play yard outshines them all.
The new Ingenuity Washable Playard With Dream Centre is WONDERFUL! Outfitted with a Dream Centre for newborns, a changing table, a storage station for diapers and wipes, and a bassinet, this play yard will grow with your child from newborn to toddler.
The InGenuity Washable Playard Deluxe with Dream Centre goes where no playard has gone before: the washing machine! This innovative playard is made of fabrics that can be completely removed for machine washing. Now you can know that baby’s playard is free from dirt, germs, allergens, food spills, and diaper mishaps. Playard fabric zips off and on in just a few minutes. You’ll also fall in love with the InGenuity Dream Centre, the perfect little place for your newborn to rest. All this combined with the sophisticated fashion styling of InGenuity makes this playard a must have!
- Fabrics easily zip off in under a minute for machine washing
- Dream Centre: A comfortable place for your newborn to rest; features soft fabrics and breathable mesh
- One Less Step : Quickly fold & go without removing bassinet
- Just Right Height: Elevated changing table easily pivots out of the way
- Soothing Sounds Station: Five melodies and 3 nature sounds to comfort baby
Set-up was fairly easy and straight forward. I set this up by myself in about 30 minutes. The only reason it took me as long as it did is because some of clamps that attach the accessories to the play yard are so tight I had a heck of a time getting them to snap on. They’ll likely loosen up over time as we take the accessories on and off. The battery compartment of the Soothing Sounds Station was a little annoying to get into. The way the soothing sounds station is designed the only way you can remove the batteries is by pulling up on the little ribbon that lays underneath the batteries. The batteries will be next to impossible to remove if that little ribbon rips out.
Because Baby Brother is just 6 weeks old we’ve only used the Dream Centre, changing table, and storage station portions of the play yard. I love the Dream Centre! It is perfectly small and cozy and the baby sleeps so well in it. The sides of the Dream Centre have little mesh windows for safety; just in case baby’s face presses up against the side during sleep–which Baby Brother’s face sometimes does. The Dream Centre comes with a little head positioning pillow, but oddly it isn’t attached to anything. I felt like this was more a suffocation hazard than anything else so I took it out of the play yard. I like the canopy that attaches to the dream center. It helps baby feel even more secure in his little cocoon. But I do think the hanging animal toys are a little superfluous on a newborn bed.
And, guess what? In the almost 6 years since we had our first child we’ve never had a changing table! It has been so nice to have this changing station on the play yard. It is wonderful not to have to strain my back, hunched over trying to change the baby on a bed or on the floor. I like the fact that the changing table surface is vinyl. It makes the surface a little cold–I just lay a little washable mat down–but it is easy to wipe if baby happens to pee (which happens frequently) or spit up during a change.
The storage on the side is also so nice and convenient. We usually keep it well stocked with cloth diapers (they fit in the center area), wipes, and other changing items.
Did I mention that this whole thing is washable? Yep, the entire play yard–well, all the fabric on the play yard–is washable! They don’t call it the “InGenuity Washable Playard” for nothin. Simply undo some velcro here, unzip a zipper there, toss in the washing machine and voila! Think of all the germs that accumulate in your play yard over the years; all the spit up, wet diapers, dirty hands, snotty noses, and vomit (eww!) that come in contact with the fabrics. I can’t believe that this hasn’t been done before!
It is so nice to know I can just slip off the play yard fabric and toss it in the washing machine whenever I need to. We’ve already had to wash the Dream Center after our little man had a huge spit up. It was very simple to get the cover off and back on again.
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This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Kids II. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.