Portable Playards You’ll Love

These can all be assembled without feeling like you worked out.
ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Updated
Apr 2018
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Baby’s sleep schedule doesn’t usually coincide with your travel schedule. But thanks to these portable sleep solutions, there’s a safe place to snooze (or play!) wherever you go.

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Best Overall Playard: Guava Family Lotus Everywhere Travel Crib

Light and easy to transport (it fits in a backpack) while also sturdy and versatile—those are just some of the reasons we love the Lotus. The bassinet kit (a separate configuration) offers a safe, portable sleep solution for newborns, while the playard’s side acces panel is perfect for soothing, snuggling, and playing with toddlers.

Weight: 13 pounds
Child Size Restrictions: Birth through 35 inches
Buy it: $190, GuavaFamily.com

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Easiest Playard To Set Up: 4Moms Breeze

The 4mom’s Breeze really is a breeze to put together. Just push down at the center of the playard and throw in the mat, and baby has a place to play wherever you go.

Weight: 23 pounds
Child Size Restrictions: Birth through 30 pounds
Buy it: 4moms.com

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Most Versatile Playard: Nuna Sena Aire

The playard is quintessential travel gear—but you don’t have to stray far from home to get plenty of use out of it. The Nuna Sena Aire is compact and stylish enough not to overpower whatever space you find yourself in. The zigzag design allows you to open it in seconds—including when the upper cot for infants is still attached.

Weight: 22 pounds (without bassinet attachement)
Child size restrictions: Birth through age 3
Buy it: $300, Nuna.com

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Most Portable Playard: Phil & Teds Traveller

Sure, by definition, all playards are portable. But weighing in at only 6 pounds, the Traveller is the only one that probably weighs less than your baby. Great for indoor and outdoor use, it features a zipped side for easy parent access during playtime.

Weight: 6 pounds
Child size restrictions: Birth through 35 inches
Buy it: $150, philandteds.com

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Best Budget Playard: Graco Pack 'n Play Reversible Napper & Changer Playard LX

Complete with a secure attachment that doubles as a newborn napper and a diaper changing station, this Graco pack 'n play adapts to all your needs on-the-go. Unlike most playards, it even comes with a toy bar to keep baby entertained.

Weight: 29 lbs.
Child size restrictions: Birth through 35 inches
Buy it: $99, GracoBaby.com

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Best Playard For Multiples: Joovy Room²

Whether you have twins or just two little ones, this iteration of the parent-favorite Joovy Room boasts nearly 10 square feet of soft, safe play space. It’s even equipped with two wheels for easy mobility.

Weight: 29.6 pounds
Child size restrictions: Birth through 30 pounds total (or two 15-pound babies)
Buy it: $150, Joovy.com

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