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The 9 Best Playpens For Babies – Guidebook

Equipped with their favorite toy, the little ones usually feel quite comfortable for a while. If they get tired, they can simply settle down on the comfortable pad. You have the opportunity to do other things around the house during that time with the assurance that your baby is safe in the crib. Without a baby in your arms, household tasks usually work out faster and are much more comfortable. Of course, the playpen is not meant for you to leave the baby there alone. But it serves as a support and relief for you and can accompany you for several years.

Therefore, I have compiled my 9 favorites and explain to you what is important in the playpen.

Have fun reading and shopping!

Baby Playpen Checklist

Warum einen Laufstall kaufen?
  • If you want to leave your young child unattended in the home for short periods of time, you should do so in a protected area so that the child can’t get near stairs, electrical outlets or similar areas of the home. A playpen provides such a safe space where you can place your child while you open the door, do some housework or get ready for work.
  • Some experts believe that playpens can restrict children, and in the past they have been overused. However, the design of your home or your domestic circumstances may mean that you occasionally need a safe place to put your baby for a short period of time. In these situations, a playpen can come in handy.
  • Today’s playpens are more than safe: they look great and are easy to fold and store. Some also serve as travel cots or can be converted into room dividers, stair gates or fire gates.
Ab welchem Alter kann mein Baby einen Laufstall benutzen?
  • It’s true that a playpen doesn’t come in handy until your child starts crawling after six or seven months and can therefore move around independently. However, it’s a good idea to buy a playpen before your baby starts moving around too much so that he or she can get used to it.
  • The selection of playpens is diverse and they come in a wide variety of styles. Therefore, before you look at playpens to buy one, think carefully about how and where you will use it. For example, do you want your baby to take a nap in it? Do you take it away on weekends and holidays? Thinking about how you’ll use your playpen will help you make the right choice when you buy.
Wie halte ich Laufställe sicher und unterhaltsam?
  • When setting up a playpen, think carefully about where you want to keep and place it. Playpens should be kept away from windows, open fires, radiators and heaters.
  • Also, keep a few favorite toys or books in the inside area of the playpen so your child will associate it with some of their favorite things. You can even turn the playpen into a ball pool by placing a layer of large plastic balls over the base.
  • However, make sure you don’t put anything in the inside of the playpen that your baby could use to lever it out. Babies can be amazing escape artists! It’s also best not to dangle toys from the side of the playpen with ribbons. Your baby could get tangled or pull on the dangling toys and tip the playpen over.
  • Remember that playpens should only be used for short periods of time. Always keep as close an eye on your baby as possible, even when he or she is in the playpen.

We have compiled the best and most interesting playpens. You can find the list with our product recommendations.

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The Best Sellers Of Playpens

In a list of best-sellers, we have compiled the most popular playpens.

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1 TODALE Baby Playpen for Toddler, Large Baby Playard, Indoor & Outdoor Kids Activity Center with Anti-Slip Base, Sturdy Safety Play Yard with Soft Breathable Mesh, Playpen for Babies(Gray,50”×50”) TODALE Baby Playpen for Toddler, Large Baby Playard, Indoor & Outdoor Kids Activity Center with...
2 Baby Playpen , Baby Playard, Playpen for Babies with Gate ,LIAMST Indoor & Outdoor Playard for Kids Activity Center,LIAMST Sturdy Safety Play Yard with Soft Breathable Mesh Baby Playpen , Baby Playard, Playpen for Babies with Gate ,LIAMST Indoor & Outdoor Playard for Kids...
3 Joovy Room²-Playard, Portable-Playard, Playpen, Charcoal Joovy Room²-Playard, Portable-Playard, Playpen, Charcoal
4 Yaheetech Foldable Metal Dog Playpen 32 inch Heavy Duty&Safe Homes for Pets Puppy Exercise Pen Barrier Fence Playpen 32 Panel for Outdoor&Indoor Easy Assembly Black Finish Yaheetech Foldable Metal Dog Playpen 32 inch Heavy Duty&Safe Homes for Pets Puppy Exercise Pen...
5 Baby Playpen with Mat, Large Playpen for Babies and Toddlers, 71'L x 59'W x 25.5'D Baby Fence Play Area with Playmat, 360° Visible Playard for Baby, Indoor Extra Large Baby Playpen for Infants Baby Playpen with Mat, Large Playpen for Babies and Toddlers, 71"L x 59"W x 25.5"D Baby Fence Play...
6 Evenflo Versatile Play Space Evenflo Versatile Play Space
7 ZEEBABA Baby Playpen, Playpen for Babies (71x59x27inch), Kids Safe Play Center for Babies and Toddlers, Extra Large Playpen, Baby Playpen Fence Gives Mommy a Break ZEEBABA Baby Playpen, Playpen for Babies (71x59x27inch), Kids Safe Play Center for Babies and...
8 EIH Baby Playpen, Playpen for Babies and Toddlers Indoor & Outdoor Kids Activity Center with 50 Ocean Balls Small Baby Playard Breathable Mesh Kids Safety Play Area, 47in x 47in EIH Baby Playpen, Playpen for Babies and Toddlers Indoor & Outdoor Kids Activity Center with 50...
9 Foldable Baby Playpen, Dripex Upgrade Kids Large Playard with 5 Handlers,Indoor & Outdoor Kids Activity Center,Infant Safety Gates with Breathable Mesh,Sturdy Play Yard for Toddler, Light Gray Foldable Baby Playpen, Dripex Upgrade Kids Large Playard with 5 Handlers,Indoor & Outdoor Kids...
10 LUTIKIANG Playpen with mat, Extra Large Playpen for Babies & Toddlers with Gates, 79 x 71 inches Baby Play Yards, Portable Toddler Playpen, 360°Visible Baby Fence Play Area, Safety Indoor Play Area. LUTIKIANG Playpen with mat, Extra Large Playpen for Babies & Toddlers with Gates, 79 x 71 inches...
11 Regalo My Portable Play Yard Indoor and Outdoor, Bonus Kit, Washable, Aqua, 6-Panel Regalo My Portable Play Yard Indoor and Outdoor, Bonus Kit, Washable, Aqua, 6-Panel
12 Play22 Foldable Baby Playpen 14 Panel - Kids Safety Activity Play Center - Safety Play Yard Play Pens for Babies - Safety Gates for Indoor and Outdoor Play - Adjustable Shape - NO BPA Play22 Foldable Baby Playpen 14 Panel - Kids Safety Activity Play Center - Safety Play Yard Play...
13 Delta Children Play Yard, Safari Fun, 36' x 36' Delta Children Play Yard, Safari Fun, 36" x 36"
14 Foldable Baby Playpen, Yobear Extra Large Playard, Playpen for Babies and Toddlers with Gate, Indoor & Outdoor Portable Kids Safety Travel Play Pen (71'×59') Foldable Baby Playpen, Yobear Extra Large Playard, Playpen for Babies and Toddlers with Gate, Indoor...
15 Baby Playpen, Baby Playard, Playpen for Babies with Gate Indoor & Outdoor Kids Activity Center, Newly upgraded playpen with thickened bottom, Play Yard with Soft Breathable Mesh(50*50*27 inches, Grey) Baby Playpen, Baby Playard, Playpen for Babies with Gate Indoor & Outdoor Kids Activity Center,...
16 Baby Playpen, Dripex Upgrade Foldable Kids Activity Centre Safety Play Yard Home Indoor Outdoor Baby Fence Play Pen NO Gaps with Gate for Baby Boys Girls Toddlers (Grey + White) Baby Playpen, Dripex Upgrade Foldable Kids Activity Centre Safety Play Yard Home Indoor Outdoor Baby...
17 From Playpen to Podium From Playpen to Podium
18 Baby Playpen, playpen for Babies and Toddlers, Portable Extra Large Baby Fence Area with Anti-Slip Base, Safety Play Center Yard Home Indoor & Outdoor with Play Mat (Grey 75”×59”) Baby Playpen, playpen for Babies and Toddlers, Portable Extra Large Baby Fence Area with Anti-Slip...
19 Baby Playpen 51-Inch Large Playyard for Toddler - Reliable Kids Activity Center for Infant, Sturdy Safety Playpen with Thickened Pipes+ Anti-Slip Suckers+Soft Breathable Mesh(Dark Gray, 51-Inch) Baby Playpen 51-Inch Large Playyard for Toddler - Reliable Kids Activity Center for Infant, Sturdy...
20 UANLAUO Playpen with Mat, 59x71inch Baby Playpen for Babies and Toddlers, Extra Large Baby Playpen with Mat,Baby Fence,Play Yard for Baby UANLAUO Playpen with Mat, 59x71inch Baby Playpen for Babies and Toddlers, Extra Large Baby Playpen...

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Current Offers Of Playpens

You can find the best current offers of playpens.

SaleBestseller Nr. 8
Delta Children Play Yard, Safari Fun, 36' x 36'
Delta Children Play Yard, Safari Fun, 36" x 36"
Includes mattress and carrying bag; The item dimensions are 36 x 29 x 36 inches; JPMA certified to meet or exceed all safety standards set by ASTM
$94.99 −16%

FAQ About Playpens

When do babies learn to walk?

Every child develops individually. Therefore, it is not possible to determine an exact point in time when all children start to walk. As a guide, the average age is around 12 months. However, there is no need to worry if it takes longer. Some children walk even earlier, while others need longer to gain confidence in walking.

How big does a baby playpen need to be?

Most playpens are at least 100cm x 100cm in size. Many models are adjustable in size again, so they can be adapted to the size of the child (and the room)

What does a baby playpen look like?

There are many different designs and color combinations for baby playpens. It’s best to choose a playpen that both you and the child like. Some playpens can also be assembled in a circle .

How long to use a playpen?

As a rule, playpens are used until 1.5 or 2 years. The child’s natural urge to move then causes him to break free from the playpen. Then it is time to dismantle the device.

When do you need to lower a playpen?

Some playpens have height-adjustable floors. You should lower these as your child grows, as this will prevent them from hurting themselves. This is because your child will begin to move, for which the side walls of the playpen provide the necessary safety.

You are type A!

You want to use the playpen for a long time and from birth. Now you can decide whether the accessories such as the cuddly insert should already be included or you prefer to choose your own. If you buy a high-quality mattress, you can also use the following playpens as an extra bed.

Babybett Entscheidungsbaum Typ B

My recommendation

The Roba playpen “Cosplay” is available as a 6-cornered frame including a lovingly designed insert. The model is made of beech and offers robust protection for your little one. The 3-way height-adjustable base gives you the opportunity to adjust the playpen to the age and size of your child.
The Schardt Basic playpen is a classic playpen model. The white lacquered beechwood with the soft padded insert is 2-fold height adjustable and usable from birth. Optionally, 4 brake rollers can be mounted.
The Pinolino playpen “Levin” is very space-saving. Especially for small apartments, this model is suitable, because you can fold it uncomplicated. Since no insert is included here, it is advisable to buy a high-quality baby mattress in addition. Thus, the playpen can also be used as an extra bed.

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Not height adjustable, yet flexible

You are type B!

If you need the playpen only rarely or only as a boundary for the play garden, height adjustability, and wooden materials are not necessary. There are inexpensive alternatives to this. Ask yourself if you want to use the playpen in another way, e.g. as a travel bed, or if you only need it as a boundary.

Babybett Entscheidungsbaum Typ B

My Recommendation

If you want to use the playpen flexibly and variably, I recommend Babycab Laura. You can also use the model as a travel cot with a suitable mattress! The playpen is perfect for storage or transport. It can be easily pushed together. Due to the breathable mesh fabric.

If you want to use the playpen as a barrier.

Playpen Info

How to find your perfect playpen

What do I need a playpen for?

Babies start crawling between 6 and 9 months of age. Sooner or later, curiosity and the urge to move set in with our little ones. As much as we love our charges, it is often not possible to keep an eye on them all the time in everyday life. Even if it’s only for a 2-minute visit to the toilet, we always want to know that our baby is safe.
So a playpen (also playpen) can become a great relief in everyday life.

From when can I use a playpen?

A playpen can be used from birth. Models that have a height-adjustable system.

Until when can I use a playpen?

When your baby gradually gets older, the playpen becomes a small play garden. On the lower level, the little ones can sit and play without crawling away unnoticed. Because even in the most childproof apartment, you don’t want to leave the adventurers alone in the room. Later, they can pull themselves up on the bars to learn to stand or walk. Only when your baby manages to pull itself over the walls should the playpen be removed. This usually happens at about 18 months.

How can I still use the playpen?

Some models can also be used as a flexible safety gate in the house. For example, you can fence off stairs or possible dangers.

Charlotte is passionate about writing for the Elternkompass. In her free time, her son Emil likes to keep her on her toes and together they spend a lot of time outdoors, walking around their home city of Leipzig. In her product recommendations, Charlotte shares her experiences with you.