For this post, I have put together a collection of the best baby playpens currently available. For more top picks and buying guides, see my list of baby essentials.
Are you looking for a playpen to keep your baby safely in one place?
In this comprehensive buyer’s guide I’ll show you 10 of the best baby playpens which will keep them safe and entertained whilst encouraging some independent play time.
Let’s get going!
10 of the Best Baby Playpens
What is a baby playpen?
A playpen is an enclosed play area that gives your baby or small child a safe place to play. You can put some of their favourite toys in there so you create a small play space for them.
A playpen is usually made from wood, plastic or metal. Most playpens are lightweight so they can be moved around easily from room to room.
It is a safe place where your child can play whilst you have a break or get on with things you need to do (whilst still keeping an eye on the child of course!)
Do you really need a baby playpen?
A playpen will make your life easier if you have a child who is sitting up or on-the-go and it will also give your baby some independence so they learn to play on their own.
How much does a baby playpen cost?
Anywhere from @ £20 – £100. There’s a wide range of playpens on the market, depending on your own style and budget.
How long can I use a baby playpen for?
You can start using a playpen from when your baby is four months old and you may find it useful until your child is about two years of age.
What to look for in a baby playpen
You will need to think about how much floorspace you have and get one of a suitable size for your room. There are many different styles and shapes so you will find one suited to you.
You can opt for a wooden framed playpen which can be spacious and match with room decor. Then there are the plastic playpens which are usually bright and colourful and lastly metal and fabric options which are durable and can sometimes double up as a travel cot.