8 Best Baby Playpens In 2022

For this post, I have put together a collection of the best baby playpens currently available. For more newborn best buys, see my list of baby essentials.

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How We Selected

In this buyer’s guide i’ll show you some of the best baby playpens which will keep them safe and entertained whilst encouraging some independent play time.

After scouring the internet and reading lots of buyers reviews, I’ve narrowed it down to some of the top playpens, to suit all tastes and budgets.

All of our picks have excellent feedback and 4-5/5 star ratings.

Keep your little one entertained with our top picks of the best baby walkers, activity tables and ball pits.

For some great baby and toddler play ideas, head to the NHS website.

Let’s get going! Here’s some of the Best Baby Playpens.

Hadwin Baby Playpen

  • Made of visual mesh wall and strong all-steel frame.
  • Spacious and ventilated and foldable and portable, so ideal for travel.
  • Large enough to hold 3-4 babies.
  • Suitable for use indoors or outdoors.
  • Pros: Portable and suitable for travel, the weatherproof floor means you can use it outdoors.
  • Cons: No gate, so you will need to lift your baby out.
  • Consumer Score: Good reviews with 69% of buyers giving it 5 stars out of 5.

Surreal Playpen for Baby and Toddlers

  • Made up of 14 plastic panels which include 8 colourful side panels, 4 corner panels a door and interactive play panel.
  • A fun and interactive space for a child to play.
  • Pros: You can buy the panels separately to make playpen as you like, interactive.
  • Cons: Not easy to dismantle and store.
  • Consumer Score: Great reviews with 77% of buyers giving it 5 stars out of 5.

Venture All Stars Joy Baby Playpen

  • This mesh playpen with steel frames sets up and folds down in seconds.
  • Comes with a padded nylon canvas weather resistant floor mat for use indoors and outdoors.
  • Ideal for travel as comes in a handy bag with strap.
  • Pros: Portable design means it is quick to collapse and store, weather resistant, padded for safety.
  • Cons: Expensive.
  • Consumer Score: Very good reviews with 87% of buyers giving it 5 stars out of 5.
  • Retailers: Amazon and eBay.

BabyDan Deluxe PlayPen

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  • Chic looking playpen.
  • The gate section can be placed anywhere within the BabyDen making it more suitable for use as a room divider.
  • Comes complete with machine washable play mat.
  • Pros: Can be used as a room divider as gate is moveable, neutral look.
  • Cons: Pricey.
  • Consumer Score: Good reviews with 75% of buyers giving it 5 stars out of 5.
  • Retailers: Amazon and eBay.

Millhouse Plastic Baby Playpen with Activity Panel & Play Mats Included

  • Plastic panelled playpen with interactive panel and door.
  • Playpen also has interlocking mats which are secured with the gate when formed in the square shape layout
  • Easy to move.
  • Pros: Foldable so perfect for saving space, interlocking mats which can be wiped clean.
  • Cons: Quite large.
  • Consumer Score: Fab reviews with 77% of buyers giving it 5 stars out of 5.

Safetots Play Den Wooden All Sizes

  • Made from premium grade wood designed to compliment all home interiors.
  • Can be made bigger with additional extensions.
  • Pros: Looks stylish, can be extended, gate.
  • Cons: Pricey.
  • Consumer Score: Good reviews with 64% of buyers giving it 5 stars out of 5.
  • Retailers: Amazon and eBay.

Hadwin Baby Playpen

  • Freestanding and portable playpen with a PVC frame and breathable mesh cloth.
  • With an ultra thick waterproof floor mat for use indoors and outdoors which is easy to clean.
  • A zip-opening panel is used for the door.
  • Pros: Waterproof, this one has a gate, affordable.
  • Cons: No storage bag included so not ideal for travel.
  • Consumer Score: Great reviews with 71% of buyers giving it 5 stars out of 5.

iSafe Rest & Play Luxury Travel Cot/Playpen

  • A great dual use playpen and cot which is ideal for travel or at home.
  • Comes with mattress and folds up into a carry bag for portability.
  • Pros: Can double up as a cot or playpen, ideal for travel, mattress included.
  • Cons: No gate so you will need to pick child up.
  • Consumer Score: Fantastic reviews with 90% of buyers giving it 5 stars out of 5.

What To Consider When Buying 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.

FAQ’s 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 @ £30 – £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.

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Final Thoughts

My top pick is the Venture All Stays Joy Baby Playpen because it’s an exceptional all rounder.

It’s really easy to put up and fold down in seconds, portable (comes with handy bag/strap), it’s sturdy and a very good size.

Parents love it! 87% of parents give it 5 stars.

I hope this list of baby playpens was helpful.

If you think I have missed any out or have any suggestions please comment below.

Thanks,

Nicola

Last Updated: March 2022

  • Added ‘How We Selected.’
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  • Added link to NHS website.
  • Added internal links.
  • Added Pros/Cons on all products.
  • Added Consumer Scores.
  • Added ‘Things To Consider’.
  • Tweaked FAQ’s.
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Summer Infant Pop ‘N Play Playpen (currently unavailable)

  • Great playpen for outdoor use.
  • With mesh sides for easy visibility and weather resistant canvas floor for use indoors and outdoors
  • Comes in compact fold and travel bag with strap for easy portability.

BabyDan Medium Wooden Playpen, White (currently unavailable)

  • This playpen has 3 adjustable base positions.
  • It can be used from birth to approximately 2 years of age.
  • Unlike standard playpens it has 4 wheels enabling you to move your baby with you around the house with 2 lockable wheels to keep it safely in position.

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