If you have a baby, you have a Pack-N-Play. If not, how do you get by? I know that sounds funny as when most of us were born portable playpens weren't that portable if they existed at all. Of course, car seats weren't around for many of us either.
There are a handful of brands and styles of play pens. I have found both of the Graco models we've owned very good and they have improved significantly over the past ten years.
- Portable: collapses and folds allowing you to load it and take it to GrandMa's house
- Storable: Place in a closet until needed. Maybe you have family with children coming??
- Convertible: Many models convert to bassinet by placing an insert. If you are not sleeping at night, it is nice not to have to lean all of the way over to extract the child.
Whether you need a play pen (your baby can plan in a safe space and maybe give you a moment to get something done) or a temporary crib (a place to sleep when you cannot use the permanent crib), the Graco Pack-N-Play is a must buy.
I recommended this model as is it has the best balance of looks, options, and price. Sure you can get a lot more accessories and options, but those things add weight to this portable unit and cost twice as much.