When I was registering for my baby shower, I was overwhelmed at all the products to choose from. I had such a hard time picking out the Pack-N-Play. I figured one was as good as the next - at least until I saw all the options. I finally sat down and figured out everything I wanted in a Pack-N-Play. I then went back to look and the Pack-N-Play (PNP) that had everything I wanted was the Graco brand.
This PNP has so many great features. It has a removeable full size bassinet; quilted mattres; electronic sight and sound unit that plays music or nature sounds, provides a check light and a night light; a mobile, and a folding changing table.
We planned on using the PNP in our downstairs family room as a changing table and napping area since I didn't want to be running up and down the stairs 1000 times a day. This worked well for us.
The folding changing table is one of the best features on this PNP. It has a parent orgainzer which holds diapers, wipes, and ointment tubes. The changing table is recommended for infants and toddlers weighing less than 25 lbs. In fact, we are still using the changing table and my son is 2 1/2. It is just so much easier to change him there than on the floor. I should mention that my son is past the recommend weight of 25 lbs for the changing table and we have had absolutely no issues. He weighs about 30 lbs and the changing table holds him perfectly.
Another great feature is the bassinet. It has a great lights and sound unit. This unit has 5 classical songs and 5 natures sounds. This unit also has a vibrating feature which lulls the baby to sleep. The bassinet is recommend for infants up to 15 lbs who are not able to sit or pull themselves up. Once my son outgrew the bassinet, we just left it up and started using it as a catch all. We keep spare outfits, diapers, shoes, etc., in there now.
I unfortunately cannot comment about the ease of actually using this unit as a portable crib as we have always left it set up in our family room. The PNP was very easy to set up though and we've never had any problems. It does come with a travel bag, but again, we've never used it.