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5 Best Travel Pack n Play in 2020 – A Helpful Buyers Guide

Best 

Overall

Joovy New Room2
  • The largest in its category
  • Has two wheels for easy navigation
  • Versatile

Premium 

Choice

4moms breeze plus portable playard 1
  • Easy to assemble and fold down
  • Bassinet and changing station
  • Premium Quality

Best 

Value

Portable Playard by UniPlay
  • Indoors or outdoor use
  • Adjustable feet for the most stability
  • Holds up to 50 lbs

Playtime is every child's favorite time. But, what happens if you are always on the go? Will your child get a chance and space to play and rest?

Luckily, because of the many choices of travel pack n plays, traveling with young kids is now much easier. Your child now has a safe place to relax and play and parents don’t have to worry about their safety. And, when they fall asleep, you'll have a cozy splace to place them in.

There are many options for travel play-yards available in the market today, maybe too many. This makes the process of selecting the perfect one for your family a little bit tricky.

The good news is that we have tackled the hard bit for you.

We have reviewed more than 20 travel pack n plays and narrowed down to the list of top 5 pack n play play-yards. Whether you are looking for a pack n play bassinet or are searching for a premium lightweight version, this article is for you.

Playtime is every child's favorite time. But, what happens if you are always on the go? Will your child get a chance and space to play and rest?

Luckily, because of the many choices of travel pack n plays, traveling with young kids is now much easier. Your child now has a safe place to relax and play and parents don’t have to worry about their safety. And, when they fall asleep, you'll have a cozy splace to place them in.

There are many options for travel play-yards available in the market today, maybe too many. This makes the process of selecting the perfect one for your family a little bit tricky.

The good news is that we have tackled the hard bit for you.

We have reviewed more than 20 travel pack n plays and narrowed down to the list of top 5 pack n play play-yards. Whether you are looking for a pack n play bassinet or are searching for a premium lightweight version, this article is for you.

A Review Of The 5 Best Travel Pack n Play Playards (plus a bonus choice)

Joovy New Room2

With a newborn, the size of the pack n play doesn't really matter. But as they grow, they'll need a safe space to nap and play without feeling as if they are in a trap.

Luckily, the Joovy New Room2 Portable Playard offers this and much more. Measuring close to 10 square feet, this playpen is large enough for twins to play in comfortably. It is also sturdy, stable and well made to withstand roughness by toddlers jumping and tossing in it.

This pack n play is a perfect pick for parents of toddlers or pre-toddlers. The mesh sides allow you to easily supervise your baby from a distance. Plus, it has two wheels for easy movement from one room to another. Just lift up one side and roll it over.

What's more, the Room2 can be used as a travel crib for your naps on the road. It is so easy to set up, just lock the sides, push down in the middle and voila! On top of that, it comes with a comfy mattress and a fitted sheet making it a perfect place for your baby to nap during your vacations.

The design of this playpen is similar to that of a conventional pack n plays: simple yet classy. However, it is slightly heavier than most standard pack n plays due to its much larger size.

The good news is that it packs down to a relatively compact size that can fit well in the trunk of any car. It also comes witha carry case for easy storage and portability.

Why we like it

  • Spacious
  • Durable
  • Carrying bag included
  • Doubles up as a travel crib
  • Comes with soft cotton fitted sheet

Dimensions (Set up)

39.75 x 39.75 x 31 inches

Dimensions (Folded-for travel)

9.5 x 10 x 37 inches

Weight

29.6 lbs

Carry case

Yes

Our Verdict

This pack n play provides the most space allowing for 1 or 2 children to play in. It is also safe for newborns, infants, or toddlers to rest, nap or play both at home or on the go.

4moms breeze plus portable playard 1

The 4moms Breeze Plus Portable Playard remains unmatched in its durability. All its parts are from premium baby safe materials and it is ideal for use by babies from birth until they are toddlers.

The most outstanding feature of this play-yard is its easy open and close mechanism. This makes it a preferred choice among dads (and moms) searching for the convenience of a quick to use play-yard. It also has automatic latches that make its set up a breeze. You'll only need to push the center down to open your play-yard. Pull the center hub up to close the play-yard.

The pack n play also comes with a removable bassinet and changing pad which is ideal for infants below 18 lbs. This also makes it a go-to solution for any parent traveling with an infant looking for a safe and easy place to do diaper changes instead of the bed or floor.

 Once your baby outgrows the bassinet, remove it and continue using the pack n play until he is 30 lbs. To clean the bassinet, mattress, and changer, you'll only need to use a wet cloth to wipe it clean.

Why we like it

  • A one-step open and close mechanism
  • Includes a travel bag
  • Quick to set up
  • Easy to clean
  • All-inclusive traveling companion

Dimensions (Set up)

43 x 30 x 29 inches

Dimensions (Folded-for travel)

12 x 12 x 30 inches

Weight

23 lbs

Carry case

Yes

Our Verdict

The inclusion of an easy one-step open and close mechanism makes this pack n play a top choice. It also has a bassinet and changer perfect for traveling with an infant and avoiding awkward diaper changes.

Portable Playard by UniPlay

Are you searching for a pack n play that can double up as a portable crib for your little one? This Portable Play-yard by UniPLAY is a great choice worth considering.

It is baby-safe and made from durable materials. What's more, you can use it both indoors and outdoors.

And that's not all. This pack n play is one of the lightest you'll come across, and the lightest option on this list. It weighs approximately 8 lbs when folded making it a great choice of a travel play yard.

Its frame can resist deformation by a weight of up to 120 lbs. It also has adjustable feet for a stable play-yard even on rough and uneven outdoor terrains.

 Worried that your play-yard might get too dirty when used outdoors? This crib has waterproof materials that are easy to clean. Whether you are searching for a playpen for your beach trip or a play yard for your child to nap in anywhere, this is a perfect choice.

Why we like it

  • Ultralight
  • Waterproof
  • Made from baby-safe materials
  • Durable
  • Can use as a play yard as well as a travel crib

Dimensions (Set up)

23.6 x 45.3 x 31.5 inches

Dimensions (Folded-for travel)

24.02 x 6.5 x 17.32 inches

Weight

8.8 lbs

Carry case

Yes

Our Verdict

The Portable Playard by UniPLAY is the most versatile and the most affordable pack n play in this list. You can safely use it both indoors and outdoors while easily keeping it clean with simple wet cloth. You'll get all the premium features and the best value for your money.

4.

Lotus Playard and Travel Crib                 

Lotus playard and Travel crib

This is a top-quality playard by the Guava Family that can also double up as a playpen. It is ultra-light and weighs only 13lbs. It's set it up is also easy. Because of its compact size when folded, this crib is perfect for use when taking flights.

This pack n play also has a side door with a quiet zipper for easy access to and from the crib. It is also made from baby safe materials with no lead, PVC, and other harmful metals. It is the only travel pack n play that has the GreenGuard Gold non-toxic certification.

Its sides are from breathable mesh for proper ventilation. And the crib folds down to fit in a compact and stylish carrying case.

Why we like it

  • Quiet side zipper door
  • Comfy mattress
  • Can use as a portable crib or pack n play
  • Compact
  • Quick and easy to set up

Dimensions (Set up)

42 x 32 x 25 inches

Dimensions (Folded-for travel)

24 x 7 x 11 inches

Weight

13 lbs

Carry case

Yes

Our Verdict

The Lotus play-yard is light and easy to carry and it offers easy access to your baby from the zipper side door. It is also easy to set up making it a great choice for any travelling family.

Regalo My Play portable playard

To wrap up this list of the top 5 pack n plays we have another great play yard by Regalo. Its clever design has the needs of your family in mind. The base of this pack n play is nylon. Using nylon protects your child from the cold and rough surfaces. On top of that, nylon is easy to clean.

This play yard weighs a mere 12.75lbs making it easy to carry around. The setup and fold down process is also simple. You can set it up with a single motion. This travel play yard packs down into a small convenient size perfect for all family travels.

To top it all, you can use this pack and play both indoors and outdoors. And, the mesh sides allow you to watch your children as they play. This play yard is ideal for children aged 6 to 24 months.

Why we like it

  • Easy to set up and fold down
  • Ideal for indoor and outdoor use
  • Easy to clean
  • Safety lock feature for ultimate safety
  • Durable and well-made

Dimensions (Set up)

48(w) x 26(h) inches

Dimensions (Folded-for travel)

24 x 7 x 11 inches

Weight

12.75 lbs

Carry case

Yes

Our Verdict

If you are searching for a spacious play yard to use indoors as well as outdoors, the Regalo is a perfect pick. It is waterproof and has foot locks to secure it anywhere.

Chicco Lullaby Baby playard

To make your search for the best play-yard even easier, we have added a bonus pack n play option, the Chicco Lullaby Baby Playard. This Play-yard is an all-inclusive nursery equipped with everything you need when traveling with a newborn, infant, or toddler.

To begin with, it comes with an easily removable bassinet. The bassinet is fitted with a plush quilted mattress to provide your newborn or infant with a safe and comfy space to nap or relax in. And once your baby outgrows the bassinet, the playpen has enough room for them to nap or play in.

That's not all. The Chicco Lullaby Baby Playard has detachable changers that you can use to clean your baby or change their diapers on the go. The playpen is also easy to clean. And in case of the inevitable spit-ups and blowouts, you'll only need to toss the mattress pad into the washing machine.

 Another reason why this pack n play play-yard is worth considering is the convenience it offers. It has side organizers where you can put your wipes, diapers, and other baby items. On top of that, the easy-push-button fold down mechanism makes it perfect for use on the go.

Why we like it

  • Side organizers included
  • Comes with detachable changers
  • Sturdy
  • Easy to assemble and disassemble
  • Infant bassinet and newborn napper included

Dimensions (Set up)

31 x 45 x 46 inches

Dimensions (Folded-for travel)

11.5 x 30 x 18 inches

Weight

41 lbs

Carry case

Yes

Our Verdict

The ChiccoLullaby Baby play-yard is designed to offer all the convenience you may need when traveling with your baby. Whether you are traveling with a newborn, infant, or toddler, this playpen will come in handy.

Buyer's Guide - Best Travel Pack n Play Playards

When searching for the best pack n play play-yard, just like with all other baby gear, safety should be your number one priority. Design, stability, and ventilation should always be considered and you can bet each other options above are as safe as they come.

Choose the ones that are made from premium materials to ensure that it will not break, wear out too quickly, or put your baby in any type of danger. One example is the mesh side walls. Cheaper pack and plays use a very harsh plastic mesh that can cause skin irritation or even a light burn if your baby ends up rubbing on it.

Every option in our list was chosen for safety and the highest material quality.

Another important feature to consider in a travel pack n play is portability. Remember that you are going to carry your baby's play yard every time you go out. That's why you'll need one that is easy to carry.

The number one aspect that parents look for in this type of gear is piece of mind. We want to know that when our child is playing in their play-yard on the other side of the room that they are safe and we can look away for a second without worrying.

Whether you are searching for the best pack n play for your child to nap in when traveling, to use when playing outside, or to play on the go, this guide is for you. Check out our comprehensive guide on all the features you need to consider when looking for the best travel pack and play.

Everyday Use

When searching for the best play-yard, go for a highly portable option. It should be lightweight and easy to carry around.

Some of the best options (such as those options that we have reviewed above) include carrying cases for enhanced portability. The carrying cases can either be backpack type or a suitcase with wheels.

Most of these pack n play also packs down to a small and compact size which makes them extremely easy to carry around or store away when not in use. As a general rule of thumb, the best choice of travel pack n play should be as light as possible.

However, if you want a play yard that has add-ons such as an elevated mattress, a bassinet, a changing pad, etc, then be ready to compromise on the weight. A travel play-yard that has these extra features is heavier than other standard options.

Additionally, the weight of the play-yard will depend on the age and weight of the child. A playpen designed for infants will be lighter one that is designed for an infant to grow in to.

Safety

You and I both agree that safety is top on the list of the factors to consider when looking for the best play yard. You want a play yard that allows you to stay calm knowing that your baby is safe while in it.

When a child is learning to crawl and walk, they are likely to fall from time to time. This is also likely to happen when they are jumping around or playing in their pack n play. Thus, the need for a travel pack n play that has a protective matters and breathable mesh sides is hard to argue.

The mesh material on the sides allows your child to breathe well even when they fall on the sides of the play yard.

Another feature you should look at is the stability of the play-yard. The most ideal option should have a design that offers adjustable feet for optimum stability . It should have a wide base and it should not be wobbly, no matter the terrain. Most indoor/outdoor models offer height adjustable feet so your pack and play can be places in any terrain.

The interlock system of its side panes should be strong and tight. This ensures the pack n play is safe and stable for your child to jump and play in. Pack n plays that have a poor latch system pose the risk of folding on a child when they are playing in it.

Look at the height of the play yard. How high is it? Choose a play-yard whose height allows your child to stand and watch around. But, it should be high enough to discourage them from climbing out of the yard on their own.

Always double check your play yard for safety standards. Ensure it meets the Consumer Product Safety Commission requirements.

Set Up And Assembly

Traveling with children can be a little tricky. Kids can throw tantrums over anything at the oddest of times. What happens if your child wants to play when traveling? A pack n play that needs a lot of time to assemble only adds salt to the wound.

So, go for a travel pack and play that can be set up with ease. You should be able to unpack it, assemble, and set up in a few seconds. Heck, some of them are as simple as one motion; push down on the center and that’s it!

Also, choose a pack and play that you can disassemble quickly. Options with fewer parts are often easier to set up and fold down. And make sure no tools are required for assembly!

Dad Tip


If you plan on using your pack and play as a travel crib for overnight sleep, make sure to do one (or more) trial sleeps in the playard at home first. Your baby may or may not take well to the new bed so you may want to find that out at home before leaving on vacation.

Overall Build And Quality

We often tend to overlook the quality of our baby gear. Our excuse is that the baby is bound to outgrow them in one or two years. But, what we fail to understand is that cheap is often expensive.

A pack n play made with cheap materials is likely to break down after a few uses. Worse, it can deform and cause your child to fall off from their pack n play bassinet.

Thus, it is hard to argue why you should always choose quality when it comes to baby gear. Ensure the top rails are strong enough to prevent them from breaking or detaching from the frame.

Look at the strength of the floor of the pack n play. Ensure it is well made and cannot break or deform.

Finally, your ideal choice of pack n play should include a firm and well-fitting foam mattress. Fluffy and soft mattresses can lead to risk of suffocation.

Ensure the mattress or play-yard pad fits well. If they are loose, your child is likely to slip and fall on the uncovered hard floor.

Cleaning

The best choice of pack n play should be easy to clean. A good idea is to choose an option that you can wipe clean using a damp cloth.

Extra Features

Here are a few extra features to look out for when searching for your next pack n play:

Changing table

Some of the top options of pack n play come with a changing station. Other options have a waterproof changing pad. This allows convenient and easy diaper changing on the go.

Bassinet

If you are searching for a pack n play for an infant, go for those that come with a bassinet. Your child will have space to nap anywhere at any time. Additionally, the bassinet provides the same comfort like that of their crib.

Storage pockets

Some play yards have pockets to store away your unused diapers and baby's extra clothes.

Mobile

Manufacturers are now installing wheels on play-yards. This is to allow easier movement with your baby in it.


Did you know?


Did you know that soft, plush sheets and blankets in a pack n play or travel crib increase the risk of SIDS in infants? Make sure to follow safe sleep guidelines by keeping the sleeping area clear of any objects and ensure your pack n play is approved for night sleep.

Conclusion

All the pack and plays reviewed above are great options to go with, the differences come down to the details. Each one is unique in its own way. Some options include removable bassinets. Others are ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. Thus, the best one for your family will depend on your preferences and needs.

In our opinion, the Joovy New Room2 Portable Playard remains a top choice for most families. The large space and the fact that it folds down very compact will allow for easy travel and for your child to not outgrow it for a while.

Please let us know which of these top options works best for your family, in the comment section below,