Baby Trend Nursery Center Playard

Last updated date: August 31, 2020

DWYM Score
8.9

Baby Trend Nursery Center Playard

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 62 expert reviews, the Baby Trend Baby Trend Nursery Center Playard placed 6th when we looked at the top 6 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note September 17, 2020:
Checkout The Best Playard for a detailed review of all the top playards.

Expert Summarized Score
8.7
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.4
3,912 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
If you won’t sleep and continues to be fussy, the hanging toys will provide the distraction he/she needs to calm down. If he/she is still crying, switch on the soothing electronic music. Brilliant!
- All Top Ten Reviews
It packs away easily into a carrying bag and while it is a no frills style, it does include a padded bottom for more comfort.
- Your Home Security Watch
The full bassinet will cater to those first 6 months after which you can remove it and use the crib as a sleeping bed or playard for your little one.
- Mommy Tea Room
The brakes in the wheels of this device are brilliantly designed
- Read Best Reviews
It also includes a manual instruction, carry-on-bag, toys, as well as diaper cases.
- Two Monkeys Travel Group
Wheels and brakes are provided to allow you to easily move around inside your home.
- Portable Guide
One-hand locking mechanism
- Pack 'n Play Reviews
The one-hand locking mechanism seems to be secure enough to keep baby in but easy enough for parents to use.
- Playpen Baby Reviews
The playard comes with a removable mobile, making this model closer to a real crib than others.
- Mommy Bear Reviews
What experts didn't like
Cannot machine wash
- Mommy Tea Room
According to a few customers, the quality of the product was average
- Read Best Reviews
Quite heavy to carry on, since it has 23.3 pounds weight.
- Two Monkeys Travel Group
Too bulky and heavy when folded
- Portable Guide
Bulky when folded
- Pack 'n Play Reviews
The Baby Trend Trend-E Nursery Center Playard doesn’t come with a changing station, so if that is a feature you are looking for, this won’t be the model for you.
- Mommy Bear Reviews

From The Manufacturer

The Baby Trend Deluxe Nursery Center in the Tanzania fashion is gender neutral and fun, perfect for any home or nursery setting. This Playard is featured with a removable full bassinet, a mobile with three adorable plush toys and a diaper stacker for baby's essentials. Ideal for keeping your child entertained and happily occupied, you can have peace of mind as you tackle household chores. Lightweight and portable, this Playard comes with a travel tote bag so you can easily take it on trips to the park or beach. The one-hand locking mechanism allows you to easily open or close the portable Playard and the two large wheels with brakes provide greater mobility and stability. This Baby Trend Deluxe Nursery Center is designed for children under 35 inches tall and weighing less than 30 lbs. Recommended Use Playard: Birth ~ 30 lbs or 35" Bassinet/Changing Table: Birth ~ 4 m, weight: Up to 15 lbs, height: Up to 25" whichever comes first. Mobile: 5 m.

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Expert Reviews: 10

An Overview On Playards

You can’t keep eyes on your baby 24 hours a day. Infants and toddlers need room to play and move around and doing so can easily get them into trouble. Even if you’ve baby-proofed your house, things can happen.

That’s where a playard comes in. Earlier generations called them playpens, but a brand called Pack ‘N’ Play, manufactured by Graco, transformed the concept of a playpen. Instead of being confined to your home, Pack ‘N’ Plays allowed parents to fold up their playpens and take them on the go. But today, Graco isn’t the only manufacturer making this type of product, so to get a true picture of the market, you’ll need to use the product name “playard.”

Like a playpen, a playard gives babies a small, safe space for them to play freely. Think of it as a gated area, only the gate is a soft, safe mesh, and instead of crawling around on the floor, babies get a soft flooring to crawl around on. But perhaps the best thing about playards is they don’t limit you to one small area of your home. They’re built to easily fold up so that you can take them on the go with you.

You aren’t limited to inside play areas with playards, either. You can find some that can be used either outdoors or inside, making them much more versatile than the playpens your grandparents and their parents used. The mesh walls of playards also ensure airflow gets through, which keeps your little ones from being confined between walls that restrict the oxygen they breathe.

But as with almost every other baby product, playards come in a wide variety, with each offering its own unique features. You may find you love the ease of cleaning one playard, only to discover that a competitor has a more comfortable mattress or better safety features. That’s why it’s important to shop around until you find the playard that has everything you need.

DWYM Fun Fact

Playpens have a long history. In fact, they’re believed to have gotten their beginnings when primitive moms realized they could confine babies to a corner of the cave using a barrier, effectively keeping them safe. But as a commercial product, playpens weren’t popularized until the late 1800s, when they were referred to as a “baby cage.” These cages more closely resembled a walker than a playpen, though. That version could double as a cot. A later version was an adjustable cot that could double as a playpen and a go-cart. The first known use of the term playpen was seen in a 1931 ad in the Daily Express, which referred to “play-pens in best hardwood.”

The Playard Buying Guide

  • One thing many playards offer that playpens didn’t is portability. You’ll find most fold down, with some even coming with storage bags that you can use for carrying. Look at the folding mechanism. The best ones make it easy to set up and break down, taking mere seconds. Some even let you do the setup and breakdown work through the use of a foot pedal, which comes in handy if you’re holding a baby.
  • If you opt for a playard with a storage bag, make sure it has a storage strap that makes it easy to tote around.
  • Some playards have something called a “bassinet feature,” which simply means you can lower and raise the sleeping area by adjusting it. This can make it easier to pick up and put down your baby.
  • If you plan to regularly take your playard on the go with you, look for one that has a changing area built in.
  • Safety features are important with any product geared toward children. Check to make sure the mattress will be secure and that all parts of the frame are sufficiently padded to reduce the risk of injury.
  • As useful as playards can be, it’s still important to keep an eye on an infant or toddler, even when in a confined area.
  • Durability is important, too. The frame needs to be built to last. If you plan to use your playard outside, make sure you buy one that can weather sun, humidity and even a surprise rainstorm.
  • You’ll need to clean the playard. In fact, you’ll probably find cleanup is necessary on a fairly regular basis. Having one with a cover for the mattress area can be valuable since you can simply remove the cover and wash it as needed. But it can also be nice to have one made of material like nylon that can simply be wiped down with a damp, slightly soapy washcloth when needed.