Joovy Room2 Portable Playard

Last updated date: September 17, 2020

DWYM Score
9.0

Joovy Room2 Portable Playard

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Overall Take

This playard is ideal for setting up in your home and leaving it, as you'll get 10 square feet of playspace, double the size of typical playards. It comes with a waterproof mattress sheet to give the baby a clean surface for playtime. In our analysis of 60 expert reviews, the Joovy Joovy Room2 Portable Playard placed 5th when we looked at the top 6 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.5
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.6
944 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
There are also two wheels for easy movement of the playard.
- All Top Ratings
There is also a mattress included which is equally easy to clean.
- CTOP Reviews
This playard is almost 50% larger than most traditional playards.
- Experienced Mommy
The New Room 2 comes with a waterproof cotton sheet, and the play yard itself is 50% larger than standard, offering extra space for a singleton toddler as well as twins.
- Parenting Pod
If you plan to purchase just one playard and you don’t live in super-tight quarters, I’d recommend you go with the Joovy Room2, since it will last you into the toddler stage.
- The Bump
This product didn't score that well in our review with a heavier weight and larger folded size than most of the competition.
- Baby Gear Lab
It looks great – very minimalist design. No bunnies, flowers, paisley, polkadots or otherwise obvious baby prints need apply.
- Mommy Gearest
It has two wheels that make it easy for you to move it from one place to another without having to disassemble it or to remove the baby.
- Upside Dad
What experts didn't like
As with most playards, the main issue with the Joovy playard is locking the sidebars into the upright position.
- Experienced Mommy
Doesn’t have a one-hand fold
- Parenting Pod
Breaking down each rail takes some time and attention
- The Bump
The materials and design are higher quality, and the mattress is more comfortable than some of the competition.
- Baby Gear Lab
There are no bells and whistles here, so if you’re looking for a change pad combo, this isn’t the playard for you.
- Mommy Gearest
At first, attaching the mattress pad to the playpen is a little tedious but it gets easier as you get used to the process.
- Upside Dad

From The Manufacturer

As parents, sometimes we need a quick minute by ourselves, to use the restroom, take a shower or get dinner started. When baby starts to move though, a minute can be too much time. The Joovy Room2 provides peace of mind for moments like these. You'll breathe a little easier knowing baby is content in the Room2 and not exploring the family room without you there to supervise. The Joovy Room2 (read as Room Squared) is a proven workhorse and a perennial favorite baby product for parents and grandparents alike. Not only does it look great in any room in the house, it's functional in the outdoors as well. With over 10 square feet of space, baby will have more space to play. Extra-large mesh windows provide excellent visibility in and out of the Room2, while baby is content in a spacious playard. Reliable, durable and built for endurance, the Room2 is sturdy enough to be used with multiple kids and in playgroups, and can withstand the use of growing families. While the Room2 is bigger and heavier, it folds in a traditional playard manner and includes a travel bag to facilitate trips. A waterproof mattress sheet is also included to help keep the playard dry and tidy. Mattress Area 9.51 square feet, Folded Size: 10 x 9.5 x 37 inches (W L H), Playard Weight: 29.6 pounds.

Overall Product Rankings

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Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 9
Regalo 6-Panel My Portable Washable Playard Kit
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Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 9
Joovy Room2 Portable Playard
5. Joovy Room2 Portable Playard
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 8
Baby Trend Nursery Center Playard
6. Baby Trend Nursery Center Playard
Overall Score: 8.9
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.