Summer Infant Pop ‘N Play Compact Fold Portable Playard

Last updated date: May 10, 2021

DWYM Score

9.2

Summer Infant Pop ‘N Play Compact Fold Portable Playard

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We looked at the top Playards and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Playard you should buy.

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Overall Take

This playard can be set up either indoors or outdoors, making it a versatile solution. The lightweight "pop-and-fold" design is designed to allow you to set it up and break it down in a matter of seconds. It has mesh sides to encourage airflow and a water-resistant canvas floor that will keep your baby dry.


In our analysis of 52 expert reviews, the Summer Infant Pop ‘N Play Compact Fold Portable Playard placed 5th when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

INDOOR/OUTDOOR USE – Whether playtime is indoors or out, keeping your little one in one place is essential! The Summer Pop ‘n Play Portable Play Yard provides 14 square feet of contained playing area, and the folding metal frame weighs only 12lbs. LIGHTWEIGHT AND PORTABLE – The ultra-lightweight and compact play yard for baby and toddler is perfect for use at home inside or out, a day at the park or even a vacation at the beach. COMPACT FOLD – With a lightweight, innovative pop and fold design that sets up and comes down in seconds, plus an easy and compact fold, you can have a travel toddler and space saver baby playpen to bring with you on all your adventures. WATER RESISTANT FLOOR – Playpens for babies can easily become messy, but not the Pop ‘n Play! The water resistant canvas floor helps keep baby dry, even on damp grass. ADDITIONAL FEATURES – 14 square feet of playing area (48 inches wide, 26 inches tall), compact fold and travel bag with strap for easy portability included. For use for 6-24 months (up to 35” tall).

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.8
9 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.4
4,671 user reviews

What experts liked

Great for indoor or outdoor use and offers a large play area. Easy to set up and take down. Inexpensive price.
- BestReviews
This play yard is also super lightweight and really easy to set up and take down, which you will be thankful for when you're holding baby and a diaper bag and a beach chair or whatever else you need that day.
- What To Expect
Mesh sides make baby easy to see and provide airflow
- The Bump
It is a baby play yard, which is made for portability, so it folds down and loads fast into an included bag when you want to go.
- Beginner Baby Care
Comes fully assembled for immediate use
- All Top Ratings
It provides ample room for more than one baby so a few can have a playdate while the moms catch up.
- Verywell Family
The see-through mesh cover also allows you kid to offer enough breathability and visibility.
- PrimeTopList
The floor consists of a weather resistant canvas which is great to keep your baby dry at all times. The sides are in a mesh fabric for easy visibility.
- Mums on Flipflops
It is stable. My 14 month old is on the big side (aka, he’s wearing 2t clothing!) and he has pulled on the sides without moving the playpen or knocking it over.
- Kaylee Eylander

What experts didn't like

Bulky for storage, but that is to be expected in a unit that provides a 14-square-foot play area.
- BestReviews
The downside for this yard is also a strength: its larger size. This may not fit in a small space, so you're going to want a little bit of room if this is your go-to product.
- What To Expect
Bottom is thin/unpadded
- The Bump
Unluckily, the bag is made in such a manner that it is not durable. It even gets holes after a couple of uses
- Beginner Baby Care
The crossbars can do with some padding
- All Top Ratings
The Cross bars on the side don’t have padding on them. One day when my kiddo was learning to walk, he tripped and fell inside the play yard and bonked his head on the crossbars.
- Kaylee Eylander

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.

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.