Playtime with Joovy

playpen

Ryan and Rebecca are such different kids. When Ryan was little we couldn’t put him in a pack n’ play or playard for ANYTHING. He just wouldn’t have it… so our pack n’ play sat and collected dust. Rebecca, however, is very curious and content sitting and inspecting toys in front of her.

Also, a playard comes in very handy when you have two kids…. sometimes I need to tend to Ryan, the toddler, but want Rebecca to be somewhere safe.

So… I was really excited to try out the Ultralight Playard from Joovy. It’s much larger than a pack n’ play and gives room for her to move around.

playard

It comes in a handy bag for easy transport and directions are printed right on the mattress. The first time I set this up I had a really hard time…. I couldn’t get the four upper bars to lock straight. I never wanted to take the thing apart just because I didn’t want to have to set it up again! BUT I am VERY happy to say that I did take it down (when we moved to our  new house) and when I put it back up it took me seriously less than 2 minutes and was really easy.

The trick: the middle of the playard has to be up pretty high off the ground while you’re locking the 4 edges. If it falls down near the ground much, the bars won’t lock. And yes, that IS in the directions, but I guess I was just frustrated the first time around lol.

I love the huge pocket on the outside of the playard and use it to store the carrying case and random toys.

joovy playard

Can you see our toddler in the photo above? Haha, he’s playing with his sister through the mesh sides. Yes, he has crawled in there before and he loves to throw toys in there for Rebecca to play with, lol.

I can’t even describe how helpful this thing has been. With Rebecca now very mobile and crawling everywhere, I use this playard all the time… even just for a few minutes at a time. It gives me peace of mind to know she’s safe while I quickly run to the bathroom or go change Ryan’s diaper… or while I’m cooking dinner… it even allows me to have quality one-on-one play time with Ryan because she stays occupied in there with her toys.

playard

We keep this set up all the time, but if you want to take it down and store it without completely folding it up, you can basically just fold it flat like in the right photo above. Buckles keep it together and it’s slim to store under a bed or in a closet. Once you want it, set up is super easy from this point. Otherwise, you can fold it all the way down for the carrying case.

Joovy took their popular Room2 and made it over 30% lighter with this version at just over 21 pounds… and it’s still 90% as large at 9sq ft. It’s durable, sturdy, and we love it – I HIGHLY recommend it! One of my fave baby products.

You can buy this Ultralight Playard online for $209.99 or find a local store. Make sure you keep up with Joovy on their facebook and twitter pages!

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