|4moms Breeze||Graco Pack ‘N Play||Graco Benton Convertible Crib|
|Best for travel bassinet or home playard
||Best for travel playard or to keep at grandma’s
||Best stationary crib
Should you get a playpen or a crib? Parents are met with a confusing array of products when trying to answer this question. Let us cut through some of the clutter with a comparison of two of the top play yards and how they compare to a traditional crib. I have revieed the Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard with Automatic Folding Feet, the 4Moms Breeze, and the Graco Benton Convertible Crib. I’ve ranked them in order, laid out their best features, and shown you how they compare with each other. Let’s get started.
- Push to open and pull to close.
- Travel bag included.
- Removable bassinet and bassinet mattress.
- Specifications: 46″L x 32.5″W x 29″H, Weight 24 pounds.
- Age/Weight Limits: Under 18 pounds for the bassinet and up to 30 pounds for playard.
- Wipes clean with a damp cloth for easy cleaning.
- Lightweight enough to use for travel, but sturdy enough for home use.
- Do not have to have a separate bassinet and playard.
- Very easy to setup and take down.
- Sleek modern look.
- The bottom is thin and might need some extra padding and support.
- The center is higher than the sides of the bottom, so baby will sometimes roll toward the outer edge.
- Durable Frame.
- Automatic folding feet to allow for a more compact fold.
- Signature Graco push-button fold for easy setup and takedown.
- Wheels for convenience.
- Air mesh on all sides for maximum ventilation.
- Convenient carrying bag for travel and storage.
- Removable full-size bassinet.
- Specifications: 40″L x 28.5″W x 29″H, Weight 22.9 pounds.
- Age/Weight Limits: Under 15 pounds for the bassinet and up to 35 pounds for playard.
- It is light and easy to carry with you.
- It is easily cleaned with soap and water.
- Easy assembly.
- Small nursery footprint for smaller spaces.
- No need for a separate bassinet.
- The mattress is a bit hard, so you may need to buy a separate mattress for it.
- Some customers have reported a mildew smell when buying through Amazon, this may be related to storage issues, but it is worth noting.
- Converts to Toddler Bed.
- Converts to Daybed.
- Converts to Full-Size Bed with Graco Rails (sold separately).
- Durable construction.
- Three-position mattress support.
- Specifications: 56.7″L x 29.8″W x 42″H, Weight 40.5 pounds.
- Age/Weight Limit: Crib is meant for use with infants 35 inches in length or more.
- Easily assembly.
- Easy to use.
- Easy to clean.
- Convenience of having one bed for all of your child’s stages.
- Construction is sturdy and safe.
- There have been some issues with missing or damaged parts, but they are generally resolved quickly by customer support. Buy early just to make sure everything is ready for baby.
- You must buy other accessories to convert the crib such as rails and so forth.
Now that I’ve laid the products out let’s compare and see why I ranked them the way I did. Parents always have a tough time deciding if they need a bassinet, a playard, and a crib. Certainly, quite a few parents choose products that pull double duty to save space, and who wouldn’t? My #1 gives the best of both worlds. It is sturdy enough to use at home for extended periods, or multiple kids. The Breeze gives you both the security of a bassinet and the freedom of a playard.
My #2 product is near and dear to my heart. Graco has been a household name in baby products for a long time and with good reason. This product is ideal for grandparents or parents that are on the go a lot. Its convenience more than makes up for some of its flaws and it is a steal at its price.
Let’s talk about the crib in my list. I loved the versatility of convertible cribs because it means fewer products you have to buy in the future and the less space you will need for storage. The downside as always to cribs is that they aren’t very mobile. You can’t very well pack up a large bed and take it with you.
Pack ‘n plays are the best of both worlds in most cases. They allow you to have a secure and safe place for your child to play and sleep while you travel.
Whether you need a crib or a pack ‘n play depends on how much you plan to travel with your baby. For parents who are more on the go, a two-in-1 bassinet and playard might just be the way to go.
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