There isn’t a more crucial piece of baby gear than a play yard such as the InGenuity Washable Playard Deluxe with Dream Centre. This one product is a hub of activity, a place where baby can sleep, play and be changed. It is basically all you need in the first few weeks, making it an essential in your home and a perfect second home for baby at grandma’s house.
Let’s just say this isn’t my first play yard, so I’m declaring myself a bit of an expert. I have owned more than the average mama bear, seeing pros and cons in all of them. This particular play yard not only impressed me with its pros, but also made me see the cons in other play yards I had not recognized before. When this happens you know you are really onto something.
The InGenuity Washable Playard Deluxe with Dream Centre is a day one product. Have this set up for when baby comes home and put it in a central room you will spending a lot of time in. Strategically placed in our living room, we don’t need to leave the living space when baby needs to be changed or he wants to nap. This has been absolutely crucial to our sanity as parents or a newborn. For the purpose of reinforcing days and nights, you shouldn’t let a newborn nap in the nursery, so a play yard in the living room is perfect, and having another changing station will make life a little easier as well.
The immediate pro you will note is: this play yard is machine washable. Holy crap, right? I have a 4 week old in the house so I know how important it is to be able to wash all of our surroundings. I have had this play yard for maybe 3 weeks and it’s unzipped washable bits have already been through too-many-to-count cycles in the machine. Not only do you need to clean off the diaper mishaps, spit ups and spills, but also the dirt, allergens and dust!! The second pro to note is how easy it is to assemble this play yard, in all its configurations. Like I said, I have a newborn, so I am fully taking advantage of the removable Dream Centre and Changing Station.
The Dream Centre is a small bassinet for your newborn that is plush and comfy. My 5 week old absolutely loves life in there and is usually quite content to sleep or just lay quietly. The fabric is quite soft and the added head cushion is just the right thickness for maximum comfort. There is breathable mesh on either side of the head cushion, which is nice in case baby ends up face first in the side. It also provides a bit of a view, or so it seems as my son loves to look out the “window”. While baby is dreaming away, he can enjoy music from the Soothing Sounds Station, which features five melodies and three nature sounds. The Dream Centre features a removable canopy to provide a little darkness and also two adorable hanging animals.
The changing station on this play yard is my favorite I’ve seen yet. Generally changing tables are rather flat, and considering their name, that makes sense, but it means they require a safety belt. The changing table on this play yard is more of a well, a nice deep area for baby to lay and no chance to roll, meaning no need for a belt. It also appears to be quite comfortable as it has no hard bottom. My son complains less when being changed in this area. As with everything else on the play yard, the changing table is easy to clean. It has a water-resistant cover that can be tossed into the washing machine. The removable changing well is situated right next to the removable end cubbies perfectly shaped and sized for a handful of diapers, a box of wipes and a few balms. Speaking of perfect, this changing table is at just the right height for mom to stand comfortably and change baby. They really nailed it with this feature!
I have a newborn and a (now seemingly giant) 6 year old, so I haven’t really experienced the actual play yard below. It is amazing to think how much I love this product with having only used the top removable parts. Once my baby is a little older, he can hang down in the top part of the play yard (that I now use for a bit of storage: burp cloths, extra diapers, sleep sacks, etc). There is yet another bottom of the play yard, perfect for older infants and toddlers. You could really have this piece of baby gear for years, throughout all the stages of your baby’s young life.
I’ve listed a bunch of pros for you, so it’s only fair I now list the cons. Well, I can’t think of any. It is so user-friendly, it’s ridiculous. You can even collapse the play yard without removing the bassinet. If I’m going to nitpick, my only con would be the fabric design/color scheme of Shiloh. This is a total personal preference and therefore it will not be a con for many (probably even most). My tastes are very bright and clean modern so the beige safari theme is not my favorite. I can absolutely say, though, that the neutral colors allow it to fit into most any home, and I do love the more modern animals that hang from the canopy. They are really so super sweet. And, while Shiloh is a bit blah, it is not obnoxious, busy or primary, and I’ll take blah over that any day of the week.
In the end, all that matters is baby is safe and happy. Well, my new precious bundle loves to be in the Dream Centre — actually prefers it to sleeping in his crib. What more convincing could you need to run out and buy this wonderful product? See happy baby below and then purchase at Babies R Us!
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This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Kids II. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.