Hands down the most used piece of baby equipment in our house is our playard. They have been called Pack N’ Plays or Playpens in the past, no matter what the name it is a “must have” for any parent. Little Bear current sleeps at the foot of our bed in a playard. It allows me to keep him close to me at night for nursing (and peace of mind) while still allowing me to get a good nights sleep in my own bed. I was very excited to get the chance to review the Ingenuity by Bright Starts Easy Wash Playard.
When looking to buy a playard there are a couple of important features I look for. First, how easy is it to take up and down? We travel to visit both sets of Grandparents often for sleep overs and want a playard that is easy to set up and pack away quickly. Secondly how easy is it to clean? Babies are messy, between spit up, pee & poop it is guaranteed that some sort of bodily fluid is going to make it onto the playard and I want to be able to clean it up quickly and easily. I was thrilled to find out that the Ingenuity by Bright Starts Easy Wash Playard exceeds those criteria and more.
Lets take a look at some of the great features of this Playard:
The first thing I noticed was how quick and easy it was to set up. One it was out of the box it was less than 2 minutes and Little Bear was lounging in his new playard. I LOVED the fact that the bassinet is zipped into place and that you do not need to remove it before collapsing the playard. This makes the process much faster and simpler. As an added bonus with the zippered in bassinet, big brothers can’t stuff toys into the bottom portion playard that mom has to try to dig out. I have had trouble with other playards with the release mechanism to collapse the sides down, they are either hard to find or difficult to press in the right way without having assistance from another person. With the Ingenuity by Bright Starts Easy Wash Playard the mechanism is easy to find and press one handed allowing you to pack away the playard without a struggle.
As soon as I had the playard set up I laid Little Bear down in it, and as any good product tester would he immediately spit up all over it. Panicked that I had not got a single picture and there were already going to be stains on it I grabbed a cloth from the kitchen to wipe the mess up. The Bright Starts Easy Wash Playard held up to its name perfectly! Cleaning up the spit up was a breeze, the fabric is soft but water repellant so nothing soaked in. One quick wipe and the mess was gone with no trace left behind. However I didn’t need to worry because every part of this playard is washable! From the cover on the change table to the fabric that makes up the playard all of it can be removed from the frame for washing – no more spot cleaning!
Overall I love the Bright Starts Easy Wash Playard, it has all of the practical features I look for as well as extras like a toy play bar and organizer tray. The Bright Starts Easy Wash Playard is available at Babies R Us and retails for $189.99 – However it is on SALE right now for $139.98 which is a STEAL!!! So make sure you pick one up now, as I am not sure how long this sale lasts for. You can can also find InGenuity on Facebook. If you are in the market for a playard I would recommend the Ingenuity by Bright Starts Easy Wash Playard, you won’t be disappointed.
Disclosure: This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and InGenuity. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.