A newly-pregnant neighbor asked me the other day which baby items were “must haves”. She said that since I had three children, I must know all of the best products. I told the truth, that all three babies preferred different things and there weren’t many products that I ended up using with all of them.
One of the only products that I used with all three babies was a play yard. As a bassinet, a changing table, a play area and a sleeping area, a play yard is something I used for years with my kids. The only problem with my play yard was that I didn’t choose very well the first time and have been meaning to buy a nicer one for a while.
So when I was chosen to review the Disney Baby Lion King Premier Washable Playard by InGenuity Baby, I was so excited! It has so many of the features that I always wished my old play yard had and it’s washable. Washable! Why on earth aren’t they all?
As soon as it arrived, we were ready to test it out. It was so easy to pull up and into shape that I had it open within a minute of getting it out. I was surprised to see that the bassinet area was already attached when I opened the play yard. It’s attached by a zipper and can be folded up inside the play yard whenever it’s closed up.
I love this! My old play yard used poles and had to be completely disassembled to close the play yard up. With the Disney Baby Lion King play yard, the bassinet is completely zipped to the play yard, attaching to it all the way around on every side. It’s stable and secure, unlike my old play yard bassinet that swayed from side to side and didn’t seem very stable.
Since my son is big enough to sleep in the bottom, I easily unzipped the bassinet portion and placed the sleeping pad into the bottom of the playard. I popped the changing table and toy bar onto the top and it was ready to use. So easy!
You can see that the changing table it elevated from the top of the playard. This is so nice! It’s a lot easier to reach than other playards that have bassinets that hang down lower than the edge. Picking up the baby and changing a diaper while standing up straight is a lot more comfortable, of course, especially right after coming home from the hospital.
The toy bar that hangs over the playard just pops on easily and can be moved closer to the changing table or kept to the side. It has two cute plush animals hanging from it to give little ones something to look at during changes.
The playard also has a wonderful Soothing Sounds station that plays music and nature sounds. My son always falls asleep to music in his crib, so I love that he’ll be able to listen to music when he’s falling asleep in his new playard too!
My son is a squirmy thing and wouldn’t cooperate with me taking a photo of him on the changing table. So I improvised with one of my daughter’s life-size dolls. You can see the raised sides that help keep the baby safely on the changing area.
One of my favorite features of the Disney Lion King Premier Washable Playard is that the changing table actually flips out of the way when not in use. It’s attached on the sides and at the end, so if I want to move it out of the way, I can just unattach the sides and the changing area flips over the end and hangs down beside the playard. So smart!
There is also a nice organizer attachment on the end with separate organizing compartments. This will be great for diapers, rash cream and wipes. (I added the organizer on the same end as the changing table here since that’s what I was using the most. Once we started using the playard as a bed and play area also, I moved the organizer to the other end so I could pivot the changing area off this end for storage.)
My son loves it. He keeps asking to get in it and play with the cat (picture on the mat).
He also loves sleeping in it. We’ve used it for naps for a couple of weeks and every single day he has laid right down and fallen asleep. It’s got nice padding in the mat and it feels like it must be comfortable for him.
When we’re ready to take our new washable playard to Grandma’s house or to the beach, I can easily pack up the playard and mat and slide them into the handy carrying bag. The changing table pops off easily, but doesn’t fit in the carrying case, but I just folded it and set it on top between the straps. I’d love to have a carrying case that’s just a little bigger to fit everything in at once, but all in all it’s absolutely the nicest playard I’ve ever used.
I love the new Disney Lion King Premier Washable Playard! It has everything I need in a playard from birth all the way up to toddler years. The added features like the Soothing Sounds, the elevated changing table, the swing-away changing table storage, the easy to open and close feature and (best of all!) the washable fabric all make this a really, really awesome playard. I will definitely be recommending it as the one must-have baby gear item all my new mom friends should have!
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