6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great Item - Depending on Your Circumstances...,
The Graco Pack n' Play Playyard is a wonderful item - depending on your circumstances. If you have a two story home, if you travel by car frequently and stay overnight where no crib is available, or if you baby is small to average size, then this item will be quite useful. If you have a one story home, have access to a crib when visiting friends or relatives, or have a baby who weighed at least nine pounds at birth you may have other uses for your nursery dollars.
The bassinet portion of the pack n' play is somewhat small when the changing table has been installed. It works well for newborns or smaller infants; however, if like my grandson, your baby was nine pounds or more at birth, then you will not get much use out of the bassinet. Since that configuration is safe to use only up to fifteen pounds, this equipment feature was only good for the first three months. As a playyard (or playpen, whichever you prefer), I thought this was far to small to be of much use and would not recommend it to anyone who has the extra funds for a regular sized playyard.
The portable crib feature and the changing table addition are two outstanding aspects of this equipment. The pack n' play fold up fairly compactly and can be taken on driving trips when visiting friends or relatives. Because it is familiar to your infant, the disruption he/she feels may be relieved somewhat and you may find it easier to put your child to sleep. The changing table is convenient and is at a comfortable height for most adults. The pockets which are attached to the changing table are somewhat small and one must refill them fairly frequently.
In my opinion, the mobile which comes with the Brentwood is cheap and does not seem to engage an infant. The little teddy bears are too far away for a young baby's vision and the tan color is not vivid so it does not catch an older child's attention. On the other hand, the color scheme is very sophisticated and will coordinate well with homes which have not succumbed to the nursery-colored everything mindset.
I have rated this five stars because we used it in a two story home and it saved a lot of steps. Further, because my daughter will be traveling to visit relatives, this will be handy since none of them have cribs.
One caveat - the Graco sheets for their pack n' plays are overpriced with respect to their quality. I was able to make my own for significantly less. It takes about 1 yard of fleece or flannel which you will find will be softer and of better quality than the Graco product. A 4 inch pocket on each end and hankerchief hemming the long sides works well. Using sale fabric, I found sheets could be made for about 1/4 the cost of the manufacturer's product.