Although at first glance it seems that all models of playpens are similar to each other, on closer examination, obvious differences become noticeable.
◗ Arena net. One of the advantages of this type of playpen is relative lightness, compactness and transportability. It is convenient to carry it from room to room, you can take it with you to the kitchen, so the baby will not be limited to the walls of the nursery and will always remain in the field of view of the mother, no matter what household chores she is doing at the moment.
Mesh walls of the arena will protect your baby from injury in case of accidental fall. Now for the cons. The same net – it’s hard to wash it.
And the main argument against – the load on the eyes of a child. Only one way out: do not keep the crumbs in the arena all day.
In addition to the standard forms – square, rectangular, there are also angular variants. The latter are convenient in that due to the bevelled rounded corner they take up less space than rectangular models.
When choosing such a playpen, pay attention: the grid cells should not be so small that the fingers or baby buttons could get stuck between them, but not so large that, clinging, the crumb could get out of the arena.
◗ Bed arena. This is the same folding playpen with mesh sides, only each wall here has its own rigid frame, which gives the whole structure a clear rectangular shape. Square, as a rule, are intended only for games.
In the rectangular, in size close to the usual crib, you can not only play, but also sleep, and from birth to 2-4 years of age. Walls – fabric, the bottom – pretty tough.
Mesh windows are made in the walls. And in some models, one window – on the “lightning”, so that a child that has already matured can get out on its own. They are divided into two types: folding book and folding umbrella.
The first ones are more bulky, but have a relatively flat floor, so they are ideal for sleeping; the second ones are compact, put into an ordinary bag, but the floor is uneven because of the handle in the middle and the folding mattress.
◗ Wooden playpen. From the point of view of environmental safety is the best option.
The shape of the playpen can be square or hexagon. Its walls, as well as a wooden cot, are made of twigs or slats.
Wooden playpens are more convenient for a kid who learns to stand up: it is easier to grasp the bars than the plastic rings. When buying this option, make sure that the space between the slats is safe.
The recommended spacing between the bars is 6 cm.
◗ Inflatable playpens. They have a round, less often square shape, a stable bottom and transparent walls, through which the child sees the mother, and she, in turn, can observe him.
Such playpens will carry the kid with their bright colors, inflatable toys, especially if there is a special crossbar-arc for them. The playpen is convenient in that it is placed in a small bag when it is deflated; therefore, it is convenient to store and transport it.
On a hot day at the cottage, he can turn into a mini-pool – a splash pool for the crumbs. But unlike other arenas, inflatable ones are the lowest (from 64 cm), therefore they are designed for children up to a year old.
In addition, on an inflatable spring floor, it jumps perfectly, but learning to walk on it is not very convenient.
◗ Manezh-screen. These are ordinary plastic boards that are installed directly on the floor and fasten together. They are transparent, so the child can see everything that happens outside the screen.
True, at the age of 9–10 months your matured child will easily demolish these fences. Considering the issue of acquiring such screens, you must consider your living conditions.
For people living in their home or a large apartment, fences are a good way out.