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Posted August 4 2010 03:03pm


Playpens and play yards provide babies with an enclosed space for playing or napping. Playpens are usually stationary, whereas play yards are designed for portability, whether that means moving them within the home or folding them for travel. Some play yards also feature change tables, bassinets and a playpen.
Countless playpens have been recalled for safety reasons. Children have died due to the sides of playpens that have fallen and trapped their necks. Check for recalls before choosing to purchase a playpen or play yard, even if the pen or yard is a new product.

If the playpen has been recalled, stop using it right away. Stop using a playpen or yard as soon as the child first attempts to climb out. Find out if the company will replace the playpen or fix it. If the playpen cannot be fixed, throw it out.
Choosing a safe playpen:

  • Choose a playpen that has a mesh or mosquito-type netting; the openings in the mesh should not be bigger than 6 millimetres or ¼ inch.
  • Follow the product instructions for use every time. Do check to make sure the playpen has not been recalled before you purchase it.
  • Choose a playpen with a manufacturer’s label listing when, where, and by whom it was made. 
  • Choose a playpen with top rails that lock automatically when lifted to set up the playpen.  

Playpen safety:

  • Supervise your baby when he is in the playpen.
  • Make sure the sides are securely locked in the upright position at all times. Do not leave your baby in the playpen with one side down—your baby could become trapped and suffocate.
  • Follow the product instructions whenever using the playpen and check for weight and age restrictions.
  • Remove any bibs or anything tied around your baby’s neck before placing him in the playpen, because these items can become caught and pose a choking risk.
  • Remove toys strung across the playpen as soon as your baby can push up on his hands or knees. He can become caught in these toys and choke. 
  • Stop using a playpen as soon as your child attempts to climb out.  Do not use a playpen that has large openings, rips in its mesh, loose parts or padding that does not fit snugly and firmly.    
  • Don’t put large stuffed toys, pillows, thicker mattresses or thick comforters in the playpen. These items can suffocate your baby.


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