Best baby playpens Thrifter 2020

Babies are amazing, and watching them grow and learn is one of the most amazing experiences you can have as a new parent. However, it's also a little scary because once they start crawling there is no stopping them. And you suddenly realize everything you own is a danger. A great playpen is a perfect way to give your child the freedom to roll, crawl, and play while keeping him or her in a secure spot so they can't get hurt. We've got all the best playpens available on Amazon right now.

Best Overall: Fortella Cloud Castle indoors or outdoors foldable playpen

Foldable and portable with non-scratch pads that will work on any surface. The strong hinge connectors help it keep its shape, and the gate includes a safety lock for easy access that secures your baby inside. The back of the door includes a whiteboard where your child can draw and an activity wall with sensory toys.

$180 at Amazon

Best Simple Design: Regalo My Play portable play yard

This play pen can be used indoors or outdoors as the playpen is elevated, and the nylon bottom provides protection from rough surfaces. The 6-panel play yard is portable and lightweight and folds easily. It's also water resistant in case you do put it outdoors. Works for kids up to 24 months.

$50 at Amazon

Best for Outdoor Stability: Evenflo versatile portable play space

Includes 18.5 square feet of space, a durable construction that can survive kids up to 24 months years old, and an easy assembly. It's very portable with plenty of space for your kid to play, and the reversible legs allow you to place it outside with stakes that keep it secure. The interior surfaces have non-scratch floor pads, too.

$58 at Amazon

Best for Activities: Skip Hop Baby Gate expandable playpen

The surface of the playpen has a ton of different ways to engage your child including a rattle bead spinner, a shooting star clicking mover, a cloud teether, a reflective sun mirror, a light-up raindrop, a singing bird toy, and a plush cloud with satin ribbons. Use this playpen as a room divider or even mount it to a wall for added stability.

$160 at Amazon

Best Multi-color Design: Baby Playpen kids activity center

Uses a rubber base underneath to keep it sturdy, has an anti-clip design so kids won't get their fingers stuck, and the safety lock helps ensure the kids remain safely contained. This is a 14-panel playpen with plenty of room to move around and play.

$140 at Amazon

Best Multi-Purpose: Baby Trend Lil Snooze Deluxe 2 nursery center

Includes a full-size bassinet, a flip away changing table, and a napper with canopy and two toys. Remove all of those from the bottom part so you can use it as a playpen or even storage for baby's things. There's a one-hand locking mechanism that makes it easy to use even while holding your baby.

$100 at Amazon

Keep baby safe

If your kid is anything like mine, he will crave freedom. Breaking out of the playpen wasn't just a challenge but a priority. It's not that he didn't appreciate the activities, it's just that it's hard to plan world domination from behind a gate. So if you want a playpen, you need one that's truly secure, very stable, and that comes with plenty of security features to help keep baby contained. At the same time, it should be bright and colorful with plenty of play space and room for activities. If you want a playpen for the outdoors, you should grab Evenflo's versatile playpen because it has reversible legs that can form stakes to stick in the ground and keep it secure. No toppling over in the yard! The Fortella Cloud Castle is also a super secure option that includes a safety lock on the gate, but it also has a lot of activities built into the panels including a whiteboard for your child to draw on.

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