Playpens and play yards can be very useful for parents who have little movers in the house, especially when there are two – twins! When it’s two on one, two babies versus one parent, things can get hectic quickly.
There are times when you need a safe and fun, but restricted environment for one or both babies while you are nearby but aren’t hands-free at the moment. Cooking, cleaning, chores and showers have to happen at some point!
A playpen or play yard may be the best temporary babysitter for your little ones while you keep life moving forward.
What Age Can My Twins Use a Play Yard or PlayPen?
The ideal age for children to use a playpen or play yard is 6-8 months because your twins are moving. They can roll over, grasp toys, and lift their little heads.
However, you may want to introduce the playpen to your child around four months of age, so they are comfortable with it. At 6 to 8 months, your twins will be pretty calm natured, so you can leave them in the playpen or play yard when you are close by for short amounts of time.
At this age, you have probably also noticed that your twins are enjoying new toys, so be sure to place some in the playpen them. This will bring them, even more, joy and comfort when you are not in constant direct contact with them.
What is the Difference Between a Play Yard and PlayPen?
There is no difference between a play yard and a playpen. The two terms are truly becoming interchangeable, play yard being the more modern term. Both are basic structures used to keep children safe while playing, napping, or to keep children out of something they should not get into.
They are what you would traditionally think of as an enclosed space with nothing too fancy about them. Some are made for travel while others are stationary for your home.
Some feature changing tables and other handy components for infants and then can morph into something more usable for your children as they grow into toddlers.
OUR RECOMMENDATIONS & REVIEWS FOR PLAY YARDS & PLAYPENS
We have found several in-demand play yards and play pens and looked at them closely to help you decide if they suit the needs of your twins.
Graco Pack ‘n Playard with Bassinet
Graco has made portable sleeping and
- Built-in wheels to move it easily while assembled
- Quick and easy fold for portability
- Air mesh on all sides for breathability
- 29 lbs. total weight
Graco Pack 'n Playard Sport, Parkside
If you love the great outdoors—the beach, camping, or cookouts—this play yard is built with your twins in mind. This portable play yard comes with a UV50 protectant canopy that can partially or fully cover the playard area creating a sun-resistant napping and playing area for your twins. The base is also waterproof, so ground elements should never be a problem. This play yard transitions to a fun play area as your children become toddlers because of its smart-zip open front doors.
- Total weight 11.5 lbs
- Has a shoulder carry case
- Has pockets to carry other essentials
Summer Infant Pop n Play
Summer Infant has created a great indoor/outdoor, roomy, 14 square foot playpen for your two peas in a pod. It is light-weight and easy to fold for travel. If you use it outdoors, you can purchase additional pieces for it, such as a canopy to shield your babies from the sun.
- Total weight 12.2 lbs
- Comes with a nice travel case
- Waterproof base
- Mesh side walls
Joovy Room2 Portable Playyard
Joovy has created a sturdy play yard that gives your twins 10 square feet of living, sleeping and napping space. It is well-crafted for indoor and outdoor use. It is on wheels for ease of mobility, and Joovy touts that it’s made from the highest quality materials.
- Folds easily
- Large windows so baby can see you well
- Simple, modern design
North States Super Yard
- Easy to clean
- Easy to set up
- Very affordable
- Total weight 19.4 lbs
Jolly Kidz Playpen
Best Choice Products has created a very entertaining play yard for children and toddlers. This spacious play yard is constructed of plastic and has a built-in activity board to keep your child playing and happy. It is made from panels that can be re-arranged into many shapes and sizes to meet your spacing needs indoors or outdoors.
- Durable material that’s easy to clean
- Bright and attractive to children
- Easy access gate
Summer Infant Secure Surround
This neutral colored, free-standing, and spacious play yard by Summer Infant is sturdy and easy to maintain. It gives your twins 18.5 square yards of play space inside. It's made of weather-resistant plastic that is durable inside and outside.
- Folds easily and has a carry handle
- Easy access door
- Taller, making it hard to climb over
- Total weight 22.6 lbs.
Baby Safety Tip
When using a free-standing play yard or playpen, we highly recommend that you use a foam flooring to pad the area that your twins will be playing on such as the following:
Not only does this protect them if they fall, but it provides grip and traction in their play area. This mat comes in fun colors that your children will love.
Never Ending Housework and Twins
We know that life is hectic, and we know you love your twins. As a protective parent, it is a good idea to invest in a piece of safety equipment that helps when you can’t be the hands-on parent that you want to be.
A play yard or playpen can help you to get chores done and provide a safe place for your babies to nap and play.