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How to Pick a Playpen

Playpens provide children with a place to play and sleep. Make sure your child is comfortable and safe with these great tips.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Check for recalls Check for recalls at cpsc.gov. Look for a JMPA logo on the playpen to ensure the proper safety standards are up to date.
  • Step 2: Protect your baby from injury Protect your baby from injury with padding on the top and corner rails.
  • TIP: Hinges and supports should also be protected.
  • Step 3: Make sure the playpen is sturdy Make sure the playpen is sturdy and will not tip over if the child leans on it.
  • Step 4: Choose a play pen with safe mesh Choose a playpen with mesh sides that have holes no bigger than 1/4 inch.
  • TIP: Frequently check the mesh sides for rips and tears.
  • Step 5: Buy a playpen that folds up Buy a playpen that folds up and fits in a carrying case for easy transport.
  • Step 6: Send in the manufacturer's registration card Send in the manufacturer's registration card to receive recall notices.
  • FACT: In the U.S., more than 2.5 million playpens, portable cribs, and play yards are sold annually.

You Will Need

  • Internet access
  • JMPA logo
  • Padding on the top and corner rails
  • Sturdy construction
  • Safe mesh
  • Collapsibility
  • Registration card

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