When we were little they were called playpens. Remember that? And they were made of wood and metal. I often wonder how we survived our childhood in the 80's or at least how in the world I didn't end up with more stitches. These days play yard or pack 'n play are the names they go by and man, are they a million times cozier than their ancient ancestors. And safer too.
My first kid would not abide the pack 'n play but that was nothing new with him. He didn't like much in the way of confinement. But with my daughter I found it invaluable. It really was a life saver to be able to place her in a safe place while I tended to her big brother. And she loved that darn thing!
We used our pack 'n play outdoors too! It was perfect for backyard barbeques and lazy afternoon naps under our shade tree. In the summer time I purchased a bug guard for it because we live on bog land and the bugs are bad. Have you seen these? They work!
We took our pack 'n play everywhere. We even took it camping and while it was bulky to cart around, it was so worth it. By the time our pack 'n play was sold in our garage sale it had seen the sandy beach, campsites and countless friends and families houses.
So when I saw this pin on Pinterest the other day I was so bummed! I wish I would have kept our play yard and made a cozy fort retreat for our daughter. And hey, maybe our son would think it was cool too! Now I might have to buy one from someone else's yard sale just so I can.
Did you use a play yard? Where did your play yard travel to?
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