Product Type: Babyden baby products
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Cage your little animals!
Member Name: catsfish
Advantages: Space, sturdy, gate to walk in.
Disadvantages: takes up too much space, heavy.
We bought the Baby Dan Playpen second hand when we decide that we really needed somewhere safe to place our inquisitive baby son when we needed to leave the room for a few moments. But new it currently retails for around £79.99.
The pack consists of several metal bared panels (think stair gates) and connecter plates which allow you to connect the panels together in a variety of configurations.
It can be used as a playpen, a room divider and even a fireguard. The fireguard puzzles me as the bars are widely spaced and I could imagine that a child could easily reach through and get at the fire. Also although the pack may be used in three different ways, it obviously can't be used in all these ways at once so if you need all three products set up most of the time you would need to buy three kits.
So far we have only used it as a playpen and in this mode the pieces are set up in a hexagonal shape complete with a padded play mat which can be washed and is attached securely to the frame using tapes and ties. One of the panels acts as a gate so you can actually walk in and out of the pen as opposed to breaking your back lifting the child in and out over the top. When we were in the room with our son we left the gate open and he could wander in and out as he wished which I think stopped him seeing it as a cage when the door needed to be kept shut.
We found the instructions easy enough to follow although the pieces are heavy and can be quite tricky to slot into one another.
When set up it provides a big play area, plenty of room for the child and numerous toys. This however means that it takes up a lot of floor space and would not really be suitable for a small room. It does however fold flat when not in use, but it's still really bulky and not easy to store in this mode either. We found it a useful receptacle for slinging all the toys into in the evening when clearing up though!
When my son was learning to stand he would pull himself up on the bars and sometimes bump his head on them. I have noticed that a newer version of this product is now available with fabric instead of metal side panels held in a rigid metal frame. I can imagine that this would eliminate the problem and also be a lot lighter and easier to manoeuvre so would probably be a better buy.
I have seen that an add on can now be bought that for around £20 turns the playpen into a tent/wendy house which may prompt me to dig it out the back of the garage again.
All in all the playpen was cheap (second hand) and served a purpose but as it's heavy and takes up A LOT of space and for this reason we haven't really used this for our second child.
Summary: Good if you have large rooms.