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      17.06.2010 00:46
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      A Good Idea..... Sounds Like Child Cruelty But Putting Kids Behind Bars Is A Good Ideal Sometimes!

      I never agreed with playpens until I started looking after my baby sister when she was smaller and then helping out at the playgroup she goes to twice a week. I always thought they are toooooo restrictive for kids because it doesn't seem right putting little kids who are just learning about things behind bars like that.

      I've changed my mind now though and think they can be a good thing.... as long as you don't use it just to dump your baby in when you want a rest and you don't leave them for hours on end.

      All the ones I've seen have been bigger than the one in the photo Dooyoo have got up, maybe anyway because it's kind of hard to see how BIG that one is because there's nothing to compare it to!

      The one we had at home for my sister was really a travel cot so it was pretty big and with the mattress being in it there was a good amount of padding for my sister to sit on. She was walking pretty early even though she never crawled much and I think the playpen helped in that because she used to pull herself up the mesh sides and stand there wobbling about before she fell over.

      There are a few safety things to think about before you use a playpen but they're common sense so I won't preach to you about all the little ins and outs. I think the main ones are that if your playpen has got bars then make sure your babies and toddlers can't squeeze their heads through the gaps and also make sure than when you put your playpen up it's not near anything that can be grabbed down from the child inside the playpen. I'm thinking kettles and medicine here but ANYTHING could be a danger and one of the ideas of having a playpen is to keep them safe!

      When I put the playpens out at playgroup I always make sure they're on a level suface.... it's a bit of a dodgy old community centre so the floor isn't perfect and the kids deffo seem happier when the playpen is dead solid and not rocking about on the floor.

      It's a good idea to put some toys or books in the playpen with the kids because if you don't it gets more like a punishment to put a baby in there. My sister used to have all her In The Night Garden toys in hers when she was about 9 months old and that got so regular that she's cry if you put any other toys in there! lol There's a lad at playgroup though who doesn't like ANYTHING in the playpen with him, he's 1 and just jumps around on his bum in it but that just shows a playpen to a baby isn't as boring as it looks to older people.

      Like I said we used an old travel cot for a playpen but my mum said when I was a baby she paid nearly £100.00 for mine.... I have always said I'm the favoured child being born first! lol Having a quick look online you can get a newish looking second hand playpen on ebay for about £20.00 and get a basic new one for £50.00.

      Recommended!!!

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        12.06.2010 17:59
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        Used sparingly and appropriately it can be a great parenting device.

        I do have mixed feelings about playpens because, although I feel they can be very useful to a parent, I equally hate the idea that sometimes they are overused and therefore detrimental to the child themselves. Don't get me wrong, I have used playpens with both my children - and yes, they have been a godsend at times, but I have also seen children left in playpens for hours at a time and sometimes it feels like they're simply being kept out of the way.

        I have found the use of a playpen useful when I need to ensure my child's safety when I'm going to otherwise occupied for a short time. For example, I have put the play pen in a corner of the kitchen when I have been cooking because the last thing you want when you're messing around with boiling water or spitting fat is a 1 year old grabbing at your ankles and putting themselves in harms way. So, I put my little darling in the play pen, along with some toys to keep them occupied, in order to keep them safe and out of harms way. Similarly, if I was popping out to the toilet for a few minutes, I would put my little one in the play pen so that he couldn't crawl off in the short time I was away.

        I opted for a Graco Pack 'n' play Sport Play Pen from Mothercare which cost me £119.99. For a play pen it is at the more expensive end of the market, but I liked the idea that it is foldable and so can be packed for travel and also hidden away when I wasn't using it. It also is colourful with soft material edges which I felt made it more appealing than a stark metal one. Its also very light weight as it has an aluminium frame - and I highly recommend this if you can afford it.

        I add the following thought and that's that children need to be able to explore and if they are parked in a playpen all the time then this could obviously affect their development. And so a play pen used wisely and sparingly is a brilliant idea, but a play pen used as a prison is a bad idea and should be avoided.

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          30.09.2009 10:39
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          Excellent resources if used properly.

          We got a playpen, and that was the day that my daughter learnt to pull herself up to standing from sitting. She spent the next couple of days practising, and then she was confident enough to do it anywhere.

          There's a lot of criticism of playpens as 'babysitters' but sometimes, you just do need to hang the washing out or start cooking or even go to the loo without an audience, and somewhere safe to put the baby is essential. I've read and heard a lot of discussion along those lines, and I think most people are clear that a playpen is good for the parent if not used too much.

          What about the baby? I've already mentioned how good they can be for encouraging development - pulling up to standing from sitting, or from lying to sitting, or even straight from lying to standing, all become easier for baby. If your baby is developing cruising skills, a playpen can help with those too. Also, playing in the playpen is almost the only thing my daughter does that doesn't involve me. Sometimes she just wants to sit on her own and play with her toys, have a bit of a chat to herself or read a book. She can do that with me in the room, or she can do that in her playpen while I, yes, get on with something else. When she needs me, she can just yell.

          Finally, the benefits for our dog are amazing. With baby in the playpen, she feels confident to walk around the house, knowing that she's not going to suddenly have her tail pulled or be prodded or scratched. Sometimes she even goes and sits next to the playpen (she does like baby after all) but it's on her terms.

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            29.06.2009 23:38
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            Its not really worth buying a wooden playpen

            I remember when my son was taking his first steps; the first thing that we started thinking of was to get a playpen and a safety gate. he was almost 11 months then and it was disturbing for us to watch him trying to climb something too high for him and fall- I know its normal but as a mom, we just feel the pain a bit more, especially when it is the first baby or when it's new- after a months we just get used to it.

            So we started looking around for something cheaper on internet- we bumped into a polish site who sold the wooden playpens of different sizes. After extensive research, we bought the one with six side slats for around £35. We thought once our child walks a bit more, we will use it as a safety gate. We could use it in shape of rectangle, hexagon or just use four sides like a square. One of the slats could also be fixed as a safety gates near stairs. So first we set up the playpen with all the sides and I have to admit, our son used to hate being in it. He felt as he was left out and there was enough space for parents to go in to so me or his dad would be with him in it. Soon he started to push the sides and soon one by one the wooden joints started breaking. So our hexagon became a pentagon and then a square. But after that he wanted to explore more things around the house and we got used to him falling and getting up. But the good thing is in stead of using this as a playpen, we are until now using it as cage around our TV and DVD player. So he actually can't reach them. But we never got to use it as a safety gate- it was way too complicated. We had to fix it and so didn't bother.

            So I suggest that buying wooden playpens are not a good idea but you can use it as a safety cage around TVs or just to keep all the toys in one place.

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            25.06.2009 21:11
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            not for me

            A play pen is some thing that I have never used on a regular basis. I do like my children to have the freedom to explore, so I never use stair gates on kitchen doors or to keep baby in one room, I only ever used them for top of stairs.

            I really don't like the image play pens and how I have seen people use them. The child is put in the play pen to play and to keep out the parents way and not interacted with. I do understand this is not the way every one uses them.

            I have used them my self for a short while whilst I was decorating a new house and completely agree with them as a safe place for baby while mum answers the door or jumps in the shower. In a form I do use a play pen but instead of the play pen I but baby in the cot while I jump in the shower.

            You are properly thinking well what does this women think of play pens she has said they good and bad and I think this is my whole point. If used the way they meant to be then they can be a great thing, but if baby dumped in it to give mum peace then I don't think they good.

            Overall for me a play pen is some thing I would not have in the house because I think the amount of time I would use it would not out weigh the room it would take

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            21.02.2009 21:49
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            A very useful item but no replacement for a parent!

            I never used a playpen for my first 2 children but with my 3rd i had 2 other children to deal with and was unable to give my daughter 100% attention 100% of the time!

            When my daughter turned 9 months she started crawling and all of a sudden was into everything! Now my house is as babyproofed as you can possibly make it but it is physically impossible to make it 100% safe. I would never even consider leaving her unattended even for a second and so i came to the conclusion i needed a playpen!

            After looking at the very small selection of playpens available i couldnt believe how tiny they all were! We purchased a Lindam one which can also be used as a stairgate or a room divider. It is made of metal and a hexagon shape with a padded insert available seperately. My baby girl hated it! She couldnt crawl around as it was so tiny and she kept banging her head on the metal bars, even a few toys wouldnt console her.

            In the end we decided to check ebay for anything different. We ended up buying a second hand one which we went to collect. I have never seen anything like it for sale in the mainstream shops but there are a few on ebay. It is very large with a wipe clean proper floor and made of wood. It is a rectangle shape and actually looks quite attractive! We attached loads of toys to the bars and my daughter loved it! She can walk around in it and play with bigger toys such as her walker and dolly pushchair.

            I have found it to be a lifesaver for us, i can now pop to the downstairs toilet for 2 minutes or answer the door knowing she is safe. Have you ever tried signing for a parcel with a wriggling toddler in your arms? If i need to do the hoovering or help my son with his homework i can pop her in it for 5 minutes. I really dont know what i would do without it and my little girl is 13 months now and still really enjoys playing in it.

            It is also great if you have a puppy or small dog who likes to jump all over baby and play with her/him. A friend of mine also puts her newborn baby in the playpen in its bouncy chair to keep him away from an inquisitive older brother!

            Playpens should be used in moderation though and i can imagine some people may see them as an easy option to put their baby in there all day with a few toys and leave them too it! All babies need stimulation and human contact so i would only advise it to be used when necessary. It is also no replacement for adult supervision and babies shouldnt be left for a very long time alone, my maximum is only a minute or two when i have been out of the room.

            The disadvantage is that they take up a lot of room and cant be folded away anywhere. I would reccomend looking around at second hand ones as they can be very expensive new and not very well designed as i have found out!If buying second hand though please make sure if conforms to recent safety standards and give it a thorough check for loose/splintered/cracked bars etc. A wipe clean floor is a must or at least a machine washable one.

            If buying new a playpen will set you back around £80 but can be picked up second hand for as little as £15-20.

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              21.01.2009 12:44

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              play pens and my view of the one that we bought

              In my experience my play pen has been an absolute life saver. We bought it about 5 months ago, and although I can't remember the make or model that it is, it is the same one as pictured by the heading on the main page for this review. We decided to buy a plastic play pen, because it easily comes apart and stores away nicely too. I was attracted by the bright colours and thought that my little boy would ike it. The primary colours were a big hit with my little boy, and he absolutely loves being in there. It has a slightly padded mat that sits in the bottom of the pen, and matches the four colours of the outside panels. It retails at about £70, and has been worth every penny for us. I really don't think that I could have managed without it. My little boy is 14 months now, and still loves it. I am expecting twins in a few months time, and I definately expect to be using it again for them. Its a life saver

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              07.01.2009 02:14
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              really useful item to have with a child

              Playpens in my opinion are an essential iitem to buy when you have a small child.
              They are designed for the safety of children and work very well in my opinion.
              They are quite expensive to buy however it is well worth the money to know that your child is safe when you have jobs to do around the house.
              I bought a lindam playpen for my child and it is very useful.
              The playpen is very sterdy and definately safe for my child.
              It comes is either black or white which are colours that go with most things.
              The playpen can be used from when the child is born however i feel the most important time that it is needed is when the baby becomes more active.
              You know that when your baby is crawling he can go no further than inside the playpen.
              The lindam playpen has solid bars around and a safety gate which can be opened from the outside not something a young child could open.
              It can also be converted into a room diveder if you are in the room with them and want them to play in a specific area.
              It has a soft cushioned matt for the area inside the playpen so they are less likely to fall and hurt themselves.
              There is also a lot of room inside the playpen for him to move about in.
              In my opinion there isnt much difference in the makes of playpens they all do the same job at the end of the day however i chose this make as it is well known in baby products.
              It cost me £80 which isnt the cheapest on the market however there are a lot more that are more expensive than this one also.
              The playpen which i purchased is very easy to fold away and can be stored easily.

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              14.12.2008 17:11
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              a handy way to keep a child safe when need be

              Everyone has different opinions on playpens but mine was a true godsend! I really don't think I would of coped without out. Although I don't like the whole idea of babies being in a 'cage' or not being able to do anything it helped me out hell of alot. You can buy playpens in most stores now, including Mothercare, Argos even on Ebay, I bought mine from Argos when my twins were 4months old. It cost me £80, its a Lindam one. It came with a few extra screws etc as it also converted into either a safety gate or a fire guard. But I only wanted it to be used as the playpen so threw the extra fiddly bits out. It also came with a mat which attached to the bottom.

              I lived in my mum and dads house with my twin boys up until they were 10months old. Had to do everything around their routines as it wasn't fair for them or my brother to change their lifestyles just because I had kids now, it wasn't my house at the end of the day. I didn't want my dad constantly nagging in my ear "Cordells into the ornaments again" or "Don't leave Jayden here he could pick something up and get hurt". So to save arguments and help me cope I had to buy it, didn't even quibble over the price.

              It was easy to put together as all I needed to do was open it out and attach on bit together just by pushing it into the holes provided. I placed the mat at the bottom, tied them around the poles and there we have a baby jail with a little extra comfort. I didn't do any cooking in my mums house really so I wasn't using it so I could cook without having to worry about the little ones. I needed it for bath times etc. I am a single mum to the boys and when they both started to crawl I thought my life was going to fall apart how was I supposed to cope on my own ?! I did though!

              The point of my buying the playpen was so I knew one baby was safe whilst I was busy doing something else. Bathing and taking them to bed especially. I had a few toys in there so they were not bored and had something to do. I would bath them both, take them both to the playpen put one of my little men in there so he couldn't move about, choke on anything, hurt himself and I would take the other to bed. Once he was in bed I would go downstairs to fetch my other little man out of the playpen and then take him to bed. If I hadn't had bought the playpen I wouldn't be able to leave one baby downstairs as they would hurt themselves, grab things, break things etc and it wasn't fair on me to ask my Dad, Mum or younger Brother to help as they were not their kids and I had to learn to do things myself.

              If I didn't have the playpen I would not have been able to bath them take them to bed without interfering in my family's lives, or without one of my boys getting hurt or ending up in hospital. I knew the playpen was sturdy, they couldn't clim out, open the gate. They were safe and secure in there.

              Now I've moved out of my Mum and Dads house as there was just no room for 6 of us living in there and baby stuff all over the place. But I don't use the playpen as an actual pen anymore. My boys started walking at 10months and worked out how to get into my cupboards, grab the naughty things such as bleach and plates. Nightmare I hear you saying! So I opened the playpen out and now it fits right across my kitchen so they have one part of my kitchen, the safe part where just their toys etc are and they can't get into trouble or drink somne bleach. It was definitely £80 well spent for me!

              I would definitely reccomend a playpen to anybody with children who needs maybe just five minutes peace not having to chase after your little ones when they are crawling or walking. Or you want to cook, clean etc and need to know they are safe but in your watchful eye. Although I love the playpen idea for safety etc I don't agree with just leaving kids in them for the sake of it etc as they do need to run around and be a little naughty sometimes as tired as we may get. But for them awkward moments when you just NEED to know your childs safe for a few minutes for whatever reason, a playpen is a must! I mean think about the reasons you may need them to be safe without you following them round every 2 seconds. You may need the toilet, the door may knock, the phone may ring, you may be cooking, could of dropped something or smashed glass, tipped a drink etc.

              I have read other reviews on playpens etc and don't agree that playpens prevent children from having freedom etc, so long as they are not literally used as a cage they are fantastic for a childs safety and they still have plenty of room to play and move they just can't run wild around the house like they usually do! But also as I said in the beginning of this review I know people have different opinions on playpens and this is mine.

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                11.11.2008 22:17
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                Not for me, but it's personal choice

                What would you do, let your baby roam freely around the house learning what they could and couldn't touch, where they could and couldn't go and what would be safe and what would be dangerous or would you put them in a plastic/wooden cage in the corner of the room with a few toys just for your own gain?

                If you can't tell from above, we never purchased a playpen for our daughter and we don't intend to. Just like we haven't bought any stairgates to stop her accessing rooms she shouldn't (we don't have stairs) and we don't use cupboard locks. Instead we've chosen the natural approach of her learning where she can go and what she can do, rather than locking her away from it.

                I'm not saying in any way, shape or form that playpens should never be used, i'm just saying some parents use them irresponsibly, as a way of lazy parenting. The excuse for most seems to be so they can get their jobs done in the day - well i still manage to do ours and in fact i turn it into a game so my daughter helps with various things and has fun doing so. For example, she'll sit and help me move the washing from the washing machine to the basket/tumble dryer and if i'm hanging it outside she'll sit and pass the pegs to me from the peg bucket (she's 1). She'll also help me with the hoovering by walking around with me whilst i do, all the while giggling away because she thinks it's funny.

                We don't spend all day doing the jobs and she doesn't always help me, sometimes she'll toddle off to her toy box and play happily whilst i get on with it. It's a choice she has.

                Another reason for people using play pens is to keep them safe whilst they go to the toilet for example. Well my daughter is used to this and i settle her first with toys, say back in a minute and away i go. My rooms are baby safe so i trust her to be ok whilst i'm gone for a minute.

                Please don't be offended by the above, i know some mums just couldn't live without them and i know for some people they really are a necessity. I know, for example, someone with epilepsy should have one - if they feel they are going to seizure they can put their baby in the play pen knowing that nothing bad can happen to them and they will be safe until they feel better. This is something i'd definately be for.

                At the end of the day, if they are used responsibly i don't have a problem with them - if you're cooking and fat is spitting then it's fair enough although i'd always use the highchair and put my daughter far enough away but still with a toy.

                It's a case of how you want to bring up your children and neither way is right or wrong, you just have to make that personal choice.

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                  10.11.2008 01:04
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                  A really useful tool for parents!!!

                  Playpens are a god send! They can provide a safe environment for a young child to play in and for parents to know where the child is and no harm can come to them. That is of course only suitable toys are in with the child and the child isn't able to climb out!

                  I have a travel cot which I use as a playpen, it is a mothercare basinette, travel cot/playpen. I find it really useful for my child to play and take naps in. It all folds up into a bag which is great for travelling or taking with you to a friends ro family house. It came with a changing mat that fits on top, and for babies who are aged from birth to around 3 months, there is a netted section which fits on so that they baby isn't right in the bottom of the cot. Its all very easy to put together and really handy!
                  Playpens come in all different shapes and size and some aren't suitable for naps and some are only suitable for certain ages.

                  I would recommend anyone with a young child or expecting a baby to purchase a playpen or a travel cot/playpen as when yor child gets to the age of of rolling/crawling etc it is a very useful tool so that you know where they are! You can turn your back for 2 seconds and your baby has dissapeared from the spot where you placed them and they have rolled across the room !!!

                  Obviously the playpen isn't a childminder and your child shouldn't be left in it all day everyday and of course you should keep checking in on them! I knew someone who used to get up, feed their baby, plonk them in the playpen and that was it, no stimulation or anything, just got the little one out to feed and change. Obviously your child still needs love, attention, interaction and stimulation to develop properly but they also need to learn to play on their own for little periods of time.

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                  05.11.2008 19:56
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                  A good/wise purchase

                  I have been having a lot of trouble of keeping my child away when I am cooking or doing some work at home especially when I am alone with my infant. It gets dangerous to let him move around whlist I am working. This concern let me to think about buying a peace of furniture that will restrict my baby's movements and at the same time amuse him for a little while when I am busy running around the house and doing the chores. I bought a playpen with the reason in mind and my baby ahs been using one ever since he was 6 months old. A play pen allows you child to stay put in a four walled barrier ad play within that area. The only problem is that you cannot leave the child too long in there because they will get the idea that they have been abandoned so a span on 10-20 minutes is safe to keep them there. I would recommend a playpen to anyone looking for a safe abode for their babys while the are around the house working.

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                    10.06.2008 13:33
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                    Very useful, especially if you are on your own with your baby

                    I bought a travel cot to use as a playpen just before my daughter started to crawl, at around six months of age. I got one from Mothercare's own range, and it cost about £40.00, which is very good value. My daughter has always been very active, and was rolling over at about four months, and crawling by seven months, so I thought that a playpen would be very useful as a safe place to put her, while I did house work, went to the bathroom, or just sat down for five minutes. She is now almost 18 months old, and has been running around for ages, so I only use the playpen when she has a sleep, or if I need to go and do some jobs, answer the doorbell, go to the toilet, etc. The rest of the time she has the freedom to move around, but there is not much space, as we live in a very cluttered one bedroom flat with no outside space.
                    I think that a playpen/travel cot is an essential piece of equipment, if used responsibly, and not to just leave your child in for long periods of time. I am usually on my own all day while my husband is at work, so it is really important to have a safe place for my daughter to go for a few minutes, to give me chance to get things done. Having her in the kitchen while I am cooking is quite hazardous, even with locks on the doors and drawers. Used properly, playpens are very useful and give parents peace of mind.

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                    a great way to keep a roaming toddler out of mischief

                    Play pens in my oppinion are a god send for any mom who cant spend all day sitting on there bottoms doing nothing.

                    Before i had my daughter i used to frown upon people who caged there children up in a play pen but by the time she was 8 months old, scrawling around my house and pulling herself up on the furniture i decided they were right after all, i needed a play pen.

                    I brought a 6 sided metal play pen from the argos which i believe cost me around £100 but this was the biggest play pen i could find.
                    It had a red padded mat in the bottom and a safety gate on one side to loose baby in and out.

                    This play pen was a god send to me, it meat i could go to the toilet in peace, cook with out worrying about scaldig her and iron without worrying about burning her.

                    She could play in her play pen with me near by and be safe at the same time as happy.

                    These realy are worth buying even if it is only for your peace of mind as so many young children get hurt in the kitchen.

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                      In the corner of my sitting room is a wooden cage. It is a wooden playpen about 3foot by 3foot. In it is a small duvet which is comfy to sit on. A cusion from the back of an old armchair which is comfy to fall on and a selection of toys. This is a safe environment for my baby to go in. You may think it is mean to cage up a baby but I tell you it is the best thing for my baby. You may ask why? At 8 months old my baby can move. If I put her on the floor at my feet before I know it she is in another room in floods of tears because she doesn't know her way back to me. I go on a hunt and find her. As safe as I try to make my house I have other children with small toys and belongings. I could try to keep them away all the time but I always miss something. Not only does my baby move she also put things in her mouth. Every thing my daughter gets hold of is straight in her mouth, quite normal for a baby. Needless to say my house is a dangerous place for my baby. I could spend all day every day playing with my baby and watching her every move but that is hardly practical so I have to be able to put her in a safe place while I do other things. The playpen is the safe place for her. Does she enjoy the play pen you may ask and the answer is sometimes. At times she will play happily with toys or pull herself up to standing with the bars and be quite happy. When she finds herself alone in the room and unable to escape then she starts to complain. When my baby no longer needs a playpen I find that it is still a useful piece of furniture in my home. At christmas I will put the christmas tree on a table in the play pen, it is stopped from child attack and the presents are all contained in the cage. The play pen I have is folds up neatly to store away when out of use but I will never part with it as I am sure I will be able to find lots of occasions to use it. I have had our playpen since my
                      first child was born and it is still going strong.

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                      Playpens have been designed for the safety as well as for the well being of babies.It can be used right from the time the baby is born.