When the weather is nice, you want your baby to enjoy the outdoors as much as you do. But if you’re doing yard work and can’t spend every second with your eyes glued on your child, you’ll need a play yard. Outdoor play yards are typically meant for kids ages 6 months to 24 months. They will keep your little babe safely ensconced in a mini fence. Usually play yards have canvas floors or lightweight mats on the bottom to keep your baby dry—or from digging into the grass.
We rounded up the best outdoor play yards for you. All three of our picks are portable, which means that you can pack them up in the usually included travel bag. They’re also generally lightweight, so you won’t break your back lugging one to the park. One of our picks is even padded with foam, adding an extra cushy layer between your baby and the play yard’s metal structure. While another pick is adjustable, so you can decide what shape it’s going to take or how big it’ll be. You’ll have some peace of mind knowing that these play yards will keep your child contained.
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1. Summer Pop ‘n Play Portable Playard
This portable play yard gives your baby, toddler or little one 14 square feet of area to play in. At 26 in. tall, it’ll keep your little one safely encased. It has an easy pop-n-fold design, so you can set up the play yard in seconds. If you have to set up in damp grass, don’t worry. The play yard has a water-resistant bottom canvas to keep your kid dry. Weighing in at 12 lbs., this play yard is lightweight and portable.
2. Toddleroo by North States Superyard
You can create up to 18.5 square feet of playing space for your little one with this playpen. It can be used either indoors or outdoors, depending on your needs. The plastic play yard has six panels and can be folded up, so you can change the shape as you see fit. The design makes it difficult for kids to climb or scale. It even comes with a travel bag, complete with strap. It’s available in aqua, colorplay, gray and sand.
3. Milliard Portable Playard
This play yard, which can be used both outdoors and indoors, has a padded floor, foam-covered bars and big, foam dots covering the sharper points of the play yard. It’s specifically designed to keep your child safe, if they decide to play with the play yard. The dots motif is repeated on the floor of the play yard. The flexible mesh makes it so your child can look around easily and see what’s going on outside their playpen.
4. Regalo My Play Deluxe Portable Play Yard
This play yard is designed to fold-and-go. It is easy to pop up, whether you’re in your backyard or your kitchen. The bottom is made out of nylon and the sides are made of mesh, so it’s easy to clean if your child makes a mess inside. The play yard even comes with its own carrying case, so it’s very portable.