A playpen can help parents get things done with the knowledge that baby can’t wander off or get into some sort of mischievous. But it’s no substitute for parental oversight.
Here are suggestions to help you find a safe playpen, courtesy of the Nemours Foundation:
- If you choose a playpen with mesh sides, protect baby’s fingers by making sure the holes are small — 1/4 of an inch or less. The mesh must also be sturdy and properly attached to the device’s edges.
- The sides of the playpen must extend at least 20 inches above the floor.
- The rails on each side should be well-padded to protect baby from a head injury.
- Make sure that your infant can’t reach any of the playpen’s locks.
- All hinges and supports should be enforced and protected.
- If acquiring a used playpen, make sure its floor is in good shape, with no tears or worn spots.