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How to Pick a Playpen

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Published on Sep 29, 2010

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Playpens provide children with a place to play and sleep. Make sure your child is comfortable and safe with these great tips.

Step 1: Check for recalls
Check for recalls at cpsc.gov. Look for a JMPA logo on the playpen to ensure the proper safety standards are up to date.

Step 2: Protect your baby from injury
Protect your baby from injury with padding on the top and corner rails.

Tip
Hinges and supports should also be protected.

Step 3: Make sure the playpen is sturdy
Make sure the playpen is sturdy and will not tip over if the child leans on it.

Step 4: Choose a play pen with safe mesh
Choose a playpen with mesh sides that have holes no bigger than 1/4 inch.

Tip
Frequently check the mesh sides for rips and tears.

Step 5: Buy a playpen that folds up
Buy a playpen that folds up and fits in a carrying case for easy transport.

Step 6: Send in the manufacturer's registration card
Send in the manufacturer's registration card to receive recall notices.

Did You Know?
In the U.S., more than 2.5 million playpens, portable cribs, and play yards are sold annually.

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