This next gift is seriously a must-have for active parents!
What’s the number one problem all parents of infants run into when traveling? The lack of a crib for baby, of course. And more than likely a place for diaper changes as well.
You don’t necessarily have to be a frequent flyer in order to run into these problems either. Just going for a visit with grandma and grandpa overnight, especially during the holidays can be a real inconvenience if you’re not fully prepared.
And I rather doubt that any of you drive a moving van when you go out of town or make an overnight stay just so you can have everything you need for your baby. That would be insanely expensive! But then you’re left with the issue of where your infant will sleep.
Now you can make visiting with family and friends this Christmas more about what the holiday season is meant to be about —togetherness and fun.
The Room Playard is one amazing product and something I know will get a lot of use. It doesn’t take up a lot of space and honestly saves you space because it provides 3 products in one — a playpen, bassinet, and changing table.
Assembly required both my hubby and I and the use of a Phillips screwdriver. It was a bit more detailed and required more time because as I stated, there’s a lot more to this product than just a simple playpen.
To be honest, if you don’t follow the directions and images as printed, you will wind up lost and with pieces installed improperly. Each part has a specific place and a certain time when it needs to be assembled. My hubby, being the great “handyman” he is (gotta love him!), chose not to read the directions and put a few pieces together. I couldn’t quite figure out why some parts wouldn’t go together correctly, then I went through the directions and realized he had a few things backwards. hahaa!
1.) Unfolding the Room 2.) Attaching the rails in the bassinet
3.) Snapping the ends of the changing table 4.) Inserting 2 AA batteries into the integrated music center
At this point I’m not sure which feature I love most about the Joovy Room. Each one is pretty vital when you have a baby, especially from the very beginning.
The changing table is recommended for babies up to 25 pounds which is great and includes a vinyl top (not fabric) so it’s easier to wipe clean.
Changing table with 4 storage pockets!
I really love that the Room includes a bassinet for smaller babies (up to 15 pounds). It makes removing a tiny baby extremely easy, especially for those parents who may suffer from back injuries (raises hand!) since you’re not leaning far into the playard to put baby in or take baby out.
As an added bonus, you get the generously sized parent organizer for baby’s necessities such as diapers, wipes, and apparel, as well as the MP3 jack. Babies just love music!
Something you may not notice in the photos is the combination night light/music attachment that’s built-in. It provides a soothing atmosphere for baby as he or she listens to the sounds of lullabies. The addition of the night light is just perfect. No more blinding baby or hubby in the middle of the night when you want to check in for a late night feeding or diaper change. The light provides just the right amount of a glow.
1.) Bassinet 2.) Glowing nightlight
The Room comes with one large padded mattress that can be used either for the play pen portion or as a mattress for the bassinet. It adheres to the play yard with velcro straps, which help keep it stable when in use. I WILL point out that the mattress has 2 folds and does not lie flat, especially when used with a young baby (in our case a 3 month old). In my opinion this could be a safety issue so we will wait until Baby E is a bit older to use it.
Any parent will appreciate the breathable, mesh sides, making viewing baby from a distance a whole lot easier.
I really love how the Room makes traveling away from home easier and less stressful. The travel tote bag is large enough to fit the playard, along with a few accessories. I was unable to fit every piece but it accommodates the essentials of the product.
The only issues I found with this product, aside from the foldable mattress is that at 34 pounds, it can be a bit heavy and awkward (at 49″ x 35.5″ x 34″) to transport for some women. And assembly as well as disassembling can be a bit time consuming until you get it down pat.
PERFECT GIFT FOR:
This product would make a great gift for any expecting parent — especially those who are on-the-go!
You can purchase the Joovy Room Playard at Toys R Us ($269.99), and Bed Bath & Beyond. As well as online at amazon.com. Prices may vary per store.
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