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A baby play yard is a great item for parents to invest in. It will be used for multiple purposes as well as for the first and even second years of the baby's life. It's a good idea to get one before the baby arrives because many of them include built in bassinets and changing tables, so they can provide the newborn's sleeping place.
There are many styles available and the prices range widely. Choose one that is right for you and keep in mind that you will probably be using it for play as well as sleep. Play yards can be folded up for easy transportation when visiting friends and family and you can use them as a portable crib. When baby gets a little older they will serve as great play areas where the baby will be confined and not able to scurry off once he starts crawling. Just place a bunch of baby's toys in with him and he'll be entertained for a long time.
The base can be lowered from the bassinet position and thus used as the play yard and portable or alternative crib. Actually, if you travel with your newborn, you can also take it with you if the style you have comes with the built in bassinet we mentioned above.
Play yards can also be used at the pool, backyard, picnics, the beach… anywhere that you take your baby and are in need to keep him in a safe place as well as entertained.