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Play Pens





A play pen is one of the most useful baby safe items designed to keep babies and toddlers safe inside or outside of the home. Ideal for popping baby in at a moments notice, when the doorbell rings, the cooker calls, or quite simply as a safe and secure play zone for your baby. 



Choosing whether or not to buy a play pen for your baby or toddler is completely personal choice.  For some parents safety gates and room dividers provide enough safety for their child to play safe at home without the need for a play pen.  Other families like the flexibility and freedom a play pen provides, particularly lightweight fabric play pens that can be transferred from room to room with ease.  Play pens provide an instant safe zone for your baby or toddler, they can be formed of solid, metal or wooden bars or made of foldable lightweight fabric for ease of travelling (taking to the grandparents or on holiday) and ease of mobility around the home.



Choosing the best play pen for you and your child will depend on how and where you intend to use it.  If you want a playpen that is simple and sturdy, contemporary in design, lightweight and portable and takes up minimal space once packaged up, then the Safetots Deluxe Fabric Round Playpen or the Safetots Deluxe Fabric Hexagon Playpen are perfect solutions.  If you want a play pen that is solid in structure then there are many styles available in wood and metal with compatible play mats, designed to provide additional safety and comfort for babies and toddlers.  Multifunctional play pens benefit from providing more than one function in the home, they can continue to be useful way beyond the toddler, playpen days.


For an even greater insight into the different types of playpens keep reading: 



Multi functional play pens



Playpens that are made up of individual panels that connect together are one of the best baby safety investments and ultimately one of the best playpens.  Having more than one function, ensures your playpen can be put to full use, saving you money and storage.  When there is no longer the need for a play pen, Safetots multifunctional play pens can be converted to a safety gate, room divider, hearth gate or a pet pen.  Panels come a range of sizes enabling you to add panels and remove panels as desired for secondary use.  Multi use play pens are available in white metal, black metal and wood.  To convert a multi-panel play pen into a room divide or a stair gate, you simply need to purchase a wall mounting kit.





fabric play pen


Fabric play pens are the lightweight, minimal option, ideal for taking with you on holiday, taking to the grandparents or a comfort option for the home.  The Safetots Deluxe Fabric playpens are made from strong and durable fabric yet provide a soft, comfortable play safe zone for infants.  Being the lighter weight option, these fabric playpens feature suction cups at the base of the play pen, ensuring the ultimate stability and safety if used on a solid wood or tiled floor.  There are no sharp edges with these fabric play pens, they provide the most comfortable and safe play zone particularly for very young children.





A play pen is ideal for use indoors and out.  Popping up a play pen in the garden enables you and your child to enjoy the summer months safely.  Creating an area your child can play, filled with favourite toys enables you to enjoy the garden or work through those garden chores in the comfort of knowing your child is safe.  Play pens enable your young child to be with you safely indoors and out, they are particularly great for mischievous toddlers that find it impossible to stay still for even one moment, or a crawling baby who has just discovered there’s a much bigger world out there to explore.



A child should never be left for long periods of time unsupervised in a play pen.  For your child’s safety it is recommended that you check them frequently to ensure their well-being. 

Make sure any toys and books are safe and avoid putting in items they can potentially climb onto and hurt themselves.


All Safetots Play Pens have been tried and tested to ensure they meet todays required safety standards.





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Feb 27 ,2019

Play Pen Safety for Babies

Many parents will tell you how big a help a playpen can be when you've got a baby. A playpen can be used regularly inside the house or outdoors allowing you to go about your daily tasks safe in the knowledge that your little one is in a secure environment. However, each year many infants, and parents, suffer injuries because of poor playpen safety. This article will give you some tips and products for keeping both you and your baby safe when using a playpen.


Play Pen Safety Advice

The first and most important piece of advice is to avoid leaving your child unattended whilst in a playpen. Sometimes it's unavoidable, it is difficult to be with your baby all the time and modern playpens are extremely safe environments for your baby to be but supervision is always recommended. Also, try and avoid leaving your baby in a playpen for too long as they need time to move about on the floor and playpens restrict movement. Avoid using a second-hand playpen or one that has been handed down as it may not meet the current safety regulations regarding design or could have been a product recall by the manufacturer. Buy the latest playpen design and buy new if you can.


Playpens are great for the garden when you want to be outside with your baby as they can watch what you're doing and interact with the outdoor environment. However, if you take your playpen outside, make sure it's placed in a safe and shady spot.


Keeping your baby comfortable in their playpen is important but you shouldn't place extra soft padding in with them. Babies have a tendency to become wrapped up in blankets and bedding and aren't able to move their head freely leading to breathing difficulties and the potential for suffocation. Ideally, blankets and bedding should not be placed inside the pen with your baby but if you need to keep them to a minimum of one. The padded mattress included with the playpen should be the only padding you use as it's been designed to perfectly fit the playpen preventing any gaps or spaces where your baby can pull on.


Many playpen injuries each year are actually to adults. There's a tendency to lift your baby out of a playpen which can lead to serious back problems. Buy a playpen that has a fully opening door so you can enter the playpen and lift your child properly.  Playpens are typically built with either slatted sides or meshed sides. If you buy a playpen with slats they should be less than 6.1cm apart to prevent your baby getting their head caught. If you buy a mesh sided playpen, the mesh holes should be less than 0.6cm across to prevent fingers and toes getting caught.


Try to keep hard toys out of the playpen; better to give your baby soft toys to play with. Hard toys can be thrown and potentially bounce back off the sides causing injuries to your child. Your baby may also fall while in the playpen and land on the hard toy hurting themselves. Older children may also use hard toys as a step to climb out of the pen.


Regularly check the playpen for any problems such as loose fittings or tears in the mesh. Modern playpens are extremely well designed and made from strong materials that will give you years of hassle free use but it's advisable to double-check the integrity of the pen each time you use it.


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Feb 17 ,2017