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Playpen: pros and cons

When a baby grows up as a crawling child, its range of motion also increases the risk of it hurting somewhere. Now it is important to never let your child out of sight! But that's not so easy in everyday life. Therefore, many parents are considering the purchase of a playpen at this stage. Since such a thing is not quite cheap (from 60 euros in good quality with seal of approval), such an acquisition should be well considered.

There are playpens in sizes of 75 x 75 centimeters up to 1.15 x 1.15 meters. Most parents recommend not choosing the smallest option, so that the child has more freedom.
There are right- and octagonal playpens and often with the possibility to adjust the floor in height. So you can accommodate babies there, who have their parents well in view from there. Most of the playpens are also foldable and / or with wheels, some models can be used as a travel cot or as a playpen.

We have put together for you what are the pluses and minuses of such an acquisition and what you should pay attention to when buying.

Per playpen

When the doorbell rings or the milk in the kitchen threatens to overcook, the offspring is quickly put into the nursery and is safe there.

If the parents are busy with such things as ironing or cooking, it is good to have the child in sight in the playpen and not have to keep running after them to keep them away from sources of danger.

If the Ställchen is designed with a thick, soft surface and equipped with the favorite toy, the offspring will feel comfortable there for a while. Some parents even report that their children like to take a nap there.

If the child starts to pull himself up everywhere, it can hold on to the grid and shimmy along it. And the soft pad absorbs a fall.

Some parents report that older siblings bring their toys to safety from the baby by putting things in the playpen as long as the baby is not in it. The grids not only protect the baby from danger, but also provide a protected environment for older children.

Contra playpen

Many children feel locked up in the playpen and do not want to stay there. Once parents put their little treasure in there, the shouting is big and sometimes the purchase turns out to be a bad investment because the child can not get used to staying alone in this "jail".

A playpen in the size of 1 x 1 meter is recommended, but needs a lot of space - in small apartments, this could be a problem.

One day, a clever baby will be able to climb out of the stables - which of course is not without danger. Then it's over with security!

Even if you decorate a little toy with a toy, many children are bored in it after some time and feel restricted in their urge to move.

Although most playpens are adjustable in height, it takes a lot of strength to put his child in there and lift them out again. Take care of your back and posture (your back should stay straight, your hips are tilted, your strength comes from your knees), when you pick your child out of the playpen. Otherwise, you could have problems, especially with older and heavier children.

Playpens are a good storage option. Before you know it, so many toys, picture books, and other things could be that there's barely room for your baby.

Conclusion: A playpen is well suited to accommodate a toddler for a short time safely. But you should not leave it there for a long time - otherwise your natural urge to move and explore will be restricted too much.

Purchase and safety tips for playpens

The following checklist has been compiled by the Consumer Information System (VIS) Bavaria.

  • The model should bear a quality seal ("GS" for tested safety or another quality mark).
  • Instructions for use and installation instructions must be understandable.
  • After installation of the children's playpen - especially between frame and
  • Floor - there are no accessible shear or pinch points (danger of pinching fingers).
  • Check the strength and spacing of the bars so that your sweetheart can not pinch your head and neck!
  • Playpens can be equipped with wheels or wheels, but at least two must be lockable, and so that the child can not solve them themselves.
  • There should be no removable small components on the playpen that could ingest the child.
  • Pay attention to material damage, such as splintering wood.
  • The playpen must not have any sharp corners or sharp-edged screws.
  • The playpen should be sufficiently marked for complaints (product name, trademark of the manufacturer or wholesaler, possibly additional identification features).
  • Child walkers without floor pose a fundamental danger, because the child can move or lift the frame by its own power and so z. B. enters the kitchen or the stairs.


"Safety risk for children's playpen", Information Service German Green Cross e.V., 42nd year No. 3/4 - March / April 2008
35037 Marburg, [as of May 2008]

Bavarian Ministry of Environment, Health and Consumer Protection. "Children's playpen, children's playpen or children's obstacle with safety risk?", Version of 8.1.2008 at the consumer information system Bavaria.

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