Spotlight Product Review: Graco Pack ‘n Play with Newborn Napper

Graco’s Pack n Play Playard with Newborn Napper is Graco’s newest version of their very popular playard. This playard is full of great features including the stand-out feature of the Newborn Napper which is a smaller bassinet-type area specifically for a newborn.

This sturdy playard features the standard playard bassinet option, a changing table, music, vibration, nightlight, diaper/wipes organizer, wheels for easy portability, and the Newborn Napper.

This version of the Pack n Play is relatively easy to set up and take down. We say “relatively” because the first time assembling the changing table and Newborn Napper can be a bit time consuming to figure out. Once you figure it out though, it’s not too hard to break this playard down for easy travel. Playards today come with many added and welcome features such as the bassinets and changing tables that add extra time to set up and take down. Just don’t expect to get a playard with all the bells and whistles that you can set up in 2 minutes.

Like all playards, this Pack n Play folds up and fits into a nylon cargo bag (about the size of a small, yet very heavy, golf club bag) for convenient travel. We were not able to fit the changing table and the Newborn Napper in the bag though. IF the wheels were exposed outside the bag when packed up to roll it around – it would be even better! Maybe on their next model?

The changing table is a nice feature to make this a portable changing station for new moms. It has a weight limit of 25 lbs and is super easy to wipe down in case you have a diaper mishap. Unfortunately, Graco didn’t elevate this changing table (as they have on their other models) to save mom and dad’s back during diaper duty. It really needs to be higher as it can be uncomfortably low for taller parents! Also, we would like it more if the table flipped away when not in use but that’s not a deal breaker. Remember a changing table should not be in place when a child is in either the playard or the bassinet.

The sturdy bassinet feature is easy to set up and great for newborns. Unlike some other bassinets, this one is the same size as the playard to accommodate different size babies. The bassinet has a weight limit of 15 lbs or when the infant begins to push up on hands and knees, whichever comes first. The bassinet does not come with a canopy but we think more often than not you will not use the canopy anyway.

Now, the main feature on this playard that makes it stand-out from the rest and why we think this Pack ‘n Play is totally worth the price is the Newborn Napper. The Newborn Napper station looks like a very plush and comfortable bouncy seat that was designed to cuddle your newborn and provide a perfect place for them to rest. The fabric is super soft and it comes with a newborn headrest and a small canopy. Note: The canopy doesn’t fold back so it remains in one place unless you remove it. The Newborn Napper is designed only to be used on the playard and is recommended with a baby from 0-3 months. (While it is to be used with a non-rolling baby there are no straps.) Since the fabric is plush, the Napper is not designed to be a full-time crib for your newborn but a place for parent-supervised naps. The Napper can be hand washed with warm water and household soap which is good because with the plush fabric, a diaper explosion could be disastrous!

The Pack ‘n Play Playard with Newborn Napper also comes with an electronic component that features music and a nightlight with auto-shut off timer. There is also a vibration device that is easy to hook up under the bassinet or on the Newborn Napper to soothe and calm your baby.

There are two wheels on the playard to easily move it from room to room. With a width of 28 ½ inches, you may find that it doesn’t fit through narrow doorways though (our doorways are 28 inches). A diaper/wipes organizer also hangs off the side of the playard for storage. While the organizer is kind of flimsy, it does the job of holding a standard wipes container and quite a few diapers.

Overall, we are always impressed with Graco’s sturdiness of their playards! While we would love a higher changing table, this playard looks great, and has features such as a bassinet, Newborn Napper, changing table and electronics that makes this a top pick for us!

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Baby Gizmo founder Hollie Schultz is the proud mom of three adorable kids. This certified CPS (Child Passenger Safety) Tech and baby gear expert is the host of the Baby Gizmo video reviews giving moms the inside look at baby products before they purchase them. Hollie is also the co-author of The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide. A former resident of Los Angeles, she and her family now live in North Carolina where she is having a blast designing and decorating her new home.

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Amy Aune
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I love my Graco newborn napper pack n play, but the spot light music component that attaches to the side reil exploded!! Not only did it explode , but my 5 month old was sleeping on the pack n play when it happened. I don’t know what to do about this. The P&P is only 6 months old, it was a baby shower gift.

Joshua Balensiefen
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The babies of the world deserve only the best stuff! I really appreciate your expertise.

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