The features of each pack-n-play vary with the brand and model, but they generally include a playpen, a bassinet option, a changing table and sometimes a rocker. They are also easy to store and transport.
Pack-n-plays are ideal for parents preparing for the birth of a child. They are convenient for mobility and fold up easily for storage. Pack-n-plays are also a convenient option for parents on a tight budget, since they come with a play yard, bassinet and changing table for often less than $100, significantly cheaper than the price of each individual item sold separately. In addition to being cost effective, pack-n-plays also save space because each of the features fits neatly into the area of the playpen, whereas purchasing the items separately takes up more space.
It is important to check the weight limit for each feature of the pack-n-play, as the weight limit for the changing tables may be much lower than that of the bassinets, which in turn may have a lower weight limit than the playpen. Once a child outgrows the weight limit of the bassinet feature, a crib or toddler bed becomes necessary. However, pack-n-plays are a good choice for the child's early months.