10 Best Baby Play Pens
for October 2022

Babies love to play. And playpens can be a great place to let your baby play safely, indoors or out. Playpens, also known as baby gyms, can be freestanding, portable or stationary. Portable playpens, or portable baby gyms, are lightweight and portable, making them easy to transport and store when not in use. Stationary playpens, or baby gyms, are more permanent fixtures in your home.

Playpens come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some playpens have mesh sides, while others have solid sides. Some have toys or activity centers built in, while others have removable activity centers. Some playpens have walls that fold up, while others have walls that move back and forth. Playpens also come in a variety of materials, including plastic, metal and fabric.

Our Different Guide tests playpens for durability, safety, ease of use and versatility. For example, we evaluate safety by testing the playpen's weight capacity, height, stability, and sturdiness. We also evaluate ease of use, including how easily the playpen assembles and how easy it is to use. And we also evaluate versatility, including whether you can fold up the walls, change the height of the playpen or remove the activity center. Here are the best baby playpens of 2022:

Different Guide editors independently choose recommendations. Purchases made through our links may earn us commissions.

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Baby Play Yard, Playpen Safety Activity Center for Toddlers Anti-Fall, Portable, Breathable Mesh, Indoor Outdoor Use (Square and Blue)

Jomifin Baby Play Yard

by Jomifin
What We like

Its the perfect size. Even our 4-year-old cousin fit inside. It has three toys and two height levels. And its very light and portable for on-the-go play.

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Yoleo Baby Foldable Play Yard Playpen Portable Seamless 14 Panels with Whiteboard for Toddlers Kids, Sturdy New Pen Playground Fences for Crawling Babies Colorful Game Wall

Yoleo Baby Foldable Play Yard Playpen Portable Seamless 14 Panels with Whiteboard for Toddlers Kids

by YOLEO
What We like

The Yoleo baby playpen has a seamless design allowing it to fold completely flat. The poles are support by suction cups, not clamps, so they won't jam, and it's never needed to prise them apart thanks to the silicone feet at the bottom.

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Baby Playpen Wooden Kids Play Fence with Door Baby Safety Play Center Yard Safe Play Area Indoor Kids Safety Activity Center Playard w/Locking Gate Outdoor ,Without Mat

Bonrcea Baby Playpen Wooden Kids Play Fence with Door Baby Safety Play Center Yard Safe Play Area Indoor Kids Safety Activity Center Playard w/Locking Gate Outdoor

by SDLGABC
What We like

Baby Playpen has been a great find. Its simple design and easy installation make it a great choice for infants and toddlers. Its large size and overall quality make it worth the price.

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9.3
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WWS Ball Pit for Kids / Baby Play Yard / Baby Playpen / Fence for Baby, Folding Portable, No Need Inflate, More Than 12 Sq.ft Play Space, Two Color

WWS Ball Pit for Kids / Baby Play Yard / Baby Playpen / Fence for Baby

by WWS
What We like

It's no difficult for the kids to get stuck in this. They can even crawl inside, which parents might be uncomfortable with.

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8.7
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BabyGuard Baby Playpen, Extra Large Playard with Anti-Slip Base (Grey, 75

BabyGuard Baby Playpen

by BabyGuard
What We like

It's easily assembled and disassembled, but the lack of padding on the connecting bars makes it uncomfortable for sitting. The BabyGuard play yard has adequate padding on the connecting bars, but for sitting it needs more padding.

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I nori Kids & Baby Lightweight Ball Pit, PlayPen, Indoor and Outdoor Water Resistant Big Inflatable Pop up Space Playground Toy for Boys Girls and Infant Square_Yellow

INORI PLAY FOR FUN I nori Kids & Baby Lightweight Ball Pit

by ISAAC KV KOREA, INORI PLAY FOR FUN
What We like

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8.4
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Portable Baby Ball Pit Tent Playpen Playard Fence with Basketball Hoop Breathable Mesh for Indoors Outdoors Infant Toddler Kids

HI SUYI Portable Baby Ball Pit Tent Playpen Playard Fence with Basketball Hoop Breathable Mesh for Indoors Outdoors Infant Toddler Kids

by Ningbo shuyi outdooor products Co.Ltd
What We like

The portable baby ball pit tent playpen's clear mesh walls make it easy to keep an eye on your kid from beyond the fence. The included shoes are also a nice touch.

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8.4
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Baby Playpen Kids Activity Centre for 8 Panels Multi Color Safety Courtyard Indoor Outdoor Kids Play Pens Baby Fence with Colourful Board

FDW Baby Playpen Kids Activity Centre for 8 Panels Multi Color Safety Courtyard Indoor Outdoor Kids Play Pens Baby Fence with Colourful Board

by FDW
What We like

Best value playpen that's easy to setup and very flexible depending on the size of your room. Its sturdy base fits most flooring types and you can shape the playpen with 2 connectors.

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8.4
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Baby Playpen and Play Yard Large Playyard Play Center Sturdy Square Fence with Breathable Mesh Storage Safety Play Yard Home Indoor & Outdoor

Enlitoys Baby Playpen and Play Yard Large Playyard Play Center Sturdy Square Fence with Breathable Mesh Storage Safety Play Yard Home Indoor & Outdoor

by Enlitoys
What We like

This baby play yard isn't the most advanced or impressive product we tested. But it's safe, sturdy, and easy to assemble. Just don't forget to buy the extra storage bag!

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8
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Large Space Kids Baby Ball Pit - Square Baby Playpen Indoor Outdoor Toddlers Child Safety Play Yard Fun Activities Popular Toys (Not Includes Balls)…

Gaorui Large Space Kids Baby Ball Pit

by Gaorui E-Commerce Co., Ltd
What We like

One of the best playthings for babies, it's beefy enough to hold 12 balls, and our kids loved it. It's easy to set up and take down, too.

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