10 Best Baby Playpens That Babies (And You) Will Love!

Becky Gamester-Newton
Dec 22, 2023 By Becky Gamester-Newton
Originally Published on Jul 05, 2021
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When your baby starts rolling off their play mat, you know you're in trouble.

Gone are the days of popping your baby on the play mat and knowing that they will happily stay in that one spot. Once those tiny feet and hands have worked out how to bounce and get mobile (probably when they're aged around six or seven months) it's even more important to keep them safe while they play.

Of course, babies shouldn't be left alone but it's great to have the freedom of enjoying a quick sandwich or coffee on the sofa! Just make sure you keep an eye on them, as when they start working out how to climb out of their cot, it'll probably be the end of the playpen too, sadly.

Whether you need a play area for large or small spaces, a travel cot combination for visiting friends or for using outside, we've taken a look at the best playpens for babies.

Kidadl's Top Pick

All our recommended baby playpens get the thumbs up, but if you're really short on time we've picked out the best all-rounder.

1. Joie Cheer Little Explorer Playpen

Joie Cheer Little Explorer Playpen.
Image © Joie

We love the imaginative, stylish design of this play pen. The grey and yellow colour scheme is nice and modern, and the gorgeous nature scene and toys on the inside will fascinate your baby. It folds away neatly for storage and travel, and while it's big enough for babies to roam, it won't take up much space. This high-quality playpen for babies ticks all the boxes at a very reasonable price.

Main Features

  • Price: £79
  • Plush toys and nature design to feed your baby's imagination
  • Can also be used for naptime
  • Removable mattress

Best For Families On A Budget

2. deAO Baby Playpen Set

deAO Baby Playpen Set.
Image © deAO

If you're looking for a less expensive playpen for babies, this one is the best we've found. It's one of the brighter baby playpens on the market, and is available in both blue and pink. The playpen is a little flimsy at the bottom but is easy to assemble and has a zip opening door for when you want to let your baby explore the rest of the room. It's also perfect to use as a ball pit and even comes with the balls, making it a bargain for the price.

Main Features

  • Price: £43.99
  • Can be used as ball pit and includes 50 balls
  • Brightly coloured design

Best For Indoors And Outdoors

3. Koo-Di Deluxe Foldable Playpen‍

Koo-Di Deluxe Foldable Playpen.
Image © Koo-Di

This is one of the lighter baby playpens around, making it super easy to use in and out of the home as well as for travel. It's water resistant so handy to put in the garden, and big enough for you to sit in and encourage playtime when needed! We love how easy it is to unfold and pack away.

Main Features

  • Price: £89.99
  • Foldable design means instant assembly and folding away
  • Water resistant
  • Travel bag included

Best For Outdoor Summer Use

4. Babymoov Aquani 3-in-1 UV Tent/Play Area/Paddling Pool

Babymoov Aquani 3-in-1 UV Tent/Play Area/Paddling Pool.
Image © Babymoov

This baby playpen is perfect for hot summer days. You can keep your baby cool with the canopy, and the UPF 50+ sun protection means they're protected from harmful rays. The mosquito net is also handy to keep pesky insects away. This baby playpen is suitable to use at home for those summer days in the garden as it pegs into place (and can even be used as a paddling pool), but it's also handy for trips away with its pop-up system and carry bag.

Main Features

  • Price: £64.99
  • 3-in-1 design - can also be used as a tent and paddling pool
  • UPF 50+ sun protection
  • Four ground pegs to keep it in place

Best Playpen And Room Divider

5. BabyDan Deluxe Playpen‍

BabyDan black pentagon deluxe playpen.
Image © BabyDan

This BabyDan is one of the sturdiest play pens around, so you know your baby is safe as they crawl around and cling onto the bars. The best thing about this playpen though is that it can turn into a room divider afterwards, so, although it's one of the more expensive playpens on the market, you can get your money's worth. We love how the safety gate is reliable yet easy to operate with one hand - essential if you are carrying your baby with the other arm.

Main Features

  • Price: £119.99
  • Can be changed into room divider (needs wall fittings)
  • Washable play mat included

Best Portable Playpen

6. Summer Infant Pop 'N Play Playpen‍

Two babies play under supervision in the Summer Infant Pop 'N Play Playpen.
Image © Summer Infant

The Summer Infant Pop N' Play playpen is perfect for travel yet also sturdy enough for everyday use. The floor is even water resistant, so you can also use it outside. We love how easy it is to fold out and put away in seconds, and that it comes with a handy travel bag. With all this functionality, this baby playpen really is a steal at the price.

Main Features

  • Price: £59.99
  • Unfolds in seconds
  • Lightweight frame
  • Comes with travel bag

Best Foldable Play Pen

7. Venture All Stars Joy Baby Playpen

Venture All Stars Joy Baby Playpen.
Image © Venture

This baby playpen is easy to set up and fold away, and we love how the mat is not only water resistant but also padded so your baby is extra comfortable as they play. As one of the most popular baby playpens on the market, we can see why - it's easy to set up, comes with a carry bag and is big enough for your baby to play without getting frustrated. We also love the neutral colour scheme which makes it a nice addition to your home.

Main Features

  • Price: £69.99
  • Easy to set up and fold down
  • Padded weather-resistant floor mat

Best For Playpen Your Baby Will Love

8. Surreal Playpen‍

Surreal Playpen.
Image © Surreal

If your baby could talk, we're certain this is the one they would ask (or tell) you to buy. Available in a castle or bear theme, your baby will love the bright colours and that they can actually play with one of the panels. These plastic playpens aren't the sturdiest though, so if you did want to use it as a room divider we wouldn't recommend leaving babies on their own with it.

Main Features

  • Price: £84.99
  • Colourful, child-friendly design
  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor use

Best Large Playpen For Babies

9. Venture All Stars Playpen

Venture All Stars Playpen.

We love how this playpen with mats is large enough for your baby to enjoy and also comes with a cute activity panel to introduce letters and telling the time. Despite being plastic, it's strong enough to handle your baby pulling themselves up on the bars. They'll love the playful design while the grey colour scheme won't be too garish for adults' tastes!

Main Features

  • Price: £99.99
  • Includes activity panel
  • Comes with padded floor mats

Best Wooden Baby Playpen

10. Kiduku Foldable Playpen XXL ‍

Kiduku Foldable Playpen XXL.
Image © Kiduku

We love how this playpen can adapt to the shape that's best for you. For example, you could make it into a slim rectangular shape if that works better in the space you have. It's also made of solid, untreated pine wood, which is quite rare among the baby playpens currently on the market, and it's of a very large size so your baby will enjoy roaming around as they get more mobile.

Main Features

  • Price: £102.99
  • Can be locked into different shapes
  • Can be extended with extra panels

Kidadl Best Buys selects the top parent-recommended products across the web for families of all ages. If you liked our suggestions for baby playpens then why not take a look at these sensory baby toys, or for something different take a look at these kids' beach shoes.

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Written by Becky Gamester-Newton

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism

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Becky Gamester-NewtonBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism

A countryside lover at heart, Becky grew up in the Yorkshire Dales and now resides in West Sussex with her family. She has been living in London for more than 10 years, where she pursued her journalism career before relocating to the countryside in 2019. In her free time, she enjoys watching live sports and drinking tea while being entertained by her chatty toddler and middle-aged cat. She has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Central Lancashire.

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