The playpen – An oasis of peace
The playpen is neither a cage nor a prison for your child. From your child’s point of view, it is rather a bubble that protects your child from everyone else. The playpen is a safe haven for your child where disruptions, curious pets and siblings are kept out. It is also a safe and secure spot for your child if you need to do something that requires you to turn your back on the child for a bit.
A pen for learning and playing
The bars of the playpen are the ideal support for when your child is starting to stand and walk – both from the inside and outside of the playpen. By using a non-slip underlay, e.g. a playpen mattress, which also serves as isolation you will create a soft, comfortable and safe surface for your child.
While your child is still very small, you can tie a cord across the playpen and attach toys to it. This is a useful tool to stimulate and train your child’s eye-hand coordination because the child will begin to reach for the toys when they are 2-3-months old. For safety reasons, you should remove the cord as soon as your child starts to attempt to stand up.
Use the playpen as a supplement
It is important to use the playpen with care because your child will train useful skills, such as crawling and rolling, when placed on the floor. As soon as your child begins to move about on his or her own, you should only use the playpen for shorter stays and for the child’s own safety e.g. when you have to leave the room.
If you are worried a playpen will take up too much space in your home, you can consider buying one with a smaller size. The playpen from Hoppekids only measures 91×85 cm and has a mattress size of 80×86 cm. The base is adjustable to three different heights. Use these settings to avoid hurting your back when you are lifting your child as well as protect your child from draft.