When I had my first baby, one of my relatives promptly ‘gifted’ me with an older style playpen. This playpen had metal bars and brackets, and was torture to set up when I tried the first time. Because it was all metal bars, scratchy mesh, so heavy I felt like I was working out when I tried to lift it up, and didn’t feel very comfortable, I literally tossed it in the closet and didn’t take another look at it until I had use for a playpen on a weekend away. Needless to say I went out and bought another.
Baby gear has really come a long way, even from 5 years ago, and there’s no greater evidence of that than when you take a look at the latest playpens. Take the phil&teds Traveller Portable Travel Cot for example – it’s extremely lightweight, packs up easily, and has a zip-down mesh side that makes it oh so simple to lay down a sleeping infant.