Bringing baby home
When I was pregnant with my first child, I sat down and wrote a list of all the baby product that I thought I would need once the baby arrived. After the standard nursery stuff, a playard was at the top of my list. I wanted a playard that I could place beside my bed so that my baby would be close to me for those dread midnight feedings. When I began researching them I found a couple of ‘MUST HAVE‘ items that my playard needed to have; a changing station, a bassinet option and easy to clean. Unfortunately, it wasn’t easy to find a playard that met all three standards. After searching for years and 3 children later, I was introduced to Ingenuity by Bright Starts Easy Wash Playard it met and exceed my expectations.
Bright Starts ‘strives to deliver great product solutions that are desig ned to delight baby while providing exceptional value for parents’. Bright Starts (a division of Kids II), began in 1969 when the founder, a grandmother, wanted to create quality products to prevent infants and toddlers from slipping in the bathtub.Since then, Bright Starts has revolutionized babyhood with award winning products that range from toys to playards to boosters to swings. If you are looking for a product to spark a smile or illicit a giggle from baby or parent, Bright Starts has the product for you.
First impressions of Ingenuity by Bright Starts Easy Wash Playard
My first impression of Ingenuity by Bright Starts Easy Wash Playard was that it was VERY HEAVY. This doesn’t necessarily mean its a bad thing! I view the weight of the product as an indicator of quality. The weight of the Ingenuity by Bright Starts Easy Wash Playard lead me to believe that the playard would be strong, sturdy and indestructible and I wasn’t disappointed!
Opening the box, I was surprised to find everything tucked neatly into a convenient 1 foot by 1 foot by 4 foot carrying case. The carrying case was ergonomically designed to make it easy to transport the playard from location to location. The bag itself is made out of a tough nylon material and designed in such away that it is easy to put the playard in without tearing or stretching the fabric during the storage process.
I am definitely not one of those people who sits down and reads the instruction book from beginning to end. That, topped with the fact that I had 2 assistants (DS6 and DS4) insisting I set up the Playard that very minute and DD1 climbing my leg eager to get a closer look, I attempted to put the Ingenuity by Bright Starts Easy Wash Playard together myself. Unzipping the travel bag I found 3 separate pieces; the change table, the accessory shelf and the playard. I began with the biggest pieces first. It took me less then 5 minutes to set up. Once you have all the pieces out of the bag, all you have to do is raise the sides of the playard up and click them into place. Once all four sides are secure you push down the locking mechanism in the bottom of the playard and presto you have your playard! Adding the accessories were a breeze too! There were clear marking areas on the edge of the playard like a visual map and they clicked easily in place. Add the mattress, mobile and music player and you are ready to go!
I am neat freak! I vacuum my house once a day, I worry about germs and I am always disinfecting things. My old playard was such a pain. If the baby spat up or peed through their diaper, I would end up with smelly mess on the playard that I would have to sit and scrub by hand. This was time consuming, annoying and impractical. I always worried that I wasn’t getting all the germs out. I mean would you want to sleep on a urine soaked spot never mind placing your infant daughters head there? I tried mattress covers and blankets to prevent staining or messes, but for some reason these bodily functions always seemed to make their way to the playard. When I heard that Ingenuity by Bright Starts Easy Wash Playard was washable, I was skeptical at first. I thought it was a false claim stating that the material was such that it wouldn’t absorb the mess. When I received the Ingenuity by Bright Starts Easy Wash Playard, I was pleasantly surprised to find it equipped with all these zippers making it easy to strip the playard. As I started playing around with it I realized when they said ‘WASHABLE’, they meant that I could take the whole thing apart and throw it in the washer machine for a thorough wash rather than a by-hand mock job.
In fact, the entire playard fabric could be zipped off in 60 second flat. I was tickled pink! The more I explored the Ingenuity by Bright Starts Easy Wash Playard, the more I believed their washability claim! The washable fabrics include the top rail cover, the playard floor, the side walls (netting), the changing table cover and the mattress. After many washes, I’m please to announce that the fabric held up perfectly and it was a cinch to reattach the fabric to the frame.
After I explored the washability aspect thoroughly, began to examine the other accessories that were associated with the Ingenuity by Bright Starts Easy Wash Playard. The first thing the I noticed was the changing station. Changing stations are essential for those midnight diaper changes or those times when you are without your standard change table. It is pretty common these day for playard to be equipped with changing areas attached to them, but Ingenuity by Bright Starts Easy Wash Playard took it one step further. Not only did they have an area to change baby, but they had a handy storage system nearby. The change area was easy to attach and once in place was secure and solid. The height of the change table is set at a comfortable height to avoid stress or strain on Mom‘s lower back and it pivots easily to allow full access in the playard. I love that it comes with its own removable cover making those messy diaper changes a worry of the past. The storage tray is divided in to three sections; two pockets and a recessed section. The recessed section was the perfect perfect shape to hold a container of wipes and the two pockets were perfect for diaper and cream/powder storage .
Visually, the playard is stunning. It contains soft and muted, without being the normal pastel that is associated with baby furniture. The colours are easily adaptable to any decor design and are suitable for both boys and girl. This is very handy in a family like mine that consists of two boys and girl. There are many times my daughter has had to reuse boyish items There are cute, smiling caterpillar type bugs that are strategically placed around the playard and my daughter loved pointing out each time she was in her there. The mobile toys provided a good distraction during diaper changes and nap time. The music player was handy when we were away from home because my daughter will only go to sleep if lullabies are playing.
This playard came in handy when traveling to my sister’s house because it was easy to transport, a cinch to set up and provided me with a comfortable place for daughter to sleep, a sanitary place to change her diaper and a safe place for her to play. I love the playard and wish that I had had it when I my first child was born. Find out more about this playard and other InGenuity products by visiting their website, http://www.ingenuitybaby.com/ and make sure you follow them on Facebook too!
“This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas (@DoubleDutyDivas) and InGenuity. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.”