You should always strive to keep the baby play yard clean and well cared for. Give it an occasional spray over with an antibacterial surface disinfectant to minimize any risk of germs breeding on it and causing health problems. Also it’s extremely important to keep in mind that regardless of how careful you might have been while buying and keeping up the play yard, the baby should never be left alone. You never really know what the baby could be up to, and what new ideas they’ll decide to try out next. Keeping a close eye on them during their playtime is essential.
It’s best not to use any loose bedding in the play yard if at all possible. Not only is it very hard to keep tidy but it often gets in baby’s way when she’s playing and in extreme cases has even been known to lead to suffocation.
Don’t ever hang toys over the play yard on strings. Whilst this may give baby something interesting to look at, they pose the very real danger that the baby may catch hold of a string and become entangled in it, particularly the younger ones.
When you’re considering whether to get a play yard for your child, you might like to think about these points:
Although it’s natural to want to give the child a wide variety of toys to play with, you should avoid putting too many in the play yard at any one time. This helps to make sure that the baby doesn’t stack the toys and climb up on them to try and climb out of the play yard, so avoiding any risk of injury when his escape plan goes wrong and he falls out!