I’m not a baby gear expert but I am a practical mom. I do a considerable amount of research before making my purchases — a big thank you to the baby gear companies who answer my questions and all the other moms and baby gear pros who share reviews and comparisons that help me make my choice. I just hope to add more real world examples to help more moms make the right decisions for their families.
Early this spring, when W started crawling, we needed a solution to keep him safe. I had gone back and forth on purchasing a play yard. They were all made with materials that I didn’t approve of and I didn’t want more plastic taking up my living room real estate. We thought we’d be clever and we purchased a NorthStates Superyard from Buy Buy Baby. And there it was. A big piece of plastic in our living room…
We put blankets on the floor to cushion his falls when he tried to climb the sides, more toys than he could play with and attached mirrors and musical machines to the gates to keep him occupied. Well, none of it worked. Instead of letting him cry, we would just climb into the play area and sit with him.
Then it was time to go on vacation. We rent a house so there isn’t a concierge to call to arrange a crib in the room.
I was frustrated reading about all the toxic plastics, flame retardants* all over the entire structure and other undesirable aspects of the portable crib options. After so many months of searching, I finally came across the Nuna Sena. Dear Nuna, I hope you have improved your organic search rankings since then. Giggle is a big help for brand recognition and purchases!
Here’s why I went with the Sena:
- Stylish design
- Certified Oeko-Tex® fabric
- Easy set-up and folds easily with one hand
- Sturdy aluminum frame
- Giggle carries the Sena in black (Me + Giggle = Love)
*As per Giggle’s customer service: The inside of the mattress for the Nuna Sena contains PU foam and fiber fill that is treated with a small amount of fire retardant, which is required in order for Nuna Sena to meet State and Federal flammability laws. But no prohibited Bromine-FR or Tris-FR are used.
The Sena fit in the rooftop carrier on the car along with the running stroller and some other beach essentials for our trip. I bought a standard size organic playard mattress pad and sheet from BuyBuyBaby and they fit perfectly. W hates being confined in any space but he slept peacefully in the Sena during naps and for part of the night.
We now keep it set up in the living room for when we need a quick safe place to put him or he needs some time to cool down. It’s convenient without being an eyesore. The Superyard now serves as a giant baby gate that (sometimes) deters W from the shiny things that are on our giant bookshelf unit. Hey, whatever works, right?