I remember one of my first visits to Winnipeg with the twins. My parents had borrowed a playpen from a friend who had grandchildren. The instructions didn’t accompany the unit so my father and I were tasked with trying to figure out how to set it up and take it down on our own. A seemingly simple task turned into a very frustrating 1/2 hour.
Have a look at this video from Kiddicare in the UK http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=KEy__O1t3Qw it might save you some time…and your sanity.
After you’ve mastered the art of the travel cot it is really pretty simple. Everything needs to happen in a sequence (from locking the sides into place first, then pushing the floor down). All of these ‘steps’ ensure the playpen is set up safely and that there is no risk of a side collapsing.
We (www.onetinysuitcase.ca) carry the EDDIE BAUER pack n plays by DOREL ($8/day or $48/week). They come with a lot of bells and whistles (bassinet, change table, canopy, etc.) but the basic pack n play is great option if you are looking for a comfortable, portable bed for baby when you are travelling.