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Ingenuity Smart & Simple Playard Review

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As you embark on your exciting parenting journey, you'll quickly discover that creating a safe and cozy space for your little one is a top priority. That's where playards come in to save the day! This versatile baby essential offers a plethora of benefits for first-time and seasoned parents and caregivers. From providing a secure and enclosed area for your baby to play, to offering a convenient solution for quiet time, naps, and diaper changes, playards are a game-changer, balancing parenthood and peace of mind.   

With its multi-purpose functionality, easy breezy portability, and ample storage space for all your baby must-haves, the Smart and Simple Playard by Ingenuity makes life with a little one a breeze!   

Keep reading to explore all its fantastic features!  

The Specs 

  • Playard Suitable from: Birth to 30 lbs. or 35 inches (whichever comes first) 
    DreamCentre Napper Limit: 15 lbs or when baby begins to roll over (usually around 5 Months) 
    Change Table Weight Limit: 25 lbs 
    Full-sized Bassinet Limit: 15 lbs or when baby begins to push up on hands and knees 
  • Dimensions: 40" L x 29" W x 28.25” H  
  • Product Weight: 25 lbs (without napper and change table)

The Smart and Simple Playard grows with your baby from newborn to toddlerhood. This playard packs a punch when it comes to versatility and value. It comes with a DreamCentre napper for newborns, a full-sized bassinet, an elevated change table that flips out of the way, side storage pockets, a toy on the napper’s canopy, auto lock wheels, and a travel bag.

Multi-Purpose Functionality 

Naptime, playtime, diaper changes — the Smart and Simple Playard accommodates it all!  

DreamCentre Napper:
The DreamCentre Napper is the perfect daytime napping or resting station for your itty-bitty newborn. Boasting DreamComfort fabrics for optimal airflow, the Napper provides a cool and comfortable spot for your baby’s mid-day slumbers. Lined with a comfy white plush, the napper sits on a slight incline, so your baby’s head stays elevated for a much more comfortable rest. When their curious eyes want to engage their senses, baby can coo and babble away at the adorable stuffed elephant and zebra that hang from the canopy toy bar. 

Full-Sized Bassinet: 
For longer naps or overnight sleep, you can snuggle your little one into the full-sized bassinet, which attaches to the side of the playard. Approved for sleep in Canada at bassinet level, you can easily use the bassinet feature on family vacations or over at grandma's house! When it’s time to pack it up, the playard easily folds away with the bassinet still in place.  

Changing Table: 
When baby’s diaper starts to inevitably sag, you can use the included changing table! With all your diaper changing essentials stored in the side pockets, you can easily change a diaper in seconds. Attaching easily to the top of the playard, the change table sits at an elevated height, making it a lot more comfortable for you to wrestle your wiggling baby into a fresh new nappy. When you’ve accomplished your medal deserving diaper changing marathon, you can simply wipe down the nylon fabric and flip the change table out of the away. Voila, mission accomplished! 

At playard level, your little one can rest or play the day away! With transparent mesh panels, you can keep an eye on babe while they keep their eyes on the world around them. As they grow into their toddler years, pop in some toys to encourage their senses, and your little one will be safely-occupied as you tinker around the house!   


Portable & Compact

One of the major benefits of a playard is that you can pack it up and bring it with you practically anywhere! Going on family vacation and need a safe place for baby to play and rest? Bring the playard! Heading to the grandparents for a weekend and need a bassinet for baby? Playard! Having a neighbourhood BBQ and need a snuggly spot for babe to relax? Playard! You catch our drift.  

The Smart and Simple Playard easily folds up without needing to remove the bassinet, so you can pack it up in the included travel bag and bring it along for all your family adventures. We also love that the playard has wheels (lockable) so you can also easily move it around from room to room when needed!  

Storage & Care

Designed to keep all the essentials close at hand, the Smart and Simple Playard includes deep side pockets, so you don’t have to go running looking for a fresh diaper whenever nature calls. 

When those inevitable diaper blowouts happen or baby drools just a little tooooo much, you can wash the DreamCentre, bassinet, changing table, and playard mattress with ease. Simply remove any frames or structural boards and pop those bad boys into the washing machine — wash in cold water on a gentle cycle and boom! Just like new all over again!   

Catching the Zzz’s  

So, what do you think? Does the Ingenuity Smart and Simple Playard meet your parental playard check list? Whenever you need some hands-free time, you can rely on the Smart and Simple Playard to keep your baby safe and comfortable during all their playful or restful moments. 

If you’re still on the fence and aren’t sure if this is the playard for you, we encourage you to check out our other Top Playards of the Year! Either way, we know you will make the best choice for you and your adorable bundle of joy! 


While approved for sleep at the bassinet level, the Smart and Simple Playard is not approved for sleep at playard level in Canada. This doesn’t mean it isn’t safe — this playard has met or exceeded all regulations in Canada, However, playards are not tested for sleep safety at playard level in this country, so we highly recommend you do your research if you intend on using your playard for unsupervised sleep. We also recognize that you know your child best, so we encourage you to trust your gut! 

Melissa Sulley

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Coach

Melissa Sulley is an accredited Pregnancy + Infant Loss Grief Coach with a Bachelor of Psychology and Education from Western University. She is the mother of three children earth-side and seven children waiting for her in the stars. 

Her personal experiences with pregnancy, parenting, and loss have fuelled her passion to empower families through parenthood and grief. She has chronicled her journey on her blog and built an online coaching business to support others through loss. 

Aside from her work, you can often find Melissa sipping margaritas with her single mom friends, café hopping, laughing at ridiculous memes, or curled up with a good book on the couch.  

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