Even if you just want to sit back and watch TV while sipping some hot tea, putting your baby in a playpen will ensure he’s at a safe distance from that hot tea — plus you also get a few minutes to yourself.
A playpen will also be helpful if your little one is at that stage where he scoots off the moment you take your eyes off him to answer a call or check mail. You can place your curious little one in the playpen together with his favourite toys and not worry where he’s going to run off to.
Unlike other 'devices' such as walkers, which limit your baby’s mobility and are not so great for muscle development, a playpen gives your baby enough space to move around.
But before you head out to buy a playpen for your little one, take a look first at our list of the 5 best playpens, based on recommendations by the mums in our 2013 mums Facebook group.