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Ingenuity Washable Playard {Lion King Fashion} Review


Why Washable?

I don’t know about your babies, but mine are……….well…………..slobs! I am constantly cleaning up pee, poop, and puke! Thankfully most baby items are made to be washed. Sure, it means I’m doing a lot of laundry (a LOT of laundry) but things are clean, and that’s important to me!

The playard is one piece of baby gear that has been around for a while. My mom had one for my little sister 22 years ago, so they’ve been here for at least that long, probably longer. Why they weren’t originally designed to be machine washed is beyond me. Why companies are STILL making ones that are not designed to be machine washed is baffling.

FINALLY, Ingenuity has heard the cries of moms everywhere and has designed the first machine washable playard! Yep, you heard me right. You can finally have a clean, pee, poop, and puke free playard for your children……especially those 2nd and 3rd children getting the hand-me-downs.

Ingenuity Lion King Washable Playard

My Ingenuity Washable Playard Review

Ingenuity sent me their brand new Disney Baby The Lion King Premier Washable Playard to review in our home, much to my delight! It came almost fully assembled, and what was left for me to assemble was quick and easy. I had the entire thing set up and ready to go in less than 5 minutes.

When you look at it, the Ingenuity washable playard looks a lot a lot like others you’ve seen. It has all the features you’re probably looking for. You’ve got the standard playard, plus the bassinet option, plus a diaper changing station. The reason this playard is 10x better than any other playard you’ve used is the machine washable factor! It’s amazing how you can take this thing down to basically its framework and really get it clean! I (well, with my husband’s help!) created a quick video which shows how you assemble and disassemble the playard for cleaning.

It takes less than 10 minutes to take the whole thing apart and put it back together again.  I’m sure with time it will get easier and quicker as well!

Just before I received the Ingenuity washable playard, I was using another playard (from another company) for my son to sleep in at night. Well, he has been nursing a lot during the night and a number of times he peed through his jammies, onto the mattress. On one day it was pretty wet with urine, so I decided I better clean the mattress. I put it in the shower and drenched it. Let me tell you, BAD idea! That playard is now ruined–the mattress had boards behind it and they bowed after getting wet and taking FOREVER to dry. Now the mattress caves in, in the middle.

Thankfully, this playard arrived just a day or two later and I NEVER have to worry about that happening again! The mattress on this InGenuity washable playard has a zipper on it so you can unzip it, take the boards out, then wash the mattress. (Honestly, I just can’t get over the fact that washable playards aren’t standard! I have a feeling other manufacturers will now copy this feature for sure!)


So, now that I’ve talked about and showed you my favorite feature of this playard, let me tell you about some of the other great features you’ll love!

First, I love the Lion King theme. It’s so cute and yet not too over the top. I love the color scheme that was chosen for this. It looks great in my living room. The Ingenuity washable playard has a cute Lion King themed toy bar that my son really seemed to enjoy looking at. There is also a little Simba on the mat that grabbed his attention.

InGenuity Disney Baby Washable Playard

They playard has wheels but you’d never know it! They are cleverly hidden, which helps maintain the stylish look of this playard. Also, a soothing sound station is included so you can play music or nature sounds for your baby. I’m not sure about your kids, but I have found that background noise or music really helps when they are sleeping!

Ingenuity Lion King Washable Playard

Second, let’s talk about the diaper changing station. There is room to store your diapers, wipes, creams, and even an extra outfit if you want. The cover over the diaper changing station is also washable or wipeable for small messes.  Not only that, but if/when you don’t need the diaper changing station, it easily pivots away from the playard, giving you the entire bassinet area.

Ingenuity Washable Playard

Ingenuity Lion King Washable Playard

Lastly, this playard is easy to pack away because you are able to fold it up for storage without removing the bassinet attachment. I love features that save me time!

There was only one thing I found about this playard that I would consider a drawback. It is heavy! It’s probably the heaviest playard I’ve ever picked up–in fact, I made my husband carry the box up the stairs. The product weight is 38.5 pounds and because of it’s size, it can be awkward to move.  It does come with a bag to make it easy to transport, but I must admit, I wish it weighed slightly less.

Ingenuity Washable Playard

Now, on the flip side, I’m sure the reason it weighs a little bit more is because it has solid construction (remember, I’ve taken it apart and the fabric portion of this does not weigh very much!). I can appreciate that, so it’s a give and take. Once set up it, it is easy to move thanks to the wheels.

Would I recommend this Ingenuity Washable Playard? Absolutely if you don’t plan on needing to move it around a lot. The machine-washable fabric is a huge bonus!

Ingenuity washable playard

Ingenuity Washable Playard

You might also be interested in reading about the Ingenuity Automatic Bouncer, the Ingenuity Cradle and Sway Swing, and the Ingenuity Chair Top High Chair.


Saturday 31st of January 2015

I have been looking all over for this and cant find it anywhere do you know where I can find one?


Sunday 1st of February 2015

Do you mean this particular model with The Lion King? They may not make it anymore. :(