Are you struggling over which playard to purchase? In this blog post and video, we'll go over the varying features, fabrics, and folds of two different portable crib brands to help you make your decision!
The Nuna Sena Aire has more of the classic playard shape—it's wide and round to give your baby plenty of space for independent play. That being said, it's a bit heavier and bulkier, weighing 22 lbs. without the bassinet insert. On the other hand, the new Bugaboo Stardust has more of a classic crib shape. It's a little taller and skinnier, with a more minimal design, and weighs only 15 lbs. The bassinet sits a little higher in the Bugaboo as well, so you wouldn't have to bend over as much to take your newborn in and out.
Something else to consider is the footprint of each playard when they're folded up and stored away. With the Nuna Sena Aire, you can fold it with one hand using the easy pull tab in the bottom. To fold it, you have to remove the mattress, but you can choose to keep the bassinet insert in if you'd like. With this option, just note that it is a little bit bulkier and harder to enfold it in the mattress to compress the overall footprint. This is because the bassinet insert has metal parts in it for structural purposes.
The Bugaboo Stardust is one of the only playards we've seen where you can keep the mattress in it as you fold it up. You do have to take the bassinet insert out, but it's all fabric and folds up really small separately. Both playards stand up on their own when folded, which is really convenient! The Stardust's fold is more skinny and long than the Sena Aire, and all of its included pieces fit easily into its travel bag. The Sena Aire's bassinet insert cannot fit in the travel bag with rest of the main pieces, so that's something to consider.