Before deciding on a playpen, it helps to know the difference between a playpen and a crib.
A crib is a slatted, high-sided infant bed that is usually made of wood. While babies can sleep and play in the crib, it’s typically not as portable as a playpen because of its heavy nature.
Playpens or play yards come in various types. The most common kind looks like a softer version of a crib with sides made of cloth and mesh. Unlike cribs, most playpens are foldable and portable.
Other playpens don’t double as a crib; they only have plastic gates that enclose the baby within a confined space.