Having a decent playard probably tops my list as my youngest baby gets older and more mobile. Xander has sadly outgrown his MamaRoo and his cradle swing, so I was in need of another safe place to lay him down for naps, or just contain him and keep him out of trouble when Mommy needs to go to the restroom, sign for a package, or cook a meal.
You see, babies cannot be left to their own devices, even for a moment. My husband learned this the hard way when he went to use the restroom and came back to learn that our daughter, Sophie, had completely destroyed our cable and DVR box in the 90 seconds he was gone by banging an unopened can on the corner of the TV stand, causing it to explode and spray all over the place. The cable box was drenched and obviously shorted somehow, and ultimately needed replacing. When I returned from the store, hubby was not at all happy, but he knew it was his fault for not putting Sophie in the playard while he did his business. Since then, he fully understands the importance of having a good playard. Lesson learned!
When it arrived, it was very well-packaged and came with easy to understand instructions for quick assembly. As we assembled the Fairview, I was absolutely giddy because this playard offers a lot of great perks not found in my older playard. (More about those in a moment!) Yep...It was definitely love at first sight!
Why did I fall in love with the Fairview Playard from Eddie Bauer? Well for one, I absolutely love the color scheme. I decorate using a lot of red and black, and this fits right in! And of course Eddie Bauer is known for their plaids, and this is also incorporated into the design, creating an overall look that is both modern and traditional. It is also very gender neutral. Since I have both a boy and a girl, this was a major requirement for us. Take a look!
The sides of the playard are made from a highly breathable mesh-netting. The mesh sides are soft to the touch and won't cause any scratches on baby if they happen to squish their faces up against them, like my babies tend to do. It is also very strong, though. My Sophie loves nothing more than running around and spinning in circles, barreling herself into the sides of the playard. I am very pleased to say, she has not been able to bust free yet!
I should also point out that the Eddie Bauer Fairview Playard is also very easy to clean. My daughter spilled her chocolate milk inside of the playard, and I was able to simply wipe it clean and disinfect with Lysol. Since the bulk of the playard is darker colored, sticky little hands won't stain too easily, either. Of course cleaning right away is recommended.
My babies both love the Eddie Bauer Fairview Complete Care Playard, and so do I. Good looks aside, and let's face it: looks DO matter, this playard has it all. From added accessory storage, a convenient changing station and bassinet mode, to the ingenious Baby Module, this playard absolutely rocks. It appears rather compact due to the construction of the sides, but the playard is actually very roomy and comfortable for baby. It even has a skirted bottom, making it even more attractive!
The Eddie Bauer Fairview Complete Care Playard is definitely a winner in my book and would make a great gift for those expecting parents out there. It is high-quality, durable, and incredibly versatile. But then again, would you expect anything less from the folks at Eddie Bauer? This name has been synonymous with quality since 1920, and now I see why! So now that I have found my perfect playard, now I need to find a lightweight stroller. Wish me luck!
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Fairview Complete Care Playard
Fairview Classic High Chair
Fairview Travel System
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***Disclosure: I received a complimentary product to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***