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Graco Pack n Play Playard Snuggle Suite LX
Graco Pack n Play Playard Snuggle Suite LX

The folks at Graco continuously tinker with ways to engineer multi-use baby seats, bouncers, changing stations, bassinets, and play yards into integrated systems that fold down into one portable pack. The new Pack n Play Playard Snuggle Suite LX is the latest innovation, with individual components that stack and nestle atop other components, each of which can be used independently, depending on the needs and age of the child, from infants to toddlers.

On the top layer of the “edifice” is a removable infant soothing seat, with a three-point harness and light-shielding canopy. The infant seat doubles as a bouncer (for babies up to 18 pounds), with built-in two-speed vibration. Nestled next to the infant seat is a removable roomy padded changing station made of wipe-clean fabrics, for little ones up to 30 pounds. Alongside the changing station is a built-in three-section organizer for keeping handy diapers, wipes, a change of clothes and other essentials.

Lift out the infant seat and changing station, and behold a cozy bassinet (for babies up to 15 pounds) secured to and floating above the Snuggle Suite’s biggest space — a secure play “yard” for toddlers up to 35 inches tall, with a push-button folding mechanism. Netting all the way around supports air flow and reciprocal visibility for child and caregiver. Built into the top railing of the Snuggle Suite are a low-intensity “look” light for night-time check-ins and a sound soother that plays nature sounds or music.

All together, the Snuggle Suite LX weighs about 35 pounds and comes with a carry bag. While assembling, carefully following the instructions is essential.

Graco Pack n Play Playard Snuggle Suite LX is about $220. Info at www.gracobaby.com.

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