Playpens For Toddlers – My Recommendation


As soon as a baby starts crawling, parents have a tough time ensuring the baby’s safety on one hand and finishing household chores on the other hand. One way around it is to get playpens for toddlers. Another benefit of a playpen is it helps keeps the room tidy as all the toys of the baby are inside the playpen. It becomes even more necessary to get a playpen, to keep your toddler safe from an older sibling playing or if you have got any pets in the house.
There are a lot of playpens available but I would like to recommend to you a playpen which can be folded and put away, can be easily wiped and is affordable and of a good quality as well.

The Venture All Star JOY Portable Playpen

Product name: All Star Joy Playpen

Where to buy:

Price: £59.85

Dimensions: 136x 136 x 75 /1.4 sq. metres

For Ages: 6-24 months

My rating: 5/5

Warranty: 90 days manufacturer’s warranty

Other Features

  • Easy to set up and fold down. Comes in a carry bag for easy transportation.
  • New patented folding mechanism, eliminates steel cross sections as seen in older versions.
  • Made with an all steel frame and reinforced stitching and a double locking system for extra safety.
  • Padded nylon water resistant floor mat which enables indoor and outdoor use of the playpen. Easy to wipe clean as well.
  • Sides are equipped with ventilating mesh walls for easy visibility.
  • Zip-opening panel for easy access(see pictures).
  • Lightweight frame which comes fully assembled.
  • This playpen meets British Safety Standards BS EN 12227:2010.

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  • It is very sturdy and therefore hard for the toddler to topple it over. When my children were small we had a gym nest, which my daughter was very easily able to topple it over and this was a safety concern for me ! No worries about that with this playpen!
  • Great quality.
  • Easy to put it up and fold it down on a daily basis. It can be done single handedly by Mums!
  • No cross bars and therefore prevents little ones from climbing out of the playpen.
  • This can be used indoors as well as outdoors. For example it can be used in the house or used in your back garden, in the park or on the beach! Easy to clean – just clean it with a damp cloth. You can also take it to grandparents’s home !
  • Playpen comes with a storage bag so easy to carry it around.
  • You can keep the side panel “open” so that your child doesn’t feel he/she is in a cage. They can move in and out of the playpen if they want. Some children might feel scared of sitting inside the playpen so if they have got the option of moving in and out of the playpen, they will settle in the playpen faster. The side panel also enables parents to sit in the playpen.
  • You can see the child through the breathable sides without having to look over the top of the playpen.
  • Very spacious inside the playpen – enabling the parent or sibling to play with the child . Your child can crawl as well as play with his toys.
  • Reasonably priced.
  • In case, you don’t have much room in your home you can fold and put the playpen away when your child is sleeping unlike other playpens which are not practical as they cannot be folded and put away.


  • Padding of the mat might be thin for harder floors.
  • The metallic bars are hard so you might need to baby proof them .
  • It will take a bit of space and so if you are short of space you will have to fold down the playpen every evening when your child goes to sleep.
  • The sides are high so you might struggle to put the child from the top into the playpen. But you can put them easily from the side panel.


One of things which I (and I am sure other mothers ) struggled with was how to go to the toilet or the bathroom by leaving a crawling toddler unsupervised. This seems to be a good enough solution for this! Apart from that it is a good quality, safe product as well as reasonably priced. The negative points of this product are not important enough to avoid buying this product. Just make sure you have got enough space to place it as per the dimensions above. Therefore I would buy this product if I were looking for a playpen.

Have you ever used a playpen for your children? What has been your experience? If you have used this particular product please share your experiences for the benefit of other readers via comment box below.




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Home Remedies for Common Ailments – Handy Tips When your Child is Unwell

When the child is sick most parents just go rushing to the Doctor even for the smallest ailment. Most of the common ailments get cured on their own but there are ways where you can provide relief to your child. Home remedies for common ailments also prevent consuming unnecessary medicines like paracetamol and ibuprofen.

Common cold


Inhaling steam clears blocked noses and clears the airway. Safer options to do steam are using an electric steam inhaler or fill the bath tub with hot water and then let your child inhale the steam from the hot water.

However, be very careful of the hot water. If your child is hyper then be very careful with the hot water. A lot of kids have had burns while trying to inhale steam.

Also when they have bath , put warm water on their ribs, this will release the phelgm stuck in the ribs.


You can also use decongestants like Olbas oil or Vicks Vaporub on your child. I apply a tiny amount of Vicks Vaporub on the soles of my children’s feet and put socks on their feet. Do this before they go to bed at night. Leave the socks on for the whole night. This will create warmth in their body and help to cure the cold.


Usually cough and cold come together. You can use this recipe of honey, turmeric powder and ginger which will cure not only the cough but also the cold. It is recommended that babies under the age of 1 year shouldn’t have honey as they are unable to digest it. Here is the recipe:

2 TBSP of Rowse Honey (brown) honey

1/4 tsp ginger juice

1/4 turmeric powder

Mix all the ingredients thoroughly and give 1-2 tbsp of this mixture at least 3 times a day. If your child finds the ginger juice too spicy reduce it a little or increase the proportion of honey.

For those who are not sure of how to make ginger juice, wash and peel the skin of the ginger. Grate the ginger with a small grater or grate very finely, then squeeze the grated ginger with your finger to get the juice. Alternatively put the grated ginger in a soft thin cloth and twist the cloth to extract the juice. Make sure the juice doesn’t hav any pieces of ginger.  

You can either use normal honey or Manuka honey. Manuka honey is said to have anti bacterial properties. I just use normal honey as turmeric powder has natural antibacterial and healing properties.

If their cough has got phelgm , advise them to spit it out (in the sink) whenever they can.

Turmeric powder and warm milk

If your child is coughing constantly like mine does, give them a quarter cup of warm milk and stir some turmeric powder in it.  Turmeric powder will settle down at the bottom of the cup quickly so keep stirring it . At the same time make sure the milk doesn’t get cold. I know it is not very tasty for children but it is better to have this then cough syrups which do nothing for your child. Turmeric powder has great healing properties too so it will not only provide relief but also stop or reduce constant coughing or tickly cough.

Warm salt water Gargle

If your child is older and is able to gargle then make them gargle warm water with salt. This is very good for constant coughing or tickly cough and also for sore throat .

All the above remedies are effective both for adults and children.


Stomache is a common complaint among children. If their bowels are not clear. Add few drops of water (or warm water, if weather is cold) to Asafoetida(known as Hing in Indian languages) and apply it around the belly button in circular motions. Cover the area below the stomach, which would get everything moving in the intestines! Do this before meals ! Make sure you put very few drops of water in the asafoetida otherwise it will become very watery.


For diarrhea , make fresh apple and pomogenrate juice and give your child at least once a day. Once the diarrhea stops, give banana. Banana helps the stomach make solid stools. If you are concerned in any way about your child or your child has a high temperature or a bloody diarrhea , take them to the Doctor.

Chicken Pox

Soak some neem leaves in the bath water. This will soothe the skin. You still need to put lotion to stop the itching.


I do acupressure points for headache. Press the both thumbs of your hand as shown in the picture below. Do each one 50 times,3 times a day.

Make your child drink water as dehydration also causes headaches. I always try these remedies before I give paracetamol.

Whenever your child is sick, always make sure your child is hydrated, otherwise they will feel worse.

Please bear in mind that I am not a medical professional. If your child is allergic to any of the above ingredients above do not give them to your child.

Do you believe in home remedies? Do you have any home remedies or recipes to share? Please share via comment box below.