Because Henry showed up early, I felt totally unprepared as a parent. I may have even looked at Ryan on the short drive home from the hospital and said, “Can you believe we have a baby? What are we supposed to do now?”
Yeah. I’m the model of motherhood.
And Ryan, he just shrugged.
When we got home, there was a big box on the front porch – a generous gift of the Pack ‘n Play. Just in the nick of time. So on our first night home with Henry, my dad and Ryan battled that piece of equipment to get it together. I wanted that playard put together RIGHT away. And it wasn’t even close to being simple. Which is strange since it’s meant for travel. I sure as heck hoped I’d never have to put it together myself. So, I just needed to bring my husband and dad with me at all times. No problem.
There are a few things I’ve noticed about most playards:
- They are not easy to get assembled and disassembled. As in, they need some sort of advanced degree.
- They are (usually) ugly. I searched for ages to find something that I could put in my living room without gagging every time I saw it.
- But they are super useful in those early weeks at home. It s a hard-working piece of baby gear. Ours is still used a lot a for naps and diaper changes. And if you know a newborn, you know that naps and diaper changes take a large amount of daylight time.
The good news is that I no longer have to compromise simplicity and good looks for that usefulness. And one lucky winner won’t have to worry about these things either. Because I’m thrilled to be giving away a Breeze playard from 4moms. (A $299 value!)
It really is as simple as it looks.
When I was asked to review the Breeze and to give one away, I jumped at the chance. Although I have to say that I was a bit skeptical that it would be any better than our current Pack ‘n Play. But, I was pleasantly surprised when it appeared on our porch.
And I totally opened it immediately to see if it was actually simple. Yes. I did this on the porch. I’m sure the neighbors were wondering what the heck was going on. It went from this …
To this in only a few minutes. And that included the time to get it out of the packaging.
Needless to say, I was sold. It was ridiculously simple. And when my mom spotted it (she watches Henry during the day), she said she wanted that in the living room instead of the Pack ‘n Play. So, we put it up and then let my dad try to get the Pack ‘n Play put away. Let’s just say it took more than a minute.
Grandma and Henry love it. It seems much sturdier than the Pack ‘n Play. And this mom loves that it looks nicer in our living room. No pastel zoo animals to be seen.
The bassinet attachment is perfect for our 3-month-old boy. He’s a huge fan. He’s particularly into kicking lately, as you can see.
(Thanks to Michelle at Decor and the Dog for the awesome onesie.)
I was truly impressed by the Breeze, and I think any parent would feel the same way. (If you’ve ever had to set up a playard, I know you’ll love it.)
So, now onto the chance to win a Breeze of you own (or if you don’t need a Breeze, think of what an amazing baby gift it will make) … and I’m going to give you tons of chances to enter. You’re welcome.
Enter to win a Breeze today ($299 retail):
- Visit 4moms online and come back here to tell me why you’d like a Breeze.
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Or you don’t want to risk it, pre-order your Breeze now!
Enter by Thursday, September 13, and I’ll announce the winner on Friday, September 14.
Disclosure: I was given the Breeze by 4moms to review at no cost to me. All opinions are my own.