Most parents buy a playpen for their infants to keep them safe from choking hazards but there may be a better use for these playards. A playpen can easily contain all those little LEGO pieces that your older children love to play with.
For years I would try to make my children keep the LEGOs on the table so that the baby or toddler couldn't pick them up, put them in their mouths and choke on them. But soon one of the pieces would fall on the floor or the toddler would grow taller and be able to reach onto the edge of the table.
Then one day at a La Leche Meeting a mother of older children suggested that one of the best uses for a playpen was for LEGOs.
What a revelation!
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