Video Review: The Graco Pack ‘n Play Travel Dome Playard
Video Review: The Graco Pack ‘n Play Travel Dome Playard
June 8, 2021

Video Review: The Graco Pack ‘n Play Travel Dome Playard

Video Review: The Graco Pack ‘n Play Travel Dome Playard

If you’ve been researching playards or Pack ‘n Plays, you’ve probably seen the ones that come with all the things: a bassinet, a changing table, or in the case of the Graco Pack ‘n Play Travel Dome—even a removable travel bassinet. So what’s the benefit of all those bells and whistles? Babylist Scout Mallorie unboxes this playard in the video review above to answer that question.

What It Does

While there are many playards that boast a bassinet and changing station, the big difference with the Graco Pack ‘n Play Travel Dome is that the newborn bassinet is completely removable. So you can use it with the playard or without. And since it folds flat and comes with its own carrying bag, the Travel Dome portion travels easily as a standalone newborn bassinet—in your home or out.

Graco Travel Dome Travel Bag gif

But travel isn’t all it’s good for.

Since the Travel Dome also comes with a changing table and a second bassinet built into the playard, this Pack ‘n Play is designed for several uses in your home as well.

  • Attach the newborn bassinet and changing table for an all-in-one command center in your living room or bedroom
  • Detach the newborn bassinet and use it as a portable nap spot for your living room (or anywhere else. It’s small enough to place on the bathroom floor when you need to take a shower, for example).
  • Remove the portable bassinet and the changing table to use the playard as an infant bassinet
  • Or drop all the accessories and use the Pack ‘n Play as a standard toddler playard

Graco Travel Dome 5 Modes of Use gif

There are three different models of the Graco Pack ‘n Play Travel Dome—the standard model, the LX and the DLX. With the LX model the canopy on the travel bassinet is UPF 50, making it perfect for outdoor adventures. And on the DLX model, there’s an extendable visor that adds extra shade as well.

Why You’d Want That

Often the most useful baby products are needed for just a short period of time—a bedside bassinet, for example, may only get a few months of use but can be so handy when you have one. By combining a bassinet and changing table with a playard, you cut down on the amount of gear you need to purchase and store. And as far as playards go, this one is on the more affordable side for how much you get with it.

The only downside? The extra bells and whistles can add a little heft when packed up together. With all the components combined, the Graco Pack ‘n Play Travel Dome comes in around 30 lbs—not the heaviest playard you’ll find, but maybe not the one you’ll go backpacking with either. That said, with the detachable infant bassinet, you get the added portability of a foldable newborn sleep spot, which is a nice bonus for trips to the park or visits with the grandparents when you may not otherwise want to pack up your entire playard.

Bonus Tip

Watch Mallorie’s complete video review for the play-by-play on how this Pack ‘n Play comes together. Graco playards are pretty easy to set up and break down, but you’ll want to do yourself the favor of reading the instructions or watching Mallorie’s demo first.

Graco Travel Dome Folding Down gif

While the steps are simple, there is a particular order of operations you need to follow—as long as you do it correctly, your Pack ‘n Play will be up and running in a few minutes!

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