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The Facts about Neurontin®: Gabapentin Uses, Side Effects, Drug Interactions and Warnings

How does Neurontin® Work?

Researchers don’t know why Neurontin® works in the way that it does when it comes to nerve pain or with partial seizures caused by epilepsy. It is known that it has an effect on the calcium channels in the brain, and this may be why Neurontin® works for these conditions.

Is Neurontin® Right for You?




If there is a chance that one may be allergic to Neurontin®, one should not take this medication. If one is pregnant or planning to become pregnant, a doctor will only prescribe this medication if it is severely needed. Some women taking antiepileptic drugs have had children with birth defects. Researchers have found that Neurontin® may pass into breast milk, which could affect a nursing child. Speak with a doctor regarding any concerns regarding Neurontin® and pregnancy/nursing.

Neurontin® Drug Interactions

Taking Neurontin® with other medications could cause the effects of Neurontin® or the other medication to be different. Check with a doctor before taking any new drugs, prescription or over the counter, especially if starting to take antacids, hydrocodone, naproxen, or morphine.

Neurontin® Side Effects

Common side effects of Neurontin® include:

  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • unsteadiness
  • fatigue
  • vision changes
  • weight gain
  • nausea
  • dry mouth
  • constipation

If you experience tremors/shaking, swollen arms/legs, or loss of coordination, contact a doctor as these side effects may be serious.

Rare serious side effects may also occur, and one should contact a doctor as soon as possible. These side effects include:

  • mood/mental changes, which includes depression, suicidal thoughts, or other mental issues
  • severe stomach/abdominal pain
  • slow, fast, or irregular heartbeat
  • unusual bruising or bleeding
  • persistent sore throat, fever, or cough
  • pain or redness of the arms/legs
  • trouble breathing
  • hearing loss

Also watch for symptoms of an allergic reaction when first starting Neurontin®. Symptoms include shortness of breath, rash, itching, severe swelling, severe dizziness and trouble breathing. If these symptoms occur, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

All side effects may have not been reported. If a symptom develops contact a doctor or pharmacist for assistance. Side effects may be reported to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Neurontin® Warning

Do not stop taking this medication without speaking to a doctor or medical professional. One should not stop taking this medication suddenly, as it may cause seizures and other side effects. Wean off the medication slowly, exactly as advised by a doctor or medical professional.

History of Brownells: Bob Brownell Turns Adversity Into Business Success

Adversity was the impetus for the founding of Brownells, one of the most successful family-owned and operated companies in the firearms industry. Had founder Bob Brownell not been stricken with a devastating illness, Brownells might not exist today.

During a recent interview with us, Frank Brownell, Bob’s son, recounted his father’s early business dealings.

Cement Highway into Montezuma, IA

The first cement highway into Montezuma, Iowa, where Bob Brownell’s relatives lived, was buit in 1937 and Brownell saw a business opportunity. Not a single gas station had been errected along the 60-mile stretch of road. So, Brownell opened a full-service, 24-hour gas station, complete with a companion Maid Rite, a mid-Western, franchised hamburger sandwich shop.

Illness Strikes Bob Brownell

A year later, and as a result of opening car radiators that used alcohol, Brownell became seriously ill. Medical specialists confirmed he suffered from an allergy to alcohol, which developed into a syndrome that affects a person’s balance to the point that those stricken actually fell over.

Brownell ended up flat on his back with a business to run and wife and three kids to support. He had no income from the gas station because he used his salary to pay the help who replaced him.

Brownell’s Early Pistolsmithing Days

“As a result, Dad started pistolsmithing – on his chest,” Frank remembered. “He’d been pistolsmithing since he was 12 years old. Always a tinkerer, assembling and disassembling everything, he particularly loved handguns.

“Then World War II hit and times got even worse. Gas and tires weren’t available and everything was rationed. The family depended on Dad, but he was sick. He was forced into doing more and more gun work.”

The lack of parts during the war mean everything had to be repaired, which played right into Brownell’s genius. He understood firearms mechanisms innately. He could simply look at a gun and understand how it worked. He also started bluing firearms. Soon the Shell Station morphed into a pistolsmithing business.

As time passed, medication helped Bob conquer the illness. Back on his feet, he aggressively led his fledgling company to success.

From Gunsmith Mart to Brownells

During the early days, Brownell wrote about gunsmithing, to promote his business. He also advertised his new venture, the Gunsmith’s Mart, in the NRA’s Rifleman magazine. The business name also changed several times before becoming simply Brownells.

There was little doubt the family business would cascade though Brownell generations. Young Frank worked doing whatever he could. But, he wasn’t allowed to officially apply for work at Brownells until he completed college and a stint of at least three years at another job.

The same rule applied to Bob’s grandsons. Frank’s son, Pete, spent five years outside the business before returning to Montezuma and Brownell’s.

Frank and Pete Brownell Move Brownells into the Future

Today, Frank and Pete, chairman and president, rely on Bob’s blend of ingredients – a concoction of Business 101 laced with a heavy dose of old-fashioned ethics – that made Brownell’s early business recipe so palatable to consumers.

“Dad’s philosophy was straight forward,” Frank explained. “He focused on three key elements: offering a wide array of products; delivering them to customers quickly; and unconditionally guaranteeing every item sold. Selection. Service. Satisfaction. That was his formula for success.”

Bob Brownell died in 1991, but he lives today through Frank and Pete. They don’t waver from Bob’s original business recipe but occasionally add a few spices of their own, to satisfy customers’ ever-changing tastes.

The Increase of Allergy Illnesses: The Rise of Asthma and Eczema in Modern Society

This has triggered much study on the relationship between the environment and health and illnesses caused by modern industrialized living. The impact of allergies has resulted in new diagnostic procedures and therapeutic treatments and it has created a new market for the pharmaceuticals and food industries. Prescription and over-the-counter anti-allergy medications are one of the most common drugs purchased.

Allergies and Asthma Increase in Industrialized Society

Allergies and related diseases have become a global problem with the progress of industrialization, pollutions pumped into the air and the increased use of chemicals in both the developed and developing world. By the mid-1900s, asthma had become an epidemic among children living in many major North American cities and there were rising rates of hay fever, asthma and eczema in most industrialized areas. A wide variety of immunological sensitivities continue to emerge as scientists and clinicians struggle to understand the causes and mechanisms of allergic and autoimmune reactions. Disorders involving food intolerances are also steeply rising as our food becomes more and more processed and laden with additives. Food and cosmetic companies have used the public awareness to market items in sometimes less than accurate methods.

Increase in Mortality Due to Asthma in Children

Preventable deaths from asthma occur due to a lack of awareness of the seriousness of the disease and its triggers, particularly in children. Since 1960, rates of deaths caused by asthma has risen steadily in all age groups, though it is highest among children. By 1966, in the US had become the fourth most common cause of death among children, after vehicle accidents, cancer and respiratory infections. Some researchers linked the increase in cases of deaths due asthma among children to the popularity of the medication corticosteroids, which suppresses the immune system, nine years earlier.

Although not all asthma is caused by allergies, the rise in asthma caused doctors to reconsider the severity and nature of allergic diseases at that time. In Western Europe, the prevalence of asthma, hay fever, allergic dermatitis and drug allergies doubled in the early 1980s. Comparisons between countries is difficult due to varying health care systems and socio-economic organization, similar patterns of asthma and other allergic diseases are reported in diverse areas of the world from Nigeria to Japan and Kuwait.

Recap: Hell’s Kitchen Season Six, Week Seven: Down One Member, the Blue Team Tries to Even Things Out

The September 1 episode picks up immediately following the unfortunate elimination of Robert, a promising contestant who left Hell’s Kitchen in season five due to health concerns and who just couldn’t get back in the groove after returning in season six.

After returning to the dorms, the men are quite vocal about the decision to keep Andy over Robert, and none of them feels like Andy will stick around much longer. The women express similar sentiments about Suzanne, who is more irritating than incompetent.

Hell’s Kitchen Taste Challenge

The following morning, a familiar competition returns to Hell’s Kitchen that challenges the contestants’ palettes – the taste test. One member from both the blue and red kitchens straps on a blindfold and, using only their taste buds, attempts to identify four different foods with each correct answer netting their team a point.

Van and Ariel face off first, and the women jump out to a two to one lead after Van cannot identify venison, pecans or cream cheese. Dave struggles during his turn as well, and after round two the red team leads four to two. The men still trail by two points going into the final round, and it’s up to the nearly departed Andy to save his team. He starts off on the right foot, identifying lychee nuts and pulling the men to within one. However, Andy misidentifies avocado and tuna, sending his team to the kitchen for a day’s worth of making sorbet and unloading trucks.

As part of their reward, the ladies head off to a bizarre restaurant where they eat dinner in total darkness (shown via infrared camera), while the men’s sustenance comes in the form of roast duck and scallops – thrown into a blender and served in shake form.

A Completed Dinner Service, Elimination

During dinner service, both teams get appetizers out in a timely fashion. For the first time ever in Hell’s Kitchen, a palette-cleansing sorbet is served between courses by a member from each team. Being short one chef already, the blue team struggles to maintain the rhythm established early on once Kevin is sent to the dining room on sorbet duty.

When Kevin and Ariel (who was also serving sorbets) return, both teams move on to entrees. The guys can’t seem to get things going again as they stand around looking confused, at which point Chef Ramsay orders the men to start listening and work together. The red team gets a similar lecture about working together when they suffer from a lack of communication that results in a dish of raw lamb being sent out. Sabrina, working the meat station, is ordered by Chef Ramsay to leave the kitchen and eat said undercooked lamb, and she complies without argument.

Tennille takes over the meat station and things pick back up in the red kitchen. However, Suzanne spoils the jovial mood when an entire table’s orders must be restarted because she can’t cook sea bass fast enough to complete the table. When Suzanne finally sends fish to the pass, it is undercooked, so she does what any good chef would – she blames it on someone else (that someone else being Amanda).

The closest the blue team comes to disaster is running out of mashed potatoes three tickets too soon. Chef Ramsay acknowledges the blue team’s dominance by declaring the ladies the losing team. Tennille – who has been nominated for elimination on numerous occasions – is now given the task of selecting two teammates to potentially go home.

Tennille selects Suzanne and Sabrina for their weak performances during dinner service. Chef Ramsay, in typical fashion, tells a third person – Amanda – to step forward as well. Sabrina pleads her case, and Chef Ramsay says he is looking for consistency but Sabrina has only been “consistently crap.” Ultimately, Suzanne and Sabrina get back in line while Amanda takes off her jacket and leaves Hell’s Kitchen.

Forming a Behavior Plan: Teachers Should Try Being Positive!

Teachers find students with problem behaviors very difficult to manage. Students who are disruptive have a negative effect on the classroom atmosphere, which is one that should be focused on educational pursuits, not on a few students who want to rob others of their education. Although educators want to focus on positive interventions, for example, rewarding positive behaviors and giving praise rather than punishments, sometimes interventions that are both positive and negative are appropriate.

Some students with very negative behaviors do not catch on to a positive behavior plan right away, but these are the students that often crave structure and routine—they need absolute rules in place that have very clear rewards and punishments attached. For example, a rule could be stated in this way (remember to state rules in positive terms):

Complete all assigned class work.

  • Reward: Ten minute computer pass
  • Punishment: E-mail or phone call to parent

Often, students who have behavior problems are focused by working on hands-on projects, such as creating charts or graphs or slide shows. It might be a good idea for teachers to pair students who are more focused with behavior problems or if not enough computers are available, enforce time limits, share computers with other teachers (send four students to two other teachers and return the favor sometime.), or send a few students to the media center. Have a conduct card available—if it can be sent by e-mail to other teachers and then to the parent, that would be ideal—so that the students’ behavior can be monitored, especially when s/he is visiting other classes. Monitoring lets the student know how s/he is doing, so make certain a printable copy is also available for him/her.

Punishments are easy to give out; they include detentions, parent contact, removal from the program and other undesirables that foster the idea that school is a negative place, although sometimes these are interventions that make sense for individual students. Rewards increase self esteem, but many teachers find themselves unable to provide rewards that they feel are appropriate or sanctioned by the school. For example, giving students candy is frowned upon, and costly as well. Some rewards may include: free computer time, positive phone calls or e-mails home (although sometimes parents think this is a prank or an intrusion!), time to listen to music with headphones, time to play with a handheld video game. Avoid using free homework passes—this gives the idea that homework is a punishment, something to try to keep away from!

Try to develop a positive behavior plan and see if it is successful. Clues will include: a more relaxed, happier classroom atmosphere and fewer teacher headaches and gray hairs!

Get Hired for Freelance Writing Jobs

It’s not hard to find freelance writing jobs online; job boards are chock-full of these specific self employment opportunities. Almost anyone may learn how to track down these jobs, and it takes only an email address to contact potential employers about the offered positions. It all comes together to create a lot of competition in the work at home job market, and some professionals find it difficult to adequately compete. Learn how to get hired for freelance writing jobs – because finding opportunities doesn’t amount to much if professionals don’t know how to land the jobs they want.

Applying to Freelance Writing Jobs

Getting hired for freelance writing jobs begins with finding writing opportunities online – but it certainly doesn’t end there. Almost all ads for freelance writers request specific materials from applicants. The trick to getting the job is in learning how to present those materials in a way that stands apart from crowd.

  • The cover letter is a writing professional’s major marketing tool – the attention-grabber. A writer who can’t write a great cover letter can’t write great articles for the advertised job, right? Put a lot of time and care into creating a great, standard cover letter which can be applied to multiple job advertisements at once. The letter should be clear, concise and interesting – all while maintaining a high level of professionalism. Use the cover letter to highlight pertinent skills and experience.
  • At the end of the letter, include a link to the writer’s professional portfolio. The portfolio is another powerful tool, used to display an assortment of articles, blog posts and other written works. Display only the best of the best, because that’s what employers should see.


  • A professional resume may also be requested in the advertisement. The resume should consist of a single page, detailing relevant work history and education. A list of special skills or important achievements may also be included near the end of the resume. Professional references should not be listed on the resume; if requested, place references in a separate document.

Getting Hired

Sometimes, getting hired for freelance writing jobs takes extra work. Some employers may request specialized, on-the-spot writing samples, generally 300 words of less. Consider this as a test of writing skill, because that’s how employers are going to view it. Writers should put forth the best they’ve got to offer even though writing samples will be offered to potential employers free of charge.

Travellers’ Diarrhoea: Advice on How to Avoid Food Poisoning on Vacation

Travellers’ diarrhoea (often simply called ‘food poisoning’) is the most common medical problem in holidaymakers. Changes in diet, or even the stress of the journey, can alter bowel habit, but most cases result from an infection of the intestine acquired through ingesting contaminated food or water. The usual cause is a bacterium, though viruses, protozoa and parasitic worms are occasionally responsible.

Symptoms and Risk Factors

The diarrhoea usually begins within the first week of the holiday, though the incubation period can vary depending on the infection. Other symptoms include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, flatulence and bloating.

The risk of developing travellers’ diarrhoea is greatest in residents of Europe, North America or Australia who visit Latin America, Africa, the Middle East or Asia. It is less common in holidaymakers who stay and dine in five-star hotels and more common in those who travel overland and eat from local street vendors.

The risk is also increased in the young and the elderly, in people who have diabetes or an existing problem with their immune system, and in those taking certain drugs. If you have any concerns at all about intestinal infections abroad, and particularly if your group includes children or seniors, be sure to speak to your doctor well before you leave for your holiday.

Reducing the Risk of Travellers’ Diarrhoea

  • Avoid uncooked fruit and vegetables that you have not peeled yourself. Do not eat salads, unless you know for certain that they were washed in sterilized water.
  • Use bottled water for drinking and cleaning teeth, and avoid ice in drinks.
  • Water purification tablets can be used if you have no bottled water. These kill most bacteria, though the cysts of parasites may survive. To be certain that water is clean, boil it for ten minutes.
  • Avoid eating reheated food that has been left standing without refrigeration.
  • Avoid undercooked meat and seafood, unpasteurized milk and dairy products, and mayonnaise.
  • Always wash your hands before eating or preparing food, to avoid transferring organisms from fingers to mouth.
  • If you are camping, take particular care with personal hygiene and always make sure your cookware is clean before use.
  • Take care not to swallow water when swimming in pools or the sea, and especially in freshwater lakes.

Managing the Symptoms

In an otherwise healthy adult, the symptoms of travellers’ diarrhoea usually disappear within a few days without any specific treatment. If you are unfortunate enough to develop diarrhoea while on holiday, be sure to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. An oral rehydration solution may be taken, or add a spoonful of sugar to a salty drink made with Bovril or stock cubes. Be sure to use clean water for making drinks.


Eat a light, bland diet including salty soup, bread, rice or pasta. Bananas contain plenty of potassium to help replace lost salts, and yoghurt can help settle the stomach. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks such as tea, coffee and cola, as these can worsen the dehydration.

Anti-diarrhoeal treatments may be bought from pharmacies and reduce the amount of diarrhoea by slowing the action of the gut. They can have side-effects, however, and may even prolong the diarrhoea because they slow the clearance of harmful bacteria from the gut. If you choose to use such a product, always follow the instructions on the packet.

If the symptoms are prolonged or severe, or you have a fever or see blood in the diarrhoea, seek medical attention at once.

Take Simple Precautions for a Happy Vacation

Travellers’ diarrhoea is so common that most people are likely to suffer from it at some time or another. You can help reduce the problem by always taking care with what you eat and drink while overseas.

Which Medications Make Children Wired?

Which Medications Make Children Wired?

Medications which can make children feel very hyper or wired are usually those which contain chemicals similar to adrenaline, which is what the body gets pumped with when under stress. The effect adrenaline has on the body is that it increases the individual’s blood pressure and blood sugar and also makes the heart beat faster.

In Baby & Toddler Sleep Solutions For Dummies, Lavin & Glaser identify medications , as follows:

  • asthma medication (albuterol, salmeterol, pirbuterol)
  • wheezing medication
  • over-the-counter decongestants (containing phenylephine)
  • stimulant hyperactivity medication (containing methylphenidate)
  • amoxicillin
  • oral steroids
  • immunizations

It is always best to check with the family doctor or paediatrician about any side-effects which may be causing concern. While most side-effects will not be long-lasting, some medications can cause dangerous reactions, such as anaphylaxis, which requires urgent adrenaline treatment.

Medication Side-Effects in Children – Action to Take

While some medications which make children wired cannot be avoided, such as in the case of potentially life-saving immunizations (where hyperactivity may persist for for a day or two), others may simply be changed for alternatives. As recognised by Lavin & Glaser, in the case of asthma medication, ask if a child may switch to inhaled steroids which should not make sleep a problem, while over-the-counter cold remedies have little proven benefit and are thus best avoided. Oral steroids may be switched for others which have a less stimulating effect and medicine used for hyperactivity can either be adjusted in terms of dosage or switched to try an alternative remedy.

Lavin & Glaser recommend that parents do not adjust a child’s dosage or discontinue any prescribed medication, without first consulting the family doctor or paediatrician. It is also important to remember that the consequences of not taking a crucial medication may likely be significantly worse than any side effects.

As highlighted above, there are many medications which can result in a child feeling wired, including some forms of asthma treatment, over-the-counter decongestants and oral steroids. While some medications may be switched or best avoided, always discuss any concerns with a doctor as an alternative medicine may help get sleep back in track.

Band From TV Returning to Fallsview Casino

I love these guys. And not just because one’s a sexy plumber, two are hot doctors, yet another is an adorable mind reader…ok, you get the point.

Valid as these reasons may be, my admiration actually stems from something much less superficial. The reason I’m so smitten with Greg Grunberg (Heroes, Alias), Bob Guiney (The Bachelor), James Denton (Desperate Housewives), Hugh Laurie (House), Adrian Pasdar (Heroes), Jesse Spencer (House) and Scott Grimes (ER, American Dad) is because: 1) they are passionate about using their celebrity and talent to make a difference where it counts; 2) they have to be some of the nicest guys to come out of Hollywood; and 3) they put on one hell of a show.

Who is Band From TV?

For those unfamiliar, Band From TV is exactly what the name implies; a group of musicians, all of whom are actors/personalities from primetime television shows. Formed by Grunberg some five years ago, what makes them unique is that after the bills are paid, every penny of what they earn is divided across charities of each member’s choosing.


Ever since I had the opportunity to witness Band From TV firsthand at Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Canada, last March, I’ve been waiting for them to come back. And that happens next month. The guys return for three shows over the February long weekend (February 19-21), once again at Fallsview.

Fallsview Casino 2010

Those in attendance last year will remember the shows for what they were: fun. Men and women alike were on their feet, dancing and singing along to classic tunes like The Who’s Baba O’Reilly and Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now. The vocal talent of Grimes and Spencer’s skillful handling of the violin blew everyone away; while Guiney and Grunberg joining the dancing crowd in the aisles was a huge hit.

“We had such a great time last year,” says Guiney. “The fans and audience were amazing. We are very excited to return!”

A Great Year

The group has come a long way, even since this time last year, garnering more media attention and gig offers. “More than having evolved as a band, I think we’ve solidified,” says Grunberg. “We’re locked in on who we are. The Fallsview shows were a real turning point for us and I think we’ve gotten better and tighter, really honed the songs.”

“Every gig we do, we seem to get better,” adds Pasdar. “And it seems like the more fun we have, the better we do. Everyone is so giving in this band, there are no egos. And we never lose sight of the fact that we have to be good to score more gigs; it keeps us on our toes!”

Keeping a Balance

So how do seven guys with hectic filming schedules, not to mention family responsibilities, reconcile their growing popularity as a band with everything else in their lives? “More than career-wise, it’s the personal issues that have been really challenging,” says Grunberg. “The professional stuff, we can work that out. But the Fallsview shows, for example, fall on a long weekend when school is out. So it was really hard. But at the same time, we’re able to give so much money to the charities. So we have to pick and choose.”

Friends First

It’s clear that these guys are a tight knit group, both on and off stage. Pasdar, who initially only joined the band for one show, says of Grunberg, “He is just an amazing friend, husband, father…I feel lucky to have a friendship with him. And the fact that we can play together and make so much money for charity is wonderful; in this economy, that’s the first thing to go.”

Making a Difference

For his part, Pasdar has teamed with actor Jeffrey Wright (Casino Royale) and plays in support of the Taia Peace Foundation, an organization that focuses on bringing sustainable assistance to Sierra Leone. “The problem is there is no infrastructure to support the agricultural possibilities that do exist in these rural communities,” says Pasdar. “Well-meaning people come in and create a welfare society that is ultimately unsustainable. We try and take a more hands-on approach, by building roads and providing tools for education.”

More Band From TV…

For more information on the many charities supported by BFTV, and just to find out more about these guys, their work and their music, check out Band From TV. And to see them live at Fallsview, visit Ticketmaster.

If you can’t make the show, but want more, come January 18 the band’s first digital download, “Hoggin’ All the Covers Unleashed”, is being released and will be available across a variety of sites. The CD/DVD is also available at retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, and Barnes &Noble.

Bob Guiney pretty much sums it best: “The whole story with this band is that we’ve been forced to either put up or shut up. Luckily we’ve been able to put up!”

Yes they have. And I can’t wait to dance next month.

A Play Pen or Play Yard for Babies & Toddlers: A Guide to a Play & Safety Item for Infants & Young Children



The list of things to buy for growing babies seems to get longer and parents must question whether every item is essential and whether the cheapest or the dearest is necessary to meet their needs. A play pen is a safe space for babies or toddlers to spend some of their day time outside of their cot. Although babies might fall asleep in the pen, it is intended as a space to play so it should be stimulating.

Is a Play Pen Essential?

A play pen is a luxury and in many homes completely unnecessary. For some families it is very useful and treasured because it offers the opportunity to put the crawling baby or walking toddler into a safe contained space at a time when it is not practical for to have her or him roaming freely. In some households there are enough people for this to not be an issue, or the child could be placed in a cot.

Small, Fold-Away, Portable Play Pen & Travel Bassinet

Budget play pens double up as travel cots and retail for around $60 or £30, e.g. Graco Pack ‘n’ Play.


  • Low price
  • Their use as a travel cot and a safe space for a very young baby
  • Portable
  • Can be packed away and stored easily, so ideal for small home



  • A toddler or active baby would not play for long in this small space
  • Short life span as a play pen compared with more expensive models

Luxury Play Yard, Extra Space for Maximum Play

Substantial play pens or play yards retail for upwards of £80 and include: Lindam Safe & Secure, the Babydan Baby Den, the Kidco Playden (U.S.) and similar.


  • children have a large area to play
  • two toddlers can be accommodated comfortably
  • a gate allows easy access for an adult to join in the play, sort the toys, or clean
  • a gate will give make this a versatile play space for the growing children
  • some models can have extra “walls” added to make the area even larger
  • some models have extra options to transform into a play house


  • Expensive
  • Take up a large amount of floor space
  • May be bulky to store
  • May be simply too large for some homes

Play Yard Safety

Guardians should note child safety:

  • children should be supervised, with closer attention if more than one child is in the play pen
  • as if the children were in their cots there should be no blankets or cushions which could suffocate
  • nothing small enough that the child may chock
  • no dangling cords that the child might be strangled

Choosing the Best Play Pen or Play Yard

If there is the space to keep a larger play pen erected full time, and the family thinks this is something that will assist child safety, then the larger play pens will be better value for money. This is because children can be content playing whilst confined within them for a short time until about 2 years of age, possibly older. The travel cots may be used for sleeping but are unlikely to be useful as a play pen for longer than just a few months.