by Amy Venzke March 22, 2019 4 min read

The American Academy of Pediatrics has a suggestion for baby's first bedroom: yours. 

The association recommends that parents share a bedroom (but not a sleep surface) with their baby for at least the first six months—a move that can reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, by as much as 50 percent.

In spring 2019, Nuna debuted a new travel crib designed specifically for this purpose. The COVE Aire brings baby close with a napper, which attaches to the top of the crib to provide a snug and secure fit. (Note that Nuna advises never to leave a child unattended in the product and not to use the COVE Aire for prolonged periods of sleeping.)

The COVE Aire also shares many similarities with Nuna's existing series of travel cribs or playards, the full-size SENA Aire and more compact SENA Aire Mini.

All three products can serve either as your full-time crib or as a convenient, portable option for vacations and visits to Grandma's house. Each is fully ventilated throughout the crib and mattress, folds easily, and manages to look as nice as the rest of your home decor. But a few differences on each playard set them apart. 

In this comparison, we'll look at the differences between the COVE Aire, the SENA Aire and the SENA Aire Mini playards.

Nuna COVE Aire vs. Nuna SENA Aire Playard Comparison

Nuna COVE Aire vs. Nuna SENA Aire for Newborns

All three Nuna playards can serve as a crib for newborns, starting from their very first night at home. The bassinet on each model is safe to use until the baby is 15 pounds or approximately 5 months old.

The napper at the top of the COVE Aire has the same weight limit as the bassinet but elevates the baby to your bedside, sparing parents from reaching down and into the bassinet. The contoured napper also offers a more snug and customizable fit for an infant, thanks to its three-point harness and adjustable recline options. 

Nuna says the napper is tested to and meets federal safety standards for "infant inclined sleep products." The ASTM standard addresses topics like recline angle and side height requirements to ensure that products are safe for newborns. However, Nuna does not recommend using the COVE Aire napper for prolonged sleeping, nor should the product be used with a child who is unsupervised.

Nuna COVE Aire vs. Nuna SENA Aire Playard Comparison

Nuna COVE Aire vs. Nuna SENA Aire Specifications

The COVE Aire provides an easier fit at your bedside compared with the SENA Aire, which is nearly 6 inches wider. The SENA Aire Mini offers the same narrow width as the COVE but has a reduced height and length compared to its larger counterparts.

All three playards can be used from birth into toddlerhood, with the napper and bassinet intended for approximately the first five months. But while your child will likely outgrow the SENA Aire Mini by 18 months, the SENA Aire and COVE Aire can be used for roughly twice as long due to their larger size.

Product Weight

  • COVE Aire: 22 pounds
  • SENA Aire: 22 pounds
  • SENA Mini: 17.5 pounds

Product Dimensions

  • COVE Aire: 40"L x 24.5"W x 30"H
  • SENA Aire: 41.3"L x 30"W x 29"H
  • SENA Mini: 34.5"L x 24"W x 26.4"H

Recommended Use

  • Napper: Birth to 15 pounds (approximately 5 months)
  • Bassinet: Birth to 15 pounds (approximately 5 months)
  • Playard: Birth to 30 pounds or 35" (approximately 3 years) for the COVE Aire and SENA Aire; birth to 18 months for the SENA Mini Aire

Nuna COVE Aire vs. Nuna SENA Aire Playard Comparison

Nuna COVE Aire vs. Nuna SENA Aire Price

With the inclusion of the napper accessory, the COVE Aire is Nuna's highest-priced playard. The SENA Aire costs $100 less than the COVE Aire.

The Mini version of the SENA costs another $100 less than its larger counterpart but is typically used for a shorter duration: up until 18 months instead of approximately 3 years.

  • COVE Aire: $449.95
  • SENA Aire: $349.95
  • SENA Mini: $249.95

Nuna COVE Aire vs. Nuna SENA Aire Playard Comparison

Nuna COVE Aire vs. Nuna SENA Aire Accessories

Each of the Nuna playards also offers a unique accessory that gives the product an additional purpose beyond the bassinet and playard.

For the COVE Aire, it's the included napper, which will also be sold separately for the SENA Mini at a later time. The napper won't be available for the full-size SENA, which distinguishes the product from the COVE.

However, the SENA offers one convenient accessory not seen on the other playards: a changer that attaches to the top of your playard to create a changing table. Due to its width, the changer fits only the SENA Aire.

Napper Compatibility

  • COVE Aire: Yes, included with purchase
  • SENA Aire: No
  • SENA Mini: Yes, sold separately (date and price TBD)

Changer Compatibility

  • COVE Aire: No
  • SENA Aire: Yes
  • SENA Mini: No

Nuna COVE Aire vs. Nuna SENA Aire Playard Comparison

Nuna COVE Aire vs. Nuna SENA Aire Bassinet

All three Nuna products include a bassinet positioned midway inside the crib, which is used until the baby is 15 pounds. The mattress is then relocated to the bottom of the playard for an older child.

The bassinet on the COVE Aire offers a couple of improvements over the SENA versions: It's placed a few inches higher, providing easier access to your baby, and it can be quickly removed with a zipper.

On the SENA versions, the bassinet can be removed by unfastening snaps, making it a bit more time-consuming to fold and adjust the playard. 

Nuna COVE Aire vs. Nuna SENA Aire Playard Comparison

Nuna COVE Aire vs. Nuna SENA Aire Colors

Each playard in the Nuna line comes in neutral yet chic colors that complement your decor (and maybe even match your Nuna stroller or car seat). Here are the colors available for each model.

COVE Aire

  • Champagne
  • Caviar
  • Frost

SENA Aire

  • Caviar
  • Granite
  • Aspen

SENA Aire Mini

  • Champagne
  • Iron

Questions?

Strolleria is a family-owned and operated retailer dedicated to making the baby gear buying experience less overwhelming for parents. We also offer free shipping and no sales tax outside of Arizona! If you have more questions about the Nuna COVE Aire or Nuna SENA Aire, feel free to contact us at 480-442-9433 or customercare@strolleria.com.

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Amy Venzke
Amy Venzke

Amy Venzke is the co-owner of Strolleria, along with her husband, Drew. Together, they have a mission to make the gear-buying experience easier on parents. That includes you! Feel free to contact her with questions at amy@strolleria.com.