Whats more useful in a baby bed? A Crib or a Pak n Play bed? trying to save money n space.

Jillian - posted on 12/23/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I keep having different people tell me whats more useful, or safer, or better to use for my baby bed. I trust these people but now am confused what to register for, I have adjusted my registry online like 4 times already. So what from Your experience and expertise, is a Better Buy? A crib, or a pak n play? They make them both so nice these days and some of them are close in price, and Im trying to safe space in my apt. Help?

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Crystal - posted on 12/23/2009

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if you are going to be doing a lot of traveling then a pack n play is great, but if your not going to be doing a lot of traveling that you need a place for the baby to sleep then i would get a crib and if you want to save money down the road get a convertable crib. Do remember that for the first 6months or so (depends on the size of the baby) they can sleep in an infant carseat while you are visting family and friends for a few hours, (under close supervison only)

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Erin - posted on 12/24/2009

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I would do a convertible crib, most for your money in the long run. Pak n play is not meant for daily use for sleep, it doesn't give your growing child the proper support. Spend the $$ on a good mattress, check out usababy.com

Brandi - posted on 12/23/2009

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I have both and hardly use the pack and play (it's used as his crib if he is staying overnight at grammy's or auntie's when my hubby and I need some time out (he's almost 2 now and does really well at sleepovers), but I rarely used it when he was young. It really depends on your lifestyle. Are you a home body or do you all do a lot of travelling, visiting?? A crib is probably best if you stay home a lot, while a pack and play may be best if you do a lot of visiting (esp. over sleeptimes) as it is portable. You might get the pack and play first and IF you find you would like to have a crib also, you could get it a little later on. Good luck and congratulations.

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I would say a convertible crib will give you the most bang for your buck. We have a pack and play and a crib and we never use the pack and play, even when we are traveling. Our son just falls asleep in his car seat or stroller and we leave him there for his naps. But you might want to check out garage sales and second hand stores in your area, or even some churches have semi-annual baby sales. These can be great places to pick up those items that are necessities but just nice to have around like a pack and play. We bought the pack and play, crib, changing table and high chair from three different garage sales and only spent like $100.

Jillian - posted on 12/23/2009

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thanks to everyone that responded! I really appreciate all the feedback. I agree. I think im going to look for a crib or mini crib. I guess im a lil anxious cus my due date is getting closer and closer....march 17th:)

Kacey - posted on 12/23/2009

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Crib! pack n play bed's r very bad for the baby's back! it shouldnt do harm if it's just now and again tho but not all the time! x x

Jenna - posted on 12/23/2009

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I have a delta Portable Crib that I bought at walmart 4 years ago that cost a 100 bucks. its perfect for a small room or apt like you said you have to save space. I also got a pack n play that was useful too for me when i had a two story house had the crib upstairs and the pack n play down. I would go with either of those they both are small enough to save space and they don't cost a lot.

Crystal - posted on 12/23/2009

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if you are going to be doing a lot of traveling then a pack n play is great, but if your not going to be doing a lot of traveling that you need a place for the baby to sleep then i would get a crib and if you want to save money down the road get a convertable crib. Do remember that for the first 6months or so (depends on the size of the baby) they can sleep in an infant carseat while you are visting family and friends for a few hours, (under close supervison only)

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Well, I started out with a baby hammock. My babies loved it when they were newborns, because it's womblike. When they outgrew that I got a convertible cot. It is a cot, toddler bed and junior bed in one. I was all about saving money too, so everything I bought (which wasn't a lot) had to be something that would be useable for a long while. It's like the high chair I got (was a shower gift). It's the Fisher Price Space Saver. It sits on a regular chair and has 3 positions, so it can be used for baby from practically newborn through to toddlerhood.

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