i am 20 weeks pregnant and I am starting to pick out baby supplies.

Deanna - posted on 08/29/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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i am 20 weeks pregnant and I am starting to pick out baby supplies. I am on a very strict budget since my fiance and I are both still in college and are both working part time. What would be a more practical purchase: a crib, a bassinet, or a travel crib. Help me please!

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Amanda - posted on 08/29/2013

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I know a girl who had the same problem. She lives in a small apartment and money is an issue as well. She went with the pack n' play because it is also portable. Bassinets are nice if you don't have a lot of room in your bedroom and want her to sleep in your room with you. You can get those used at garage sales a lot. They aren't too expensive if you buy them used. I know a lot of women that never use their cribs. I have one because I wanted to be able to turn it into a toddler bed as she gets older but that will be a while from now. Hope that helps...

Sarah - posted on 08/29/2013

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Crib or travel crib would be the most practical. If you are going to be traveling often then I would go with the travel crib until he gets older to where the travel crib would not be comfortable for him to sleep in on a regular basis (I would say around 2 yrs old). If you plan to not travel much or travel only to grandparents maybe that is something they could buy and keep at their house while you buy a crib. A bassinet, although VERY cute and nice tends not to last more then 3 months before baby is too big to fit into it. If you do the travel crib I would go with the one that has the bassinet with it.....if you can spend a few extra the newborn napper is also nice to have as it snuggles them a bit more, which is usually comforting for newborns. If going crib many of them no work at toddler beds and some will even work as a twin bed.

One thing I would do is wait to buy too many baby products until after baby is born. Some babies love the swing while others hate it, same with bouncy seats. Another thing that is a yes or no for some babies is the Sleep and Play beds.....again I would wait until baby is here. Find out if they do well in the crib first. If it seems like they want to be snuggled a lot and swaddling does not do the trick the Sleep and Play beds might work nice. They are not very big, so would only last for the first 3-4 months, but well worth it if baby is not sleeping well. They snuggle them a bit more and also are at an angle, so it is much like being snuggled in your arms.

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