how do i decide...bassinet at first or straight to crib??

Chrissy - posted on 12/10/2008 ( 24 moms have responded )

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whats the concencus for whats best for baby? should i keep her in a bassinet in my room at first, or start her right nin her crib?

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Kylie - posted on 12/13/2008

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with my first i tried to use a bassinet, and my second went straight into a cot. As i am a very light sleeper i found i couldn have my babies in my room coz every noise they made woke me up.. The bassinet is great as it is small and cozy for a newborn, but when my eldest was 2 weeks old and i was craving all the sleep i could get i got told about "tea tree matresses" they are a mattress with sides and are a little smaller than a bassinet that u can slip straight into a cot - this saves the transition hassle and still gives them the comfort and cosiness a bassinet gives, and they are made with the tea tree oil to help bub sleep

Carrie - posted on 12/11/2008

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both my sons lasted 1 day in our room - they made way too much breathing noises and would keep my husband and i up - so after the first night - it was straight to the crib - they will sleep no matter where they are - it was me that couldnt sleep listening to them move or cough or breath... once they were oult - (although we were up feeding them) we slept better!! good luck

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Andie - posted on 12/11/2008

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I think it's totally about you and your comfort and preferences, your baby will probably be fine in either place. We had our daughter in a bassinet in our room and were planning to use it for up to three months but she grew out of it at 2 1/2 so she moved to her crib. It was easier for me bc we were nursing so she was close and she slept on her tummy so my dr. recommended that she be close by so she could hear our breathing patterns and fall in sync. She slept through the night from 2-4 months (now at 6 1/2 months we're battling with how to train her to self-soothe) but she slept all the way through the night in both places so I don't think that really matters. Also, we have an Angelcare sensor monitor that sounds an alarm if it doesn't detect breathing which allowed me to breathe easy and get sleep...although I did hear every little move she made both bc her bassinet was kind of squeaky and bc I was constantly on alert for her to wake up again but my husband never heard a peep, haha. Good Luck!

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we kept them in a bassinet as long as we could.i felt if they were in our room there would be more noise keeping them from sleeping to heavy and reducing sids...if you make a switch befor 6 months they probaly want notice-at least mine didnt....

also having them right there is just easier while you are healing....i would do so in the begining and then move her when you felt comfortable....whats best fopr baby is a sane mommy and this helped keep me from big worries...

Jess - posted on 12/11/2008

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ps when i say distressing i mean primarily for the baby and then because of that distress then i would feel distressed...

Jess - posted on 12/11/2008

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i could not have bared to have my child further from me than a few inches away from me because i felt that any further would be distressing considering she was inside me for 9 months. we co-slept for the 1st month and now she is 11weeks and sleeps in a cot next to our bed. a different room seems very strange to me, dont know how mothers manage that one. good luck. follow your heart.

User - posted on 12/11/2008

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I started with a bassinet, but if and when I have to do it again I would use the baby bed called "room in" where it is like a crib/bassinet but one side is open and snuggles up to your mattress so its more of an extension of your bed but protection for baby. If you are up every 1-2-3 hours to feed, distance becomes a pain plus you are recouperating and tired and all that, I found it best to have him sleep in the room with us and at 4 months he started in his crib.

Jen - posted on 12/11/2008

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I tried the bassinet, and after her first two nights home, the baby refused to sleep in it! So, she ended up with me (but in her room) or in the crib. She actually slept in a bouncy seat in the crib until she started to roll over; she had gas that kept her up.

Emily - posted on 12/11/2008

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i started my son off in a crib and he slept through the night from day one and i started my daughter off in a bassinet and is now 15 mnths and still doesnt sleep through the night. i dont know if its coincidence or what but thats my experience.

Elizabeth - posted on 12/11/2008

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I think bassinet because your baby will feel more secure being in the same room as you and its a lot easier on you as well because shes right there when you want to check on her. I kept my son in his bassinet until he was 5 months and now he sleeps in his crib for most of the night and when he wakes up around four we bring him into bed with us. every baby is different just do what your most comfortable with.

Nastassia - posted on 12/11/2008

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You should be thinking about whats best for the two of you. If your breast feeding your going to want your baby close to you to make feedings easier. It also has alot to do with your comfort level. Are you going to get up all nite to go into the other room to check on them all night because your worried? Most moms are like this and to avoid constantly getting up its easier to keep your baby close. Baby is at risk for

SIDS, for my own comfort I wanted to see my baby breathing at night, just to ease my own fears. I personally used a bassinett for the first 3 mo then moved her to a crib.

Ericka - posted on 12/11/2008

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I also went for the bassinet for similar reasons. Ease for me (it really helps having them close), peace of mind whether ingrained and created (supposedly less chance of SIDS), and he liked it better. I used a bassinet that came with my stroller first. Loved it because I could wheel him around the house during the day too. After I used a full-size Arm's Reach Co-Sleeper, which works as a bassinet, but is also a Pack-in-play. If the attachment didn't come with my stroller I would have used the Arm's Reach from the get go.

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Sarah - posted on 12/10/2008

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Chrissy, really what makes you most comfortable is the best. All the baby really needs is a safe place to sleep-- be it in a pack-n-play, crib, bassinett, etc. I slept with our children in our room for the first few months b/c it made night time feedings easier. Then, when they started sleeping through the night (at aobut 3 or 4 mos) we moved them to their rooms. Also, a lot depends on your morning routine-- and your husband's! B/c if you need to set the alarm for early wake ups, it can be frustrating having the baby wake up unnecessarily b/c of the noise in the AM. Good luck and enjoy every stage!! : )

Sara - posted on 12/10/2008

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Okay, I was all for the crib right away because I read that there may be more problems down the road with the transition. In the hospital, I roomed in with my daughter so I was used to her being right there all night and day. When I got home and it was time for her to go down for the night in her room, I freaked out! I couldn't bear being that far away from her and went to on a midnight hunt for a bassinet! I would recommend having one on standby in case you have the same melt down that I did! Good luck!

Susan - posted on 12/10/2008

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Most of my friends had kids long before me, they started real young. I learned A LOT from their "mistakes". Both of my kids slept in the bassinet, next to my bed for the first 4-8 weeks. They, straight to the crib. I NEVER had a problem putting them in their own rooms, in their own beds, by themselves. Babies are literally clean slates..they don't know ANYTHING unless you teach it to them. If they get use to sleeping in your room, they want what they know. If they get rocked to sleep, they won't go down without it. If they start out going to straight to bed with a hug and kiss, all by themselves, you should never have a problem with bedtime. My children are not 5 & 7 and the only problem I have is they say they aren't ready for bed! I hope this helps :)

Richelle - posted on 12/10/2008

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i think that its a comfort thing! i wanted my son near me but after two weeks of not sleeping because he made so much noise..... it was into the crib!!

Alisha - posted on 12/10/2008

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My baby was in his bassinet right next to my bed for 5 months. I used it until he was too big for it. Then, once he switched to his crib.. he liked it because it gave him all the room he wanted. :)

Dyanne - posted on 12/10/2008

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I put both of my children straight to a cot in their own rooms and havnt had any problems with too much room for baby,I also found it better to have baby in another room as they are very noisy when asleep and you dont hear every squeek and wonder what is happening so spend half the night awake.It also means you and partner can get some time alone together every little bit helps.

Tami - posted on 12/10/2008

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If you can sleep in the same room as the crib, I would definitely skip the bassinet. What I did was set up the pack and play. We had the one with the changing table/crib attached. That way you can knock out 2 birds with one stone in the middle of the night. I think it was a really great idea to do that because you will need the pack n play later for sleepovers. It converts to a play pen as well. I just transferred him to the crib about 2 weeks ago (he is 3 1/2 months now) and set up the monitor. Now I get more sleep because I don't hear every little noise he makes. My 2 year old was in the crib and transferred to a big boy bed and the transition was perfect timing. I would definitely skip the bassinet, waste of money and you can't use it after that.

Melanie - posted on 12/10/2008

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We had a hammock in our room for the first while. The baby hammock was great, the gentle movement helps them sleep. She was sleeping through the night at 6 weeks and stopped sleeping through the night when we took her out of it at 3 months (now I have no idea why we took her out). My Dr. also strongly encouraged us to have her in our room. She said that babies can smell if their moms are near by and find it comforting. Best of luck with your little one.

Teresa - posted on 12/10/2008

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i agree with the bassinet first. Its so nice to just be able to look over and see them sleeping. Our daughter was moved to her crib at three months and that was perfect for us.

Jeanette - posted on 12/10/2008

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we used the bassinet in our room for the first month. It was great, I was breastfeeding and had an emergency c-section so it was great for my husband to roll over get the baby and pass him to me. After about a month it was time for us to have our room back though. Definately a personal choice but this is my experience

Jo - posted on 12/10/2008

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Bassinet in your room is great. at least for the first month or two. they wakes about every 2 hours to eat or have a diaper change and it makes it much nicer if you don't have to travel down the hall to get them also the crib is so big they don't need that much space until they about 6 months a year. this can save you a little $ to start off.

Janean - posted on 12/10/2008

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I think bassinet in your room at first. Its very comforting to wake up and to see your baby breathing. Plus they wake up so often in the beginning u get a little more sleep : )

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