Recommandations on a bassinet or pack n play for a newborn (bedside to mom!).
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Pamela - posted on 07/02/2009
i have a bassinet next to my bed and the pack and play downstairs. you'll need the PNP later--friends bring it over when they want to stay past 8 pm...they just set it up upstairs and put the baby/one year old in it to sleep. very handy for traveling to parents house or vacation etc. (i'm told).
the bassinet next to the bed though is nice and it has a vibration mode, light and music and is smaller and much handier, but we are moving him out of it now so you'll only get a few weeks out of it. we borrowed ours from my sister in law...
Sapphire - posted on 07/01/2009
I bought the Arm's Reach Co-Sleeper, full sized model. I loved it, and it worked well for us for co-sleeping safely. But it was never used as a pack n' play, rather than I used it to stash clean laundry!
Downstairs I did have a pack n' play that was my sister's that was in perfect condition. We used the bassinet portion as a changing table when my son was younger. When he was a bit older, it was actually used for a traveling crib when we went on vacation.
Stina - posted on 07/01/2009
A Pack'n play is the best option for cost effectiveness since baby won't grow out of it as fast as a bassinet. They are also great for family trips- I wished I had mine for my first baby. #2 and #3 used the bassinet feature on our Graco pacn'play till they were too big for it. I put it right next to my bed at night for the first several weeks... Now at 2 months, I sometimes leave it against the wall in my room as my DD is beginning to sleep more and more.
I own a Graco travel lite crib. With baby # 2, it was great for at Gma's house to help her take naps and I even used it when my friend came to visit and her little one needed a place to sleep. I'm definately getting my money's worth. #2 was able to use it till about 18 months of age when she began to try to climb out of it.
If you want the ability to roll the baby's bed from room to room, go with a smaller one- mine doesn't have all the bells and whistles but it's smaller size makes it just perfect for rolling in and out of my bedroom.
Logan Ann - posted on 07/01/2009
My little one slept in a bassinet for the first 3 months and then we moved him into his pack and play in our room...however now at almost 5 months he will NOT sleep in his own room in his crib...FYI
Katie - posted on 07/01/2009
what we did was we put our daughter's crib next to our bed for the first couple of months. it made my husband feel better to have her in the room. after that we put the crib in her room and had the pack and play in ours for those nights that she wouldn't sleep in her own room. now she won't sleep anywhere but in her own bed.
Sherri - posted on 07/01/2009
I got a bassinet that has a co-sleeper feature- adjusts to my bed height and has a moveable side. I love being able to have my babies right next to me through the night. I got it used off of craigslist. I used it when my toddler was a baby and now I'm using it with my newborn.
Elizabeth - posted on 07/01/2009
I used a pack n' play with a bassinet feature. I have the Graco brand. I plan on using it for my next baby as well. It worked so well. The bassinet just fits on top of the main pack n' play and is safe for babies up to 15 lbs. It makes it easier to access the baby, has a changing area, storage for diapers, and a little mobile. Mine also came with music, a nightlight and a vibrating feature. I think with the pack n' play you get more for your money because you can use it longer. Once your baby reaches 15 lbs, the regular pack n' play is great for travel or you can use it as a play pen up through the toddler years. Bassinets are outgrown fast and I think are a waste of money. My friend's son outgrew the bassinet in less than two months. He didn't have enough room to move around and got frustrated by that.
Michelle - posted on 06/30/2009
My daughter slept in her crib in her own room from the time she came home. She hates her Pack 'n' Play and won't even lay in it during the day!! She does did however like the bassinet at my parents house when she slept there.
Shannon - posted on 06/30/2009
OK I've worked out what a pack n play is now! LOL We call them a porta cot here! I also have one of those to use as a play pen when bubby can sit by herself... Make sure you look into the problem with babies getting a flat head from sleeping on their back before you make your descision. I know a few mothers who have babies with 'flat head syndrome' and their babies need physical therapy and 2 of them need to sleep wearing a specially made helmet... I had never heard of this until recently, but It is great if it can be prevented! :)
Heidi - posted on 06/30/2009
Hey Julie, I'm also a 1st time mom! I would have to agree with Missy. A pack-n-play with an attachable bassinet works great. I got an Eddie Bauer one for my son. It also has a changing table attached as well. It also has a mobile, a little night light, music, and vibrator. It's really nice and great too. I turn on the light to check on him during the night. Goes off automatically (light,music,vibrator). Hope all goes well!
Missy - posted on 06/30/2009
Hi there! I have both...but to tell you the truth...a pack and play with an attachable bassinet and changing table work just fine. I got one from Walmart for $119 bucks, and it has a comfy bassinet attachment with changing table, and it is really nice. I use it when I take the baby to my mom's house. If you were to go with a bassinet...get one with wheels so you can take him/her with you when you go to other rooms in the house. Hope this helps! Good luck hun!
Julie - posted on 06/30/2009
I totally agree with the $ aspect!! I have 4 pack n plays (I'm a child care provider as well as mom and grandma). I picked them all up in EXCELLENT shape at garage sales for less than $20 each!! You can get them new for as little as $70, or up to several hundred for the most elaborate!
Sarah - posted on 06/30/2009
We got a Graco pack n play (PNP) when my son was born. Initially, we got one of the expensive ones with the fancy bassinet inserts (the insert was sort of oval shaped). My son HATED it. We eventually took it back and got the cheaper one with the bassinet that was the same shape as the playpen. He was okay with that one, I think because the area was bigger and he didn't feel so enclosed. One of the benefits of the PNP is that it's not a "uni-tasker"...with a bassinet, you only get that use out of it. A PNP can be used for the bassinet feature and also as a playpen later.
That said my son never had any interest in sleeping in it next to the bed. We tried, but he wasn't having any of that for more than half an hour. He ended up sleeping in the crib in his room or in our bed with us.
No matter what you choose, I don't think I'd pour a ton of money into it. If you go with the bassinet, there's no guarantee that baby will even like it and even if she/he does they will only sleep in it for a limited period of time. The first PNP we bought was around $190 with a modern pattern, fancy bassinet, and changing station...and he wanted nothing to do with any of it. I probably paid $60 for the one we ended up with (took the other one back) and it was much better for what we needed. I've got a friend who has a fancy one and loved it...but for us, I wish we'd gone with the cheaper option and then traded up if it seemed better.
Shannon - posted on 06/30/2009
I have had 5 babies and only with this last one did I discover a baby hammock! This is the website where I bought mine from http://www.babyhammocks.com.au/ They are fantastic and my baby sleeps right through the night, and has done since she was home from hospital, I think she feels as though she is being held while she sleeps :) I am not sure what a pack n play is, but I used a bassinette with my first four. My 2nd youngest is 10yo now and when her and her older siblings were born they slept on their side (that was the norm at that time) now that they sleep on their back I don't think I would like to use a bassinette as their little bones are growing and it can cause 'flat head' from them laying on such a flat surface. If you do an image search of 'baby with flat head' It really is quite frightening what can happen!
My baby loves her hammock and sleeps so peacefully in it, it is on a spring and therefore when she wakes during the night it gently bounces her, making her think that she is in mummy or daddies arms and she goes right back off to sleep! Have a look on you tube too as there are videos of babies in the hammock. I looked into it for 6 months before buying one and am so glad that we did! They also often have them on ebay if you want a bargain! Good luck with your descision :)
Julie - posted on 06/30/2009
Both have definate advantages and disadvantages!!! I like the pack n play best, because it gives you more long term options!!! They now come with the basinette upper part, for when baby is really little. You will spend the same amount of $ on the two, but the pack n play will get you through a couple of years, while the bassinette will give you a couple of months (and you will probably end up buying a pack n play later for travel!