Have any of you started your baby out in a pack 'n play?

Abby - posted on 02/24/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Currently I have a 15 month old, and another little bean on the way in September. My husband and I are debating back and forth about what we should do about our new one's sleeping arrangements. Cooper slept with us until he was 9-10 months old, and I know for a fact that I do NOT want our new baby to do the same. I breastfed (and still am currently) so it was much easier to feed him at night--but by the time he was 9 months he was still waking up every 1-2 hours to nurse and would scream all night if I tried to get him to go back to sleep any other way. We spent a whole year with sleepless nights, and I know it was because he slept with us for so long. We aren't anticipating Cooper being ready to move out of his crib when the new babe is here and dont want to buy a new one. So, after my rambling the question is:

Have any of you started your newborns out in a pack 'n play right by your bed? Did it make the transition to a crib easier when you moved them out of your room? Did it help them sleep through the night early? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Ashley - posted on 02/24/2010

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What me and my husband did was we used a pack n play at first because our son didnt like his bassient, but we used the infant part of it instead of just the bed part of the pack n play. he loved the infant part that is where he slept all of the time. but then when he was almost 2 months we moved him to his bassinet and then not long after that we moved him out of our room and into him crib in his room! Yes it was easier to move him out of our room and he did sleep better once he was by himself. He still sleeps in his room and he is almost 1 and he sleeps from 8 to 8!

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Retta - posted on 02/25/2010

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yeah that is true! but my 4 month old son sleeps next to me in the bed, due to my hubby working nights and when he arrives home i place the baby in his bed and sometimes he sleeps good and sometimes not! but i love my pack n play, it commendates all the stages he will grow too!

Antonia - posted on 02/25/2010

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Well my son actually started out in bed w/ me also but I began to break that habit by the time he was 3-4 mnths. I started putting him in the bassinet I broke him by actually rocking him to sleep and once he was good into sleep placed him in the bassinet. After he out grew the bassinet he then moved on to the pack n play which held more room for him. But usually if your child is used to sleeping beside you every night once you try to break them of tht they fear seperation from you..my son sleep alll throu the night in his pack n play and is now graduating to a crib. But trust me there will be those every once in awhile nights awake just because he may want to be near you.

Retta - posted on 02/25/2010

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now they have the pack n play, with the bassenet attached, my son is 4months and we brought one when he was first born! it is very convienant and it is very safe for them, easy too wipe down. we love it! they have all shapes, sizes, colors and style's even some with the music box and that vibrates!

Crystal - posted on 02/24/2010

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I started out my child in a pack and play right next to my bed.... i was terrified if she wasnt close to me cuz she was so small....it made the transition to the crib easier, but out of the room has not been a sucess...

Jessica - posted on 02/24/2010

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My 3rd child was put in a pack-n-play at the end of our bed. I breastfed as well. I had no trouble putting her in a crib but I also would put her in the crib through out the day for her to get used to it. When she was 3 months old she moved to her own bed. She would wake up 2-3 times a night, until she was about 6 months of age. Do not make the mistake of letting your child get used to sleeping with you!!! You will never have any peace! I have a 10, 8, and 2 year old daughter, and believe me sometimes that is the ONLY peace you get... SLEEPING. Good LUCK with the new baby!!! Remember that every child is different.

Tarah - posted on 02/24/2010

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I started my son out in the pack n play because he was going to work with me.. i found that when we went somewhere he would sleep like he does at home because it was the same place that he slept in at night. It also did help us move him to a crib because he was use to the space. the nice thing about our pack n play is that it had a layer that could be put in so that he was not in the bottom but close to the top.

Alicia - posted on 02/24/2010

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ok my daughter started in a pack and play, one of the smaller travel ones with the raised bed..and i loved that she did!! it sat right next to my bed, and made it super easy to get to her. when she was 3 months old i finally had enough courage to move her from my room. i was always paranoid about her pulling the blanket over her face, or just whatever. when we first moved her to her room, we kept her in the pack n play first so she could get used to the new surroundings. then moved her to her crib at about 4 months. she now is 6 months and sleeps 12 hours without waking up :) im a very happy mommy since shes been a 12 hour sleeper since i moved her to her own room!!!

Amber - posted on 02/24/2010

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My son slept in the pack n play bassinet for months probably 5 months actually. I had the hard time transitioning him he didn't though. It was perfect for breastfeeding and it made me feel comfortable that I could look at him anytime I wanted.

Danielle - posted on 02/24/2010

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My son slept in a cradle the first few nights but he did not like the cradle at all so I just started putting him in his crib or in his bouncer. He loved his bouncer and slept his best right there even at night beside the bed. When I started taking him to my moms when he was about 2 months old he would sleep in the pack n play and he did great in it. We have not had any problems with him using it and going back and forth with the crib. Unfortunately some transitions in my life have made it to where the pack n play is his bed at the moment until I can get his crib set back up but I never have any problems with him sleeping in it. The infant insert was nice when he was little but now that he is bigger so we pulled that part out and he does great just sleeping in the bed part now. We put some sheets in it with a couple of blankets for extra cushion. But he seems to just fine using that as his bed.

Leslye - posted on 02/24/2010

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I used a pack and play because I didn't want to send my baby girl to her room when she first came from the hospital, we put it right beside our bed (on my side, of course) and it worked fine. My baby is now six months old and she is already sleeping in her room, since 2 weeks ago, ans she sleeps from 8:30 pm to 5:30 am. another thing I reconmend you to do is to put them on a schedule since day one, don't feed them all the time and at night, right before they go to bed, feed them cereal with formula (about 3-4 scoops of cereal with 3-4 ouces of formula, like a paste) and they will sleep longer because their belly will be full. back to the pack and play, it is awsome because it gives them independence since day one, and you sleep better not thinking you will squeeze them when you roll over ;) hope this helps.



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Soky - posted on 02/24/2010

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we did!! It helped out so much!! Better than a crib because you can take it anywhere with you!!! It was really hard for me though to have my daughter be in another room. That is just me Im pretty attatched to her. But she did fine in her crib. plus it was a whole lot cheaper than getting another crib for like a few months :o)

Jodi - posted on 02/24/2010

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I also started my son out in a pack and play. His room is at the other end of our house, and I wasn't ready to be that far away from him yet (also I was breastfeeding so I didnt want to have to get up every 2 hours and walk across the cold floor to get him!!) I thought it was a great experience. I put him down for naps in his crib in the daytime, and he easily transitioned into his crib full time at 6 weeks. We also take it with us when we go anywhere overnight, and he sleeps great it in! Good luck with the new baby :)

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