Should I buy a playpen or a bassinet or both??? I need help

Betheni - posted on 07/14/2010 ( 30 moms have responded )

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I am pregnant with my first child and I need advice! At first I assumed I should have a crib and a playpen and a bassinet for my bedroom. Now I am second guessing what I should do. I have the crib ready but I would like to keep the baby in my bedroom with us for the first few months. Should I spend the money on both the Bassinet and the Playpen (includes a bassinet and changing table) or should I just get one or the other? I am still not sure of the pros and cons of either item. I would appreciate any opinions!! thank you!

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Amanda - posted on 07/17/2010

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A play pen is great for travel and when they're a little older mobile you have somewhere safe where they can play. A bassinet really isn't needed at all unless you'd like the baby next to you at night. Another good thing to know is that most pack n plays these days have a bassinet feature. Mine does. My Graco pack n play was $120. The crib i have is great. It converts to a today bed and has a full size bed frame if i want it to. The baby shares a room with me so i never had to have a bassinet. they grow out of them fast anywats.

Kathy - posted on 07/16/2010

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I used a pack n' play in our room for the first few months with my daughter. Personally, that worked great!! I wouldn't reccomend wasting the money on a bassinet. We plan on doing the same for our second. Good luck, have fun!

Danielle - posted on 07/14/2010

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I say your safe bet would be all three. I had the crib in my baby's room. The bassinet in my room and the playpen in the living room. That way I had an area for them at anytime. If they had a cold or I was jus having a paranoia moment they'd sleep in their bassinet right beside me. When I was doing housework or cooking when it was their nap time they would go to their room. But if they were awake I'd drag the playpen where ever I was and let them play while I did what I needed to do. But you do what you feel is best for you.

Gina - posted on 07/14/2010

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When I had my 1sh child, I had the crib, bassenet, and the changing table-all seperate. I found that for my tiny home at the time ,it was just too much furniture.
This time around,with our 2nd , I chose to get the 3 in 1 pack and play that included the bassinet and changing table thing. Be sure to read the age/weight limits on those type of furniture tho,in my case, baby grew too heavy for the changer station at about 3 months,and she also out grew the bassinet part quickly-but the good thing about a 3in 1 is that you can take those attachments off and have a full size playpen with out spending all the extra $ on seperate things that take up more room in the house. I chose to buy a Grayco pack-n-play.

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Nadine - posted on 06/23/2011

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I agree with the other ladies, to save lots of money and very versatile a pack and play is the best option!

Angela - posted on 07/20/2010

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Well I have 3 kids, with my first I bought it all...he didn't use any of it...wouldn't sleep in his crib (didn't do the bassinet), (slept with me til he was 2 yrs old)..and he never like the playpen...With my 2nd child same thing didn't like the crib but did like a bassinet and I found the playpen to be in the way and he wasn't in it too much (again didn't care for it)...With my 3rd who is now 4 mths old....He loves his crib and loves his swing (since almost day one)...didn't have a bassinet however he is sleeping through the night and started to at the age of 3 weeks..He now shares a room with his big brothers and they love it....Personally if you do want to get a playpen it is not something you really use until the can at least sit unassisted... Hope this helps

Carol - posted on 07/20/2010

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I actually have all three of them. I used the bassinet when my daughter was new born until about 3 months when she didnt need to wake up during the night to be breastfed. I then put her in her crib in her own room. I bought a playpen when she was old enough to sit on her own and would only use it for independant play time. I really recommend reading the book "babywise" it helped me a lot! I hope that helps you!

User - posted on 07/19/2010

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for a lot of people, having a crib in your bedroom is to much-not enough space for my room, and my crib had to be built in the room. We had a graco travel lite crib that came with a bassinet. We used the bassinet when the kids were newborns, then slowly moved them into their own rooms. We were able to use the travel crib for when we went on vacation until they outgrew it. It is slightly more narrow than a pack n play and you can get a mattress to go inside. For our third, I bought a bassinet for the living room- we lived in a townhouse and I was tired of moving furniture- but I bought it at a second hand store. The basket came out (like a moses basket) and was easier to take to a friends' house, church, etc than a pac n play. That worked for the first two months.

Wendy - posted on 07/18/2010

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I received the pack'n'play deluxe (playpen/bassinet/change table in one) when I had my son in 08 - although we bought a crib that converts to a toddler bed. It was a life saver for when he got sick (he never slept in our room until he got sick and we had to keep a close watch on his breathing overnight). It was also great to have when he spent the night at families or friends places and they didn't have a place for him to sleep or to change him, made their lives MUCH easier (and a little bit of home for baby away from home)- and it is very easy to pack up and take places! And it is definitely a life saver when we travel, as our daughter was born this past april and we use it for her now!

Chinyendu - posted on 07/18/2010

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Cristina is right, just buy the playpen (pack n play). You will use it as a playpen too when your baby is big enough to play in it. That will be when your baby must have started sitting or crawling

Cristina - posted on 07/18/2010

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Buy the playpen (pack n play) that has the grades to fix the matress high or low for infants or bigger babies, it's too much spending for nothing, the bassinet is not really a need, trust me, they grow out of it so fast.

Jamie - posted on 07/18/2010

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Congratulations!
My parents still had our bassiet when they had me and my siblings so I just borrowed that. And I'm glad I did! My daughter hated it cuase she liked to move around a lot and when she would touch the sides she would cry (cause she couldn't move much after being up against the side) So no money loss there for us. We were given a hand-me-down packnplay and we use that for traveling so that was great and good for anyone that needs to borrow it when they come over with thier babies. But other than than my daughter sleeps in her crib or on the floor, that's pretty much it.
I really reccomend that if you want to use something, try borrowing it first or buy it second-hand to see if you really like it or will use it. Good luck!

Traci - posted on 07/17/2010

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After 5 kids, 5 nephews, 4 nieces, & 1 grandbaby, the bassinet is a waste.. They r cute, but u dont use them long.. A playpen is the way to go cause u can keep it in ur room for when u want baby with u, or any part off the house yard, any place u go.. Plus they can stay in it till they learn to climb....lol I loved my playpens still have 1 for friends & family that bring their sweet lil 1 over.. Another good thing is a swing, babys love to sleep in a swing, which r also easy to take along... Good luck hope I was of some help....

Ashley - posted on 07/17/2010

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Bassinet. I didn't like the playpen unless you plan to travel a lot. Or if you are going to actually use it as a changing table - it took up too much room for us. I didn't even really use our changing table after one month or so - I mostly used the floor or the couch or the bed, where ever we were.
The bassinet you can just use and put away when you are done.
If you will be traveling (in the car) a lot, get the pack and play. They do come in handy for that.

Alyssa - posted on 07/16/2010

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Our son slept on a beanbag in our room until he was a few weeks old. Then he was moved into his own room with a pack and play and I left the door ajar. Once we finally moved back stateside, we bought a crib and he's been in that from about 7 months old until two weeks ago at 17 months old. He's now a VERY good sleeper and doesn't require a night light or anything. I also found that we both slept better if I couldn't hear his sleep noises and he couldn't hear me getting up to check on his sleep noises. Good luck!!

Valeria - posted on 07/16/2010

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When I had my baby shower i got all 3 but it is just to much.... i would just get the the pack n play and use it for a wile then it can be folded up and put up till you need it... it saves alot of space! I hope this helps. congrats on the pregnancy :)

Nancy - posted on 07/16/2010

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playpens are the best you could put them in your livingrooms,kitchens,take them to the park you could take them everywere they are very handy.

Charlotte - posted on 07/15/2010

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My son slept in a bassinet for his first 6 months. We ended up buying the playpen with the bassinet attachment instead of getting both. It worked well for him, until he got too heavy for the bassinet part. After that he went into the playpen for naptimes. And, it was handy and easy to put away and to travel with. We never had to worry about a bed for the baby to sleep in!

Dana - posted on 07/15/2010

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Our son wanted nothing to do with any ofi t! We tried for weeks to get him to sleep in either his co-sleeper in our bedroom or the pack 'n play in the living room. i wounds up sleeping on the couch with him in my arms for 4 1/2 months. I finally broke down and he now sleeps with us. It's amazing what you'll do out of desperation when you need sleep! Each child is different, but in my experience, a playpen is only beneficial if your baby is a heavy sleeper and you can lay him down in it during naptime. Once they are big enough to "play" in there, they want OUT! One hint... if it's on your registry, save the box and you can return it if you find that your baby doesn't enjoy it... Target will take back registry items without a receipt. Good luck & fingers crossed for a good sleeper!

Betheni - posted on 07/15/2010

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I just want to say thank you to all you ladies that responded to my post. I'm new to this site and obviously new to motherhood so all the advice I can get is wonderful!! I have decided to keep the crib in the nursery and get the pack n play. I have decided not to get the Bassinet. With our small home, I think I need to keep as much space open as possible! Considering the pack n play has the bassinet and changing table accessories, I agree with most of you that the Bassinet is unnecessary. I do not want to over shop but oh my gosh, it is just so much fun! lol Again, thank you so much for your responses!!!

Kelina - posted on 07/15/2010

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I had all three. The thing wa though the crib would not fit in our bedroom and the playpen was a hand me down from a friend. I rationalized the cost of the bassinet by figuring, we're planning on having four kids, that means for each kid, the bassinet is about the cost of a pack of diapers. I never regretted it with my son as the bassinet made my life so much easier-the nursery was all the way at the other end of the house. If you get the three in one though you don't need both the bassinet as well as a playpen, and if you can fit the crib in your room there's no need for the bassinet. It's always tempting to go overboard when you have your first baby. Congratulations!

Marie - posted on 07/15/2010

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The bassinet will only last for a few months. When baby starts rolling over or sitting up, it can become a safety hazard. The playpen, on the other hand, is useful for most parents for the first 2 years. So it is a much more useful option. I still use the playpen for my daughter when we travel. She is a very small 3 year old. I always worry that since she is used to her toddler bed at home, low to the ground with rails, that she will fall out of a big bed.

Cecilia - posted on 07/15/2010

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I have both a bassinet and the pack and play with the bassinet and changing table. I find it to be more convenient for me. The bassinet is in my bedroom next to my bed and the pack and play is in my living room all set up with the changing table and bassinet on it. I spend most of my time in my living room and kitchen (which is right next to the living room) so when she needs to be changed or lays down for a nap, it is right there and I can get to her quickly and keep an eye on her. She is two months old now and it has worked for me really well since she has been born. I prefer both but it honestly depends on what you are more confortable with and what will be more convenient and less of a hassle. I got my bassinet from a friend (lucky me) and my pack and play we got with gift cards from our baby shower. They have good ones at target for less expensive which is wehere we got ours. Good Luck I really hope you figure out what is best for you. and congratulations on the baby! :)

Sarah - posted on 07/15/2010

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If you travel the pack n play/playpen is a MUST have! I did not have one until my son was about 6 months old. Whenever we went to his grandparents' house (both would require overnight stays when we would visit) he would never sleep. Both grandparents had cribs put up for him to sleep in, but it was different then his bed, so he could never sleep very well. I bought the pack n play and the first night we were away from home he slept great! I wish I would have bought it sooner.

Crib and bassinet....The crib you may like as your child gets older. I do know many people that use the pack n play as the crib for awhile. One thing I found with the pack n play is that the child out grows it faster then the crib. The pack n play is smaller then the crib and the child can crawl out of the pack n play sooner. It can also be a pain to pack up your child's bed everytime you leave town and then to have to unpack it before you lay your child down to sleep when you get back. The bassinet I would say the simular if you are using the pack n play as the bassinet. If you have a crib though the bassinet is not a nessesity. I did enjoy my bassinet and the one thing I did like was that it would rock and sometimes that would help put baby to sleep. I also loved how it worked in the nursery. If I needed to cut cost though I would consider not doing the bassinet.

Donna - posted on 07/15/2010

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i did this with my first two, over brought and though now what do i do with all this extra furniture.
I would suggest a pack and play ( portacot) that has a bassinet insert and change table on it. we used ours up until about a week ago when Liam moved from our room to his... he is 7 months old.
But if you buy one of these bubs will not outgrow it for a long while... it will be up to you when u move your lil one this way rather than the lil one outgrowing a bassinett or crib before your ready to move them to there own room.
Hope all the advice from all the ladies helps :)

Erika - posted on 07/14/2010

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Congrats on your pregnancy!! I honestly think that you're fine with just the pack n play. That is all I used for both of my kids. I still use it when we travel.

Hope this helps a bit.

Erika
http://www.ErikaCarrillo.com

Vanessa - posted on 07/14/2010

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I'd look at cost vs how many mths use you'll get!
We OVER COMPENSATED with our first and now are pregnant with our third --- lets just say that by number three you've worked out what's useful and what is simply a waste of money.
Why not simply start with the crib (wont be outgrown for a long time - whereas the bassinet will) and put it in your room for a bit - once you are past the yicky first few mths, simply move it into the nursery. I'd go the playpen/porta cot for downstairs/living areas as daytime naps are a breeze in these too.

Jessica - posted on 07/14/2010

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I use(d) a pack n' play with a bassinet. I didn't need anything too fancy. That's what I used for the first little while with my newborn, but now I only use it when I go out of town to visit family. It was a great purchase.

Christina - posted on 07/14/2010

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I wouldn't bother with a bassinet. The playpen is much more handy and like you said, it comes with a bassinet anyways. For some reason none of my 3 girls liked sleeping in a bassinet, but they would sleep in the bassinet part of the playpen. Actually, for the first few weeks they all did most of their sleeping in a swing. I couldn't get them to sleep anywhere else at first!! Good luck and congratulations on your first little angel!!

Jaime - posted on 07/14/2010

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If you're buying the pack n' play that has the bassinet and change table then I wouldn't worry about an additional bassinet by itself unless you do a lot of traveling. It's handy to keep the pack n' play in the car and have a bassinet at home. But, realistically you only need one bassinet and a crib when they are eventually too big for the bassinet. Graco has a good quality pack n' play...and I'm sure there are a plethora of others you can choose from with the additional items.

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