Post # 1
So for the first couple months I want the wee one to sleep in our room so I’m not getting up every 5 seconds to check on her and can feed her a bit more easily.
I don’t want her to sleep in our bed for a couple of reasons. One, we have dogs and while they don’t sleep in our bed they do sometimes wake us up in the morning with kisses. Also if she’s sleeping in our bed I won’t sleep with worry that I’ll smush her, even if logically I know she’s perfectly protected.
So my question is what is good to get for a newborn that’s about the height of a bed. Any bassinet recommendations? I’ve read some reviews on newborns sleeping in pack n plays and I’m not really sold on them yet, but if anyone has any advice on their utility that’d be great too.
Post # 3
The pack n play has a bassinet layer that’s only about 10-12 inches below the top rail. Mine is hammy down and doesn’t have this but we used my brothers the other weekend and it was awesome! At least that way you wouldn’t have ANOTHER baby item if you’d get a pack n play anyways for travel.
They also have things called co-sleepers that somehow hook onto the side of your bed? Or bassinets that don’t take up as much floor space as a pack n play.
We didn’t actually do this so I don’t have any great advice for you – we have a bed in the baby’s room so he’s always been in his crib and I slept in his room for the first month 🙂 I’m sure lots of other bee moms will have suggestions though!
Post # 4
@jilian: Thanks for the info. How easy is the pack n play to travel with? I guess one of the reasons I wasn’t convinced is because my friend visited us with one and it was huge and they struggled setting it up, it didn’t seem that ideal for a travel system but my friend also may not have known what they were doing.
Post # 6
Wont you feeding the baby in bed be a bit disturbing for your hubby? I dont know if i sound completely nieve here but my FI will have to go back to work after 2 weeks, but i plan on taking 6 months off, so whilst I could sleep during the day, he has to be functioning at work!
Post # 7
My stroller (UPPAbaby Vista) has a bassinet, and I plan to use that for the first few months. I’ll probably just wheel the stroller into my bedroom!
Post # 8
@Miss Sydney: My husband slept through a tree falling in our back yard even though it sounded like an explosion so I’m not really worried about waking him up. But if he does I’ll just walk around with her or go in her room when I’m feeding her. But I also want to be able to put my hand on her if she starts fussing to settle her in those early days and see if she’ll just settle without feeding sometimes and also be able to make sure she’s still breathing. I know it’s silly but I know I will have the urge when she’s first born to check on her every 5 seconds so I don’t want to get up and down and up and down. My husband will sleep better if I can roll over and stick my hand on her then if I’m climbing in and out of bed all night.
Post # 9
We have a craddle that my dad made for us. We’re using that next to the bed for the first couple of months, then we’ll move to the crib. For weekends at the in-laws we’re using a pack n play (they bought one for all their grandchildren, and we have a smaller travel lite crib that we got at our shower for trips to my parents.
Post # 10
@Miss Sydney: I don’t see how the wife nursing in bed would be any more bothersome to the husband than the wife getting up out of bed because of the baby screaming.
Post # 11
We have this: http://www.armsreach.com/shop-3/the-mini-6/
I think the bigger ones can convert into a pack and play, but ours is smaller. The case for it is smaller than a pack and play case too, which is nice- it’s not so hard to transport.
Post # 12
Granted I’m a brand new mom, so you can take my advice with a grain of salt, but…
We weren’t planning for Kayla, and live in a 1br/den apartment, so we have a pack n play as it functions as multiple things and was the most cost effective. I find it pretty easy to set up and take down to travel with. It’s not really small for traveling but it’s compact enough. Honestly, though, Kayla LOVES sleeping in a laundry basket. We put a blanket with a pad on the bottom to get her head up a little bit and she sleeps pretty darn well in that. We put the laundry basket in the pack n play bassinet function for now since I think the pack n play is just too big. She (and most newborns I think) like to be swaddled and cozy and in compact spaces.
So maybe you can save your money if you are worried about that…because maybe your little one will love a laundry basket too! 🙂
Post # 13
@dchokiebride3: That is the cutest story 🙂
My daughter had a bassinet and we also used the pack and play. She slept mostly in her swing or our bed. Even though I tried so hard not to, I would fall asleep nursing.
Post # 14
I had a bassinette in my room next to the bed for my daughter for the first little while. After that, we moved her into her own room in the pack n play that has the bassinette attatchment, and I love that thing!! We take it everywhere with us, and I’m pretty used to carrying it around. It also came with a change table option, and compartments for all diapers and stuff
Post # 15
We’ll be using the Arms Reach Co-Sleeper that a friend passed down to us.
Post # 16
We’ll be starting out with this in our room. My cousin just had her second baby in October and she said this was the only new gear she purchased and she highly recommended it. It’s small when set up and keeps baby’s head elevated. It folds up flat so you could put it away during the day or travel with it easiliy. My cousin also said she really liked being able to move it from room to room without disturbing the baby if she was sleeping.
Before receiving this at our shower I thought we might use a pack n play, but they are much bigger than this sleeper. Good luck!