If we get a Pack n' Play, do we need a crib too?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

As long as your Pack N Play has a firm mattress (mini crib mattresses should fit) and the baby fits, I don’t see why not. Baby certainly won’t care–it could sleep in a drawer and not know the difference. 🙂

Post # 4
6631 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Honestly I wouldn’t.  I find that my son sleeps not very well in his pack n play and much better in his crib. He has always been that way.  

Post # 5
1506 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@mysterybee123:  That could work, just know that once it is time to transition to a toddler bed, it will be a little more challenging. Usually cribs morph from crib, to toddlerbed with railings, to a bed. You wont get that with the pack and play.

Post # 6
679 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@mysterybee123:  The only issue I can think of it that when you are setting your baby down, the pack in play is much closer to the ground and therefore will be harder to set him/her down gently, and may be harder on your back. If that isn’t an issue for you, baby sure isn’t going to know the difference!


Post # 7
518 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I think you may find you want an actual crib just for the ease of putting baby down without waking him/her up easier. The bassinet part will only hold up to a certain weight. I also know that my p&p had a weight limit for the bottom part too. I’m sure you can go over it, but how much? Who knows. 

Post # 8
3009 posts
Sugar bee

@mysterybee123:  the pack n play mattress is very thin compared to a crib mattress. I wouldn’t do it.

Post # 9
260 posts
Helper bee


My Pack-n-Play had a feature where you could set the mattress up half-way up the structure, rather than at the bottom so you have to reach all the way down.  Obviously this is only good when they’re tiny babies, not once they’re pulling themselves up.  But it eliminates that problem.


I would prefer to have a play yard for travel, and a crib for in the nursery, though.
You could make do with just the play yard, but I feel like the crib mattress gives better support.  I haven’t seen actual mattresses for Pack’n’Plays (although that’s not to say they don’t exist)  Also, a crib is easier to clean IMO.  I cleaned my play yard in the bathtub recently, and it was a hassel…  also, disgusting how much junk came out of it.  A crib can be wiped down so quickly and easily. 

Post # 10
600 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Narrawallee reserve/beach & Mollymook golf club

Hunter sleeps SO much better in his cot than his pack-n-play. Every baby is different but for my own sanity I was glad I had another bedding option.

Post # 11
2052 posts
Buzzing bee

I found that having to bend all the way over the edge of the pack n play was awkward and uncomfortable. When you’re trying to get a sleeping little one in their bed, you will wake them up every time trying to maneuver them into the bottom of a pack n play without dropping them or throwing your back out

Post # 12
1132 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would think that if your baby is in the pack n play actually playing during the day (as I guess they often are) then he might not associate the pack n play only with sleep the way he would with a crib, which might make it harder for him to settle down for sleep time. 

Post # 13
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

You absolutely don’t need both! We’ve been using our son’s pack and play since we brought him home and he’s now 7 months and thriving. Don’t waste your money!

Post # 14
5506 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

We used the pack n play for naps, but sleeping through the night he had a bassinet, then moved to his crib. I don’t think the mattresses are that good in pack n plays for sleeping that many hours. Maybe some are better, but ours doesn’t seem that supportive/comfy for sleeping that long. We did use it for a one week beach vacation, but other than that, I would definitely use a crib.

Post # 15
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@mysterybee123:  We decided to do both. I have a pack n play for our room, and then a crib for the nursery, so when he’s ready to go sleep by himself out of our room he will have a crib. The crib is much higher up and the mattress is much firmer than the pack n play. The pack n play will mostly be used for travelling after he graduates to his crib (plus the crib folds into a toddler bed-sweet).

I didn’t really answer your questions, but that’s what we are doing.

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