Safest place for baby to sleep, first 6 months?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If you have space in your room for the crib, great. If not, a pack n play is what many, many of my friends have done (and I plan on doing).

As far as I know, there hasn’t been research done on WHICH place to sleep is best, other than in parent’s room and on the kid’s back. I don’t think there is really a difference between a bassinett/crib/pack n play other than personal preference, length of time you can use is and how big they are.

Post # 3
6632 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

A pack n play is just fine, though honestly I know my son never slept that well in a pack n play. We had a cradle for him for the first 4 months and he then was in his crib.

Post # 5
544 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I would suggest moving the crib into your room for the first six months.  I’m sure the pack and play would be fine but I don’t know if it’s such a great idea to ask your baby to sleep in the same place it is supposed to play in while awake.  Babies/kids like routine and setting a separate sleeping space and play/awake space early on might be good. How would you expect your baby at a year old to know when sleeping time is if it’s in a place where you expect it to play? Seems confusing. 

Post # 7
544 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

My son was in a bassinet the first few months and was fine. My mom, who gave me the bassinet (it has been used by every baby in her family), said that babies like the small and coziness of the bassinet rather than a big, empty crib. I remember moving him into a crib when he was 3 or 4 months old. 

We were big into routine with my son at an early age.  I guess that’s old fashioned thinking but it worked well for us.  

Post # 8
419 posts
Helper bee

I had the same thought process. Also we are moving soon (before the baby is born). Current plan is we have a full sized bed in nursery we mostly sleep in and she’s in the crib there for the first 6 months. Then we move out to ‘our room’ and she stays and it’s a dedicated nursery. Sort of a variation of what you are doing. Weirdly our clothes right now are in the guest room. It’s not that important to me that we sleep immediatly adjacent to our clothing storage. 


Post # 9
4413 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

For the first 6 months, baby is still small enough to fit into something smaller than a full size pack n play. Our DD slept in a Travel Lite Pack n Play up until this past week! The pnp was great, as it meant that whenever we traveled, we could just bring her bed with us — so even in unfamiliar surroundings, she was always sleeping in her own bed. She just moved to the crib a few days ago.

So if space is an issue, there is no problem using something smaller like a bassinet. I do recommend the travel pnp like we had, though, if you foresee yourself bringing baby anywhere that would necessitate not sleeping at home. FWIW, our baby never *played* in the pnp … just slept in it. So no issues there.

Post # 10
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Evie19:  DD is 8 weeks and sleeps in the napper of our pnp in our room. When she outgrows it she will go to her crib in the nursery or the regular portion of the pnp in our room depending on our comfort level.

Post # 12
1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

We set up a nursery nook in our bedroom with a full crib. Guess where baby sleeps… the mamaroo right nect to me. She looked so tiny in the huge crib and it was far away and I am having a tough recovery so it was hard to get up out if bed for her. We also had her in our pack and play against the bed for a few days but she gets such bad gas that the incline of the mamaroo is better. 

I wish we had splurged on the cosleeper that attaches to the bed now but it’s only a few months. If I did it again I’d definitely go that route or a bassinet right against the bed.

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