Post # 1
I’m 6 months along and thought I was set on my registry until a friend called me to lecture about my baby sleeping in the Fisher Price Rock ‘n Play sleeper.
I had been pretty set on this being where she slept for the first couple of months seeing as it was so tiny and portable. But I got the lecture of a lifetime about the baby having to sleep flat on her back or she “could die”. So now I’m thoroughly freaked out, although I feel as though there would be more negative reviews and warnings on the product (and maybe not a picture of mom in bed with baby next to her) if the baby wasn’t safe in this thing at night.
What did your baby sleep in in your room besides a pack ‘n play (I don’t have room for it in our bedroom). I would love for it to be portable so we can take it to Grandma and Grandpa’s where we travel frequently.
If you haven’t had a baby yet, input is also welcome as to what you’ll be using.
Post # 3
@KateByDesign: My baby girl had bad reflux and I was actually told by my pediatrician to have her sleep in something angled like the Rock n Play. We had her in a flat bassinet before that. Even now she sleeps in her crib with a crib wedge, which slighly elevates one end of her mattress so that she’s not flat. Also, one of my closest friends is a pediatric nurse at one of the best children’s hospitals in the country, and they have rock n plays at the nurse’s station for the newborns. I don’t think baby will die 🙂
Post # 4
@FloridaGatorBride: So good to hear! I think I’ll ask a pediatrician as well and see what they think.
My friend compared it to having your baby sleep in their infant seat – but I think that is more elevated than the rock n’ play.
Post # 5
She sleeps in my arms with me in bed. She won’t sleep anywhere else! I had originally planned to have her sleep in a bassinet next to my bed, but she didn’t like that plan.
I’m sorry, but your friend is really fear-mongering here. A lot of babies can’t sleep flat on their backs because of reflux. Our pediatrician even told us we could try having DD sleep in her car seat. I think what’s important is to avoid having them sleep on their stomachs.
Post # 6
@KateByDesign: curious to see the responses as I’m due next month and this is our exact sleeping plan as well
Post # 7
The foundation for sudden infant death advises that the safest place for your baby to sleep flat on their back in a crib/basket/cot
i personally wouldn’t use a rock/play or car seat or similar for anything longer than 2 hours, it’s not good for their spine
Post # 8
@KateByDesign: ETA: The car seat seems more angled than the rock n play. I have noticed her neck sometimes squish down in the car seat, but not in the rock n play.
Post # 9
@KateByDesign: Future reference: when people offer unsoliciated advice, just nod, say “uh-huh,” and let your mind wander and daydream as they ramble on. I like to imagine I am friends with Lady Gaga and we are hanging out backstage before one of her shows.
Your ped will likely recommend that your baby not sleep on their stomach. We used an Arm’s Reach CoSleeper while my LO was very little but as he got a bit bigger we moved him into the bed with us. I was a nervous nelly about checking on him while he slept, so I bought a Snuza which let me relax.
Post # 10
Both my kids slept with me in my huge king sized bed (when they were babies). I tried the crib and it was just too unrealistic for me. I had to get up to feed two to three times a night anyhow.
Post # 11
My daughters bed in my room wasn’t portable but we used a cradle and she also slept on my chest.
Post # 12
DD sleeps in a Travel Lite pack n play. it’s very small and easy to break down and transport. But she takes all her naps in a rock n play and we take it with us everywhere we go if we’re going to be there long enough for a nap to happen. We’ve even brought it along to a winery and let DD nap there, haha. So the Rock n Play was DEFINITELY a good investment!
I have heard that they’re not ideal for night sleep since they cause flat heads, though, so that might be something to look into. Obviously better to have a slightly flat-headed baby that actually sleeps than a round-headed baby that is up all night with reflux, though!
Post # 13
For something on the go you could get something like this, and put it in the bed with you, for at home I used a cradle while mine were really little. You could also get one of the bed guards if you’ll be using a smaller bed and are scared of the portable thing falling off or something.
Post # 14
Our daughter slept in a bassinet the first few months, in our room, then in a crib in her own room (we had a monitor).
Post # 15
Oh also I used this sleep positioner too in it, it was great
Post # 16
I am crossing my fingers that I don’t need one. Everything I have read and heard anecdotally says that to get your baby to sleep better, start them off in their crib in their own room. I’m going in with good intentions, but who knows if I’ll cave?! 🙂
If I did need something like this, I’m likely to buy a bassinet and maybe get one of those wedge things to keep him elevated if required.
These choices are so hard, and I don’t know if there’s a right one… just make the right decision for YOU.