(Closed) Cradle, crib, or both?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
2021 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I had my son in a pack n play with basinett then moved him to his crib at 5.5 weeks. 

Post # 3
4133 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I keep the pack n play on the main level for diaper changes and naps during the day. I have a bassinet in our room for when baby is tiny. Then Dear Daughter moved to her crib around 10 months, and is still in it at 2 years old (plus it converts to a toddler bed and a full bed).  So I had all of the above, just at different times

Post # 4
603 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Outdoor

We are going to be using the lotus bassinet for having her in our room with us, but she has a crib in her room- it is convertible too, so the side comes off and can be used as a toddler bed once she is climbing out of it. I don’t think of a pack n’ play as a permanant bed solution, more for travel, naps, and contained play. 

Post # 5
9818 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would think you need a crib. Mine is 2 (almost 27 mo) and still sleeps in a crib.  Not moving her until climbs out (and she never tries yet).  However, I have a pack and play and it’s not really suitable for her anymore (for full time use) before the sides are too short.  I would get the crib.  The cradle and rock and play are only suitable for the first 3-4 months or so (once baby can rolll over I’d get them out of it).  Pack and plays have much shorter sides than cribs in my experience.  Plus then the crib can be used as a toddler bed.  You would probably get 3-4 years of use out of a crib but only ~2 years out of a pack and play and 3-4 months for a cradle/bassinnet.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Agree that you also need a crib.  I used a bassinet exclusively until about 4 weeks, then we transitioned to the crib for naps, and transitioned for night sleeping at about 8 weeks.  The pack n’ play will come in handy when baby gets a bit older and you need containment!  We had one in our room from about 6-14 months so we could contain baby when we were getting ready for work, etc.  It’s also good for traveling.

Post # 7
2523 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We are planning to have a bassinet in our room and then a pack and play with a bassinet for downstairs- I don’t think the whole pack and play would fit comfortably in our room.  You will eventually need a crib, but not right away.  Most people don’t move their babies into a crib until they are sleeping through most of the night or they outgrow the bassinet.  You have at least a month after the baby is born, but if waiting doesn’t make it financially better for you, it is probably best to buy it and set it up now before you have a baby to worry about. 

Post # 8
498 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

MissTNBookworm:  My LO was in her bassinet until she was about 4 months old.

Post # 9
4258 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

I never used my crib.  Except to store laundry, lol.  I would wait and see.

Post # 10
1824 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have the pack n play downstairs for naps and diaper changes, a bassinet upstairs in our room next to our bed, and a crib in his room for when he starts sleeping through the night better. It’s also a 4 in 1 that converts to a toddler bed so it was worth buying.


However since they don’t typically use it for at least six months it’s not necessary for you to buy it right this second. You could spend that cash on newborn stuff you need right now and buy a crib later if you want. Or if youd like to just get all the furniture buying out of the way now you could get it and just not use it right off the bat. Either way, I say you will need a crib at some point. 

Post # 11
2166 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Everyone is going to have very different perspectives on this. I personally have registered for all 3 but we’ve already received the crib. That was at the top of my list because I want her to sleep in her room pretty early on, my husband and I are light sleepers. We did register for a rock n play for the first few weeks maybe months and then the pack and play for when we go anywhere. I know some that bought a crib and have never used it until the baby is over a year old and others that have them sleeping in the crib almost immediately. Really is going to come down to your preference but you probably can decide on the crib after baby is born and has been home for a little bit. 

Post # 13
505 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - Vineyard Lake

I would go with both of them. 

Post # 14
7642 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

MissTNBookworm:  By a pack n play do you mean a portable crib? Those things usually have the baby at floor level, which means they involve a lot of bending over to get baby in and out. Which I found to be a killer for my back.

So we got a a crib. We had a small bassinet in our room with us for the first few months, then put baby in a crib in her/his own room after that, which each of them used until they were ready for a proper bed.

Post # 15
6231 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

We used the pack n play as a crib until he transitioned to a toddler bed. Bassinets are usually only good for the first couple (ish) months so I always think of them as one of those things that baby marketers get new mommies to buy. (Elaborate changing table set ups are another one- my sweetie and I built a changing table and a friend who was an experienced mommy told me “You’ll never use it. Mark my word, you’re going to end up changing the baby on the nearest bed, couch or flat surface. Just get a changing pad and lots of receiving blankets.” Lo and behold- the “changing table” became storage for baby stuff and we got LOTS of great use out of our changing pad. 😜)

I have a friend who put her son directly onto a toddler mattress on the floor in his room so that as he grew, when he woke up in the mornings he was free to explore his room and entertain himself in his space without needing some adult to come get him out of a crib. It was based on research she’d done on a certain parenting method she practices.

If money will be any concern I would vote to return the bassinet and use the credit toward a crib. Use the pack n play for now and save as much of the money you received as you can for diapers and things baby will need long term. Money got tight for us in the first year or so but we were able to buy diapers for MONTHS because we were conscientious about how we used the gifts we received. I was able to stay home for two years as a result and I’m really grateful for that time.

Congrats on your baby!

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