Post # 1
I keep going back and forth between the two. In either case, she’ll be in our room. We’re house hunting now to find a bigger space so we can have a proper nursery, so part of me thinks it might be smart to start her in the crib so when we DO move there’s something familiar in the new nursery with her. But on the other hand, the compactness of a bassinet seems nice for our bedroom too (although both would fit). I have a friend who is offering us her bassinet for free which is a bonus too. It’s not the one I would have chosen, but whatever, I’ll get over it.
Any thoughts or pros and cons for either?
Post # 3
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Usually you can only use a bassinet until the baby starts to turn over. A crib can usually be used for the first year or so and sometimes they convert into toddler or day beds as well. If you can get the bassinet for free why not use that until it’s time to move up to a crib?
Post # 4
I think starting her in a bassinet is the easiest for you. You can put it right up against the bed for the first few weeks. If you have the room, I would then move her to a crib in your room until you’re ready to put her to sleep in her own room.
Post # 5
We have both. We’ll use the bassinet in our room while he’s tiny, and once he’s bigger and can sleep for longer stretches, he’ll move to the crib in the nursery.
Post # 6
We are having a bedside cot – it’s like a compromise between a bassinet and co-sleeping. We also have a larger cot for when baby is 6 months or so in the nursery.
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Post # 8
That’s what I was initially going to get, but then we got offered a bassinet for free, so I thought, why not save the $150+. The one we’re being offered isn’t really my style (I just saw a photo of something similar briefly and there seems to be a lot of frills on it), but like I said, I can get over it. I just wasn’t sure if there was a benefit for the bassinet vs crib other than convenience and space?
Post # 9
Going for the free item sounds sensible!
Hmm, I’m not sure if there is any other advantage of the bassinet. I guess it’s amller so the baby might feel more secure in the bassinet to start with?
Post # 10
When I first opened this thread I thought this said Crib vs BASSETT, and I thought this would be a much sillier post than it is, I imagined a cute picture or video of a dog playing or being introduced to a crib for the first time, hilarity ensues. 🙁
However, for a real answer, I say use the bassinet. It will fit better in your current space and then you can get a whole nursery set all at once when you get a proper space for a nursery.
Another option, would be a portable crib or pack and play with a bassinet attachment (although I hear those aren’t as supportive as a crib mattress or bassinet for longterm use).
Post # 11
The one thing I don’t like about bassinets is that unlike cribs and playpens there are no safety standards or regulations for them (according to Consumer Reports). I find that SO strange!!
Like you said, I read that a lot of babies like bassinets because they’re small and they’re used to being in a cramped space. Makes sense. I suppose I should just take the free one and if we don’t end up using it or baby girl doesn’t like it we’ll pass it along.
Post # 12
Honestly I would do crib, for the pure fact baby will have to move to that anyway and she will be famillar with the crib.
Definately if do crib get convert to toddler bed. We had a craddle that was mine when was a baby and used that maybe 2 months tops then our son was moved to his crib and he has been it ever since, so almost a year now. Soon it will be time to make the crib to toddler bed.
Post # 13
OP, in Canada, bassinets have very serious safety standards and regulations. If you decide to go the bassinet route, you may consider using these regulations as a guideline for choosing a bassinet.
Here’s the website: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/legislation/acts-lois/_cribs-berceaux/index-eng.php
I’m only saying this because there is much debate in the medical community over bassinet/cradle safety with some arguing that they should never be used, to others arguing that they are fine if used properly under the right conditions. I have no opinion for either side, just trying to share info.
Good luck with whatever you choose!
Post # 14
Ooh thanks for that! Everything I found before said otherwise! Good to know! I feel better about the bassinet now!
The crib we picked converts 🙂 Definitely an added bonus!
Post # 15
Oh wow, I didn’t know that about the safety regs.
I reckon taking the free item is a good idea – you an always get rid of it if you do decide you’d rather have something else.
Post # 16
Neither! Co-sleeping is the way to go. Happier more secure baby.
Take the free bassinet and upgrade to a crib when you move. No need to throw more expense in at the get go. And like everything else(like not using a hair dryer in the bathtub) a little common sense goes a long way.