Do I really need a bassinet?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I vote no. Our son slept in his rock and play for the first month and then we moved him into his crib (in his nursery). Darling Husband insisted we needed a Halo Bassinet and my kid slept in there maybe 3 times.

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

BostonStacy :  I, too, refuse to spend all this money on a bassinet that only gets used for about 3 months.  I am just going to borrow one from a friend.  I think the crib thing may be a SIDS risk too early? Not sure.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

Furthermore, it’s just one more piece of STUFF I don’t want to deal with.  I’m overwhelmed with all this STUFF!! Surely it isn’t all necessary.  

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

My kids slept in their cribs from the first night home.

Post # 6
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Worker bee

Bassinet is unnecessary 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

Nope. They’re cute but entirely unnecessary.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We have her sleeping in her rock n play thing. I wanted her in my room for the first 6 months and her crib won’t fit. IFi could have fit her crib in my room then yea would have totally just let her sleep in that. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I will say, I had my son sleep in our room in the pack n play for the first few months, and I wish I had something right next to my bed that I could just lean over and grab.  Having to get up multiple times in the middle of the night did get tedious.  

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We haven’t bought a bassinet (due in less than two weeks). Kiddo will sleep in a pack n play in our room for the first 6 months or so and then go to a crib in his own room. 

A lot of my friends swear by the Arms Reach Cosleeper though – baby is right next to your bed so you don’t have to get up to get to him/her. We don’t have the room by our bed or we would have gotten one of those. 

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper

Not necessary, but I liked using the bassinet and used it for the first few months. It’s portable, cozier for a newborn, and you can rock the baby back to sleep in it. It’s easier to bend over. Keep in mind that you can’t have any additional bedding in a crib. 

A crib is a SIDs risk if it’s in a separate room or if it has any additional bedding at all other than a firm mattress that fits tightly. It’s recommended that babies sleep in the same room as the parents. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We had the space to have a cradle beside our bed, so we did.  We also had a bassinet (a hand me down) that I used in the kitchen/dining room, so I could have my girl in the same room as me if I needed to get something done.

I only used the cradle when I was showering in the ensuite.  Baby coslept till she was 12 weeks, then moved to her own room.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

A crib in your room is perfectly fine. Some babies are more sensitive and all that space may be difficult, but to me that’s something you deal with as it comes up, and you don’t need to buy extra stuff just in case. I had a bassinet, but only because I couldn’t fit a crib near my side of the bed. I only ended up using it for about 3 months, because my son is a crazy wiggler and actually needed more room to be able to shift around.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I vote for a Rock n Play in place of a Bassinet. They’re super cozy and very portible so I would carry it all over the house for his naps and bring it places so he could sleep while we were visiting family and friends.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We put the crib in our bedroom and Dear Daughter slept in that from day one. I think it made moving into her own room easier as well since it was aleady a familiar space.

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