Post # 1
i know, I KNOW, I’m only 13 weeks but I’ve started slowly building our Amazon registry this past week or so. Partially as a checklist for us and partially so I can do my research and pick out something quality vs soending a day in babies r us super overwhelmed and rush it. Plus I don’t want to do anything stressful once the third trimester arrives. 😀
So I am thoroughly confused on the baby’s sleeping/playing arrangements. I am already planning on getting a pack and play with a bassinet so baby can sleep in our room at first. It probably won’t move from there since we have a split level town home and it’s function will mainly be a bassinet at first.
Then I registered for the snugabunny swing, to keep downstairs and soothe a fussy baby (hopefully). now I am confused on whether to register for a bouncer or the rock and play. The bouncer would make more sense because it can be a little portable baby seat while we eat or take a shower or whatever. But so many people just SWEAR by their rock and play that they would rescue it from a burning building. Should we get both? Is a rock and play so much like a swing that wr should delete the swing? I like the idea of a portable baby sleeper because we do go visit friends for all night dinners, but does it seem like too much to have a swing, bouncer, and rock and play all in one house! Help!
Post # 2
Equine_Breeder: No, that’s not too much if you have space for them all. I think it’s good to give babies some variety, especially if one is easy to transport when needed.
Post # 3
I am in a small downtown apartment so I am all about not buying too much stuff for baby. I ended up getting a swing that detaches as a bouncer so I can bring it around the apartment when I need to. The only other thing I have for hands free time is her bassinet for sleeping and a carrier for baby wearing. I think a pack n play with a bassinet will be perfect for containment and will grow with your bub over the first year. Since you have a bassinet and the pack n play, I personally wouldn’t bother with a rock n play (I also am not a fan of them for long term sleeping anyway). Having something portable in addition to your pack n play and swing may be nice, but I don’t think is totally necessary either.
Post # 4
Unfortunately, you just won’t know until your baby is here! For DD#1, we had the snuggabunny swing and PNP with a bassinet. Dear Daughter hated to be put down, period, so neither got a ton of use. We also had a bouncer that was never opened and we returned it just because she hated being put down so much.
We will try the swing and the PNP with our baby due this month, but I also bought the rock n play because I’ve heard so many great things about it. I’m kind of willing to try anything. I’m also planning on wearing baby in the ergo from the start.
Post # 5
We have all of the above and more. A lot of our stuff was gently used hand me downs, so that is partially why we have so much. The rock n play we just got from a friend to use for our second (I’m 38w) so I can’t really rate that one just yet. We used everything at different stages. The pack n play with the bassinet was great and we used it a ton with our son. He had a really difficult time sleeping in his crib, so he was in it a lot. The bouncer was great during the day, especially when I was trying to cook or clean and needed a good safe place for him. The swing was awesome and soothing- but not for every baby. My son loved it- my niece would freak out if you put her in it. We also had a doorway bouncer that was awesome (we used it around 5-6 months), and an exersaucer that he loved to play with (4-7 months). He started to walk early (7.5 months) and there was no containing him after that. Do you need everything? No. It is nice to have options though. I would get what you need soonest (pack n play and bouncer IMO) and then try to gauge it from there. If you have any friends with kids, try their sttuff out and see what your baby likes.
Post # 6
Ha I have a crib, bassinet/pack n play, vibrating bouncer and a swing lol
Post # 7
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
Variety is great because you never know if your child will absolutey LOVE or HATE any particular option… And it’s a lot easier to figure out if a child hates something if they scream every time you put them it in, but not in a different option, as opposed to thinking “my child screams every time I put them down!” Plus, with a multi level home, not having to haul items around will be a huge help. We have a pack n play that we bought that’s slightly too wide to fit through a doorway, and I’m seriously considering buying a second one, just to avoid moving it twice a day from the bedroom to my home-office.
Post # 8
The rock n play saved my life lol. My son hated the swing. It is different for each kid. I put the swing in the attic because who knows what #2 will hold. I would register for a swing, pnp and rnp…also if you can find a 6 or 8 side baby jail they are amazing for 1 year olds lol
Post # 9
That’s a good point about using them all at different stages. I see the rock and play as more of a newborn thing, and the bouncer as more entertaining once the baby gets older. I can at least put them all on the registry and get the completion discount if we want to buy them.
Post # 10
Equine_Breeder: I chose the rock n play over the bouncer because it folds up, is still easy to carry around the house and was high off the ground so our dog couldn’t bother baby. Also, it could be used for sleeping if desperate! We had the pnp in our room, the swing downstairs and the rnp mostly upstairs. I didn’t feel I needed a bouncer And my daughter hated the one my in laws had for her anyways. My daughter slept in the rnp as late as 8 months when she had a bad cold!
Post # 11
- Wedding: September 2013 - Outdoor
Equine_Breeder: I’ve definitely heard that all babies are different in what they like and don’t like- Some love the rocker and hate the swing, some hate the swing and love the bouncer. See if you can borrow some things until you find out what baby likes! We’re only buying/resgistering for crib and packnplay w/bassinet, but as for the rest we’ll just see what DH’s sister has to hand down and figure out what works for us. Our place is pretty small so there’s not a lot of room, so I think that we could be fine with just the crib and packnplay if we need to, but we’re only one level so our packnplay will be a lot easier to move around since we don’t have stairs like you.
Post # 12
Keep in mind that until the baby is older, you can put a blanket down on the floor and “contain” them there, because of the fact that they are not mobile. You don’t always have to be moving a piece of furniture around.
Post # 13
julies1949: true, if you don’t have pets ; ) we have two sweet but large dogs and two cats, plus another small dog so keeping baby safe and out of the dog play wrestling is key!
We have a two story house-
upstairs: at night our 5wk old sleeps in our bedroom a pack and play/basinette and we didn’t even bother getting a crib. We have one of these baby rockers in our upstairs bathroom – great for late night potty trips -especially if you have a spouse that has to get up for work and the baby isn’t ready to sleep yet. Darling Husband calls it the Bathroom Chair lol. http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Infant-Toddler-Rocker-Safari/dp/B00A4B34IA
Downstairs we have a swing that turns to swing three ways a Fischer price rainforest bouncer (pretty sure the toy bar for this and the rocker are interchangeable) and a second pack and play, the LX kind- this one has the deluxe changer- we don’t use the napper . Having a safe flat sleeping surface downstairs too makes naps so much easier.
Baby only sleeps unsupervised in the pack and play, according to safe sleep guidelines. The other items are not approved for unattended sleep (neither is the Rock and although many people use it that way) but are great for helping get a fussy baby to sleep or being able to shower/cook etc (I bring the bouncer in the bathroom for showers and we use the bouncer or swing in the kitchen while we cook)
were surprised to find the pack and play doesn’t fit through the actual doorways with doors in our house, only the open arches on the first floor.
Post # 14
juliette.eliza: we bought a second plain one for upstairs and used the nicer one with changer in the living room since we have a changing area upstairs already. Target has good cyber week baby deals right now!
Post # 15
Equine_Breeder: I got the Halo Bassinest for my room, and we got a Mamaroo for the main floor. Worked out fine for us… Definitely days where my LO fusses in the mamaroo or I have to hold him and set him down in the Bassinest wen he’s asleep, but it’s been fine for us… now we will have to see if the transition to crib will go as smoothly :/
I told myself I was limiting that stuff and if he didn’t like it… He would have to learn to lol I guess we got lucky that he didn’t hate the ones we chose! Sometimes if he’s really fussy I swaddle him and lay him in his boppy on the couch to sleep (In the corner of a sectional so he can’t slide off)… Sometimes even swaddled and flat on the couch. But I only do that if I’m there to watch him… So when I’m sitting on the couch as well.