(Closed) How many "baby containment" places does one really need??

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 15
3829 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

julies1949:  not if you have a dog.

FWIW I’m having triplets and have the following.

1. Crib

2. Bassinet

3. 2 fisher price swings

4. 2 bouncy chairs

5. Pack n play with bassinet attachment that comes out. 

The only thing I actually bought was the pack n play. Everything else is borrowed or gifted to us. you never know what a baby will like or won’t like so having 2 options is probably good. 

Post # 17
3829 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Equine_Breeder:  search Facebook for a mom to mom swap group. I am a member of a few in my region and they always have tons of awesome prices. Saves you money and then you can resell whatever you don’t use. 

Post # 18
9820 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

We had a crib, pack and play, bouncy chair, and a swing.

Crib is a necessity at some point.  The travel crib we have I think is a necessity if you ever need to stay overnight at your relatives, hotel, parents, etc. We eventually put in a crib at my parents house which we use instead but I’ve still used the travel crib plenty.

I think my bouncer was a necessity because I used it the whole time on maternity leave and I loved it.  I would put her in it and bounce her. It vibrated and played music.  I could move it from room to room so she could sit in it and look at me instead of staring up at the ceiling when I was tired of holding her.  She would often fall asleep in it.  I would take it out on the porch so she could look at the trees and what was going on outside.

Swing I used some, but not sure it’s worth a $140+ price tag.  I got it as a gift.  If you can find one used that is great.  It was helpful sometimes but overall less helpful than the others for us.

I never really needed a RnP but I can see why people like them.

So FWIW mine is 20mo old now.  We still use the crib and travel crib.  Swing we put away around 3.5mo and bouncer probably about 4mo. 

I also have a fold-up baby play pen (big enough for 2-3 kids) but she was never a huge fan of that since she didn’t want to be left alone in it.  She did okay in it with other kids her age but when we tried to put her in it alone she threw a fit.  Would be nice if you wanted them outside in the grasss or beach, etc. They’re like $80

And then I have 2 stair gates, 2 cheap ($10) portable gates, and one super wide netted removable gate.  lol.  I can box her into the living room if I want.  Highly recommend when the time comes, being able to contain them to one space if you need to.

Post # 19
3470 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

HeyJude72:  That’s good to know – I think I even have a Target gift card still! Thanks!!!

Post # 21
3008 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We had a mamaroo on our main floor and my son did all his daytime sleeping in that until he was about 4 months old. We had an Arm’s Reach Co-sleeper where he slept at night until he was 4 months. Then a crib in his room where he started doing both day and night sleeping at 4 months. 

Post # 22
1952 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

our little guy slept in a bassinet in our room for the first 3 months. We also have a RnP (which he hated) a mamaroo (he doesn’t mind that) and a sungabunny swing. Like PPs, he couldn’t be Put down for the first 10ish weeks of his life. So nothing was used until after that. We keep the mamaroo in our living room/kitchen so he sits in that when I’m cooking or when we’re eating. The swing is in his room & we will sometimes use it for naps if he is resisting a lot. It’s the only thing that will guaranteed put him to sleep. We got the mamaroo used but if we wouldn’t have found that I would bought a bouncy/vibrating chair. He’s 4.5 months now. 

Post # 23
213 posts
Helper bee

We’re still newly pregnant, so this may change a lot before or when the baby comes.  We have a 600 square foot 2-bedroom apartment so space is at a premium.  I plan on having 2-3 “baby containment places at a time.  For a newborn, that’ll be a bassinet, bouncer and carrier or wrap. For an older baby, that’ll be a crib, high chair and a carrier.

Post # 24
2902 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

It’s all about the mom swap groups on Facebook. I wish I’d known about them before buying All Of The Things, most of which are already past their useful life. 

I’d say you’re good with one container for each room where you hang out! 

Post # 25
626 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

“I like the idea of a portable baby sleeper because we do go visit friends for all night dinners”

lol that probably won’t happen enough to need one  

But seriously, I’d stick to the cheapie stuff until you know what soothes *your* baby. A papoose is a good idea, and a bouncy chair…. but if you do manage to try the pricier stuff before you commit, that would be best. 

Post # 26
692 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

If what you’re looking for is a portable napping location, some pack and plays have a detachable napper that is pretty much a rock and play.  Variety is great but its also nice to have things that do multiple jobs.  And yeah, you’ll feel like you have way too much baby gear, but try to think about how you will probably function during the average day, and where/when you’ll probably want a place for the baby to sit while you cook dinner/do laundry/take a nap/whatever, and go from there.

We currently have 2 pack and plays (one on each floor), a bouncer in the kitchen, and a rock and play in the office upstairs (and a crib in her room, but so far she only sleeps next to me in one of the pack and plays), so we’re pretty much covered as far as “place to put the baby down” in most major rooms of the house.  She seems to enjoy the bouncy/vibrate-y functions of the bouncer and rocker best, so we’re probably good without a swing for now.

Post # 27
1936 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

We have a PNP, RNP, Swing, and bouncer.  

We use the RNP next to the bed for sleep. She has always slept really, really well in it.  

The swing, bouncer, and PNP are all downstairs.  She naps really well in the swing, so I feel like it was worth every dollar that someone else paid for it LOL.  The PNP so far hasn’t been a place where she sleeps- we actually use it for the changing station right now.  Also, while I was on maternity leave and spending all day downstairs, I kept clothes in the lower bassinet instead of upstairs in her nursery since we really weren’t using the nursery yet.

The bouncer is where we plop her when she’s wide awake but we need our hands, like cooking dinner or eating.  She can watch us but keep a safe distance.

If I had to skip one, I would say for us it’s the PNP because my in laws have a crib for her and anywhere else we’d travel we’ll probably be flying. Once we get her out of the RNP it’ll be straight to her crib.  But it has been nice to have 3.5 months of a legit diaper changing station downstairs. I’m sad to put it away to make room for our Christmas tree.

Post # 28
2514 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Equine_Breeder:  I think the more, the better.  We have a swing in our living room, a vibrating chair (very easy to take along with us),  a pack and play for day naps and to sleep in when we are away from home,.. it’s nice variation for him.  And some days the swing isn’t it but the vibrating chair is the bomb… some days it opposite.  

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