Post # 1
Is a bassinet or Moses type basket necessary for your newborn baby? We don’t have a lot of room so we are trying to cut down on any unnecessary furniture or the need to store it when we are finished. Has anyone used the pack and plays with the bassinet when your baby was newborn? We thought that may be a piece o furniture that we could continue to use even after baby grows out of sleeping in the bassinet? Or do people put their newborns in the crib right away?
Post # 3
We’re going with the Pack and Play 🙂 So yes it is an option.
Post # 4
We use both. We have not set up the babies crib yet. We too are on little space for the next few months. MY husband uses the pak n play at night when he has him downstairs otherwise we use the regular bassinet in the bedroom.
Post # 5
We’re planning on putting ours in her crib in her nursery the day we bring her home from the hospital 🙂 That’s how our parents did it– without the baby in their room– so we’re going to try it too!
Post # 6
We were originally going to use the PnP with the bassinet and changing table on top beside the bed for at least the first month or two, and just that. Unfortunately, we’re moving next weekend, and our bedroom won’t be large enough for it to fit.
I bought a very gently used Arm’s Reach Mini Co-Sleeper Bassinet off of Craigslist today. It’s just small enough to fit between the bed and the wall. We’re still getting the PnP for the living room/when we travel, but had bedroom space not been an issue we would have just gotten the PnP (and the crib, but we’ll be transitioning to that).
Post # 7
No, you don’t have to have one. A crib is fine if that’s what you want to do.
Post # 8
They’re not necessary; they’re nice.
You can certainly put a newborn in a crib. The reason you might want a bassinet is that it keeps the newborn close-at-hand at night. When you’re on feeding #4 at 4am, it might be nice to roll over, get the kid, and nurse, rather than get up and walk over to the nursery to get him/her from the crib (of course, you can keep the crib in your room for the first few weeks, if you have the room).
Nice, but not necessary 🙂
Post # 9
Some babies will sleep just fine in a regular size crib, others however like to be slightly more confined – probably because they’re use to the confines of the womb?
Post # 10
We didn’t use the moses basket, but we did use a bassinet. Feeding a baby every two hours ( from the time you start feeding-not two hours from the time you finish), 24/7 is exhausting, and it was easier to have her right next to me during the nighttime feedings. Seriously you are not going to want to go back and forth all night. You would be better of sleeping in the hallway. lol.
Post # 11
@flamingred: I agree.
DS woke up alot at a newborn usually every 45minute-1 hour to eat. I couldn’t even imagine trying to go back and forth from nursery to my room. I was already going crazy and that would have made it worse.
Post # 12
we never used a bassinet for our babies. I didn’t find it necessary for our family. Instead we used the infant seat with him strapped in on the nights he didn’t want to be in his crib. To be honest, he wouldn’t sleep any place but my chest for most of the nights so I would just end up not sleeping most of the time.
Some of my friends just kept the baby in the carseat all night. It’s totally up to you and don’t let anyone else make you feel bad for the decision you make. Good luck 🙂
Post # 13
its up to you and soley wha you would like. I want one because you can easy move it from one room to the other with the baby in it. You can have your hands free and have the baby close by
Post # 14
I don’t have kids yet but both my nephews slept much better in something that cradled them more than a crib, like a bassinet or the infant napper on the Pack and Play. Although, I think once their parents were better at swaddling, they did sleep a lot better in the crib. Basically, the bassinett/rocker things will only be used for a couple of months, but they may make those months WAY easier.
Post # 15
We used a Rock N Play for the first 8 weeks and then put her in the crib at night. We have a playyard and I had planned on using that, but in the end, it was easier to have her sleep in the rock n play. (Plus it folds up great and can go with anywhere.)
Post # 16
Like @Vegas Pug we used a Rock N Play. It’s inexpensive, has the best angle and folds away super easy. We actually used it until he was almost 4 months old (started to roll) and I had two of them, one for the bedroom and one for the living room.
And agreeing with PP, if you are going to be breastfeeding, having the baby next to you to nurse is so much easier than getting up, going to their crib, nursing, settling back down, going back to bed, etc. repeat repeat, lol