(Closed) Is a Pack and Play really necessary?

posted 4 years ago in Babies
Post # 16
4892 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I have no children, but know that DH’s sister used a P&P with their second up in their living room so that the baby was in a better distance from them, then the bedroom which was all the way downstairs. They used it up until he was a year (maybe less than that), and then moved him to a crib. I just remember watching him a few nights when he was very young, and I’d place him in the pack and play instead of his crib in his room.

I’m sure they did the same with their first, but I didn’t come into the picture until he was 2.

I also know that when they’re kids were younger, they’d bring a P&P places so that they could put the kid to sleep and still be out. Darling Husband had a P&P in an extra bedroom for the longest time, for this reason.

Post # 17
9544 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

kellynn323:  Yeah. You could always look at the stairs as good exercise! I know it would just drive me crazy in the newborn period where you’re constantly changing diapers. I think this is definitely one of those baby items that is nice but not completely necessary so it’s a hard call to make!

Post # 18
9812 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I have to add- you can also just change a newborn on the floor.  No need for a special table.  It’s not like they’re going anywhere.  They make cheap little diaper travel mats.  Or use a towel.  You could set up a little station (in a box or something) and just throw down the mat on your rug and there you go.  I used to change Dear Daughter on my bed all the time!  My changing table is more of a necessity now that she is over 1 year.  She will stay relatively put on the changing table (if I give her something) but will escape on the floor or bed.

Post # 20
9447 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We have a two story house so we plan on getting one for keeping downstairs for changing and/or napping. If we hadn’t gotten a bassinet, I would be keeping one in our bedroom for baby to sleep in as well.

Post # 21
3571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

kellynn323:  I’ve thought about this too, I don’t think we’re going to register for one. Our house isn’t that big, and it’s just one more thing to clutter up the space we have. Ideally I’d like to start right off the bat having her sleep in her crib, but I know that may not happen, so I plan to register for a Rock N Play to keep in our bedroom. I’ve heard lots of good things about them, so that’s my plan.

Post # 24
4192 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Depends. We used it from day one-we had the PNP in our room and Dear Daughter slept in the bassinet up until we moved her into her crib, at four months. It’s now at my Mom’s house, since she’ll be babysitting for several long weekends this summer and we can use it for her naps as well, whenever we visit. 

We’ll probably get a second one for our house once Dear Daughter gets mobile, but I’ll pick one up at consignment, or get the $40 one from Walmart or Target. We never had a RNP.

Re: taking baby up/down stairs to change diapers- in the beginning, we would move her changing pad downstairs once her day started. Once she got past the “I might pee when you change my diaper” phase, we just put a changing pad (like the ones you have in your diaper bag) down on her activity mat, or when we’re in the basement, we change her on the carpet with a pad underneath.

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 5 months ago by  rebwana.
Post # 25
571 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I am still pregnant but we registered for a PNP because I didn’t want to buy a seperate bassinet in case the baby doesn’t want to sleep in its crib.  We also travel around a lot to family, cottages, etc. so I feel like this will come in handy for those times as well. 

Post # 26
3378 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We’ve used our PnP every day so far – our baby sleeps in it at night in our bedroom, and for some of her naps during the day.  Her nursery is on the other side of our home, and we aren’t ready for her to sleep there on her own yet (she’s 3 weeks old).  We also plan to travel quite a bit this summer, so we’ll bring it with us and she’ll have a bed she’s already used to when we’re staying with family or in hotels.

Post # 27
2449 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013


kellynn323:    i know everyone has a right to choose how their baby sleeps,  but just FYI safety experts don’t recommend rock and play for sleeping due to the soft sides. I know I know tons of people do it but it’s really not A safe sleep surface for a baby.

Including links so other mommas can also make an informed decision. 




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