(Closed) Is anyone using a bassinet or a mini-crib?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I used a bassinet at first. It was really nice to be able to have him RIGHT next to my bed when he was first born. I then moved to co-sleeping. I know a lot of people dont agree with this, but it was perfect for me. Since I was a single mom too, it was just us in the bed! Then i moved him to a crib.

I never had a pack and play. I wouldn’t let my child sleep in one long term because I just don’t really trust how sturdy they are. Also, I never had one because I didn’t like the idea of putting my son in a “cage”! Why couldn’t he just hang out with me? I never saw the use for them and didn’t really agree with them. But to each their own!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We have a crib in the nursery, a bassinet in the bedroom, and a pack n play in the living room.  And she pretty much always just sleeps with me or in her swing.  In fact she is sleeping in my lap as right now.. lol.

My daughter HATES the bassinet.  She screams as soon as I lay her in it.  I think it must be uncomfortable because she’ll sleep on our bed alone or in her pack n play.  I’ve never put her in her crib.  I always keep her in the same room as I am in.  I am terrified of SIDS and dont’ want to let her out of my sight.

I was super afraid of cosleeping at first.  I was terrified my baby would get suffocated.  However, I am a really light sleeper so we really don’t have any issues as long as she is nowhere near my Darling Husband.  He is a heavy sleeper and is completely unaware of her.

They have 2 kinds of cosleepers out there that I have found.  One is a miniature play pen that is missing one wall so it buts up against your bed. They run around $150.  The other is about 16 inches wide and has short walls and lays in your bed with you.  These run around $50.  If you plan on using one of these I suggest you save some money and try using a changing pad.  Same size and half the price. We tried this and in our queen size bed it just took up too much space for my hubby to be comfy so she just sleeps in the crook of my arm at night.

Overall, newborns don’t sleep well and your exhausted so I suggest you do whatever you can to keep her asleep.  If she sleeps well in her bassinet then yay.. and I’m super jealous.. haha.   If she sleeps well in her swing let her.  If she sleeps well in your vibrating bouncy seat let her.  Etc.  Just make sure she isn’t on a soft surface with blankets or pillows that can increase her risk of SIDS. 

From everything I’ve read the couch is the most dangerous place for your baby to sleep.  To many hazards.  They can slip between you and the couch or fall off of the couch.  And I did talk to one woman who’s son died sleeping in the boppy which is a big no-no.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

We’ll be using a co-sleeper.  It’s like a bassinet, only it has three walls instead of four and it attaches to bed instead of just sitting right next to it.  We’ll re-evaluate as the baby gets older, but I’m not comfortable with traditional co-sleeping at the moment because we have dogs that occasionally sneak up on the bed in the middle of the night.  🙂  Also, I think both for convenience and for our personal parenting style, the baby will probably be in our room for at least the first year of it’s life.

I think it’s important to do the research on safe co-sleeping before bringing a baby into your bed.  Co-sleeping, when done properly, can really beneficial to the baby and the parent(s), but if done improperly, it can be really dangerous.  Once you decide if you want the baby in your bed, next to your bed, or in a different room, there’s a lot of options for sleeping.  You can get pack-and-plays with infant inserts, moses baskets, co-sleepers, bassinets, infant nests, sleep positions, cribs, etc…  I think all of those options are pretty safe when used correctly.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Our friends are gifting us a bassinet, so we’ll see how that goes. I really like the arm’s reach co-sleeper thingys though… Either way we will be room-sharing for atleast the first few months.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

We are using a moses basket.  I was going to get a bassinet, but fell in love with the restoration hardware moses baskets.  My friend gave us her co-sleeper but our doggie sleeps in bed with us and I don’t know how that would work out.  Our pup is in for some major changes once the baby comes, so I don’t want to kick him out of our bed on top of it! 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

RIbride- You may want to start instituting those changes now so your pup doesn’t associate the baby with bad things.  You want to make sure that he doesn’t get jealous of the baby.  You may also want to start bringing kids around him now if you can and if you haven’t already done this.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

RNC620- he is great with kids and babies and is around infants and toddlers all the time.  The change I’m referring to is that won’t be the only one getting all the attention anymore.  Everything else will remain the same for him.  He is already learning to stay away from the baby’s things that we bring into the house, ie: nursery glider, crib, etc. 

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

Mr. DG’s family has a bassinet that every member has slept in for the past 100 (? not too sure of the time frame, but he says 100) years.  It’s a wonderful treasure and we’re happy to share the tradition with our little girl!

We are not able to set up a crib in our current home, so hopefully she’ll be fine in a bassinet or cosleeper for the first 3 months until we can get settled into a new home 🙂

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

@flbeachbride – I agree with you, it can be very overwhelming.  I find that the best resources are my friends and fmaily members who already have children.  They tell me what they use, don’t use, and couldn’t live without.  Of course every parent is different so what works for one person won’t necessarily work for another. However, I find that getting advice from people who have a similar lifestyle to me has been really helpful.  Also, if you don’t have one, get a copy of the book BabyBargains.  It is an invaluable resource. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

@flbeachbride-Here are two great articles for cosleeping.  They are not in your face / agenda articles IMO so I think they will be helpful.  Remember, It’s all about what works best for you once our baby is here.

http://www.askdrsears.com/html/7/T071000.asp

http://www.phdinparenting.com/2009/01/11/co-sleeping-safety/

@RIbride-  We have the same issues.  Our dog is great with kids but it’s hard to keep him away from her stuff.  He’s already eaten one of her pacifiers and he loves to lay on her baby blankets when they drop to the floor, lol.  My SIL freaks out that I let our 80lb dog near our newborn, but I just ignore her..

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I LOVE a bassinet. Both of my girls slept in the bassinet exclusively for the first three months. I think it’s the best of both worlds.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

we’re getting the arm’s reach co-sleeper. i think the name of it is misleading since the baby isn’t in the bed with you. basically it’s a pack n play that one side folds down to fit up against your bed. then, when the baby is older she’ll be placed in her own room in her crib.

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