Post # 1
I have been doing well getting stuff together on my own, but upon reviewing my past post about a pack n play I had some questions.
Baby will be in our room for the first few months. I decided, with the help of you wonderful Bees, to put a Graco Pack N Play in our room for sleeping and a Rock N Play Sleeper in the living room for daytime naps and what not.
^^The Graco Pack N Play
My question should there be a mattress in it? I can’t assume there is much support for baby’s back in that thing. Granted it will only be for a few months until baby is out of SIDS range and can move up to his own room to an actual crib, but I suppose he is growing rapidly during that time, and it may not be in his best interest to just sleep in the pack n play the way it is.
If you put a mattress in yours or something similar, please let me know. I see standard crib mattresses do not fit as the dimensions are too big, but is there an alternative?
Post # 3
@megz06: I did not want to risk a squishy mattress in the Pack ‘n Play. When the children got older, I took a foam mattress pad and cut it to size. It worked perfectly.
Post # 4
We have one, and it’s very supportive. The bassinet level is a firm surface with a thin layer of padding, which is exactly what you want for a new baby. If you’re worried about it you could do as the pp suggested and add some foam, but it isn’t really necessary.
Post # 5
@bunnymama: Sorry, I am a very “dumb” first time mama. When you say the bassinet level, do you mean the support of the actual pack n play crib part or the little bassinet rocker thing that comes with it?
Post # 6
@megz06: Not dumb at all! I think I was the one who wasn’t clear. I meant the crib part (the big, flat level). Mine’s second hand, so I don’t have the rocker, but it has a thing with it to raise the crib part so it’s higher for newborns. I don’t know what the rocker would be like, but we put Dear Daughter down to sleep on the flat crib part all the time.
Post # 7
@bunnymama: Ahh I see. I didn’t know it raised, but that makes perfect sense that it would. I should probably check that out. Thank you so much.
Post # 8
We use our PNP in the living room – under the bassinet and changing features there’s a level with a thin mattress. It should come with one sheet, so I recommend you buy an extra or 2!
Does not require any additional padding or anything.
Post # 9
@megz06: the bottom of the pack n play was a little padding and it’s fine for baby. My daughter is two and still sleeps in her pack n play at daycare.
Post # 10
Thank you both so much. Glad to know there won’t be any additional padding needed, but I will make sure to get a sheet or two.