(Closed) Pack n' play or rock n' play sleeper?

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Be very careful with the rock and play sleepers. They can cause flat heads and muscle imbalances. Do a quick google search on issues with babies sleeping in rock and plays and car seats. 

Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

We’re doing the rock n play because so many moms have said they were a lifesaver for troubled sleepers. 

We had a PNP with a bassinet and changing table for Dear Daughter. She hated every part of it and wanted nothing to do with it. It was basically useless for us and one of my biggest purchase regrets. I might try and use it for baby #2 to see if we can get some use out of it, but probably not.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would say pack n play because you can use them in your room or for visiting family anf traveling!  They give baby somewhere to sleep and work for a good 2 years.

I didn’t have a rock n play but used one at the in laws. It was really handy!  She slept great in it. But then again I had mine in the crib from day one so I never needed to wean off a rock n play.  We used a bouncer mostly and she did nap in that. But the rock n play is really only useful for a short time. Mine rolled back to front at 12 weeks so no more swaddle and wouldn’t have been comfortable in a rock n play much beyond that.

Ultimately id pick the pack n play because it’s useful for longer unless all family lives within a 5-10 min drive and you can drive home for naps.  My parents are 1 hr away so I’ve stated overnight there plenty the pack n play was useful!  Also for visiting in laws and my grandma- you need somewhere for baby to sleep!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I know you didn’t even mention this, but…I LOVED our Arm’s Reach Cosleeper! Def go with the Mini or Clear Vue, the Original is huge! The Pack n Play is great for traveling, though 🙂

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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KatiePi:  Yes, she went in it right away!  The first night was a little rough (no swaddle) but I got a miracle blanket and kept her swaddled for bed so I think that helped her feel secure.  We had it set up in our room- so I guess I never had to get her “used” to a crib later on.  So that ended up being nice.  I think the pack and play would work really well.  I’m not sure why I never considered using mine in our room instead of the crib, I guess I figured I had the crib so I might as well put her in it lol.  Our travel crib doesn’t have the little infant part though, so that’s a lot of bending down to the floor for someone that is tall!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have both – the rock n play and the pack n play (with the bassinet and changing pad).  I also have just a regular pack n play.  The regular pack n play is at my moms – we use this when he is watched there he naps in it.  When I was on maternity leave (so when he was up to 3 months) he would nap in the pack n play bassinet or the swing.  We still have the changing pad thing on the pack n play and use that for him now (he is 5 months) on a regular basement so we have easy changing area in our living room.  The rock n play was a life saver – he would not sleep in the normal bassinet.  He slept in our room for the first 6 weeks in the rock n play – so much easier he slept better and when he fussed it was easier to rock him while still staying as close to sleep as possible.  His head is not messed up and he is almost sitting up so I dont think it lead to any issues – but again he slept in it for a few weeks before we transitioned him to his crib at night.  He still uses the rock n play – i strap him in it in the mornings when I am showering for work – although he is getting too big.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We have both.  The pack n play is in our room and he sleeps there at night.  During the day we set him in the rock n play and he does nap in it.  The rock n play is great for naps and for when you don’t have a free hand.  I can rock it with my foot while I pump and it keeps him happy until I can pick him up.  

If just one, I’d get the pack n play since it can be used for travelling and as a play yard as they grow, but the rock n play is really nice to have.  You may be able to find a used one pretty cheap – my cousin did that and had two, one for each floor in her house.  

 

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We have both, but I think we have like every possible device for a baby to sleep in at this point, lol.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I registered for both since they do serve different purposes and it’s impossible to tell what your baby will like until s/he gets here.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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KatiePi:  We don’t have a swing or bouncer.  Husband is getting sick of rocking the rock n play so is considering, but I don’t think it’s probably worth it.  If he’s awake and just wants to move around, we put him on his little play mat.  

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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KatiePi:  We used our RnP early on, next to our bed when she was up to nurse multiple times a night. The RnP got retired at about 5 months, and we now use the PnP for travel, or when we’re outside and she needs some sort of containment while we work, etc. We also had a swing that we kept in the living room, also great for early on when they’re always sleeping– that got “retired” at about 6-7 months, when it wasn’t keeping her attention anymore.

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