Post # 1
I was planning to use a pack in play for the first few months since we can move it from room to room. Initially the baby will be with us, but then I don’t know if he’ll stay in our room, or if I’ll end up sleeping in the baby’s room so hubby can sleep since he’ll be back to work. But I just measured and Graco and Baby Trend pack n plays won’t fit through our doorways.
I’m assuming it is a royal pain in the butt to fold it up to move it, but maybe moms out there can give some advice. Should I look for something else? Is there a playyard out there that isn’t quite so wide?
Post # 3
They have smaller playyards than that. I believe the Graco Travel Lite is one of them. I don’t have one yet, but it’s one that I considered. I added a link so you could look it up if you want.
You might also be able to look into bassinets or portable cribs. The link is just an example, but there are definitely other options out there.
Post # 4
Have you thought about getting a co-sleeper for the side of your bed? Then having a pack n’ play elsewhere?
Post # 5
You can save $$ if you do a Moses basket for the first few weeks. We did a Graco with a bassinet topper and changer and really liked it. We didnt want to move it room to room. It would be doable, but I don’t think you would want to during the sleep deprivation state.
Post # 6
I second the idea of a bassinet or a co-sleeper. We have this one (although you can get it way cheaper on other websites), and we’ve used it as a co-sleeper, a bassinet, and a play yard. It’s much smaller than a pack n’ play, and it has wheels so it’s easy to take from room to room.
Post # 7
Honestly our pack and play saved our lives!!!! Its beyond wonderful for traveling!!!! We STILL use ours almost 3 years later. If you get one with the bed you hook on top (not sure the name) then that would be perfectly fine for the baby to sleep in for the first few months. That is though depending on the weight limit. My husband and I made a big move when Seth was about a year old and he slept in his pack n play for about 3 months. Then we used it for awhile to throw toys in. Yeah it wasn’t as organized at the time but it kept all of the toys out of the way. I’m not sure what we would of done without it.
My personal opinion is the only “Big” things you need are a Pack N play, stroller, bouncie and crib. We like our high chair but really don’t get a whole heck of alot of use out of it.
PS. I don’t really have that hard of a time setting up the Pack N Play. They make them easier to set up then they used too.
Post # 8
I effing love my Carter’s playpen. got it at baby’s r us, it had a special insert so that newborns would be higher up and also a change table that flips over. I couldn’t live without it, and once you get the hang of it it’s so easy to fold and unfold. Well it was easy for ME to fold and unfold, my children’s godmother who has a Master’s degree still couldn’t set it up to save her life lol. We used that playpen till my daughter was big enough for a crib, and i still keep it in the back of my suv for when we visit all the grandparents.
Post # 9
If you’re looking for something to move from room to room, then I’d suggest a bassinet instead of a playpen. We have a Carter’s playpen (LOVE) but we only move it from the dining room to the living room and back, no narrow doorways. They are a pain to set up and take down if you’re using the bassinet attachment. We didn’t have a crib for the first three months, we just co-bedded. But we had the playpen setup just in case. Mostly we used it as a changing table. Now we use it downstairs as a changing table and safe place for the baby to play. I just took it with me to travel with her and it was a LIFESAVER. Definitely worth the money.
I looked at other smaller/cheaper playpens, but they were totally flimsy, unsafe, and NOT worth the money saved. They were only good up to 15lbs, and MB is already 18lbs! I can’t imagine only being able to use it for 5 months. I’d advocate researching the weight capacity of the playpen you choose to buy. Smaller may not be better depending.
Post # 10
We borrowed this bassinet from my brother:
I keep it in the kitchen and used it for naps when WT was really little and I was doing things downstairs. Also used it for diaper changes so we wouldn’t have to walk upstairs. There’s a basket underneath to store stuff in.
When we had company early on (and they were sleeping in his room) we’d put this in our bedroom for WT to sleep in. It’s VERY LIGHT.
Also the music it plays is HIS ABSOLUTE FAVORITE. If he’s fussy sometimes I’ll just play the music to calm him while I’m walking around with him.
Now WT is 14 weeks and I’ll still lay him in this when I’m cooking breakfast or dinner and he just chills and plays with whatever he can reach. It’s GREAT to have cause he likes being in the same room as me. He’d much rather be laying flat and able to kick and play versus being in a bouncer seat or swing. (he’s never liked those much – but every baby is different)
BONUS – It’s on wheels so easy to move it around (at least on our hardwoods).