Post # 1
We’re expecting in November and I’m doing our registry. We have a nursery for upstairs with a crib, but we’re planning to leave our baby with us in the master bedroom for most of probably the first three months because I can’t see myself that far away from him when he’s that little and I don’t want to walk upstairs 19 times a night. I’m not looking at a co-sleeper at this point… but I’m wondering if we could use a playard for those first three months as a bassinet? Has anyone done this?
Would it be better to get an additional crib or bassinet for downstairs instead? We’re getting a convertibel crib for upstairs so it’ll be there a long time. After those first few months I don’t see us needing one downstairs… but I could be wrong. Any advice?
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@cant.wait.to.be.mrs.d: That’s what I was thinking, but I’ve honestly never even heard of a playard until I started looking at registries and i wasn’t sure if it could actually be used as a bassinet for infants. Consumer Reports says not to leave babies unattended in one ever. But does that mean not to let it sleep there? I’m so clueless!
Post # 5
You should totally add a poll. I used a playard with a bassinet attachment for the first few months with number 2. Only because both my boys shared a room and I didn’t want to wake up number 1 constantly. Number 1 was in the crib from day 1.
Post # 6
So your bedroom is on the first floor but the nursery is on the 2nd?
We plan to sleep baby in a pack n play (playard) for the first few months. Not sure for how long. Our 2nd bedroom is right next to ours, but i still don’t want to get up and walk to the next room.
Post # 7
@Miss Damask: bassinets are way to small I would by a pack and go playard. You can by a complete one with a basinet for naps. Co sleepers seem a little unsafe to me. I will be using a playard for sure. I wont be buying a crib until baby is older . Plus all it is very easy to take it with you…. Imagine baby is 1 1/2 and you want to go on a weekend… It will be perfect it is a smarter long term choice.
You will probably get a bassinet from the hospital ( the basket kind) …
Post # 8
Dd had a bassinet for our room, a crib in her room & a playard that we took with us when we’d go visit our parents and siblings. Honestly her favorite place sleep was the her bouncer & swing lol but she got use to the bassinet. She slept in in for about 3 months then graduated to her crib.
Post # 9
I have a bassinet for my room. His nursery is right next door but I want him close by those first few months. I’d say 1 crib (his room in a few months), 1 bassinet (your room) AND 1 pack n play (for living room naps and travel).
Post # 10
We aren’t having a nursery since we’re still in a one bedroom apartment, so this is the pack and play we registered for.
It comes with a removable bassinet and changing station.
Post # 11
We just got this and it seems like the best of both worlds! We will probably keep the playard/changing table/built in bassinet downstairs and have LO sleep in our room in the portable bassinet for the first few weeks.
Post # 12
I plan on using rock and play slepper initially in our room.
This get such amazing reviews on helping kids sleep well early on that I have to try it.
However, we are not getting a pack n play/play yard so if you plan to get one anyway, as others have said the fact that it doubles saves you money.
Post # 13
I’m a big fan of playards with the combines bassinet for sleeping and changing table!
Post # 14
I used a bassinet for the first four months.
Post # 16
@ThreeMeers: I was just about to suggest one of these. My dad and step mom used one for my baby brother until he out grew it.
@Miss Damask: I’d search around for the best price though, if you do get one. They’re a lot more expensive on Amazon than they are at other places.