(Closed) Rock n' play sleeper? Swing? Bassinet? Pack and play?

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 16
9800 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Rnp is not the same as a swing. A good swing goes forever but it actually swings pretty fast (they like it fast!). I know rnp makes an automatic rocker now but I doubt it is the equivalent to a swing. The swings are surprisingly fast.

I got a pack and play for the sole purpose of traveling.  Even if it is only an hour away…if you are staying overnight what will baby sleep in?  We have a travel crib. some also use it as a baby container but we have a pop up portable playyard for that (ebeven though she hates it)

what do you want baby to sleep in when you bring them home?  Many people use a pnp for this or rnp or bassinet.  We setup her crib in our room.  That meant we never had to transition her, we just moved the crib to her own room when we were ready. 

The reason they like the rocknplays are because they feel so confined in them. A crib is huge for a newborn. I had a bouncer and pretty much had DD nap in that thing all day for the first 3 mo. Highly recommended swaddling (miracle blanket!) for nighttime sleep!!

Post # 17
11163 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

I think it is really important to note that Fisher Price actually revamped and redesigned their Rock N Play since the issues mentioned. My son is 8 months old and slept in his RNP next to our bed up until recently, and he still naps in it. It is by far the BEST investment ever. We simply would not have made it this far with out it no question. He had very bad reflux and the RNP was actually recommended to me by our pediatrician to aide with this. My son has a beautiful and perfectly shaped head with zero issues. It is crucial that regardless of the sleeping apparatus tummy time is a regular part of the day. 

In fact I am a part of a mommy group with 3,000+ ladies and the Rock N Play was the #1 recommendation for a crucial purchase as a new mommy. Obviously if a mom has concerns all the power to her to choose what she wants. 🙂

We also have a swing, bassinet and a pack and play. My son is sleeping at this moment in the swing and it was and is great for those days when he is cranky or otherwise uncomfortable with teething. The bassinet was a total bust. He slept in it for maybe three days after we got home from the hospital and then he refused to sleep in it at all…that is when my husband was sent out to get the all wonderous Rock N Play I had been hearing about. As for the Pack and Play it is for play, only. My son so far has not slept in it and shows no interest in doing so. However, for safe play area I highly recommend it. 

Post # 18
635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

we had a pack n play (with the bassinet in it), a regular bassinet, a swing, and the rock n play sleeper.  The bassinet was a complete waste baby didn’t like it only slept in it 3 nights.  The rock n play sleeper i kept in my room next to my bed until he was 5 weeks – it was the best b/c i could just reach over and rock him when he stirred at night.  We transitioned him to his crib in his room after 5 weeks and that was great.  The bassinet in the pack n play was used mostly for naps b/c we kept it in our living room and the swing was in our living room and he goes there more for play than napping.  But the rock n play sleeper is the best thing so glad I got it.  I still use it (he is 3 months) to put him in when i take a shower or in the morning when i’m getting dressed for work so i can watch him and talk to him 

Post # 19
3376 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We have both a rock n play and a pack n play, and both have been extremely useful for us.  Our daughter sleeps in the PnP for night sleep, and the RnP for most naps (although I want to start transitioning her to her crib for naps).  We had a Mamaroo swing for about a week, but it was really hit or miss on actually working for us, so we returned it.  The RnP is really useful for having somewhere to set the baby down when I need to have hands free around the house, have her with me when I’m showering or in the kitchen or something – it’s very portable and she’s usually happy to hang out in it.

Post # 20
919 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I registered for a Pack n Play with a bassinet and changing table. My thought is that we’ll keep that in our room for the first couple of months for her to sleep in. We’re not getting a separate bassinett. We also have a rock n play and swing because my nephew loved both of them, and hopefully our child will too. All my friends who have kids say that you never know which items a baby will like and which ones they won’t so it’s handy to have several options. We were able to find a lof our items used or on clearance to save money. I also registered for an inexpensive bouncy seat just in case.

Post # 21
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

It’s a tough call because ultimately, you won’t know what will work for your baby until your baby is here. I had grand plans of having our baby sleep in the bassinet that came with my Vista stroller at first, and he HATED it. We ended up getting a RnP and he slept in it every night until he was about 4 months old. It was the only thing he would sleep in because he liked the incline. He also would nap exclusively in his swing (the snuggapuppy one, which was a lifesaver). My son has an absolutely normal head – you just have to stay on top of alternating the position of his head and when you can, where and when appropriate, with supervision, use the Boppy Noggin Nest to help with flat head syndrome, too. Also, lots of tummy time. The one downside to the RnP is that he got so used to it that transitioning him to his crib was pretty brutal. Took us about a week for him to be able to sleep in it. Now he loooves his crib (he’s 7 months now).

We have a pack and play and have only used it twice (when traveling). 

There’s a lot of fear mongering when it comes to babies and baby gear, but at the end of the day, you have to do what’s best for you, your child and your family. I’ve found that many things when it comes to my baby are trial and error, and what works for some won’t necessarily work for you, and vice versa.

Post # 22
6518 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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imnotorange:  I registered for the rock n play – i have heard greattttt things about it and I also love that it folds up very compact which is great for us because we are limited on space. 

I bought myself a pack n play that has a bassinet which will be kept in our living room. I also like that if we go to my mom or MILs house we can take it with us if we need to. It is easy to put together. I will have a co-sleeper for our bedroom

Its really up to you on what you want. I mean I was trying to avoid having so many similar items but I said screw it, I will find a way to store it away if need be. 

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