(Closed) Sleeper vs Bouncer

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 17
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I used a pack n play with the bassinet on the top in our bedroom for the first 3 months. This allowed her to be right near us and we could prop her from side to side in order to allow her head to form correctly . I did also have a rock n play for naps during the day, was easy to keep an eye on her or even bring her in the kitchen when I was cooking. I do not advise anyone to have their child sleep regularly in a rock n play as it can cause a baby’s head to not form correctly. I personally know 2 children who had to wear helmets from exclusiverly sleeping in the rock and play since their it no way for them to be rotated. 

Post # 18
1401 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Well, we’ve ordered a rock n play because both of our twins love sleeping in bouncers (because of reflux, I think) and it can be a nightmare to get both of them to happily sleep in their cot at night! I really don’t want them sleeping for any length of time in the bouncers because they get into the weirdest positions which can’t possibly be good for their body development… Our plan is to use the rock n play for naps or if someone is particularly cranky about sleeping in the cot on a given night, and to use it interchangeably between them so that they have plenty of time in the regular flat bed as well. We do lots of tummy time as well, so hopefully their heads won’t be smooshed out of shape.

I’ve heard rave reviews was about the rock n play for babies with reflux, so here’s to hoping it works!

Post # 19
381 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We have a small apartment and actually got these both. We loved (and still use them both). The sleeper he slept in next to our bed for the first 8 weeks. It was also good for naps. The bouncer is more of an entertainment thing. I put LO in it (3.5 months) while I eat breakfast or make dinner or get dressed. Can also bring it in the bathroom while I shower and he plays (I attach other toys to it). He napped in the bouncer when he was super little but now it is mostly a place for him to happily play while we need to be hands free. The rock and play we don’t use as much anymore.

Post # 19
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have both and would recommend the rock and play. It goes with me all over the house. It is definitely better for naps. I know as he got older though,(my son is now 5.5 months) he enjoys sitting up more and would like the bouncer seat better. <br />One suggestion I have though- I would not rely on either for anything other than short naps. You should try to get your baby into the crib or onto a flat surface for sleeping at night or transistioning to the crib will be a nightmare!

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