(Closed) Using playpen as a crib?

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
3112 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

The mattress in the pack n play is very thin and not comfortable. I’m not sure if a regular mattress would fit in there or not, but I don’t think it’s a great long term solution. Just my opinion.


Post # 3
6886 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

missjewels:  I would only use a pack n play sparingly or say on a weekend trip to grandmas/grandpas.  I know my son slept horrible in his pack n play.  We only had one for if we were going away for the weekend and even then both set of grandparents had ones they had gotten else where.  I would look at different options 

Post # 4
1021 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I *think* that you can buy a more substantial mattress for the pack n play. I haven’t looked into it myself but was told by a friend that that was an option.

Post # 5
11744 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

They do sell play yard mattresses, so I would get one of those for sure! Our Dear Daughter sleeps in the PnP napper right now next to our bed. When she outgrows it we will move her to the crib or the regular portion of the PNP (with mattress) if we’re not ready for her to be in her own room yet.

Post # 6
980 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

For the first few month, we used an arm’s reach cosleeper which I loved! It’s like a bassinet you can sidecar to your bed. I would highly recommend it for the start. There are mattresses you can get for the pack n play, and I would say they seem just as comfy as the crib mattress (we have one at my moms). We ordered ours from Walmart. If you want a mini crib though, I would see if you can get one second hand on craigslist or something and buy a new mattress.


Post # 7
42 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

We used the Graco travel lite crib until out guy was 6 months old, worked great for us and my son slept great (for a newborn, ha!)

Post # 8
576 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think it would be fine. I believe that playards have the same dimensions as mini cribs, so you could put a mini crib mattress in there if you want. We use a mini crib and use playard sheets in it, so I think they’re the same size. 

Post # 9
643 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

why not get one of the playpens with the built in bassinet? they even make them for twins which is what I had. I put it at the foot of my bed and that’s where they slept (soundly and peacefully) for at least 6 weeks 🙂

Post # 10
3126 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

We have a crib in her room and a bassinet in our room. Guess where LO likes to sleep? In her Graco pack and play. We have the one with the reversible changing pad/bassinet. We never use the changing table part but she LOOOOOVES the bassinet attachment! And we do her tummy time on the raised mattress next to it since we have dogs and can’t put it on the floor. If I knew ahead of time she would not use her crib for at least the first 6 months, I would have saved the hundreds of dollars and just bought the pack and play at first.

Post # 11
2474 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

missjewels:  I dont have a kid yet but I have a gf who used hers as a crib for months at a time….see she lives in spain and comes home for summers. When she came with her baby he was 3 months old, and he slept in the play pen for 3 months straight no issues… its what she uses for christmas visits and again last summer when she came home. Im not sure if she upgraded the padding, but maybe thats one thing. Otherwise I think it would be fine.

Post # 12
40 posts

My daughter slept in a pack and play in our room for the first 6 months. She slept great in it and has always been a great sleeper (until now with her toddler refusal to go to bed.)

Post # 13
8882 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

My Dear Daughter is currently sleeping in her Graco Pack n Play, never had a problem with it.  She outgrew her bassinet and we’re not quite ready to transfer to her crib yet.

Post # 14
2091 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I did this! I was in a bdr with just he and I, while living back at home a month after he was born. If you put in a thick blanket or mattress at the bottom, it is perfect. Babies are very flexible physically and do not need all the bells and whistles that companies trying to sell expensive products make it seem. He slept through the night fairly quickly. He NEVER had a crib! He is a strong and happy 6 year old now … Good luck to you!

Post # 15
9134 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

missjewels:  We have a 2 bedroom, 2 bath 900 sq ft apartment.  We plan to use a co-sleeper in the master bedroom when the baby is born and a crib in the 2nd bedroom when they wean a bit and sleep through most of the night.

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