Post # 1
Our situation is a little complicated and I would love some advice. I live overseas (DH’s job) but will be returning to the US to have a baby (our first). After the birth, we will stay at my parents house for 6 weeks, then return overseas. During those 6 weeks we will spend 4 days at a hotel for a wedding.
I had planned to have the baby sleep in a pack n play while at my parent’s house and take the pack n play with us to the hotel for the wedding. In reading reviews on Amazon for different PNPs, parents were blaming the hard mattresses and bassinets for plagiocephaly and other head issues. Reading this has freaked me out! I thought that a firm mattress was a good thing but now I’m confused. What do you recommend? Stick with a PNP, stand alone bassinet, co-sleeper on the floor? Our bed at my parent’s house is too small for a co-sleeper in the bed. Thanks!
Post # 3
@fsowife: a pack and play is just fine for baby to sleep in. Some also come with a bassinet and an insert that brings the bottom up higher. Plagiocephaly can happen no matter what the child sleeps in.
Post # 4
@fsowife: we are planning to have our baby sleep in a pack n play. We won’t have a crib or anything else for a while. everything I’ve read says this is fine, and actually the firmness of it is good for baby.
Post # 5
@fsowife: Check the hotel you’re with- some offer cribs for babies if you prefer that option. Personally, my neices and nephew slept in a pack n play a lot when they were little and they were fine. That’s all they had when they came over to see the grandparents.
Post # 6
@fsowife: Plagiocephaly can most often be avoided by alternating which end of the crib (or pack ‘n play) you place the baby’s head. Babies tend to look towards the door of the room they are in, so alternating the placement of the head each time you put them down to sleep, ensures that the pressures are evenly distributed.
Post # 7
Thank you all for the responses! Ok, anxious moment has passed. I think flipping the baby in the PNP is a great idea and I’m sure everything will be fine.
Post # 8
this is gonna sound insane but my sister put thick blankets in the bathtub and had my niece sleep there in a hotel. I thought she was nuts!! I’d stick with the pack and play! That’s what my 5 month old sleeps in when we go to grandmas!
Post # 10
I custom make the helmets used to treat plagiocephaly for a living and I’ll be putting my child (EDD July) in a PNP for the first few weeks. Tummy time, positioning, and just holding/wearing your baby go a long way in preventing plagiocephaly and torticollis as your child will not be resting his/her head 100% of the time on a mattress, carseat, etc.
Post # 11
Get a rock n play, super light and portable
Post # 12
Thanks for the professional opinion! I am feeling much better about it!
Post # 13
Yeah the rock n’ play sleepers are nice, and very portable, too. A pack n’ play should be fine, though! If you are very concerned, they do make mattresses for pack n’ plays to make them more comfortable, but at such an early age, if you get one with a “newborn napper” on it, that should be fine.
Post # 14
Just alternate head placement as suggested.