J.H. asks from APO, AE on December 02, 2009
Crib and Bassinet
I'm expecting my second child in April and I'm trying to figure out the best items I should buy. We are trying to save money and be very practical with our purchases and are very interested in buying things that will last for awhile. So my main question is this? If our bedroom is literally right next door to the baby's room would you invest in a bassinet for our room or would you have the baby in the crib from the beginning??? We can hear things really well from our room. Our son's room is across from ours and we can hear him when he makes a big sigh. But the only thing I'm concerned about is that I love having the baby near me for contentment sake. Especially in the beginning. But I also don't want to spend a lot on a bassinet that will never be used again. I'm also purchasing a play yard with bassinet, but that will kept downstairs since that's where we are most of the time. Any advice/opinions would be helpful. Thanks :)
So What Happened?™
Thanks ladies. I really appreciate the help. Yesterday I ordered the pack n play with bassinet, so I think I may use that. If not our room is big enough for the crib to go in there first. But after I really thought about it I knew I was going to want the baby in the room with me and so does my husband. So I figure between the pack n play/bassinet and the crib we'll figure something out. Thanks again.
M.D. answers from Stationed Overseas on December 03, 2009
I would suggest to use the playard. It goes up/down easily so that shouldn't be a problem at night. I had my son in 2007 and my daughter in 2008 and I used our Graco Family Tree playard. Then, it said it was the largest playard out and it was still easy to move. I didn't move it to the living room until my son was sitting up but I did have to move it around my bedroom depending on what I was doing. I kept both babies close by me until around three months (everyone is different) but that was because, with my son, my husband was deployed and his room was on the other side of my house and then with my daughter...well she came out a "mommy's girl" and would NOT sleep unless she was on my chest...so she only went in the bassinet/playard when I did things around the house. My newborns weren't that loud so I just "never knew" what to expect with every little noise (which is why I kept them close from the start). Looking back on what I spent financially for my first born, I'm glad I didn't waste money on a bassinet because my kids gained weight very fast and there wasn't a need for anything like that past 3 months. Either way, you will make the best decision for your family if you look at it, you can find second hand bassinets (if you desire) that are inexpensive and still save some money while giving your baby what you really want her/him to have. If you do buy it brand new, you can always sell it to break even (at a later date)...pregnancies are very popular amongst military families!
M.S. answers from New York on December 03, 2009
I decided on co-sleeping with my younger daughter (now 7.5 months old) and got the secure sleeper, that you can put in the bed with you and hubby, baby won't roll out and you and hubby wont roll in, it is very sturdy... I got mine at the PX for I think about $30. You could also check in the thrift shop on and off post, you might find a used bassinet in good condition. Right now little one is still sleeping in our room, due to the fact that we only have a 2 bedroom appartment and our 2nd grader needs her sleep, so I wouldnt want to put the baby in the same room then her. I think it always depends on how secure you feel with baby in the next room, if you are nursing or not (I am guessing here, I nursed both kids, still nursing the baby) I figure if you bottlefeed you have to get up anyway...
C.G. answers from Stationed Overseas on December 03, 2009
How large is your bedroom? You may consider putting a crib in your room while the baby is an infant, than move it next door when he/she starts sleeping longer. I'd really recommend going straight to the crib unless you plan on having more kids in the future. There are cribs available that convert into toddler beds too, so that would prolong its usefulness even more. I also want to add that when my oldest child was in a bassinet, I kept putting off getting a crib, so he was using it at about 7 mos...he stood up in it once and fell out. I bought a crib right away after that!
I'm also a member of PWOC, in the Schweinfurt chapter. I've been in Germany for just over a year and love it!
Z.O. answers from Stationed Overseas on December 03, 2009
I am a mom of five children. From my pass experience, go with the bassinet for now. Babies are usually small when they are born and the bassinet can be used until they are up to fifteen pounds. Plus, in the early months, you may be tired and may want to rest so you can always place the bassinet in your room until you get used the baby and set up a rountine. It is hard to manage the house having two small children in it. You can always save and plan ahead for the crib something that can last you awhile.
T.M. answers from Stationed Overseas on December 03, 2009
My daughter slept wonderfully in her swing so she spent the first few months living in it. we would pick it up and put it in whatever room we were in and at night, we'd put it next to our bed. A little bouncer might be a nice option too until the baby is old enough to roll around. They have straps for the baby and many other uses besides just another version of a crib. Good luck and congrats!
S.C. answers from Stationed Overseas on December 03, 2009
You might want to check out your Thrift Shop. Since babies grow so fast, often times items donated are barely used.
S.D. answers from Stationed Overseas on December 02, 2009
We are also very close to our daughter's room and decided to put her in her crib from the beginning. (She ended up sleeping in her carseat for 2 weeks in our room because that is where she liked to sleep). After we put her in her room, it took me about 2 weeks to not worry about her every 15 minutes. If you don't think you would be ok with that you might want to look into purchasing a Moses basket, they are not as sturdy as a bassinet, but they are much cheaper.
N.G. answers from Killeen on December 03, 2009
We wasted money on our bassinet, which I ended up giving away. I promise you don't need both upstairs on the same floor. We had 3 levels at the time so it was best for us to have the bassinet in the beginning since my daughter would have been on the second floor with her siblings. Since you can hear the baby really well from the other room I think a crib would do just fine. One other option would be to find someone that is giving a bassinet away or find one at a yard sale. You can easily clean them up good and you won't have to spend alot of money. Good luck, Mom