T.M. asks from Oakland, CA on May 30, 2008
Infant Sleeping in Pack N' Play Bassinet Vs. Crib
My 2 1/2 month old daughter is getting too big for her bassinet that's in our bedroom. We're thinking we can move her Pack N' Play in our room so that she can sleep in the bassinet part of it because it's bigger than her current stand alone bassinet. Then when she sleeps through the night in about a month or so, we'd move her to a crib in her own room. My question is - is it o.k. for her to sleep in the Pack N' Play bassinet at night?
J.R. answers from Sacramento on June 02, 2008
We did the same thing for about a month. My understanding when I was researching it, was that sleeping in the pack and play for a month was okay, but longer would be problematic because the mattress is not as supportive.
My guy did fine.
Best of luck!
S.C. answers from Stockton on June 02, 2008
I have to say that yes, it is fine for her to sleep in the pack n play bassinet. My son is 18 months and has always slept in the pack n play. Until this day he is still sleeping in it versus the crib. He is just so much more comfortable in it, and falls to sleep in it with no problems at all. I love it.
S.R. answers from San Francisco on May 31, 2008
I don't see any problems with having her sleep in the PNP. I am self employed and I toted my daughter to work with me and had one in another room for her to sleep in. I did this until she was about a year and a half. She would sleep comfortably in it, because after we moved her from the bassinet part, the playyard part of it was large enough for her to move around in. At home, she would sleep in her crib. This was a plus, because it got her used to sleeping in differant environments.
M.T. answers from Bakersfield on May 31, 2008
My child never would sleep in his bassinet, so we put him in the bassinet of our packn'play for naps and night sleep. Personally, I could not sleep well if I was too close to my baby. I tried and tried, but I just couldn't get to sleep. I ended up sleeping in the livingroom with the pack n play so my husband could get solid sleep for work. The pack n'play saved us and it worked just fine. At about 10 weeks, I started putting my baby to sleep in his crib and it was the best thing I ever did. Once my son started becoming more aware of his surroundings, I was even more happy with my choice as I wanted him to like his crib. He loves his crib and sometimes wants to play in it after naps.....and he is 15 months old.
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S.S. answers from Fresno on May 31, 2008
I live in the country of Mali in in West Africa where I adopted my boys. Both of them slept in a pack and play bassinet until they grew out of it. I had no problems whatsoever. My oldest started sleeping in the bassinet at 4.5 months of age when I got him (only weighed 10 lbs then) and the younger was 6 months (and sadly at the time only weighed 10 lbs as well. The issue for me was their size; being physically too big or physically able to move enough to fall out. I found the bassinet to be a lifesaver on my back. When they got too big for the bassinet I used the pack and play as their principal crib, and was able to take it with me whenever we traveled so thy always had their own bed too. It was a handy solution. I think pack and plays are one of the greatest inventions ever for babies! Hope you find this helpful.
M.S. answers from San Francisco on May 30, 2008
Its fine to put your daughter to sleep in the pack and play. My son didn't like the crib-he preferred the pack and play so he slept in it the first year!
A.H. answers from Modesto on June 01, 2008
That's exactly the course of action we took with out little one and it worked out perfectly until we got her a crib to upgrade to. And for the first little while we had her laying in it cross wise of what they're supposed to and then once she was too long we turned her lengthwise. Again, it worked perfectly. Now if she had been a little older, heavier and more mobile it wouldn't have worked, but for the first handful of months it should work just great for you. Good Luck!
B.L. answers from San Francisco on May 31, 2008
I would move her to the crib in her room now. It would be very tough to use the pak n'play for anything else once it is used as her nighttime bed. Also, she doesn't have to sleep through the night to be moved to her room. The sooner, the better.
God bless -
J.Z. answers from Salinas on May 31, 2008
I guess I would have to ask why you don't have her in her crib? If she is not co-sleeping, then she won't know the difference between the crib and a pack-n-play. But, if you put her in her crib, that will be one less transition for her to make later on down the road. All 3 of my kids went from co-sleeping to crib and have all been successful sleepers because they didn't know any difference. That being said, my 3rd is in a pack-n-play because she escaped from the crib and fell on her head. She is 2 and isn't yet ready for a big girl bed.
C.C. answers from Bakersfield on May 31, 2008
Absolutely! Both my children sleep well in our pack n play bassinet when we go on trips. In fact, when my first child was born that is what she slept in all the time (until my uncle gave us this beautiful cradle he had made for us). Just follow the same rules: no extra blankets or toys, etc. The cool thing is, you don't need a bumper either!
C.J. answers from Stockton on May 31, 2008
I just wanted to say if you are waiting for her to sleep through the night it most likely won't happen in a month or so. Unless you are planning on just making her with cry it out. Both my boys did not sleep through the night until about 2 and have talked to other moms that it was the same thing. So I would either move the crib in your room or move her into her crib in her own room.